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Heart of Iron (London Steampunk) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Jul 2013
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"An engrossing, thrilling sequel." - Tynga's Reviews
""Heart of Iron" is another delightful romp through steampunk London with political intrigue, humanist plots and skullduggery at every turn. " - Book Chick City
""Heart of Iron" is an exciting, intense and wonderfully romantic read which drags you through balls full of predators and deep underground full of dirty scavengers... till you can't decide which are more dangerous." - Nocturnal Book Reviews
"An engrossing, thrilling sequel." - Tynga's Reviews
"HEART OF IRON is so impressive, it deserves a seal of excellence! Like moths to a flame, readers will be drawn to the world and characters McMaster has created. Make room on your keeper shelves... " - Fresh Fiction
"Intriguing... [readers will] love the sexy, action-packed narrative. " - Publishers Weekly
"McMaster's second London Steampunk Book dazzles and seduces... will leave readers breathless. 4 1/2 Stars, Top Pick of the Month! " - RT Book Reviews
"Heart of Iron is another delightful romp through steampunk London with political intrigue, humanist plots and skullduggery at every turn. " - Book Chick City
"Bec McMaster does an excellent job of continuing the world and story from Kiss of Steel. Will and Lena's story was action packed, always interesting and a great love story" - Simply Sweet Books
"Edgy, dark, and shot through with a grim, gritty intensity, McMaster's latest title adds to her mesmerizing steampunk series with another gripping, inventive stunner. Starred Review" - Library Journal
"Bec McMaster brilliantly weaves a world that engulfs your senses and takes you on a fantastical journey." - Tome Tender
"Heart of Iron is an exciting, intense and wonderfully romantic read which drags you through balls full of predators and deep underground full of dirty scavengers... till you can't decide which are more dangerous." - Nocturnal Book Reviews
"Phenomenal... There are elements of paranormal, historical and steampunk effortlessly combined for a completely unique series. " - Where the Night Kind Roam
"McMaster further expands upon her already colossal universe, transforms two beloved secondary characters into praiseworthy protagonists and weaves a deliciously entertaining tale that'll keep you reading until there's nothing left." - Rabid Reads
"The dark aura that McMaster creates permeates this work from start to finish. It is a combination of exquisite descriptions and delicious suspense... " - Long and Short Reviews
"McMaster delivers not only an amazing world but amazing characters with depth, passion, and loads of sex appeal." - Fresh Fiction
"A wonderfully multi-layered, complex, and colorful world..." - All Things Urban Fantasy
"The entire mix of intrigue created an exciting read... The story hit highs and lows, causing me to laugh, my heart to race, and I even shed some tears." - That's What I'm Talking About
" Stellar steampunk novel with outstanding world building and perfectly balanced romance that lived up to my high expectations set in book one." - The Book Vixen
About the Author
Bec lives in a small town in country Victoria and grew up with her nose in a book. A member of RWA, RWA (Australia) and RWNZ, she writes sexy, dark paranormals and steampunk romance. When not writing, reading, or poring over travel brochures, she loves spending time with her very own hero or daydreaming about new worlds.
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Great sequel to 'Kiss of Steel' part of the London Steampunk series.
This is Lena and Will the beast of whitechapel's story. The pair have a history which began in the first book and came to a head in the novella 'Tarnished Knight' when they kissed. It has been a year since that incident and the pair continue to avoid each other however a situation forces them to reconnect igniting the old flame they had both tried to forget.
I have loved reading about Will so I was thrilled we would finally get his story. He is a werewolf and labelled the 'Beast of Whitechapel' with a fearsome reputation which no one dares mess with. He had a terrible childhood, he was sold by his mother and then caged and tormented until Blade his boss saved him. This shaped his life, he is untrusting of people, women especially, anti-social and lives up to his violent reputation. Lena on the other hand is a social butterfly, flirtatious, eloquent, the perfect lady. The pair are total opposites but whenever they are in each other's company they can't ignore the chemistry and tension between them.
The pair bring the best and worst out in each other. Will struggles to contain his beast around Lena making him do stupid things and Lena constantly goads him. However the pair also support each other. Will who has never felt more than a beast begins to see more to his future after encouragement from Lena, and Lena finally has someone to lean on and protect her. I loved reading about them falling, Will turned out to be quite the charmer (unintentional I think) my favourite bit is (view spoiler)
"Don't stare at me," she whispered.
"You're still the most beautiful woman I ever clapped eyes on."
A pitter-patter in her chest. "You shouldn't say such things."
He shrugged. As if it meant nothing to him.
Whilst it meant the world to her.
Lena annoyed me slightly when she continually refused to tell people what was going on even though it might be dangerous. However we get to see her grow as a person.
We get to see some old faces in Blade, Honoria, Esme and Rip although briefly. (I've got to say Honoria really annoyed me in this book, I didn't like how she thought she could boss everyone around and she seemed quite insensitive to anyone feelings)
The writing is great, however the old type speech wasn't featured as much in this book which was disappointing. There is plenty of action and mystery. The next book features a new character Rosalind and the leader of the Nighthawks, Lynch. This is becoming one of my favourite series after only 2 1/2 books. Just wished I'd found it later so I didn't have to wait for the next one.
"I will give you the world," he whispered, stroking the hair off her forehead. "I will protect you, I swear. I'll never let you hurt again, I promise. Just come back, Lena. Come back and let me love you."
I loved both Kiss of Steel and the Tarnished Knight novella so I couldn't wait to get started on Heart of Iron and I'm happy to say that it was the best book of the series so far. It is so easy to get caught up in the world that Bec McMaster has created and once I'm there I don't want to leave. I love the historical setting and the added steampunk and paranormal elements that all combine together to create a dark and gritty world. If you haven't started reading these books yet you really don't know what you're missing so grab a copy of Kiss of Steel immediately and dive right in!
I'm going to come right out with it and admit that I wasn't the biggest fan of Lena in the first book, she came across as quite childish and could be very selfish so I wasn't sure how I would get on with her as the heroine of this book. Thankfully reading the prequel to this story in the Tarnished Knight novella had started to change my mind about her and within a few chapters of Heart of Iron I'd grown to really like her. She has actually grown up a lot since the first book and has matured into a young woman who I could easily see myself being friends with. She is fierce and stubborn, protective of her friends and someone who wants to make a difference. Lena has willingly put her life at risk by becoming a spy for the humanist movement and I admired her for the changes she wants to see in the world. She can be quite impetuous and her tendency to jump into things without thinking them through properly can often get her into trouble but at least she is willing to accept help when she needs it.
I already really liked Will so it's no surprise that I fell head over heels in love with him throughout this book. He has had such a difficult life spending years in a cage being stared at and ridiculed before Blade rescued him. Even though he is now technically a free man he is the last remaining verwulfen in London since the rest of his kind were slaughtered and he isn't exactly made to feel welcome or allowed to travel outside of Whitechapel. Will is a loner, apart from the small family Blade has surrounded them with he doesn't trust anyone and he has deliberately cultivated his image as the "Beast of Whitechapel" to keep people at a distance. At first glance he can be quite a surly, angry young man but he has every reason for it and those who make it into his inner circle get to see the sweet, caring, loyal man hidden deep inside. Will is terrified of the things that Lena makes him feel, his whole life has been about learning to control his beast but she sets him on edge and makes him feel out of control and vulnerable. On top of that he is terrified of hurting her either because she makes his beast come to the surface or by giving her the highly infectious loupe virus. He wants nothing more than to claim her but knows it can never happen. That doesn't mean he will let anyone hurt her though, he protects the people he cares about and Lena is right at the top of that list so woe betide anyone who crosses her.
I absolutely loved watching the romance that develops between Lena and Will. Will tries so hard to keep her at arm's length but Lena knows what she wants and she keeps on pushing him until she gets it. The chemistry between these two was scorching and I was just about ready to die of frustration by the time they finally get their act together! Thankfully it was more than worth the wait and I loved every minute of the chase too. Although their romance plays a major part of the story there is so much more going on within this book. The world building has been stepped up a gear as we learn more about both the blue bloods of the Echelon and the verwolfen. There is also plenty of action and all the edge of your seat danger you'd expect from a story with a spy for the heroine. Heart of Iron was impossible to put down once I'd started reading it and I can't wait to read My Lady Quicksilver! Bec McMaster has become a must buy author for me and this is a series I can't recommend highly enough.
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