Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Review: Heart of Iron by Bec McMaster

Heart of Iron
London Steampunk #2
by: Bec McMaster
$7.99 mass market paperback
Sourcebooks Casablanca
Historical Romance / Steampunk
Released: May 2013

Will Carver knows all about living on the fringes of society.  As a verwolfen, he's got a price on his head and a dark past he'd rather forget.  But one thing he can't forget is Lena, the attractive debutante who used tease him shamelessly, then stole a kiss and disappeared into the glittering ballrooms of the Echelon.  She's his boss's sister-in-law, so he tries to be scarce when she comes to visit, afraid he won't be able to hide his feelings from her.  But bumping into her on accident one day, he's shocked to find her in the possession of a letter containing secret code used by the rebellion.  Knowing that information will get her killed, he quietly starts poking around, but what he finds is so much bigger than he first thought.  

Lena went from society to poverty and back to society.  As a debutante, she goes to all the social events.  And if she happens to overhear a secret or two, well, then she's more than happy to pass it on to the rebellion.  She's ready for the cruelty of the blue bloods' rule to be at an end.  Considering her only option is a thrall contract to one of them, she knows she doesn't have much time left before she's cast out.  Too bad the only man who's ever caught her eye is a dark and brooding verwolfen, who always acted cold and distant from her, even when she got up the courage to kiss him.  

But fate has thrust them together, and it's his job to keep her safe while they navigate the treacherous waters of the court and try to ferret out the rebellion's plan before it's too late. 

This book is Will and Lena's story, and it takes place three years after the end of the first one.  Lena decided not to stay in Whitechapel, and went back to the glamour of society, but this time as a spy.  She's fed up with being considered little more than a blood whore in the eyes of the blue bloods, and wants to change that.  She's had a crush on Will for years, but he's never seemed interested.  What she doesn't know is that he's more than interested, but because of what he is, he can't risk being with her for fear of killing her.  This had a great plot, lots of action, explosions, and enough sexual chemistry to keep you turning the pages.  I loved the world Ms. McMaster has created, a world where vampires rule and everyone else is viewed as food, but nothing can be done about it.  I also found a freebie through the Sony Reader store in this series called Tarnished Knight, and it looks like it's Rip's story.  I had to get this read first, but I'm going back now to read that. 

Carla gives this book a

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