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Kiss of Steel

by Bec Mcmaster

Sourcebooks | September 1, 2012 | Mass Market Paperbound

Kiss of Steel is rated 5 out of 5 by 1.
"Action, adventure, steampunk, and blazing hot seduction? Bec McMaster offers it all."-Eve Silver, author of Sins of the Flesh A brilliantly creative debut where vampires, werewolves, and clockwork creatures roam the mist-shrouded streets of London? When Nowhere is Safe Most people avoid the dreaded Whitechapel district. For Honoria Todd, it''s the last safe haven. But at what price? Blade is known as the master of the rookeries-no one dares cross him. It''s been said he faced down the Echelon''s army single-handedly, that ever since being infected by the blood-craving he''s been quicker, stronger, and almost immortal. When Honoria shows up at his door, his tenuous control comes close to snapping. She''s so? innocent. He doesn''t see her backbone of steel-or that she could be the very salvation he''s been seeking.

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 448 pages, 6.88 × 4.19 × 1.19 in

Published: September 1, 2012

Publisher: Sourcebooks

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1402270275

ISBN - 13: 9781402270277

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Compelling read, didn't want to put it down A compelling story set in an alternative late 19th century London, England. In this version of history, much of the male aristocracy is infected with a 'craving' virus that makes them yearn for blood. They are not vampires as they still retain some of their human morals, or at least as many morals as these titled gentlemen ever had. Upon the death of her father, Honoria Todd and her siblings have been forced to flee the city for the comparative safety of Whitechapel. She is being sought by Lord Vickers, who has placed a huge bounty on her. He's not the only one searching for her. Blade, the man known as The Devil of Whitechapel has also been keeping his eye on her. He is also afflicted with the craving virus, though he uses his increased strength to help protect those in his neighbourhood. I liked the character of Honoria. During that time period, there were limitations to womens jobs and she has strived to maintain suitable employment for a middle class. Blade is a much more complex character. He has experienced horrors at the hands of the aristocracy, yet he still cares for and protects the people of Whitechapel. Yes, he wants Honoria for his own devious purposes, but he tries so hard not to take unfair advantage of her. In classic steampunk style, steam machines, mechanical devices and other technology play a role in the story , but they don't take over. They continue to play a supporting role that allows for far-fetched feats of strength and firepower to fit into that time. I totally enjoyed this book and the developing relationship between Honoria and Blade. Note, there are detailed sexual scenes in this book, though they are not the main focus.
Date published: 2013-07-24
Rated out of 5 by from Having never read a Steampunk novel prior to this, and certainly never a Steampunk romance, I entered page one not knowing what to expect from the story, characters and genre. I am pleased to report that the choice to overcome my apprehension of reading a “romance” was well worth it. Blade, a rogue blood drinker, is the renegade ruler of the rookeries. He’s the perfect mix of Alpha type male, strong and dominating, with an underlying tenderness and loyalty to those he loves and protects. His guilt ridden past, makes him the perfect hero of the story. His internal and external struggles captivate you and make you want to see him survive. His character’s uncouth, swashbuckler attitude, is the perfect match to Honoria, and his protection of her endears him to the readers heart Honoria, the heroine, the martyr, the fearful girl, is stubborn and willful throughout the novel. The reader is left with a feeling somewhere between pride for her strength, and frustration to the point of wanting to toss her out of the novel for being so. Her, determination to protect her family, her father, and most of all her heart, seems to be what drives her for most of the novel, however her self discovery of her strength, and the changes to her throughout, make her the best character with the most development. This book leaves one wondering at the beginning ‘oh another vampire story with a twist?’, the twist being the steam punk elements. Fortunately, McMaster delivers, by not “steampunking” the novel by randomly tossing in elements of the genre, but by letting the elements of the genre create stunning backdrop to the romance and struggles these characters face. Surprisingly, the ‘vampiric’ aspects seem to also become a normal part of the story and you find your focus shifts from it being about vampires to being about these two well written, characters and their journey to find salvation in a world where they don’t safely exist. Just a quick add note here. I loved the cover artwork and thought it played well to the novel. My only suggestion to improve your experience of Kiss Of Steel, would be to familiarize oneself with the genre if not a Steampunk fan so that you are able to enjoy and understand from page one. A brilliant first novel to a series, and my hats off to McMaster for making me a fan of a new genre of books! The Rating: I give this book an A: Would definitely read again. …and I will definitely read the rest of the series! Please check out my twitter account for a link to my blog and the full review if you like.
Date published: 2013-05-05

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Kiss of Steel

by Bec Mcmaster

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 448 pages, 6.88 × 4.19 × 1.19 in

Published: September 1, 2012

Publisher: Sourcebooks

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1402270275

ISBN - 13: 9781402270277

About the Book

Honoria Todd has no choice. Only in the dreaded Whitechapel district can she escape the long reach of the Duke of Vickers. But seeking refuge there will put her straight into the hands of Blade, legendary master of the rookeries. No one would dare cross him, but what price would he demand to keep her safe? Original.

From the Publisher

"Action, adventure, steampunk, and blazing hot seduction? Bec McMaster offers it all."-Eve Silver, author of Sins of the Flesh A brilliantly creative debut where vampires, werewolves, and clockwork creatures roam the mist-shrouded streets of London? When Nowhere is Safe Most people avoid the dreaded Whitechapel district. For Honoria Todd, it''s the last safe haven. But at what price? Blade is known as the master of the rookeries-no one dares cross him. It''s been said he faced down the Echelon''s army single-handedly, that ever since being infected by the blood-craving he''s been quicker, stronger, and almost immortal. When Honoria shows up at his door, his tenuous control comes close to snapping. She''s so? innocent. He doesn''t see her backbone of steel-or that she could be the very salvation he''s been seeking.

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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