Kiss of Steel: A dark, fresh take on vampires and steampunk London by Bec McMaster

Kiss of Steel: A dark, fresh take on vampires and steampunk London

byBec McMaster

Kobo ebook | September 1, 2012

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"Heart-wrenching, redemptive and stirringly passionate... A series opener to be read and savored."—RT Book reviews, 4 ½ stars.

First in a thrilling steampunk paranormal romance series, Honoria Todd is being hunted by a vicious blue-blood, and her only chance of survival lies with the notorious master of the rookeries in Whitechapel. But at what price? Her blood? Or something more?

Most people avoid the dreaded Whitechapel district. For Honoria, it's the last safe haven as she hides from the Blue Blood aristocracy that rules London through power and fear.

Blade rules 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.

London Steampunk Series:
Kiss of Steel (Book 1)
Heart of Iron (Book 2)
My Lady Quicksilver (Book 3)
Forged by Desire (Book 4)
Of Silk and Steam (Book 5)

What readers are saying about Kiss of Steel:

"a scrumptious blend of steampunk, vampires, sex, and danger"

"excellent paranormal romance with a touch of steampunk"

"Loved this book, the noir of steam, vampires, werewolfs, and lust find a perfect stew."

"A must read for paranormal fans."

What reviewers are saying about Kiss of Steel:

"An enthralling debut... A leading man as wicked as he is irresistible... Heart-wrenching, redemptive and stirringly passionate... A series opener to be read and savored. 4 1/2 Stars" — RT Book Reviews

"Dark, intense, and sexy... A stunning new series with an intriguing twist on the vampire theme." — Library Journal

"Compulsively readable... The mythology surrounding the vampires and the not—quite—vampiric blue bloods felt fresh and original... " —Mindful Musings

What everyone is saying about Bec McMaster:

"a must read for paranormal fans and steampunk fans alike. 5/5 Stars, Reviewer Top Pick" — Night Owl Reviews

"richly imagined, gritty and dark, and full of hot heroes and hot sex... utterly delicious. " —Smart Bitches, Trashy Books

"Action, adventure, steampunk, and blazing hot seduction...Bec McMaster offers it all."—Eve Silver, author of Sins of the Flesh

Title:Kiss of Steel: A dark, fresh take on vampires and steampunk LondonFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:September 1, 2012Publisher:SourcebooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1402270283

ISBN - 13:9781402270284


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great steampunk sauciness Addicively fun smutty steam punk. Like 'Soulless' but with sex. Thoroughly enjoyed this romp the Whitechapel.
Date published: 2015-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Story I love steam punk and I loved that this was a steam punk story for my age group. I enjoyed how there was an equal amount of power in both Blade and Honoria so neither seemed submissive in any way.
Date published: 2014-10-30
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