Monday, 13 May 2013

Review and Giveaway: Heart of Iron - Bec McMaster


Lena Todd makes the perfect spy. Nobody suspects the flirtatious debutante could be a sympathizer for the humanist movement haunting London’s vicious blue blood elite. Not even the ruthless Will Carver, the one man she can’t twist around her little finger, and the one man whose kiss she can’t forget…

Stricken with the loupe and considered little more than a slave-without-a-collar to the blue bloods, Will wants nothing to do with the Echelon or the dangerous beauty who drives him to the very edge of control. But when he finds a coded letter on Lena—a code that matches one he saw on a fire-bombing suspect—he realizes she’s in trouble. To protect her, he must seduce the truth from her. With the humanists looking to start a war with the Echelon, Lena and Will must race against time—and an automaton army—to stop the humanist plot before it’s too late. But as they fight to save a city on the brink of revolution, the greatest danger might just be to their hearts…

My thoughts:
First, she was not as much a spy as the blurb let me to believe. But then who cares about that. This was Lena steering through the danger of the blood court, at a time when most vampires seems to forget about the old thrall contracts. And the Echelon debutantes do not have it easy.

Back to the start then. In book 1 Lena flirted with the beast, Will Carver, werwulfen and a dangerous man. In book 2 she is a debutante looking to be a thrall to some powerful vampire, while dodging some. Will does his best to try and forget her. His kind does not mix with humans, it's too dangerous.

Lena does do some spy work, a bit of telling about things she hears, but she is not happy about how some do things. And I feel conflicted. I do want the humans to be free. But at the same time there are good vampires too. So what should happen? I just do not know. This is a world that will go up in flames soon. And what will then happen to Blade and Will, well they will die. Conflicted yes, as some vamps are so evil too.

Conclusion:
Anyway, romance, Passion! Danger! That is what this book will bring you. Steampunk? Eh, not so much. But it was a good book.

London Steampunk #2
Paranormal romance /alternate history /steampunk
Mass Market Paperback, 448 pages
Published May 7th 2013 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
For review

GIVEAWAY
I am giving away a copy of book 1, Kiss of Steel, so that you can get started on this series. Thanks to Soucebooks.

1. Open to everyone in the world
2. Ends May 20th
3. It's easy, just enter


55 comments:

miki said...

Thank you so much for this giveaway! i really want to try this series so winning the first book would be wonderful!

isabelle(dot)frisch(at)gmail(dot)com

ahz1 said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I've heard so much about this series and I love steampunk.

Unknown said...

Romance, passion and danger are pretty much my favorite things to read about. :-) Glad you enjoyed this, it sounds awesome!

Melliane said...

I'm not entering the giveaway because sweet karino bought me a copy of book 1 but I really need to get into it! Need more time!!!

Heidi@Rainy Day Ramblings said...

What no cover commentary on this one? I haven't heard of this series but it sounds fun. I hate it though when it is billed as steampunk and there is little steampunk! Oh well... enter me!

Carol said...

Sounds lie a good read, as long as you're not looking for steampunk over romance.

carolsnotebook at yahoo dot com

Blodeuedd said...

Tell me about it, please someone sponsor a 10 year long vacation where I can read

Blodeuedd said...

:) Good luck!

Blodeuedd said...

Good luck!

Blodeuedd said...

Hihi, it does make for a good book ;)

Blodeuedd said...

Arghh I sometimes forget when I am in a hurry ...

Ok, let's see.

She talked about showing skin in the book and this looks clearly tells vamps, take me now and drain me..not good

Blodeuedd said...

Yes not that much steampunk in this one

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

I am sad it is light on the steampunk, but I usually still enjoy them. I have enjoyed the vamps in this genre so I do need to read these! Enter me, plz! :D

Elysium said...

Thanks for the giveaway! This sounds really good. And I haven't read much steampunk.

Book of Secrets said...

It doesn't sound very Steampunk-ish - not that I've read any Steampunk (yet)! I'd love to give it a try though.

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

Oh, she's not much of a spy. Hmm, I still want to try the series. :)

Thank you dear! Please enter me too. ;)

The Bookworm said...

These covers are pretty cool, even if it wasn't too Steampunky.

Mary Preston said...

I' d love to read KISS OF STEEL thank you. Love the cover.

marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

Blodeuedd said...

I do think you would enjoy it

Blodeuedd said...

That needs to be changed

Blodeuedd said...

Mechanical things yes, but still it has a more pnr feel

Blodeuedd said...

Well she does do some things, I should not be so harsh on her

Blodeuedd said...

It does look good

Blodeuedd said...

Good luck :)

Anachronist said...

Which part was, in your opinion, better? The first or the second one? Which of the heroines you liked best?

Mari said...

As I am a inhabitant of this planet I would like to enter this giveaway of Kiss of steel, please. It sounds like a good read, + weres & vampires are never a bad thing in my book ;)

BookaholicCat said...

First time I hear about this book/series. Love the cover by the way.
Thank you for the opportunity and good luck to me. ;)

Teddyree said...

"Romance, Passion! Danger!" I'd give that a go ... thanks a bunch for the opportunity :)

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer said...

Ooo book one is on my wishlist and you have me excited about book two. I love that you are torn.

Lyn Kaye said...

Alright, count me in. Those covers look BEAUTIFUL, and the series hold some promise.

My e-mail is Heartlesslyn(at)gmail(dot)com

Jenny said...

Romance and Danger! Sounds like something I would like:)

Riv said...

Thank you for the giveaway!

geriths(at)gmail(dot)com

Blodeuedd said...

Oh do not ask me. I forget books at once. But I think...no, I do not know, they were both good but in different ways

Blodeuedd said...

Haha, well as long as you are not from Mars ;)

Blodeuedd said...

I am glad I introduced it to you then :)

Blodeuedd said...

Lol, ;)

Blodeuedd said...

I just do not know, I mean both have good sides

Blodeuedd said...

They do look cool

Blodeuedd said...

It's the best mix

Blodeuedd said...

:)

Aurian said...

Can I join you both on that reading vacation?

Aurian said...

I have this series on my wishlist, with so many others. But don't enter me, I recently won a book from you :)

Carole Rae said...

Sighs...wish I was into steampunk...this sounds so cool and I ADORE the cover.

Staci said...

I want some steampunk..I think anyway!! Sounds good!

Blodeuedd said...

:/

Blodeuedd said...

LOl.you must try it

Blodeuedd said...

Lucky gal :)

Silverlight said...

You know, I'm not sure why I never started this series, it looks like something I would enjoy, since I do like Steampunk reads, and throw in the paranormal,I'm sold! It's too bad #2 didn't have more of the steampunk elements. Thanks for sharing!

Anita Yancey said...

Sounds like a great read, and I love the setting. Please enter me. Thanks!
ayancey(at)dishmail(dot)net

donnas said...

Sounds good. Thanks for sharing!

bacchus76 at myself dot com

multitaskingmomma said...

Hmmm, this really sounds interesting. Please count me in!

multitaskingmomma said...

oops, forgot to add email!
mmbookloverhere(at)gmail(dot)com

Blodeuedd said...

Thanks everyone for stopping by :)

Blodeuedd said...

winner Silverlight

kara-karina@Nocturnal Book Reviews said...

Yay! I'm really glad you enjoyed it, Blodeuedd :)

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