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Kiss of Steel (London Steampunk) [Kindle Edition]

Bec McMaster
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Book Description

"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.

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*Starred Review* Honoria Todd had a happy, comfortable life until her father was murdered. Now, six months later, she is desperately clinging to the illusion of respectability while at the same time taking care of her younger sister and brother. When Honoria loses her job teaching elocution, she has no choice but to accept the offer of Blade’s protection from her old nemesis, the Duke of Vickers. As the unofficial ruler of Whitechapel, Blade might share the same taste for blood as the Echelon, who live in the posh part of London, but his philosophy of life is nothing like that of the blue-blooded aristocrats who rule over the city. Discovering the secrets Honoria closely guards could provide Blade with the leverage he needs to finally bring down Vickers, but only if Blade’s unexpected love for Honoria doesn’t destroy them both first. Set in an exquisitely imagined, alternative late-nineteenth-century England, McMaster’s wildly inventive plot deftly blends elements of steampunk and vampire romance with brilliantly successful results. Darkly atmospheric and delectably sexy, Kiss of Steel is an extraordinary debut. --John Charles


"Tickles the mind with fantastic pictures and exquisite characters. " - NetGalley Reader Review

"A fun, romantic read and I'm looking forward to reading more from this author. " - NetGalley Reader Review

"Unique, spellbinding, thrilling and complex ... a must read for paranormal fans and steampunk fans alike. 5/5 Stars, Reviewer Top Pick" - Night Owl Reviews

"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, this mesmerizing debut takes readers into a grim, depraved, clearly crafted Victorian steampunk world... A stunning new series with an intriguing twist on the vampire theme." - Library Journal

"Smart, sexy storytelling at its best." - Fresh Fiction

"An impressive debut. Highly recommended." - NetGalley Reader Review

"Undeniable, crackling-with-tension chemistry... " - NetGalley Reader Reviews

"Compulsively readable... The mythology surrounding the vampires and the not-quite-vampiric blue bloods felt fresh and original, and it really added a lot to the overall atmosphere of the book. " - Mindful Musings

"Great plot, great character development, intense steamy moments and a great ending. I can't fault a thing. I was captivated from start to finish." - Sinfully Delicious Book Reviews

Product Details

  • File Size: 558 KB
  • Print Length: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (September 1, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007ZI06FE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,456 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gothic Paranormal Steampunk At Its Best September 6, 2012
By Jess
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I. Loved. This book.

Dark, and gritty, with a scrumptious blend of steampunk, vampires, sex, and danger, this book captured me from the very first paragraph and wouldn't let me go until I'd finished it. I actually ended up staying up all night reading it, even knowing I had to get up early the next morning, because I couldn't stand the thought of putting it down.

That doesn't happen often with me.

Blade was delicious, with his barely-leashed violence and animalistic intensity when it came to Honoria, and he easily ranks as one of my new favorite heroes in romance.

Honoria, too, was a surprisingly enjoyable character, with just enough stubbornness and pride to keep things interesting, but well balanced with quite a bit of intelligence and passion.

The gloriously dark world-building, the steampunk elements blended beautifully with the paranormal, the luscious romance and the incredible chemistry all added up to a must read for any fan of gothic romance with a steampunk twist.

5/5 Stars

{This book provided, free of charge, by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Full review available on The Romanceaholic}
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vampire steampunk done well, great read! September 1, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
What can I say about Kiss of Steel- I loved it, it's vampire steampunk done well!

Honoria Todd is a human woman, down on her luck. She is in charge of her two younger siblings, one of which is facing the blue blood virus. She hardly has enough money to make ends meet when she is noticed by Blade, the master of the rookeries and notorious Blue Blood. Blade is drawn to Honoria and determined to make her his, but he wants her for more than blood and finds himself going out of his way to keep her safe, especially when powerful enemies want her as well.

I am a fan of the steampunk genre, but I don't get the opportunity to read it very often. So, when I had the opportunity to read and review Kiss of Steel, I was excited. Bec McMaster has created a very unique paranormal world filled with humans and thralls, Blue Bloods (infected/vampire-like humans), and the occasional vicious/rabid vampire on a rampage. It took awhile for me to understand the setting, but I really loved the set up, and the story in general.

I liked Honoria a lot, it was easy to relate to her and her situation, even in such a unique world. She was just trying to take care of her family to the best of her abilities, and she had a difficult time overcoming prejudices that had been taught to her. I really like Blade as well, he is a good man with a nasty reputation. However, he takes care of his own and he made a place and a life for himself outside of the rulers confines. Honoria and Blade develop a solid connection, and sparks fly between them. I love the romance in this book, it doesn't come easy for Honoria and Blade, but it is well-deserved.

Steampunk is a historical setting, but that doesn't mean that there is no action. There is plenty of action in this fast-paced book.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy.

KISS OF STEEL reimagines our world with an aristocratic vampire class as the lynchpin that changes everything familiar. People pay their taxes in blood, medicine strives to discover more about this all important virus, and weaponry scales up to combat a different class of powerful superhumans. Though there are certainly flavors of steampunk in the alternate history, KISS OF STEEL feels much more like a well written paranormal romance to me.

But while advanced gadgets doesn't get much pagetime, McMaster does explore the medical developments of the time. Calling the ruling class "vampires" is an oversimplification, and is actually incorrect by the mechanics of this world. I loved the intricacies of blue bloods and vampires, the infected and the changed, all the different permutations of a virus that society doesn't entirely understand. And despite the fact that Honoria and Blade are drawn together by a classic, paranormal romance "inexplicable physical attraction", McMaster provided growth and emotional connection to support turning that sexual chemistry into something more lasting. There were a few instances where the plot stumbled, mostly concerning the supporting character Barrons, his relationship with Honoria's father, and his enmity for Vickers. Those missteps bumped the series from "pre-order" to "wait and see", if only because Barrons's murky motivations made me less interested in him as a future hero.

Even with Barrons low on my list, there are still plenty of intriguing characters I'm hoping to see again. If the sexually conflicted Will, the duchess of Casavian, or the human queen held captive by her vampire consort are in staring roles, London Steampunk #2 will go to the top of my To Be Read list.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 4.5: Amazing! Kicks Traditional Paranormal Romance's Butt September 12, 2012
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Wow is all I can say to this book by Bec McMaster. This is my first steampunk romance and I'm glad that I picked it up.

McMaster creates an alternate Victorian era that is ruled by science and technology. Unlawful experimentation on humans, experiments gone wrong, blood, death, some gore are just a few of the elements in this book. The paranormal aspect incorporates vampires and werewolves: the upper class are created vampires and the werewolves are from traditional European "wolf" areas such as Scotland, Norway, and Germany. The romance is hot and emotional with characters that are strong and memorable.

The story is about a scientific turf war between upper class London and the criminals of Whitechapel in east London. The upper class are people ruled by money and ambition who double-deal and stab their way to success in search of a way to preserve their vampiric characteristics, and to prevent themselves from turning rogue and being killed. Whitechapel is ruled mainly by the hero, an involuntarily turned vampire who is out for revenge against the upper class in general, but one duke in particular. The heroine is part of the scientific crowd that straddles both world, but she and her family have fallen on hard times due to the murder of her father.

Just a warning that the action is fast paced and can be brutal. At times some scenes are a lot more gory than what romance readers are used to reading. Usually romance writers who write about east London just allude to how dangerous it is and toss in a few knife fights and slash injuries. However McMaster is unafraid to describe the blood and pouring entrails (in one scene). It's not a book of just blood a gore, but a warning to the squeamish reader.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected enjoyment
I am not normally one who cares for Steampunk styled books, but this one surprised me. There is not a lot of dwelling on how different the technology is as can happen in some... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Jennifer
5.0 out of 5 stars TEN STARS from someone who doesn't even care for Steampunk
First off, I have to say, I don't care for Steampunk, and the cover is deceiving. But I absolutely LOVED this book. It was not what I expected at all. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Desperado
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite Author
Kiss of Steel was my introduction to the writing style of Bec McMaster. This book actually sat in my house for about 3 months before I finally picked it up. Read more
Published 10 days ago by R. Basley
5.0 out of 5 stars What an amazing tale!
When I picked up one of Bec's books at Barns and Nobel a while back, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I was drawn to the cover and decided I had to have it. Read more
Published 24 days ago by A. Ellison
5.0 out of 5 stars What a brilliant read
This was my first attempt at reading the steampunk genre, and what a brilliant choice.

It took me a few chapters to get myself settled into the story and setting, this... Read more
Published 25 days ago by Jorge Campos
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent romance with heavy paranormal elements and a tiny bit of...
I love steampunk books, especially those set in London. So I had been looking at reading this series for a while. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Karissa Eckert
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating
I was looking for something different to read and found this wonderful book. The excitement, the passion, the romance. It was such an intoxicating read. I loved every word of it!
Published 1 month ago by Maryann Janet bouvier
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly fun!
This steampunk vampire PNR was surprisingly good! I thought the two main characters were great, as was the world building. Only the villain was a bit of a miss (for me).
Published 2 months ago by Swan
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read!
Suspense, action and love all in one story. I could not put the book down until the end. I have ordered the next book in the series.
Published 2 months ago by carolyn
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVED IT!!!
This book captivated me from the first page. I loved how the plot differed from the typical romance/paranormal story. Can't wait to get my hands on the next book:)
Published 2 months ago by Tori
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Award winning author Bec McMaster lives in a small town in Victoria, Australia, and grew up with her nose in a book. Following a lifelong love affair with fantasy, she discovered romance and hasn't looked back. A member of RWA, she writes sexy, dark paranormals and adventurous steampunk romances. When not writing, reading, or poring over travel brochures, she loves spending time with her very own hero or daydreaming about new worlds.

Her first novel, Kiss of Steel, is a steampunk romance from Sourcebooks and debuts September, 2012. Heart of Iron is due for release May 2013. Visit her website at or follow her on twitter @BecMcMaster.

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