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Kiss of Steel: A dark, fresh take on vampires and steampunk London (London Steampunk Book 1) Kindle Edition

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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


"McMaster's London Steampunk series is everything I want a steampunk world–richly imagined, gritty and dark, and full of hot heroes and hot sex. Yes, the sex in this book is utterly delicious. " - Smart Bitches, Trashy Books

"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

Product Details

  • File Size: 1417 KB
  • Print Length: 446 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (September 1, 2012)
  • Publication Date: September 1, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007ZI06FE
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More About the Author

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. The fifth book in the series, Of Silk And Steam, will be available in March 2015. Visit her website at or follow her on twitter @BecMcMaster.

Customer Reviews

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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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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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The people you see on the cover are not in the book. The woman in the book is dirt poor, exhausted, rail thin, due to starvation and has dark circles under her eyes, not to mention her very proper and modest way of dressing and behaving. He seems older and rougher. So don't judge this book by its cover. Started better...started getting dragged out a and use of the word "abraded" over and over again...the ending. I liked the characters and I liked the story line but too much teasing and talking about not frightening the lead female character with his rough ways. She couldn't sort out her feelings for the hunk, due to her past, but once she figured things out her skirts went up and, if it was up to her, they would have stayed there. There's no sex, then there is a solid block of sex, and then there is the ending. She is tough and loyal. He is dangerous and kind. They both have trust issues...which are resolved. Her siblings are nice and interesting. His men, and those who work for him, are dedicated and willing to die for him. I liked parts of it but don't think I will be buying the sequel. I hope all of their abraded skin heals quickly.
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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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