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Mission: Improper (London Steampunk: The Blue Blood Conspiracy Book 1) Kindle Edition
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The Dark Arts series (trilogy complete):
1. Shadowbound. amazon.com/dp/B01FDF380K
2. Hexbound. amazon.com/dp/B01LYJP8T2
3. Soulbound. amazon.com/dp/B07614654M
The Burned Lands (trilogy complete):
1. Nobody's Hero. amazon.com/dp/B01G1JQE44
2. The Last True Hero. amazon.com/dp/B01MT2TR5C
3. The Hero Within. amazon.com/dp/B07CK6XQ4S
London Steampunk--The Blue Blood Conspiracy:
1. Mission: Improper. amazon.com/dp/B01K9LS2GI
2. The Mech Who Loved Me. amazon.com/dp/ B072BGHQ15
3. You Only Love Twice
4. To Catch A Rogue (coming)
5. Dukes Are Forever (coming)
Legends of the Storm:
1. Heart of Fire. amazon.com/dp/B0789R2ZKZ
2. Storm of Desire. amazon.com/dp/B079572CM3
3. Clash of Storms. (coming)
1. Kiss Of Steel. amazon.com/dp/B007ZI06FE
2. Heart Of Iron. amazon.com/dp/B00B2AO71A
3. My Lady Quicksilver. amazon.com/dp/B00DDWIT64
4. Forged By Desire. amazon.com/dp/1402291914
5. Of Silk And Steam. amazon.com/dp/1402291949
Novellas in series:
1.5 Tarnished Knight. amazon.com/dp/B00CH3NV4U
3.5 The Curious Case Of The Clockwork Menace. amazon.com/dp/B00MQYU5QM
1. The Many Lives Of Hadley Monroe. amazon.com/dp/B01DTVUSSU
2. Burn Bright. amazon.com/dp/B07B27CNW1
What readers are saying about Bec's action-packed romances:
"McMaster's second London Steampunk Book dazzles and seduces... will leave readers breathless. 4 ½ Stars, Top Pick of the Month! " - RT Book Reviews on Heart Of Iron
"McMaster has the uncanny knack for outdoing herself in each installment of her London Steampunk series... a perfect finale to a phenomenal series, and readers can only hope for more to come soon from McMaster's limitless imagination." - RT Book Reviews, 4 1/2Stars, Top Pick for Of Silk And Steam!
"With the fifth book in her London Steampunk series, McMaster once again proves her remarkable gift for cleverly fusing a nonstop, action-driven story, a deliciously dark and atmospheric setting, and off-the-charts sensuality into one riveting read." - Booklist for Of Silk And Steam
'This book was so damn good and surpassed beyond my expectations...I haven't read anything like this before...' - Dreamy Addictions Blog for Nobody's Hero
About the Author
BEC MCMASTER is the award-winning author of steampunk romance series, London Steampunk, and paranormal romance series': the Dark Arts, and the Burned Lands. She's addicted to travel, and loves setting her books in foreign places, or dark worlds. For more information on her books check out her website at becmcmaster.com or follow her on facebook.com/BecMcMaster
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- ASIN : B01K9LS2GI
- Publisher : Lochaber Press Pty. Ltd; 1st edition (August 11, 2016)
- Publication date : August 11, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 3864 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 433 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #237,636 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Top reviews from the United States
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But I still might have enjoyed this a lot, McMaster's can write well, except for a SERIOUS PET PEEVE. Some authors and/or publishers have this infuriating habit of looking at a running series and, I don't know, deciding not enough people will but a sixth book in a series. So, they go, "Hey, let's just make it a spinoff series and then we can call it book 1 and people who haven't read the previous 5 books will still buy it." Yay, sounds great. NO.
You see, Mission: Improper is labeled book 1. But it is book 6. Sure, I could follow the plot. But I could definitely feel I was missing a lot. All the characters knew one another. They had and discussed history that I'm fairly sure was the plot of past books in the London Steampunk. I never felt I got to know the main characters, because they had already met before the start of this book. It's a continuation of something. While technically this book stands on its own. You feel the lack of past books A LOT. And that's seriously annoying when you are reading a BOOK 1.
Caleb and Ingrid were both introduced during the series and it's nice to see them get to star in their own plot in this book, although I agree with a prior reviewer that it felt like we were missing a bit of their backstory. This book picks up a couple of years after the last London Steampunk book ends and remains relatively true to the world McMaster has developed, while adding interesting new dimensions (although I was a bit confused about the transmission of the verwolfen virus, which was a big plot point in Will's book but doesn't really rate a mention at all in this one, although presumably Ingrid would be at the same risk of transmitting the virus in any sexual encounters). I will definitely read more in this series, although I still remain on the fence about McMaster's new ventures in the fantasy and scifi realms.
team put together to solve an important mystery in steampunk London.
The Blue Bloods (those infected with incipient vampirism, basically)
have recently been cast down as England's ruling class and not all
of them are happy about it. Two of the team members have had
romantic sparks in the past and when they meet again, it is at the
point of obsession, completely outweighing the actual mystery. To
make matters worse, they don't solve the mystery in this book, but
*do* flash forward to this couple's HEA (with kid) while everybody
reminisces about how mysterious that mystery was without ever saying
anything more specific. Next book it's apparently back to the
present and another couple within the team has a romance and
presumably a flash forward to *their* HEA and reminiscing about how
mysterious that mystery was.
Count me out.
Top reviews from other countries
Mission: Improper restored my desire to read more in this genre, - it was really vivid, visceral and extremely entertaining. As it's the first book in a spin-off from London Steampunk series, the plot has a long development in making and I can not wait to delve into it even more.
Caleb is a blue blood and one of the Nighthawks who gets recruited into a new secret governmental organisation along with a certain werwulfen investigator with whom he spectacularly clashed before. Ingrid is one of the best trackers around, the pair bickers and snaps at each other while fighting the increasing attraction, and it's a total joy to watch.
The plot is absolutely fascinating with multiple layers to unwrap: blue blood conspiring against the Crown, people disappearing, vampires on the loose, a new type of blue blood emerging and a whole new idea of their background turning everything on its head.
Ingrid and Caleb work very well together, they fight ferociously, they love with just as much strength. But there are also very interesting secondary characters I am dying to find out about more. For example, Gemma, the spy, and her counterpart, - mysterious Obsidian.
In the end, the reader is left guessing and at the same time, satisfied. Recommended, and I am confident you'd enjoy it. Just make sure to start with London Steampunk, and then go onto the spin-off. You wouldn't want to miss out.
Despite not having read books 2-5 of the London Steampunk I didn't find it difficult to follow the story, indeed a revolution has occurred (presumably the climax of the previous series), the Queen has overthrown her consort and imposed some enlightened laws upon her citizens: recognising the rights of verwulfen and mechs; and removing the absolute power of the Echelon, the upper class blue bloods who formerly ruled. Blue bloods are similar to what we would normally term vampires, however in this world vampires are what happens when a blue blood goes to far into the blood craving - once a blue blood becomes a vampire they are creatures driven by their lust for blood and are supernaturally strong (stronger even than a blue blood or a verwulfen) and almost indestructible.
However, not everyone is happy with the Queen's reforms, especially the blue bloods who are no longer entitled to do whatever they want. A series of bizarre events have seen whole groups of people simply disappear: an entire street in the East End of London, 40 members of the Echelon at a private party in pleasure gardens etc.
Caleb Byrnes is the illegitimate son of a blue blood and his mistress, accidentally infected with the virus. A member of the Nighthawks, he is invited to join a mysterious elite group to investigate the disappearances. The elite group comprises: Caleb; a verwulfen called Ingrid Miller with whom he has a chequered history; Ava McLaren, a blue blood laboratory assistant with a mechanical heart; Kincaid, a giant mech who hates blue bloods; Charlie Todd, one of the rookery lads who has also been infected by the blue blood virus; Gemma Townsend, another blue blood who deals in information; and the Duke of Malloryn.
As Caleb and Ingrid fight their animal attraction whilst investigating the disappearances we are plunged into blue blood conspiracies, secret societies, underground chases, vampires, dhampirs, false leads and corsets galore. I loved it.
Off to read book 2 ...
This book was a good suprise, the characters and story drew me in from the onset, loved the character of Ingrid and her initial interactions with Caleb, if you want a strong heroine Ingrid is the one for you. The chemistry and banter between the two was fun to read, and one of my favourite parts of the book (and what pushed this to 4 stars).
My focus wavered slightly about 40% into it but then regained strength. The characters are well rounded and the plot overall engaging. Although one or two small moments where I wanted less secondary characters. I've enjoyed being introduced to the world McMaster has imagined, but will be going to her previous series so I can gain a richer understanding of the world and society she has created.
I'm so glad this series continued as although I liked how things ended in the last book in so many ways it brought things to a close. The problem for me was what could happen next? The Queen had finally taken back control but how would things progress? Plus there were characters who I still had questions about so it was with great delight ( OK perhaps some fan girl squealing !) that I sat down to read this story that transports the reader just three years down the line . Yes there have been huge strides made but not everyone is delighted with the changes gradually rolling out and in this book we start to see threads unravelling and conspiracies coming to light.
This book does focus on Byrnes the blue blood and Ingrid the verwulfen woman and frankly their chemistry is off the charts. However there is a score to settle between them which is fun to read about but it's seeing the ensemble cast around then that really tickled my fancy. Add in the dangerous new foes they are facing and as people go missing it's high time for answers. Of course that means chasing down those members of the Echelon who are dissatisfied with recent events which puts the emotionally unavailable Byrnes and the passionate but haunted Ingrid in pretty dire situations. Yes it's fair to say the streets of London are far from safe!
There is a lot happening here with very nasty bad guys in play. The descriptions and words used just pulled me in. In fact about half way through the this story the author touched on a subject that's hard for me to read and her prose was spot on and for me very poignant . Then the story continues at breakneck speed so no time to wallow just feel! There are some answers given here but the mystery will continue which means more books, yippee! Plus remember those supporting characters? Well I'm champing at the bit to find out what they all get up to next!