Review: Kiss of Steel by Bec McMaster

Posted October 15, 2013 by Jennifer in Book Review | | 6 Comments

Review: Kiss of Steel by Bec McMasterKiss of Steel by Bec McMaster
Series: London Steampunk #1
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on September 4th 2012
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Steampunk
Pages: 423 pages
Format: Paperback
Source: Gift

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.

 SwoonWorthy Well-Written Must-Read

I’ve had Kiss of Steel on my shelf since last year. I don’t know why I waited so long to read it. Everyone I know loved it. And so did I.

I will say that I tried the book on audio but could only listened to a few chapters and had to return it. I just can’t hang with a British narrator for some reason. I find their narration to dry and boring. But once I pick up the paperback the book flew by.

Kiss of Steel is my 2nd steampunk novel. I wasn’t sure what to expect as far as the steampunk angle but I knew that there would be heavy historical elements mixed with paranormal elements. I love the mixing of the paranormal creatures with the dukes, lords and chamber pots. LOL

Bec McMaster brings a fresh spin on vampires with the Blue Bloods vs vampires. Blue Bloods are humans that are infected with a virus that drink blood but they do not have fangs. Vampires are the monsters that Blue Bloods eventually turn into. Vampires are stinky, blood thirsty monsters with claws and fangs and totally mad. Blue Bloods are the sexier version. They have heighten senses, strong, fast and long life spans. Vampires are über strong and fast and very hard to kill.

Kiss of Steel focuses on Honoria Todd a young lady that is on the run with her sister and little brother. Honoria is the oldest and is doing her best to take care of her family after they lost their father. But her past is catching up with her and she looses her job. Which forces her to go to a Blue Blood, Blade. She’s been trying not to go to him for help because she is dangerous … and sexy.

Blade is your typical bad boy, alpha, hottie. But he is a gentlemen when it comes to Honoria or he tries to be. The part have a chemistry that Honoria tries to fight but Blade slowing works his sexy mojo on her.

While Honoria and Blade do their romantic dance of will they, won’t they, they are working together to bring down a vampire that is killing people in the village. The two also share an enemy in common. The couple end up saving each other physically and emotionally.

McMaster’s writing and world has sucked me in and I’m moving on to book two, Heart of Iron, which should have some yummy werewolf action.

Fans of steampunk, historical romance and paranormal romance will want to give Kiss of Steel a go.

Similar books: Darkest London series by Kristen Callihan and Blud series by Delilah S. Dawson




Thanks to Heather over at Book Savvy Babes for gifting me the book.

About Bec McMaster

My name is Bec McMaster and I live in a small country town in Victoria, Australia, with my boyfriend, and a beautiful dog named Kobe. I grew up either with my nose in a book or writing, and never understood why other people didn’t get to watch ‘all the movies in their heads’. Following a lifelong love affair with fantasy, I discovered romance at the age of sixteen, and haven’t looked back.

When I’m not writing I like to read, go hiking with my boyfriend, pore over travel brochures, and go to the gym. I’m addicted to travel, and love to set my books in foreign places. It’s the next best thing to travelling there. One day I vow to see the entire world, whether it’s by plane, paper, or imagination.

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6 responses to “Review: Kiss of Steel by Bec McMaster

  1. It’s about time you read this one! Chamber pots, LMAO. This is definitely my favourite installment to date but I’m hoping her next Verwulfen book will blow this one out of the water. I have a hard time with British narrators too; they just sound so… snotty? I dunno if that’s the right word. I think it’s the accent.