ROMP with a side of Stomp from Bec McMaster

Posted August 29, 2014 by Jennifer in Author Guest Post, Stomp vs Romp 2014 | | 33 Comments

Stomp vs Romp


If any of you know my London Steampunk books, then you’ll know that I like to mix a fair bit of ROMP with my STOMP. Featuring daring duels, dangerous escapes by dirigible, or thrilling chases through the eerie, fog-dusted London streets… there’s plenty here for the STOMP fan, but when it comes down to it, I’m definitely Team ROMP.

Because while my books feature a strong undercurrent of action, the most fascinating part is watching two people fall in love. Fighting monsters is all well and good, but fighting your feelings is a challenge you know they’ll never win.

Maybe it’s got something to do with Garrett, the smooth-talking hero in my upcoming release, FORGED BY DESIRE, and how he just can’t get his best friend out of his mind… Perry’s his partner, and the woman who’s had his back on all of the cases they’ve worked in the darker sides of London, but until the start of Forged – and one very sexy red dress she went undercover in – he’s never really looked at her as a woman.

They’ve worked plenty of dangerous cases, but now the growing feelings between them are pushing them both to the edge. What’s more fascinating than bringing a roguish charmer to his knees? Or that moment when your heroine finally gives in to the inevitable? A duel scene?  A chase? I think not, my friends.

Here’s a little scene from Forged By Desire to prove my point. Poor Perry’s on the run, in order to save Garrett’s life from the mysterious villain from her past – even if it means that she has to lie and tell him there’s someone else in her heart. But the problem with being best friends is that Garrett knows her far, far too well:



“Prove it,” Garrett whispered, eyes glittering as his face lowered toward hers. His mouth whispered along her jaw, body driving hard against hers, every inch molded to her softening body. “Prove that you don’t feel any of this. Prove that I don’t mean anything to you.” Cupping the curve of her nape, he caught a fistful of her hair and turned her lips to his. “Prove that everything between us is a lie.”

And then his mouth took hers.

She’d thought his advances rough the night before. She was wrong. He’d been deliciously gentle with her in comparison. This… now… His body vibrated with anger, with need, with the desperate urge to claim her.

And she couldn’t deny it.

A strangled noise sounded in her throat as his tongue darted over hers. How could she fight him when she wanted him so much? Her own fist clenched in his hair, trying to hold herself up – hold herself together – under the onslaught of his embrace.

If she let herself, she’d drown in this

And then he’d die.

Breaking away with a gasp, Perry shoved at him. If he got hold of her, she knew she wouldn’t have the strength of will to push him away again. A firm hand circled her wrist and Perry couldn’t stop herself from twisting free, swinging his elbow up behind his back–

He ducked beneath her move, twisting the other way and twirling her, almost like a dancer. Timber panelling met her back, Garrett forcing her hands above her head and pinning her there with his body. She’d barely seen him react.

In all of their sparring, he’d never moved like that before. All those times she’d thought she’d won… And he’d let her.

“You bastard.”

He pressed her back against the carriage wall, using his whole body to trap her, to nudge between her thighs and force them to part. Forearms on the wall on either side of her face, he dragged his mouth away, breathing hard. The black glimmer of his eyes burned through her. Good lord, he was strong. She tried to move, to escape, but she was helpless.

His lashes lowered, lips parting in a soundless groan as he ground against her.

“Come now, my fierce little peregrine,” he whispered, riding against her, the hard ridge of his cock grinding exactly where she wanted it. “I know you can get out of this…if you wanted to.”

Perry tried every trick she knew. Wriggling and squirming, and nothing mattered because she could feel him, hands pinning her wrists against the timber, his hips rasping against her. Leaving her wet and slick, aching so desperately that she knew only one thing would assuage the emptiness inside…

Perry stopped fighting with a gasp. Their eyes clashed; he knew it, felt it in her treacherous body. “No,” she moaned, turning her face to the side as he leaned closer.

“There’s no one else for you,” he demanded, as he bit the soft skin of her throat. “Say it.”

The sharpness of his teeth shot all the way through her, igniting something deep inside. Perry squirmed, but this time it wasn’t to get away.

“Say it,” he breathed, fingers curling through hers as her wrists lowered, locking their palms together.

Perry closed her eyes. Squeezed them hard against the emotion surging within. “There’s no one else for me.” There never would be. Never had been, from the moment she’d met him.



Now isn’t that better than an action scene, any day?




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You’re my breath when I feel like I can’t catch my own.”

Captain Garrett Reed of the Nighthawk guard has a deadly mission: capture a steel-jawed monster preying on women. He hates to put his partner, Perry, in jeopardy, but she’s the best bait he has. Little does he realize, he’s about to be caught in his own trap.

Perry has been half in love with Garrett for years, but this is not exactly the best time to start a relationship—especially when their investigation leads them directly into the clutches of the madman she thought she’d escaped…



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Award-winning author Bec McMaster lives in a small town in Australia and grew up with her nose in a book. A member of RWA, she writes sexy, dark paranormals and steampunk romance. When not writing, reading, or poring over travel brochures, she loves spending time with her very own hero or daydreaming about new worlds. Read more about her at or follow her on Twitter, @BecMcMaster.




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33 responses to “ROMP with a side of Stomp from Bec McMaster

  1. BecMc

    Late to the party – for some reason my computer refused to load this website for the last few days! Ooh, looks like some great reads! I have definitely taken down some notes on which to add to Mount TBR. And some I’ve already read – Quinn & Blay, Romancing Mr. Bridgerton – I might have to dig that back out, it’s one of my favourites!

    Good luck to everyone with the giveaway!

  2. I love the friends-to-lover trope, I don’t even know where to begin! Basically if they happen to be neighbours too I so sold. Forged by Desire is a lovely read (currently reading it right now!)! I quite adore Julia Quinn’s Romancing Mr. Bridgerton for a friends-to-lover trope (:
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  3. Mirlou

    I do want to read this series which is on my wishlist for far too long… I can’t remember a friends to lovers books at the moment.

  4. I can only think of a couple that I can remember the name of! Qhuinn & Blay from Lover At Last by JR Ward and (can’t recall the character names now!) Hot Mess by Christy Gissander ! I can’t wait for Forged By Desire! Really looking forward to Perry & Garratt!

  5. Linda

    I’ve read a few which I’ve enjoyed but can’t think of any which made my favs list

  6. Becky

    The bigger question should be, what friends to lovers DON’t I like?! Romp, Stomp, with extra Romp. (:

  7. Aliyah

    The only one I can think of right now is Nora Roberts’ Shadow Spell, which was super fun.

  8. Kristia

    Frigid by J.Lynn is a friends to lovers book I liked! Thank you for the international giveaway 🙂

  9. I can’t say I’ve read many friends to lovers, it’s a bit unusual in the PNR books I read. I can only think of one at the moment…Qhuinn and Blay from BDB, they’re definitely my fave friends to lovers story. Great post, I love steampunk and can’t wait to continue this series!

  10. Ya know I’m with Carmel… as much as I love me some ROMP I’m a STOMP girl at heart.

    I’m also more enemies-to-lovers when it comes to PNR but I have read some cute contemps with friends-to-lovers plots that I enjoyed.

  11. Mitch and Sissy Mae from Mane Attraction by Shelly Laurenston. They met in book 2, The Beast in Him and became fast pot-stirring trouble making pals and this follows through into book 3. It was such fun watching these two troublemakers fight against admitting they were in love.

  12. Susan S.

    I am can’t think of a friends to lovers book right now. I’m sure it will come to me after I submit.

  13. i do want to read this series which is on my wishlist for far too long ^^ honestly… i can’t remember a friends to lovers books at the moment ^^;; save hearts under siege by natalie damschroder ( i haven’t read that many of that kind i guess)

  14. erinf1

    congrats to Bec on the new release!!! I’m just starting this series so I’m very excited to get caught up 🙂 Ummm… Mercy and Adam from the Mercy thompson series? But they were more of a slow simmer than a friends to lovers… but that’s all I could think of. Thanks for sharing!

  15. Mags

    Forged is the best example I can think of at the moment, but that relationship has building over a few books, so I’m sure I can think of some friends to lovers series if I have more caffeine.

  16. aimee

    I really have loved this series so far, and can’t wait to read Forged by Desire. I am really glad to see Steampunk becoming more prominent again. It is a really interesting genera. As for friends to lovers, none are popping out in my head right now, alas it is much too early.

  17. Linda Townsend

    Yours At Midnight by Robin Bielman has friends to lovers… and it was a wonderful read. :-)))

  18. I’m a huge fan of McMaster’s Steampunk series; I never miss a new installment. However, Elliott James’ werewolves have some serious potential too, and this being the last day of Stomp vs Romp and all, I can’t be switching sides, so… STOMP FTW!!!

  19. Ahhhhhh! I Loved that short scene with the guy being all alpha and letting the woman know she is his by making her say it. *fangirl scream* I love those types of scenes. Makes my heart pound like crazy! =)))

  20. Karin Anderson

    I’m reading the Thieves series by Lexi Blake right now. Daniel and Zoey were best friends as children and become lovers in their teens. Of course, the world throws a few hurdles at them, but I love their relationship.

  21. Linda

    I can´t recall even one *hangs head in shame* My fav is the reverse, from enemies to lovers. Already friends, that just feels like they should have done something by now if the love is there. So much more fun with agitation that turns into unresolved sexual tension and finally into a smutty fluff LOL
    Sorry, but that´s just my personal opinion. I did love Forged by Desire, but I wouldn´t call that one friends to lovers either, it was more “professionals finally accepts their feelings”
    Happy Friday!