Series: London Steampunk #2
Narrator: Alison Larkin
Published by Tantor Audio on June 3rd 2013
Genres: Historical Romance, Paranormal Romance, Steampunk
Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
Audio | Goodreads
Lena Todd is the perfect spy. Nobody suspects the flirtatious debutante could be a rebel against London's vicious elite—not even the ruthless Will Carver, the one man she can't twist around her little finger.
Will Carver is more than man; he's a verwolfen, and he wants nothing to do with the dangerous beauty who drives him to the very edge of control. But when he finds Lena in possession of a coded letter, he realizes she's in a world of trouble. To protect her, he'll have to seduce the truth from her before it's too late.
I highly recommend that you read the novella, TARNISHED KNIGHT before reading HEART OF IRON since there is a few chapters about Will and Lena at the end. The chapters read as a long prologue for HEART OF IRON and gives you a little insight into why Lena and Will left the Warren.
I love the heavy steampunk elements we get with HEART OF IRON. I’m still pretty new to the genre and the fantastical elements in the historical setting is like a character all its own. Lena makes clockwork toys, there’s steam-powered carriages and house drones just to name a few of the gadgets.
Bec McMaster has created a great world in her London Steampunk series. First with the Blue Bloods, a race similar to vampires but not to be confused with actual vampires that are Blue Bloods that has crossed into “the fade” where they are mindless, rotting, blood suckers.
Will is a Verwolfen (werewolf), turned not born. He has not been with a woman his whole life because sharing of blood and “manly fluids” will turn someone. Will doesn’t know how to deal with Lena’s flirtations and his feeling for her.
McMaster brought an exciting story and characters with HEART OF IRON. I really enjoyed the ups and downs that Will and Lena had to go through for their HEA and the progression of the series story ARC that continues to twist and turn. I can’t wait to start reading MY LADY QUICKSILVER.
HEART OF IRON is my 2nd chance for Alison Larkin as a narrator. I listened to some of KISS OF STEAL (book 1) and wasn’t blown away by Larkin’s voice but I have a thing about British voices. They tend to bore me. Don’t know why but they do. I’m trying to be more open-minded or eared as the case by be and give more British narrators a chance. I think that’s one of the main reasons I’ve not branched out into historical romances on audio.