Heart of Iron by Bec McMaster

Posted February 18, 2015 by Jennifer in Book Review | , | 4 Comments

Heart of Iron by Bec McMasterHeart of Iron by Bec McMaster
Series: London Steampunk #2
Narrator: Alison Larkin
Published by Tantor Audio on June 3rd 2013
Genres: Historical Romance, Paranormal Romance, Steampunk
Format: Audiobook
Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
Source: Purchased
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.


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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.


About Alison Larkin

Alison has narrated over 100 bestselling audiobooks, including her own novel The English American which won an Audiofile Earphones award and joined President Obama and E.B. White on Audible’s top ten list of Best Author Narrated Audiobooks of all time. Consider the Fork by Sunday Times columnist Bee Wilson, narrated by Alison won a Best Non-Fiction of the year award. Recent books narrated by Alison include Pride and Prejudice and Emma by Jane Austen, The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie and Alice in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass. She recently took over from Penelope Keith as the new narrator for the Agatha Raisin series by M.C. Beaton for Blackstone Audio. Alison has narrated countless New York Times bestsellers that have appeared on various Best of the Year and Pick of the Month lists.

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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After 17 years I've finally finished my BA in English (no I do not want to be a teacher). Before majoring in English I would not have touched anything labeled "classic", but I have enjoyed a few along the way in my college career.

While I hated to read growing up, I am now an avid book reader and audiobook listener. I love rejecting reality one book at a time. I only read fiction within my favorite (at least to date) genres which include: most romance (paranormal, contemporary, D/s, BDSM, M/M)Urban Fantasy, and a few YA (mostly PNR or UF from favorite adult authors, but I'm slowly stepping out of my comfort zone after enjoying a few contemporary YA novels in adolescent literature class I took).
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4 responses to “Heart of Iron by Bec McMaster

  1. LOVE this series. And this was one of my favorite books. And I strongly agree about reading the novella first. The time jump totally messed with me!

  2. Awesome! Glad to hear that you enjoyed this one. I had read Tarnished Knight and enjoyed it. I prefer stories that focus more on shifters rather than vampires. So, I may have to pick this one up next!

  3. Yeah if you don’t like English voices (which are my favorites–oddly) then most historical will be a miss for you. I do want to try steampunk again (some day) just hasn’t been much of a hit for me (only that one series has been good and still have only read the 1 in that one). I will keep these in mind.

  4. I really need to look into more steampunk. I have read many. I’ve heard a ton of great things about Bec McMaster. The fact that this one has werewolves, could help me to push it higher on my list. You know how much I like my shifters. 🙂