I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Forged by Desire by Bec McMaster
Series: London Steampunk #4
Narrator: Alison Larkin
Published by Tantor Audio on January 21st 2016
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Steampunk
Length: 13 hrs
Audio | Goodreads
Ten years ago, Perry fled her thrall contract to find sanctuary among the Nighthawks. In that time, she's become a respected woman of the Guard, and she's wanted Garrett Reed for as long as she can remember. But when a new case takes a chillingly familiar turn, Perry finds herself once again in the path of a madman—only this time, there's nowhere left to run.
Out of their depth and racing against time, Perry and Garrett must learn to trust the desire sparking between them or risk losing themselves forever to the darkness stalking London's streets.
I highly recommend reading or listening to the novella, The Curious Case Of The Clockwork Menace before starting Forged by Desire. The novella sets up Perry and Garrett’s relationship. In fact, I enjoyed the novella more than the full-length novel. I believe if McMaster had dealt with the romance aspect in the novella and made it a little longer then only one story for Perry and Garrett would have been needed instead of two.
The differences between the two stories are basically . . .
The Curious Case Of The Clockwork Menace
- Sets up characters and their working relationship
- Shows us that Perry has feelings for Garrett
- Garrett is a playboy that doesn’t see Perry as a “woman”, at least not in a sexual manner
- Has a whodunit case for them to solve
Forged by Desire
- Garrett realizes that he has feeling for Perry
- Perry’s backstory is the main whodunit
- Hot sexual tension leads to lust/love and HEA
Both stories are enjoyable, fans of the series will no doubt love seeing Perry and Garrett work through their issues.
Alison Larkin is the voice of the London Steampunk series. Alison does a great job with the upper and lower-class English accents. She is very adept at the male voices while still making the female voices feminine. Larkin deliveries another great performance with Forged by Desire and I can’t wait to listen to Of Silk and Steam, the last book in the series but don’t be sad, McMaster is working on a spin-off series.
The Curious Case Of The Clockwork Menace by Bec McMaster
Series: London Steampunk #3.5
Published by Bec McMaster on August 19th 2014
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Friends, partners, and professionals... So just why is this case coming between them?
In a Victorian London ruled by the blood-drinking elite, Perry Lowell is a logical and accomplished Nighthawk: a rogue blue blood who tracks murderers and thieves for the Guild. So when she and her charming-but-reckless partner, Garrett, are charged with finding a missing theatre starlet, it should be a simple solve.
But with an entire theatre of suspects, including a flirtatious understudy and whispers of a Clockwork Menace haunting the place, tension is brewing between the pair of them. Can they come together to solve the case - or will it be too late, when the murderer turns his gaze on Perry herself?
Warning: This is not a traditional HEA. Set three years before Forged By Desire (available Sept 2014), it's a pre-romance novella featuring Perry and Garrett. Heads will butt, tempers will flare - and perhaps one of them might come to realise just what the other truly means to them?
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