Forged by Desire by Bec McMaster

Posted June 8, 2016 by Jennifer in Book Review | , | 8 Comments

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 McMasterForged by Desire by Bec McMaster
Series: London Steampunk #4
Narrator: Alison Larkin
Published by Tantor Audio on January 21st 2016
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Steampunk
Format: Audiobook
Length: 13 hrs
Source: Publisher
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.

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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.


Review Breakdown
Narration (Audio)
Overall: three-half-stars


Forged by Desire by Bec McMasterThe Curious Case Of The Clockwork Menace by Bec McMaster
Series: London Steampunk #3.5
Published by Bec McMaster on August 19th 2014
Pages: 148
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Amazon | Goodreads

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?


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.

Review Breakdown
Narration (Audio)
Overall: three-half-stars
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8 responses to “Forged by Desire by Bec McMaster

  1. This is another series I hope to have a chance to listen to in the near future. I listened to the first book, and enjoyed the hybrid of multiple romance sub-genres, and my library has most, if not all, the audios! Now to see where I can fit it in in between ARCs . . .

    • This is a great series. If you haven’t tried it yet, you would like Kristen Callihan’s Darkest London series. They are similar.

  2. It’s been so long since I read these two books. I remember loving Perry and Garrett, but not the specifics. I am looking forward to more – wonder what will happen next.

    • I already bought her two newest books (not in this series). Can’t wait to see if I enjoy them as much as I have this series.