Heart of Iron by Bec McMaster

Heart of Iron by Bec McMaster
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy, Steampunk, Historical
Length: Full Length (448 pgs)
Heat Level: Hot
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Snapdragon

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.

Will Carver is a beast of a man who knows about loyalty, who is unimaginably strong (perhaps because of that ‘beast side’) but whose heart is long since lost to lovely, treacherous Lena.

And clever, seductive though Lena is, she too might well be a victim: living in this alternate White Chapel District, one seems almost slated to be some kind of victim, either ‘thrall’ to a protector…or simply a blood supply.

The dark aura that McMaster creates permeates this work from start to finish. It is a combination of exquisite descriptions and delicious suspense along with small descriptors. You will imagine the pea-soup fog under the gaslights, feel the eerie cold rise off the cobblestones. My only complaint: some specific description bore a strong similarity to her earlier Kiss of Steel.

Heart of Iron takes us into an alternate world/history in nineteenth century London. Society is a far different realm than we might expect – unless we are already fans of Vampire-dom. Even then, few could imagine the realm McMaster here creates; where blue bloods feed on lesser classes, but the victims themselves can be dangerous.

It’s easy to say that this will certainly appeal to fans of the genre, however, I rather suspect that this will rate high on the list of anyone who enjoys a hot romance! Steampunk fans will also adore.

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