Heart of Iron (London Steampunk #2)
Lena Todd makes the perfect spy. Nobody suspects the flirtatious debutante could be a sympathizer for the humanist movement haunting Londo ...more
When Lena Todd left Whitechapel a year ago, she wanted her independence. And to put distance between herself and Will Carver, her brother-in-law's bodyguard. As an apprentice at Mandeville's Clockwork Emporium, Lena acts as a go-between and spy for the humanists. Her ability to enter into Echelon society, allows her to gather intelligence against the ruling blue bloods.
Will Carver, infected at five years of age by the loupe virus, caged and exhibited for the next ten years, owes his lif ...more
Not a surprise is the brooding, mysterious Will ...more
I enjoyed Bec McMaster’s debut novel Kiss of Steel. Set in the rookeries of London, the author built an interesting world that captured the feel of Victorian era. In Heart of Iron, the storyline is more about the geopolitical conflict, and humanist revolution. While both MCs are likable, I find the plot of Lena’s involvement in the conflict between humanists revolution and Echelon rather weak, and some of Lena's decisions seem a bit obtuse. Will is a classic tortured hero with broken ba ...more
Bec McMaster does it again !!!
Heart Of Iron is a perfect mix of action , romance and steampunk !!! I love the London Bec has created in this series ...more
The big, bad wolf, ready to devour her.
Will Carver, also known as The Beast, is a verwulfen, with a price on his head. When he was five, after being infected with the loupe virus, his mother sold him to a traveling showman, where he spent ten years in a cage. Until Blade saved him. And now he protects Blade and the Whitechapel. Normally Will is pretty good with keeping his control over his verwulfen side, but there is one thing that breaks his control like nothing else - Miss Lena Todd. He’...more
I loved Blade and Honoria's story and had such high hopes for this novel. But this one was filled with too much world building and background story that Lena and Will almost became part of the scenery. Now I'm on the fence about the next book, I guess I'll wait and see the reviews.
As I've mentioned before, the world Bec McMaster created is amazing! It's a little dark and a lot dangerous. You never know who's truly a villain or a good guy. Now, don't misunderstand, cause there a ...more
The year is 1879, and changes are afoot in the once- rarified world of the Echelon. Not only has Blade, the King of the Rookeries been knighted into their fold, but also his second-in-command the Beast has been roped in to secure the co-operation of the verwulf ...more
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TANTALIZINGLY SEXY WITH a degree of danger, Heart of Iron (London Steampunk 2), by Bec McMaster, skillfully blends steampunk and paranormal romance into a captivating and entertaining adventure.
Helena Todd – or Lena – appears to be a flirtatious debutante mingling in London’s dangerous blue blood elite world – the Echelon. Nobody suspects her of being a sympathizer for the humanist organization determined to destroy th ...more
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. ...more
The main couple are a bunch of teenegers.Lena seems a spoilt brat and has the intelligence of one too. Will, well, what about him. I liked him more than her. But given I disliked her for most of the book, there's not much to this st ...more
To say Will Carver’s life has been difficult would be an understatement. Turned by the Loupe virus at the age of 10, he was forced into s ...more
I was initially less thrilled with Lena playing spy, but since that thread actually carries forward to take the series into a new part of the world in the next book, I was okay with it by the end of the story - even though Lena was sort of naive in working for a cause, without knowing what exactly she was working toward (especially since, ev ...more
Truth be told, I didn't think I was ready for this H & h to get together. That concern quickly dissipated within the 1st few chapters. This author really worked her mojo in this one. The book (& whole series)is action packed & adventurous. SOOOOO enjoyed the ultra possessive H, strong h, great 2nd characters & HEA.
The mai ...more
HERO is a Loner, a werewolf for many years caged and tortured, until saved by a rogue vampire who rules a rogue sector and is the closest person to him. He has alwa ...more
In the first book, Kiss of Steel, we meet Blade and Honoria. The second book is about Honoria's younger sister, Lena, and inventor and socialite, and Blade's second-in-command, one of the very few werewolves in London, Will Carver.
Where do I start? If you already read Kiss of Steel, you know that England is ruled by Echelon - a deadly bunch of aristocratic vampire ho ...more
Will kissed her lips lightly, chasing away the questioning tone. “You know I love you,” he said. Her body quivered against his, but he pressed a finger to her lips, stalling her. “I would die for you,” he told her. “I’d kill for you. I faced down mechanical squid, rampagin’ humanists, and lessons in etiquette for you. I danced at a ball for you.”
Great sequel to 'Kiss of Steel' part of the London Steampunk series.
This is Lena and Will the beast of whitechapel's story. The pair have a ...more
I loved the first book and I liked this one too, but it was weaker couple for me.
Lena is too young, too impulsive. She doesn't think about the consequences of her actions. She improves toward the end when she realizes that not everything is black and white, but at the beginning I almost hated her stubborness.
On the other hand I loved, loved Will! He was such a sweet guy. He kept trying to not get involved with Lena, but I'm happy to say that he didn't make it! LOL
The world building is ...more
What I liked:
1. Will - The logical part of my brain says "Gawd, you're so ridiculous" but the flimsy romantic part says "take me I'm yours". I'm not proud of this, but there it is.
2. Steampunk London - The world building is solid and the steampunk is played well. Sometimes steampunks get too technical (aka: boring) but McMaster's avoids that.
3. Will - Still ashamed.
4. Plot - Sizzling and full of twists and turns. It take ...more
Unlike book #1 -- which I needed time to get the hang of it, I was immediately withdrawn to the story in Heart of Iron like a moth to a flame. It had elements that were my weakness: unresolved sexual tension between Will and Lena (especially after I read that short story "Lena's Decision"), a protective Alpha who couldn't seem to see hi ...more