Tarnished Knight (London Steampunk #1.5)
After a vicious vampire attack left him struggling to leash the dark urges of the craving virus, John "Rip" Doolan thinks he's finally starting to master the darkness w ...more
“If you don’t want it, blink. If you do, squeeze me fingers. But know that this’ll devastate Esme.”
It’s been six months since John “Rip” Doolan made the decision to be changed into a blue blood instead of dying from a fatal vampire attack. He never wanted to be a blue blood, but for Esme he would do anything. He’s been struggling to overcome the craving virus, but finally he feels more in control. Except when it comes to Esme, his closest friend, and the one woman he wants above all else but...more
I really liked both Rip and Esme when we were introduced to them in the first book, they are both incredibly loyal members of ...more
Rip was such a tortured hero - my favorite kind :) Rip and Esme had huge communication problems. Thankfully, Blade meddled and helped them get it straight :)
The few chapters at the end about Lena and Will were wonderful! And as I said at the beginning of the review, I can't wait for the next book which is theirs :)
I love the steampunk "Whitechapel" world Ms McMaster has created in this series. In this book we get a peek into the love story of Rip and Esme. They fit so perfectly together; they really have that spark! The reason I knocked off a star is because their story is too short! (That seems to be my biggest complaint with most novellas!)
I really enjoyed this novella. After meeting Rip and Esme in book 1, it was so nice to read more about them and more about the steampunk world that McMaster has created. I am really enjoying this new author.
I really liked this novella, it was originally serialized with one chapter a ...more
It's not a secret I'm not a fan of novellas, but as far as novellas go, this was pretty good. I loved the theme of this little book and I just wish it was longer. Oh well...
As a bonus there's a little introduction for book #2 that will whet your appetite to read more about Will and Lena.
Still, I'm glad Rip and Esme got their story told!
Beautifully romantic tale set in her London Steampunk world this is the story of Esme, Blade and Honoria's housekeeper and John "Rip" Doohan Blade's enforcer. Amongst the mystery of disappearing people in Whitechapel and the evil slasher gangs, Rip must face his own demons if Esme is ever to be his. If you loved Kiss of Steel, you must read this. It's great.
6 months after the attack, Rip/ John is still trying to come to terms with his change as a blue blood and is very wary of showing his love to Esme, Blade's widowed housekeeper. The story revolves around how she tries to convince him that their love is worth the risk and how he at last finds a way ...more
While the main issue of this story was COMMUNICATION problem -- which sometimes I dislike -- somehow I couldn't get myself being annoyed by it because it did create a delicious tension. Rip was an idiot, that I could say. Esme had been throwing hints, h ...more
I very quickly came to love this series! I am so glad that Anne from Under the Covers Book Blog recommended this series to me. It is a unique blend of historical, paranormal and steampunk. This book takes place approximately 6 months after the first book left off. Rip was given the blood-craving to survive a mortal wound at the end of the first book. It was Esme who provided blood for the first time to Rip so that he would survive. For the last ...more
How did I not know this novella was around until now?! It w ...more
This is a wonderful novella length story about how Esme and John "Rip" Doolan finally get together. As a wonderfully crafted steampunk series, this novella provides some much wanted background into the side characters we've come ...more
On another note, Bec McMaster, I love you. Please write a book a month. I'd buy every single one.
We met Rip and Esme in Kiss of Steel, and it was immediately obvious that there was more than just feelings of friendship between them. Tarnished Knight takes place over the first Christmas at the Warren since Blade’s little family has expanded; about six months after book one…six months after Rip was infected with the craving and Esme almost lost him…
This was the case of poor communication, neither Esme nor Rip wanting to admit their true feelings for the other ...more
It's been six months since John »Rip« Doolan has been turned into a blue blood in order to have his life saved. Dealing with the uncontrollable cravings for blood convinced Rip further more that he will be never good enough for Esme, a woman who has been taking care of the household where Rip lives for years. Esme has always had feeling for Rip but has never voiced them, though she showed it every day in taking care of him. But now she's tired of waiting and sees no reason for Rip to ke ...more
Bref, une très sympathique et touchante histoire (dommage que ce soit un format novella, j'aurais adoré en lire plus à propos d'Esme et de John).
This book was lent to me. Thank you very much JLC. It picks up right off where a "Kiss of Steel" finished. Rip is now a blue blood and is fighting the craving. Rip thinks he isn't good enough for Esme which is rubbish. I do get why Rip doesn't want to get close to Esme as he is afraid that he'll hurt her. But the Slashers are back and they are after blood. This book is a stepping stone for the next book. We see a bit more of Will and Lena. I l ...more
...enjoy dark, gritty steampunk.
...like when the big, hulking guy finds a lady who appreciates him.
...don't mind mechanical bits.
...get a kick out of a friends-to-lovers romance.
...aren't bothered by misunderstandings.
I really, really liked this one. Vampires, werewolves, and dangerous men and women. The bad guys are bad. The good guys straddle the line, but they always protect what's theirs. LOVED IT!
-Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal
2ème livre que je lis de Bec Mcmaster et 2ème excellent moment passé avec la plume de cette auteure.
Je l'attendais cette nouvelle. Pour celle qui ont lu La fugitive de Whitechapel, la situation n'est pas simple entre Esme et John. Elle est la gouvernante de Blade tandis que lui est son bras droit.
Le géant a survécu a une attaque de vampire plus mort que vivant. Pour ne pas succomber, son maître Blane a du faire de lui un sang-bleu. Depuis, il a du mal ...more
In 2012, Sourcebooks released her debut novel, Kiss of Steel, the first in the Lon ...more