It’s been a while since I’ve read such an imaginative paranormal romance. Bec McMaster has penned a noteworthy4 ½ stars – Paranormal Romance/Steampunk
It’s been a while since I’ve read such an imaginative paranormal romance. Bec McMaster has penned a noteworthy debut that’s bold, inventive, engrossing, and sensual. I really enjoyed this!
McMaster has crafted an intricate, alternate London set historical with memorable, complex characters and unique elements of paranormal, steampunk, vampires, and verwulfen blended seamlessly without excessive world building to bog down the pacing or impede the romance. The dark, eerie Whitechapel setting gives the story an authentic gothic resonance and provides lots of danger, intrigue, thrills, and chills.
Blade, “the devil of Whitechapel”, is a captivating, sexy hero with a fascinating mix of tortured soul and primal alpha male who’s at times brutal yet intimately tender and protective of those he cares about. He’s rough, growly, ruthless, and possessive, has a caring heart of gold, and yearns for affection, trust, and peace. Blade reminded me a little of Charming Mickey from Elizabeth Hoyt’s Scandalous Desires at times but with more of a predator, supernatural edge and a somewhat softer, gooier center. In other words...YOWZA!
Honoria Todd is a strong, brave heroine and I both admired and wanted to strangle her at times for being so stubborn, proud, and loyal to a fault. It drove me crazy that she continually resisted and rebuffed Blade, no matter what he did or how hard he tried. Blade and Honoria engage in quite a bit of bickering, sparring, and bantering and have some seriously explosive chemistry. And when she finally comes to her senses I nearly screamed...well, it’s about time!
Kiss of Steel is a terrific, original debut that’s dark, passionate, intense, emotional, and satisfyingly steamy. I’m looking forward to the next book, Heart of Iron.
Loved it! This is my favorite KH read! Parker and James were great characters, and I enjoyed the dual POVs. The romance5 stars – Contemporary Romance
Loved it! This is my favorite KH read! Parker and James were great characters, and I enjoyed the dual POVs. The romance in this was more prevalent than in some of her other books, and the epilogue was fantastic and sigh-worthy.
I’m just sad that I’ve finished her backlist and have to wait until September for her next book release....more
Not my favorite Lorraine Heath read...her terrific Scoundrels of St. James series still has the bar raised rathe4 stars – Historical/Victorian Romance
Not my favorite Lorraine Heath read...her terrific Scoundrels of St. James series still has the bar raised rather high for me...but a solid 4 star historical romance nonetheless. I’m looking forward to Tristan’s and Rafe’s stories....more
Wow! I loved this! It's an emotional, sensual, and engaging romance between a free-spirited, indecorous, rebel h5 stars – Edwardian/Historical Romance
Wow! I loved this! It's an emotional, sensual, and engaging romance between a free-spirited, indecorous, rebel heroine who's brazen ways mask a fragile soul and a steadfast, honorable, strait-laced, to-die-for duke who can't resist her scandalously tempting allure. I loved the complexities of the characters and the chemistry, connection, and passion between Julia and Aidan. Scandal of the Year is another Laura Lee Guhrke favorite! I just wish the wait wasn't so long for her next book, Trouble at the Wedding. 5 sigh-worthy stars!
This was the pain of light and beauty and a man's tender kiss. It was the burn in your eyes when you looked into the bright, shining sun, and the pinch in your chest when you saw the first green shoots of springtime, and the lump in your throat when you heard the sound of a newborn baby's cry. It was life, life, life.
(view spoiler)["I looked into your eyes that night, and they were so reliable and so steady and strong, and I felt as if I'd landed on a rock in a very stormy sea. I turned it down, but now, I would be a fool to turn it down again. Because it's what I need more than anything else in the world. I need you, Aidan, not to be chains that weigh me down, but to be the rock I can cling to when the waves are too high."(hide spoiler)]
I’m a big fan of Lorraine Heath’s Scoundrels of St. James series and although this isn’t quite up to par with those, it’s4 stars – Historical Romance
I’m a big fan of Lorraine Heath’s Scoundrels of St. James series and although this isn’t quite up to par with those, it’s still a good read, and I definitely felt a connection to the characters and was emotionally invested in the story.
Lady Louisa might be the daughter and sister of an earl, but rampant debt and elaborate spending habits have left her family’s estate in financial ruin. To earn money and avoid inevitable spinsterhood, she accepts the position of chaperone to the two daughters of the wealthy American Rose family and undertakes the challenge of finding them suitable, titled English husbands.
The Duke of Hawkhurst, Louisa’s brother’s best friend, is having financial trouble himself and begins a desperate, ruthless campaign to court and wed the eldest Rose daughter, Jenny, to win her immense dowry, but Louisa is determined to prevent the scoundrel Hawkhurst from earning her charge’s favor. When a library rendezvous takes an unexpected turn, Hawkhurst finds himself in a forced marriage, but is it to the right woman?
I liked Louisa and Hawkhurst, and they had a believable connection. I never doubted that they belonged together, but I got really frustrated at times with the perpetual misunderstandings and their tendency to internalize everything. Although there is a HEA, I would have liked a bit more explanation and sharing between the couple once they finally admitted their feelings (and perhaps a bit more groveling from Hawk) because it seemed a bit rushed and too easily wrapped up in that regard. Overall it’s a satisfying romance from Lorraine Heath, who has become one of my favorite authors. 4 stars.