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Kiss of Steel by Bec McMaster
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Aug 24, 2012

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bookshelves: fiction, steam-punk, arcs, romance
Read from August 22 to 24, 2012

KISS OF STEEL reimagines our world with an aristocratic vampire class as a lynch pin that impacts social structures (people pay their taxes in blood) and technology (advances in medicine and weaponry to oppose paranormal creatures). Though there are certainly flavors of steampunk in the technological advances, and the way familiar historical periods are redrawn, KISS OF STEEL feels much more like a paranormal historical romance than a steampunk book to me. And despite the fact that Honoria and Blade are drawn together by unexplained physical attraction, McMaster provided growth and emotional connection to support turning that sexual chemistry into something more lasting.

Calling the ruling class of this world "vampires" is an oversimplification (and actually incorrect by the mechanics of the story). I loved the way McMaster explores the intricacies of blue bloods and vampires, the infected and the changed, all the different permutations of a virus that society doesn't entirely understand.

McMaster also laid a good foundation in future books, both with the intriguingly sexually conflicted Will and the queen held captive. Those characters may also be living in a changed landscape, as Honoria's revelations about the vampire virus could ripple through blue blood world... if any of them find out.

Full review to follow.

Sexual content: Sex scenes.

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