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Kiss of Steel

(London Steampunk #1)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  11,556 ratings  ·  1,411 reviews
When Nowhere Is Safe

Most people avoid the dreaded Whitechapel district. For Honoria Todd, it's the last safe haven. But at what price?

Blade is known as the master of the rookeries—no one dares cross him. It's been said he faced down the Echelon's army single-handedly, that ever since being infected by the blood-craving he's been quicker, stronger, and almost immortal.

Mass Market Paperback, 423 pages
Published September 4th 2012 by Sourcebooks Casablanca (first published September 1st 2012)
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Kat Valentine
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
WELL I POPPED MY STEAMPUNK CHERRY and it was fabulously delishous!!!! Bec McMaster is a fabulous storyteller. Her words flow so easy, I felt like I was physically in this victorian world. Such vivid detail from places to things to all the wonderful characters who are so lovely layered and so very interesting. Blade is a blue blood who has to drink blood so he doesn't become a full blood vampire ,he also runs the rookery and is called the devil and murder for having killed his sister during his c ...more

4.5 stars

Six months ago, Honoria Todd, her sister and brother moved into Whitechapel to escape the Duke of Vickers, knowing the rookeries was the one place he would not dare to come. Instead Vickers placed a reward on her head. Blade is the self-styled ruler of Whitechapel and has his own reasons for thwarting Vickers. If Vickers wants Honoria so badly, then Blade is determined to hold on to Honoria all the more.

When Honoria is summoned to see Blade, he offers her 'protection'. For a price. Wan
Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell
Oct 21, 2018 rated it liked it
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Isn't the hero supposed to be blonde? I'm sorry, but one of my pet-peeves is when the cover model bears zero resemblance to the hero and heroine as they're described in the novel. I know it's cool and smoky, and the dude is hot and all, but come on. At
Melanie A. *mostly on hiatus*
4.5 STARS!!
"Easy, luv. Don't stir the devil, or you'll 'ave to pay the consequences."
Soooooo, SILLY ME. For some reason, I thought this book was YA so I kept putting it off . . . and off . . . and off . . . even though so many of my GR besties LOVED it.

Well, not only was it not YA, it was just as great as my friends said it would be!! Kiss of Steel was an amazing mix of Victorian morals, dark sensuality, and gory PNR adventure. I devoured this sucker!

In an elaborate steampunk
4 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. T
“But I’m ’fraid I’ll ’urt you.”
Honoria took his hand and dragged it lower. She slid it under her skirts, against the heated skin of her thigh. “That fear is why I know you won’t,” she whispered. Her other hand went to his nape and she dragged his mouth back to hers. “Make love to me, Blade. And don’t stop.”

* Le sigh * I'm actually shocked by how much I enjoyed reading this ... For the love of steampunk , this was awesome !!!

Steampunk has always been a subject of fascination for me . F
Jun 20, 2019 rated it liked it
I'm honestly still kind of iffy on this whole steampunk thing. Though this series oddly has more of a focus on vampires, but with a twist. Somehow in this steampunk version of the world, people with vampirism are their own special ruling upper class group, and the ability to become a vampire must be specially granted, it's against the law to turn people without approval. Once you are a vampire, you get to live for several centuries with super strength/healing/blood drinking powers, but your own ...more
Feb 24, 2013 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Fans of Paranormal Historical Romance with a Steampunk touch
Recommended to Alkyoni by: Group Read with the Dark Side (I hate you all)

His hands came up and captured her face between them. “Damn you,” he cursed. And then he took her mouth in a blistering kiss.


I am so happy this is over that I want to weep, mentally high-five myself for finishing it, open a bottle of tequila to celebrate and then treat me to a two week vacation to Aruba.

And the funny thing is that the poor book was not THAT bad.

It was all a huge misunderstanding, I'm telling you. This book and I, we were never meant to happen. I joined the group reading u
Christina ~ Brunette Reader

It's a sinister city the Victorian London Bec McMaster has reinvented for us in her debut novel. A hopeless place shrouded in gloom where men and women move like resigned shadows while an oligarchy of quasi-vampire aristocrats, the Echelons, rule the country keeping queen and king like puppets on strings, and where few options are left to humans when the easiest way to survive is to become a thrall, a sort of blood-slave providing the nobles an endless flow of nourishment in exchange for protect
Apr 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 Very Pleased Stars

In book 1 of her steampunk world, Bec McMaster introduces us to a race of 'blood drinkers’ referred to as blue bloods, who rule Victorian England with an iron fist. Humans survive as best they can, mostly as 'servants' and/or thralls. Blue bloods need to drink blood in order to prevent themselves from becoming vicious monster like vampires, but many of the blue bloods are an elitist and manipulative lot.

Now most people avoid the dreaded Whitechapel district and Blade - the f
A crafted tale set in Victorian period in London, we are sucked from the beginning in a world of supernatural species. Last I read on Vampires and Werewolves was of Kresley Cole books (her Immortals After Dark series are amazing, unfortunately she isn't realeasing any new books) and stepping into this world again I was reluctant at first but I'm glad I did, for not only it was refreshing but also mind engaging. The characters are so creative and the plot immersive. This story environment also gi ...more
Saint Monique
5 'beautiful, dangerous, wicked, dark' stars

I'm new to the steampunk genre. Actually, I first heard about it a couple of months ago and to be honest, I still don't quite understand, what it is about. Anyway, I didn't pick up this book because it is supposed to be steampunk but because it was compared to Penny Dreadful series which I loved. And the cover of the book is amazing!

The story is set in Victorian London. It has vampires, werewolves, some kind of mechanic gadgets, etc. Historical events

Bec McMaster has masterfully created a sinister city in the Victorian London. It is filled to the brim with paranormal creatures and Bec's take on the steampunk genre. Her characters were so creative and flawed that I was immediately drawn into their story. Speaking of story, the plot was well-paced and so immersive. I was legit hooked on the story from the very first chapter.

Honoria was such a badass heroine. Trying to hide from her past, she finds herself taking risks to care for
Oct 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
OKAY Vampires and werewolves and steampunk AND victoriana? wow it's a lot mashed together in series these days. I've actually read SEVERAL series with these mashups, but I think this one did a very good job, moreso than other books I've read, to make it a believable world.

The main character is hiding from the bad aristocratic vampires in the outcast part of London ruled by the sexy outcast vampire. I mean, it's pretty obvious what's gonna happen with the setup (the relationship part) but the jo
Paige ♠
Feb 15, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, 3-stars
This book started off confusing because there were a lot of character names being referenced and terms being thrown around and I had no idea what any of it meant! But eventually it started to make sense and I definitely enjoyed it by the end

🆗 I THOUGHT I WOULD LOVE STEAMPUNK because it's like the perfect combination of fantasy plus science, but I didn't love it in this. There was too much focus on the vampires and the class hierarchy and not enough emphasis on cool gadgets and engineering, but t
❤️Emma Book Lover ❤️
5 "Bloody 'ell" stars

Anyone who has paid attention to my reading habits observed I'm a huge fan of Bec McMaster and I will make it my personal mission to read each and every one of her series.
This woman can write ! is no surprise here. I have been captivated by every book written by her.

Once again she creates an enthralling world filled with blue bloods, vampires ,verwulfen in the Victorian London that ensnared me from the first page with characters that emanate determination, integrity, bravery
Lana Reads
4,5 stars

Well, it was good. Not as amazing as Darkest London (Book one: Firelight) by Kristen Callihan, but I still loved the setting and the world building. The characters were authentic and I loved how the real historical events were smartly weaved into the story, with interesting plausible explanations.

She had a talent for speech and could teach a parrot to sound like a duchess.
- That's Honoria.

"Are you decent?"
"Rarely," he said, with an ironic drawl.
"Are you clothed?"

- That's Blake.

I wasn't able to get into it. I wasn't interested, so I stop reading.
I read Book 2 first and backtracked in hopes of gleaning more insight to what I thought I was missing.. I missed nothing.

The characters were flat, the "steampunk" was minimal as the world building seemed lacking. There was little to no descriptions of a lot of the automatons, and the antagonists were cartoonish.

It was a chore to finish.

I completely disliked the arrogant man-whore hero. Especially since he had the audacity to demand the heroine not be with any other man. Double standards.

I saw
Juliette Cross
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Do you ever have those moments where you start reading a new author and the story/writing is so wonderfully spellbinding that before you're even halfway in you KNOW that this is now one of your favorite authors? Yes, that happened. I couldn't put this one down (even though I have a tight writing deadline looming myself). I woke up thinking about these characters and my mind kept wandering back to them throughout the day. That's when I knew McMaster had hooked me well and good.

Why did I fall so
Mindy Lou's Book Review
I liked it. It's a historical vampire story that felt unique. The heroine was someone I could completely respect and I approved of her will to be strong, and do right by those she loved. Through the heroine's thoughts, I was expecting the hero to be a bad guy but he was just as strong and protective of those he felt were family. There were a perfect fit.

I listened to the audiobook version and while I would give this narrator 5 stars for her performance on pretty much all the characters, except o
If you’re reading this, you at least trust some of my judgment when it comes to books. That being said, stop and go purchase this book. I can tell you that I absolutely fell in love with it! The worldbuilding is astounding and makes me wish I could put on a corset and dive right in. The characters are strong and vivid (and don’t forget sexy when it comes to Blade). The writing is unparalleled and upbeat and the last few chapters? Awe-fucking-some!

I don’t usually enjoy steampunk but this one has
⭐️3.5 stars⭐️

"I am tempted to incapacitate him with the hemlock and then castrate him."

Lena paled. "I don't think that would be very wise," she said. "And the only knife we own is what I use for the cooking. You're not using that."

"I was planning on using a spoon," Honoria replied.

Dark Sith Lordette Jennymort ♔
**Buddy Read with my babe.

I am now trash for this series.

B+ 4.5 stars Read for the October prompt of RS/PNR in the 2017 TBR Challenge.

Published in 2012, Kiss of Steel is Bec McMaster’s début novel and the first in her London Steampunk series.  Rather like Kristen Callihan’s Darkest London novels, the books in this series are set in a recognisable Victorian London, which enables the author to get right into the story without the need for extensive description, as the locations and references to things like the London Underground and the rooker
Please forgive me while I rave about Kiss of Steel - what a great melding of steampunk and paranormal romance. I have become enamored with steampunk romance recently, but there aren't many books in the genre where the steampunk trappings are integral to the story. Kiss of Steel is one of the rare ones where the steampunk elements are woven into the fabric of the background instead of relying on 'hey, there's an airship' decorating the story in order to steampunk-ize it. And I thought that the al ...more
Susan (susayq ~)
This is definitely a 5 star read cause I finished it this morning and haven't been able to get Blade and Honoria off my mind since. I loved their romance. It wasn't too fast and there wasn't any extra added drama, just for the sake of drama. I really liked Blade. While he was a badass Blue Blood, he had this vulnerable side that came out when he was with Honoria.

The world that was created for this series was great too. While I admit to being a little confused about vampires and Blue Bloods at f
Wow! Where has this little gem been hiding all this time? Awesome characters, excellent story and great writing.

Note: The cover of the book has nothing to do with Blade and Honoria, but I won't hold it against the book. Publishers will be publishers, what can we do?
Perfect brain candy! Loved it. Alternative history + steam punk+ sexy misunderstood bad boy+ vampires = dream team. Sign me up for the next one!
Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)
Honoria Todd and her younger siblings have disguised themselves and fled to Whitechapel,  the roughest and one of the most dangerous places in London, to get away from the Echelon, the people who murdered their father. Whitechapel is one of the few places where the Blue Bloods don't have complete control, instead Blade a mysterious Rogue rules over them and he seems to have taken an interest in Honoria, but can he be trusted, or will he just use them as a pawn to get the revenge he desires over ...more
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Kidnapped by a dread pirate when she was a child, USA Today Bestselling Author Bec McMaster was raised on myth and legend, and offered her younger siblings to the goblin king many a time. Unfortunately, he did not accept.

Now she writes epic fantasy romance with a dark and sexy twist, which is almost as much fun. She has a secret weakness for villainous heroes, wicked fae princes and dangerous vamp

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“I am tempted to incapacitate him with the hemlock and then castrate him.”
Lena paled. “I don’t think that would be very wise,” she said. “And the only knife we own is what I use for the cooking. You’re not using that.”
“I was planning on using a spoon,” Honoria replied.”
“You're staring."

"Can't 'elp meself, he replied. You were made to be stared at.”
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