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Forged by Desire

(London Steampunk #4)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  2,891 ratings  ·  266 reviews
A fear she can't escape....

Nine years ago, Perry fled her thrall contract to find sanctuary among the Nighthawks. In that time, she's become a respected member of the Guard, and she's wanted Garrett Reed for as long as she can remember. But when a new case takes a chillingly familiar turn, Perry finds herself once again in the path of a madman...only this time, there's now
Mass Market Paperback, 436 pages
Published September 2nd 2014 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
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⭐️5 stars⭐️

The man with the biggest fists or the best skills in a knife fight isn't always the strongest or the bravest.

It's those who survive the worst life can throw at them and keep on fighting.

Garrett is a gosh darn dreamboat.

Saint Monique
4,5 stars

I didn't like Garrett and Perry as much as other couples but this series is still among the top of my favorites. And I'm still in love with the worldbuilding and the plot. The only thing that bothered me was Perry. I like strong and independent heroines but not when they are acting foolishly. I understand that she is not comfortable with relying on anybody. Her past made her believe that she can only count on herself. However, not wanting Garrett's help was just simply stupid. Especiall
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
May 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads - 3.5 stars.

I love this series for its Steampunk elements, swoon worthy romances, and Bec McMaster’s beautiful writing style. I know that tears are forthcoming every time I pick-up a new installment because this author has a real knack for making me feel invested in the characters, and for tugging at my heartstrings. FORGED BY DESIRE was an enjoyable read, albeit not my favourite LONDON STEAMPUNK novel because of its rather uneventful first half; the story felt like it w
Having met Garrett and Perry and seeing a little glimpses of them in the previous books, this story gives them a chance to develop their unrequited love. The prequel, The Curious Case of the Clockwork Menance provides their pairing, a beginning of something. Forged by Desire expands that something.

Garrett, now the commander of the Nighthawks was a thorough rake. But things change, his developing feelings and a responsibility which he never aspired for. Adding to his problems his rising bloodlus
Bec McMaster
May 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Only rated it because I can't figure out how to write a post here otherwise (:

Here's the first chapter, if anyone wants to read it and get a feel for the series:
So. Good.
This series has been incredibly entertaining. I think this book has had the best villain in the series and I love that the progression of the story arc is bringing all the previous couples together. The last scene has me really excited for the next book so I'm sure I'll be starting it soon : )
Forged by Desire
3 Stars

A respected member of the Nighthawks, Perry Lowell has worked hard for nine years to maintain a professional relationship with her partner, Garrett Reed. But when the bodies of two young girls are found with horrific injuries, the nightmares from Perry's past return to haunt her daylight hours, and she will have to confront the evil that she once managed to escape if she is to have a future with the man she loves.


The prequel novella to this installment, The Curious Cas
Sep 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paranormal
4,5 stars

I love this series! Really!!! It's wonderful and so very, very interesting! I end each book wanting greedely to read the next one immediately! Unfortunately I have to wait... sigh...

I loved this story, but I took half star from 5, because Perry dragged too much her secrets.

I was thinking of her as the Nighthawk: without fear and fierce, insdead she was a knot of contradictions. Outside she is how I saw her, but inside she's a teribly afraid teenager. It could be seen as logical seeing w
Marta Cox
Jul 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Do you enjoy romance? Are you a fan of vampires? Well if you said yes to either if those then you have to read this series. This is the fourth full length novel and do not be put off by the steampunk world it's set in as this author has an amazing way with words that truly brings this story to life. Not the normal vampire story but something incredibly well crafted set in a dark world full of greed and hypocrisy . Pick up this book and be prepared to ignore everything else because once you start ...more
Sep 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi-romance
Great except for a flawed heroine whom I couldn't excuse.

So this was a typical London Steampunk page turner! Great characters and great action! Love, love this series. HOWEVER - Perry, Perry, where was your pragmatism, your bravery and your commitment to duty? Her secrets buried her heroism, and in my opinion, very nearly made her culpable in future murders. Not what I wanted out of a mature heroine with 9 years of Nighthawks duty behind her. But still a great entry in the series and better than
Gwen (The Gwendolyn Reading Method)
Ooph, released yesterday and I stayed up really late last night to finish it, even though today is NOT the day I need to be lacking in sleep. SO, yeah, if you can't tell, it was kinda good. i like this book and i love this series. ...more
 Simply Sam ツ
I really liked Perry and Garrett. Another solid entry in this series that has become a favorite on mine!
Fantastic world building, political games, duels, dashing heroes, intelligent heroines, solid storylines, and steamy romances...The London Steampunk series just gets better and better!
Book four in the London Steampunk series features the Nighthawk gaurds, Perry and Garret. Both smart and deadly in their own rights, these two paired together make one killer investigative team. However, neither one ever believed that the two of them could be something more than just partners at work. Yet that is exactly what happens. When adrenaline and lust mix together, Perry and Garret will find it difficult to fight their desire.

FORGED BY DESIRE is definitely one of my favorite books this
As a collective work, this series is a great one. Bec McMaster is a great storyteller. She has created dark, gritty, memorable world with the London Steampunk series. It’s quite unique and stands out in the historical paranormal romance genre. This installment in the series is a solid addition to the series, it’s not quite one of my favorites but it definitely a good story overall.

We pick up this story not too long after MY LADY QUICKSILVER ends. Lynch and Garrett are at odds due to his role in
3.75 stars.

Perry is possibly my favourite female character in this series. She's such a complete badass, she's been through a crapton of horrible things and she's still fighting. Yes, there was a lot of slightly annoying "I CAN'T TELL YOU" stuff where a solution could have been reached much sooner if people had only used their freaking words.

But it was still a hell of a lot of fun, and I still really enjoyed the ending and all the characters coming together to develop one hell of a pla
THIS is the way to do friends-to-lovers! Yeah, Perry figured it out way before Garret did, but it wasn't really pining. And she had reasons for not going for it. It felt thoughtful.

I finished this a week ago, so I don't have much more to say, but ohhh, some parts of it really drew me in.
It was a bit slow at first and Perry annoyed me with her secrets. It took her forever to trust Garrett with the truth. The writing is, once more, excellent though and the story captivating.
Laura (Kyahgirl)
May 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5/5; 4 stars; B+

The romance in this book was my least favorite aspect to it but the I really enjoyed the mystery and the progression of the overall story arc in the series.
4.5 Stars... Once again, Bec McMaster takes her readers into the heart of the supernatural where she creates a dynamic story of mystery, romance, friendship, and political maneuvering with characters that are equally complex and intriguing... Perry and Garrett fight their attraction, one another, and a whole new brand of evil as they face their pasts and choose their futures... The chemistry between these characters was intense and frustrating at times, but solid in it’s roots of friendship, loy ...more
Feb 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Moncrieff was an excellent villain. He was very demented. Perry and Garrett were good together. They had great chemistry. I probably wouldn't have liked them as much if I hadn't read the novella that took place a few years before this book. It annoyed the hell out of me that Perry withheld so much pertinent information from Garrett. She should have trusted him enough to tell him the truth. Part of what was unforgivable about her keeping secrets was that she had highly relevant information about ...more
Aly is so frigging bored
I had forgotten how good this series is.... How could I?
A friends to lovers romance set against the scintillating backdrop of a paranormal steampunk London world...sigh. It's sheer bliss to pick up each new installment in this series and know that I'm going to experience a story on a visceral level and not just read it. It hasn't mattered who the main characters are or what their particular trouble is; I still sigh, cry, laugh and barely breath in turn. The latest installment was no different though I have to tell you some uber-stubborness was frowne ...more
Lindsay Mead
Jul 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars
I've loved nearly every book in this series so far, but not this one. The characters were great, but the plot execution was boring for me. I'm not big into crime novels and this was written like one, even though we know who the bad guy is the whole time. I would say this book would have been significantly improved from a culling of maybe 40%-50% of its content. Because the pacing was so slow, it took me a very long time to get through it. And I'm hesitant to read the last book in the se
Heather C

Yep, this is definitely one of my favorite series!!

Forged by Desire is the fourth novel in the London Steampunk series and tells the story of Garrett and Perry, two Nighthawk partners we first met in My Lady Quicksilver. I’ve been anxiously awaiting their story for months now and I KNEW they would not disappoint. This was right up there with Lynch and Rosalind’s story…don’t make me pick my favorite.

Garrett is adjusting to his new position as guild Master when the Nighthawks are called in to inv
RachelW (BamaGal)
Jun 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
FORGED BY DESIRE is perhaps the best book so far of Bec McMaster’s ingenious and original ‘London Steampunk’ series. Although all of the books in this alternative Steampunk world are excellent reads, there is an edgy grittiness to FORGED BY DESIRE that has not been as prominent in previous books of this inventive series. The world McMaster has created is reaching its stride, and more innovative storylines are coming into play in this well written, gripping story. There is the niggling issue of a ...more
3.25 stars
One of my least favorites of this series mainly because I had trouble connecting with Garrett and even Perry. They were just not compelling enough for me and neither was the romance.
Ren Puspita
4 stars

After reading My Lady Quicksilver (TWICE. Yeah, I know), I continued my London Steampunk marathon by read Forged by Desire. This book have a favorite trope of mine, a friend turn to love and also its have more mystery compared to the previous. Basically the first half part feel like a police procedural book, since Nighthawks are kinda like police too.

Forged by Desire can't be read as standalone, since the event continue from My Lady Quicksilver. Lynch is no longer the Master of Nightha

A half point off for an ongoing terrific series but here...the heroine, Perry, drove me bug-fuck crazy. There is a hideous bad guy and his serial killer side-kick featured who Perry knows is the dog back to their old tricks evil-twins because they did them to her a decade ago, heart-stopping shit, very difficult to read, and other victims are found, some saved, some lost, there’s a scene’s so awful, had to put the Kindle down for awhile, and Ms Perry continues to...PAUSE and keep s
May 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2017, pnr, hr, 2-stars
Meh! Just, meh!

Forged By Desire is a brilliant example of how destructive suspense can be to a romance, and I'm not even talking about the main suspense that runs as the sub plot. Or was it the main plot? All wishy-washy in this book. The characters, the plot, the atmosphere.

Two débutantes are found brutally murdered in a way that reminds Perry of the horrors she had to endure at the hands of a mad man when she was the young thrall of the powerful Duke of Moncrieffe. Now, this mad man is not Mon
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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.

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