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The Mech Who Loved Me

(London Steampunk: The Blue Blood Conspiracy #2)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  730 ratings  ·  90 reviews
Ava McLaren is tired of being both a virgin, and a mere laboratory assistant for the Company of Rogues. When a baffling mystery rears its head, it presents her with the opportunity to work a real case... and perhaps get a taste of the passion that eludes her.

Blue bloods are dying from a mysterious disease, which should be impossible. Ava suspects there's more to the case t
Kindle Edition, 485 pages
Published June 27th 2017 by Lochaber Press Pty. Ltd
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*I was provided a pre-publication copy of this book by the publisher for review purposes.*

Ohhhhmmygosh THIS WAS AMAZING. I literally could not breathe for that last 10%. This book got me so tensed and emotional.

Bombs, poisons, riots, shots, politics, murders, mysteries, conspiracies, and vengeances – this book was pulling all the punches. I loved how it started with a seemingly normal murder mystery, then clues were found, links were made, and the plot kept on evolving. Bec McMaster had int

I got to, about, 40% and then I realised that sweet little Ava's story wasn't for me. I just couldn't like her enough to want to keep going.
Oh well. Happens.
Off to the next one.
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
I've given this a B+ at AAR, so 4.5 stars

I’ll start this review by saying that while The Mech Who Loved Me could be read as a standalone novel, it probably won’t make much sense to you unless you have read at least some of Bec McMaster’s London Steampunk books. In that series, the author introduces and develops her alternative vision of Victorian London in which the city is ruled by the elite blue bloods while other races – humans, mechs and verwulfen – are second class citizens (and in the case
Marta Cox
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-reviews
Well the second book in this series certainly gives the Company of Rogues a shock as it's quickly apparent that something ( or is that someone?) is killing Blue Bloods. A nasty condition nicknamed Black Vein seems to be able to do the impossible as everyone knows Blue Bloods don't get ill . Ava, our ever curious heroine starts to suspect that this is somehow tied up with the recent death of a Dhampir working with members of the Echelon who will stop at nothing to see the return of the old ways.
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paranormal
I love Bec McMaster’s London Steampunk series and I love this second book of the spin-off too!

This is the story of Ava and Liam (Kincaid). We met them both in the previous books and while Liam is the same old Kincaid (gruff, angry, slightly more fond of blue bloods), Ava is tired of being the sweet, innocent girl that everybody want to protect and cuddle.

“Old Liam…”

New Ava!

What was so very nice here is how the attraction between those two was developed! Slowly, bit by bit, the true characte
Bec McMaster is the bomb! Literally.

Things are always exploding in her Steampunk London universe, and I love it! The action in this novel is stellar, and the suspense is aided by tying together what are arguably the two weakest links in the Company of Rogues. And I am speaking of Kincaid and Ava, who are the heart behind the COR.

Liam Kincaid is a mech, with a massive artificial fist to go with the massive chip on his shoulder regarding Blue Bloods. He isn't the smartest guy on the team, or the f
Bec McMasters really knows how to write highly entertaining books. I enjoy the bad boy/good girl trope and this one is done well. I'm always a sucker for a girl whose goodness can transform a hard man. Liam Kincaid is a humanist - a freedom fighter to some and an extremist to others, but one things is certain, he is jaded. This trope taps into my belief in the power of good. Good trumps bad. With that, it is important that the author does not spend in an inordinate amount of time with the hero d ...more
Aug 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: pnr, 3-stars, read-2017

I want Gemma and Obsidian's story now. Please! :)
3.5 stars

Well, there is always the first time. Bec McMaster is one of my favorite authors and I LOVE her books. But apparently, I hit a bump with The Mech Who Loved Me ...

The biggest problem for me is that I find both Kincaid and Ava as the weakest couple so far -- and forgive me, I thought they both are BLAH as characters. I guess I have passed that phase where I enjoy these followings:

+ Virgin heroine who lets inexperience in physical intercourse distracts her from her other abilities
+ A hero
Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)
4.5 Stars

In the Blue Blood Conspiracy series we see the world post-revolution. Humans, Mechs and some Blue Bloods have killed the Prince Consort who was controlling the human queen and now the equality amongst all races is coming into force. However, there are some who prefer the old regime, of the Blue Bloods ruling over everyone and taking whatever they desire. A crack team has been put together, featuring all the races; human, blue blood, verwulfen and mechs to stop this conspiracy from bring
Bec M is such a talented writer! I can't wait to read the next in the series and I especially can't wait for Malloryn's book...ohhh I hope that Duke gets what's coming to him. :-)
 Simply Sam ツ
***3.5 Stars***

They were two broken souls who became infinitely stronger together.

So yeah, maybe this one was a little heavier on the romance side but I still really enjoyed it for the most part. I was excited for Kincaid's and Ava's story because I love the big, gruff assholes with the ooey-gooey centers. LOVE them. And when you pair that with a prim-n-proper love interest it makes it even more interesting. They got a little too, "I want to, but I can't" at times, and their actions kind of went
If you are a historical romance fan looking for something just a bit different (as I was when I began Ms. McMaster's Kiss of Steel), clear your calendar and look no further. Starting with the London Steampunk series (5 full length novels) and then segueing into this newer one - London Steampunk: the Blue Blood Conspiracy, Ms. McMaster sucks you in with these wonderful suspenseful, romantic and fantastic stories. The worldbuilding is excellent, the characters are well-rounded and compelling, and ...more
Monique V
Jul 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book really surprised me. It was a good plot line with an interesting romance between two people that are completely opposite of eachother. And weirdly that made the romance more tender and Hot. I loved the moments these two shared throughout the book but I love how the romance didn't take away from the other ongoing plot that was very interesting and action packed! I cannot wait for the next book because the set up was great. I am so exited to continue this series.
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
He's a cynical,
She's a dreamer.

She's a virgin,
He's a renowned rake.

He's human,
She's a blue blood,
And he have a strong dislike for the blue bloods.

Ava's days are spend with dead bodies. As a laboratory assistant and the Company of Rogues's crime scene investigator it's not so strange after all ;p The victim of a madman who kidnapped young women to experiment on implanting biomechanical heart years ago, Ava was one of the few who survived. Still plagued by nightmares and worry, she hope to put it
edited after my first re-read :)

I can't believe how little I remembered about this book... although... to be honest, it shouldn't be a surprise, cause it happens all the time... :) a few months after I read a book, I forget most of it... but it's also good, cause then when I re-read it, it's almost like I'm reading a new story :) and this one once again blew me away... there are so many reasons why Bec McMaster is one of my favourite authors of all time... for more details just keep on reading t
Bonnie-Anne Carmichael (Love Triangles Are Fucking Stupid.)
‘I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.’

The London Steampunk series is my all time favourite PNR series. None other compares for me. So it truly, truly breaks my heart that I didn't love this one. It still had the amazing writing I know to expect. It had all the characters that I adore and I loved being in the world again. Unfortunately this just had some pet hates that lessened my enjoyment.

I'll start with the things I loved about this one.

Ava! I
Jen (That's What I'm Talking About)
We first met Ava McLaren, blue blood and former Nighthawk, when she was captured and tortured in Perry’s book, Forged by Desire. Hague infected her with the craving virus and replaced her heart with a working, clockwork heart. She was recruited by Lord Malloryn as part of the Company of Rogues. Ava had been crushing on the only man who was nice to her after her ordeal. However, Byrnes’s wedding to his love, Ingrid, is where The Mech Who Loved Me opens, about six weeks after conclusion of previou ...more
Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
“I've never been a saint, Ava. I never will be, perhaps. But there's something about you that takes my breath."

4.5 Sexy Steam Punk Stars!

What was it about this man that made her enjoy his flirtation so much? She knew they were all kinds of wrong for each other, but she simply couldn't help herself.

Ava McLaren has survived a monster. Turned into a Blue Blood against her will, she’s come a long way from the weak and scared woman she used to be. And she’s tired of being the virginal spi

Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars

My only gripe...Kincaid is a wuss for constantly throwing Ava's crush for Byrnes in her face. Nearly ruin the book for me, I ignored his dumbass and move on. As always, I love BM's Steampunks. I see scenes of Sherlock Holmes (movie version) in my head. Another hit -and don't stop!
Barbara Russell
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this one! looking forward to reading the third book of the trilogy :)
Jenny Q
Oct 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
I've grown a bit tired of the same old, same old in historical romance. Regencies and Highland stories just aren't doing it for me anymore, so I'm finding myself drawn to more unique settings and a little something extra, like a mystery or paranormal/supernatural elements. Bec McMaster's London Steampunk story world is one of my favorites because it features all of the above, and this latest installment, second in the Blue Blood Conspiracy spinoff series, does not disappoint.

What I love about th
Ren Puspita
3 stars

This is one of the case that.."no, it's not your fault, author. It's me" and sadly, I can't enjoy The Mech Who Loved Me that much like its predecessor. I agreed with Ami's point on her review that this books have potential with its theme and plots. After so many badass and kickass heroines, McMaster give reader Ava, a scholar turn blue blood that still fight her nature. The last scientist heroine is Honoria, and while still virgin, both Honoria and also Lena are never bother with their
Jul 15, 2017 rated it did not like it
I think that, with this book, it may have come time for Bec McMaster and my purchasing habits to part ways, as much as it pains me to say it after recommending the first London Steampunk series strongly far and wide. The Dark Arts books took her off my auto-buy list but... this book... it's not good. It's plot over character, and so a lot of the action really doesn't make sense. It's just "wait what, why?" over and over again, and I include in that the big scenes with the Nighthawks. (And again, ...more
Jun 26, 2017 rated it really liked it

I've come to expect incredible action scenes from the London Steampunk series. The Mech Who Loved Me does deliver them, tough not to the same extent as the two most recent books. It focuses more on detective work, interviewing suspects and examining forensic evidence, since Ava is a CSI. But most of all, it spends time building the relationship between Ava and Kincaid.

Their story feels very modern in some ways. Ava suffers from PTSD after the events of Forged by Desire, the book that introduced
Apr 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Ava McLaren is tired of being both a virgin, and a mere laboratory assistant for the Company of Rogues. When a baffling mystery rears its head, it presents her with the opportunity to work a real case... and perhaps get a taste of the passion that eludes her.
Blue bloods are dying from a mysterious disease, which should be impossible. Ava suspects there's more to the case than meets the eye and wants a chance to prove herself. There’s just one catch—she’s ordered to partner with the sexy mech, Ki
Sacha Valero
Feb 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
The first book in this trilogy was in a steampunk collection, and it was really good. It was pure steampunk with wherewolves, bluebloods (not quite vampires) and vampires, mechs, humanists, and a little romance on the side.

I picked this book up because of the qualities of the first. This book is straight up steampunk with a large dose of romance and erotica to move it along. I wasn't prepared for that. I don't mind erotica, but romance is not really my thing. That said, this was a really enjoyin
Apr 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
You know a series remains golden when you've now read 7 in a row and there's still something new to discover each time -
A former Blue Blood Hero gets his arm blown off - it wrong to sorta shrug since his story a few books back wasn't my favorite.
The couple featured here are a bit in their fucking.
Obsidian is beyond intriguing...and yippy, up next!
The bad guy is obvious but my gosh he is full of himself, everyone is up for grabs so he can stick it to
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Bec McMaster is the award-winning author of the London Steampunk series. A member of RWA, she writes sexy, dark paranormals, and adventurous steampunk romances, and grew up with her nose in a book. Following a life-long love affair with fantasy, she discovered romance novels as a 16 year-old, and hasn't looked back.

In 2012, Sourcebooks released her debut novel, Kiss of Steel, the first in the Lon

Other books in the series

London Steampunk: The Blue Blood Conspiracy (5 books)
  • Mission: Improper (London Steampunk: The Blue Blood Conspiracy, #1)
  • You Only Love Twice (London Steampunk: The Blue Blood Conspiracy #3)
  • To Catch A Rogue (London Steampunk: The Blue Blood Conspiracy #4)
  • Dukes Are Forever (London Steampunk: The Blue Blood Conspiracy #5)