Expected Release Date: September 1, 2012
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Imprint: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Author’s Website:
My Source for This Book: Netgalley
Part of a Series:  Yes, Book 1, London Steampunk Series
Series Best Read In Order: N/A
Steam Level: Steamy

Official Blurb:

He craves her like no other…

Honoria Todd has no choice. Only in the dreaded Whitechapel district can she escape the long reach of the Duke of Vickers. But seeking refuge there will put her straight into the hands of Blade, legendary master of the rookeries. No one would dare cross him, but what price would he demand to keep her safe?

Ever since Vickers infected him with the craving, Blade has been quicker, stronger, almost immortal—and terrified of losing control of the monster within. Honoria could be his perfect revenge against the duke…or the salvation he never dared to dream of.

What Worked For Me:

  • This never counts for or against a book’s final rating, but would you just look at that cover? Isn’t it gorgeous? I admit, the cover is what led me to first pick up this title, and I was in no way disappointed.
  • I really enjoyed the vampire mythology in this story. Without giving too much away, there are many stages of the “Craving Virus”, which was a very refreshing change from many of the “vampire” stories out there.
  • Oh Blade. Blade is easily a favorite hero of mine. Tortured without being whiny, ruthless without being heartless, handsome without being perfect, and above all, full of tightly-leashed danger.
  • I loved Honoria.  Stubborn and prideful, she was so often her own downfall, and yet she wasn’t one of those annoying chits who would cut off her nose to spite her face, or succumb to Too Stupid To Live moments.
  • I enjoyed how the steampunk elements were seamlessly blended into the paranormal and Victorian-style component of the story.  The subtlety of the appearance of clockwork into the story helped to make the steampunk parts an integral part of the story without overwhelming the rest.
  • *fans self* The chemistry between Blade and Honoria is intense, and the love scenes are deliciously intense with just the right hint of danger.

What Didn’t Work For Me:

  • I’m never a fan of having ex-lovers in the picture, and even though the woman in question was a positive influence on the story, I still didn’t care for it.

I. Loved. This book.

Dark, and gritty, with a scrumptious blend of steampunk, vampires, sex, and danger, this book captured me from the very first paragraph and wouldn’t let me go until I’d finished it.  I actually ended up staying up all night reading it, even knowing I had to get up early the next morning, because I couldn’t stand the thought of putting it down.

That doesn’t happen often with me.

Blade was delicious, with his barely-leashed violence and animalistic intensity when it came to Honoria, and he easily ranks as one of my new favorite heroes in romance.

Honoria, too, was a surprisingly enjoyable character, with just enough stubbornness and pride to keep things interesting, but well balanced with quite a bit of intelligence and passion.

The gloriously dark world-building, the steampunk elements blended beautifully with the paranormal, the luscious romance and the incredible chemistry all added up to a must read for any fan of gothic romance with a steampunk twist.

5/5 Stars