Heart of Iron

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Expected Release Date: May 7, 2013
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Imprint: Casablanca
Author’s Website: http://www.becmcmaster.com/
My Source for This Book: Netgalley
Part of a Series: Yes, Book 2, London Steampunk Series
Series Best Read In Order: Yes, but might work well as a standalone
Steam Level: Steamy
Pet Peeves:
Favorite Tropes: Darker Debuantes, New Twist on Vampirism, Forbidden Romance, Rags to Riches

Official Blurb:

Lena Todd is the perfect spy. Nobody suspects the flirtatious debutante could be a rebel against London’s vicious elite—not even the ruthless Will Carver, the one man she can’t twist around her little finger.

Will Carver, is more than man, he’s a verwolfen and he wants nothing to do with the dangerous beauty who drives him to the very edge of control. But when he finds Lena in possession of a coded letter, he realizes she’s in a world of trouble. To protect her, he’ll have to seduce the truth from her before it’s too late.

What Worked For Me:

  • One thing that I loved so much about the first book has spilled over quite well into the second — that of the very creative original mythology surrounding the old tales of vampirism and werewolves. The concept of the Blue Bloods still fascinates me, and I was very pleased with the ability to explore the verwolfen side of the story in this book.
  • loved the scene where Will’s instinct began to take over. I would love to say more, but it’s a spoiler, but suffice it to say, that was quite likely my favorite part of the story.
  • Mercury! *bounces with excitement* Mercury’s book is next! Okay, so that part doesn’t count towards the final rating, but the scenes involving Mercury and Mercury’s identity do, and they were a definite favorite of mine as well.
  • As a major fan of the first book in the series, I was thrilled that Blade and Honoria played a rather large part in this tale as well.  As someone who hadn’t read that book in quite some time, I was also pleased that while they featured heavily, they never overtook the story of Lena and Will, and simply added a bit of richness to the story rather than making it seem more of a continuance of their own story.
  • Two words: Virgin. Hero. *cheeky grin*
  • On that same thread, I’ve always loved stories where there’s a bit of animal intensity — where instincts overrule normal human thinking when it comes to a character’s mate. In fact, that’s probably why I’m so drawn to paranormal romance and the like so much to begin with, but I digress. The chemistry between Will and Lena has always existed, but it was certainly ramped up quite a bit in this book, and when they finally get past the stumbling blocks that were keeping them apart, the earth moves. *fans self*
  • The climax of the story (no, not that climax, ya perv…) was not at all what I’d expected, and I loved that

What Didn’t Work For Me:

  • I didn’t really care for the villain. Even though I understood that the Blue Bloods are intended to be on a higher level of creepy, the villain was a bit too much of the mustache-twirling variety for my tastes, and didn’t really seem scary so much as he just seemed… gross.  

I was a huge fan of the first book in this series, Kiss of Steel (YOU CAN READ MY REVIEW HERE), and so when I saw this one was available, I knew I had to snatch it up. While I still find myself a bit more fascinated with the Blue Bloods and the mythology of vampirism in this series than I do the Verwulfen, I can’t deny that Will and Lena absolutely shine in this story.

With an enormous amount of chemistry and sexual tension, not to mention the forbidden aspect of their romance, they made an amazing pair, and when you throw in the intrigues of court and the new worries of a treaty between the Blue Bloods and the Verwulfen clans from other countries, I was simply glued to the pages. 

4halfA very solid 4.5/5 Stars