Sunday, March 24, 2013

Heart of Iron by Bec McMaster

Release Date: Out now!

Publisher: Sourcebooks

Pages: 448pgs

The Story

In Victorian London, if you’re not a blue blood of the Echelon then you’re nothing at all. The Great Houses rule the city with an iron fist, imposing their strict ‘blood taxes’ on the nation, and the Queen is merely a puppet on a string…

Lena Todd makes the perfect spy. Nobody suspects the flirtatious debutante could be a sympathizer for the humanist movement haunting London’s vicious blue blood elite. Not even the ruthless Will Carver, the one man she can’t twist around her little finger, and the one man whose kiss she can’t forget . . .

Stricken with the loupe and considered little more than a slave-without-a-collar to the blue bloods, Will wants nothing to do with the Echelon or the dangerous beauty who drives him to the very edge of control. But when he finds a coded letter on Lena—a code that matches one he saw on a fire-bombing suspect—he realizes she’s in trouble. To protect her, he must seduce the truth from her.

With the humanists looking to start a war with the Echelon, Lena and Will must race against time—and an automaton army—to stop the humanist plot before it’s too late. But as they fight to save a city on the brink of revolution, the greatest danger might just be to their hearts . . .

The Review

A big thanks to the publisher on netGalley for accepting my request in reading this book early!

I absolutely loved the author's debut novel, Kiss of Steel. It was so fun, witty and upbeat, you know? So while this sequel didn't necessarily beat my love of that first book in any sense, but I still thought this book was a pretty great continuation of this adult paranormal series and it offered quite a few interesting secrets that we weren't aware of at the beginning of the series, even with two very different characters taking the reins this time in the second book.

When it comes to the main characters, I wasn't entirely won over by Lena's character. She was great in being bad-ass and being always persistent in pursuing a relationship with her brooding leading man, Will Carver, who isn't an easy man to like, but I don't know . . . there was just something I couldn't quite connect with, at least not in the way I connected with her older sister, Honoria, who was the main character in the previous and first predecessor book, Kiss of Steel. As for Will, like I said, he wasn't the easiest man to love but when he begins to prove himself and begins to fall for Lena's character, I have to say many ladies, while reading this book, will be very happy with him because well . . . he is like the paranormal Pride and Prejudice's Mr. Darcy but without the whole general grace and human type of thing considering he's a werewolf and all.

Overall, HEART OF IRON was a non-stop read with plenty, plenty of action that continued to fascinate me all the way through the book and I'm pretty excited to see what else Bec McMaster has next up her sleeve in this series considering what happened at the end of this book. I'm pretty excited indeed.

The Rating
3 1/2 / 5 stars

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