Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Kiss of Steel by Bec McMaster

From Amazon - Most people avoid the dreaded Whitecapel district. For Honoria Todd, it's the last safe haven. But at what price?

Blade is known as the master of the rookeries—no one dares cross him. It's been said he faced down the Echelon's army single–handedly, that ever since being infected by the blood–craving he's been quicker, stronger, and almost immortal.

When Honoria shows up at his door, his tenuous control comes close to snapping. She's so...innocent. He doesn't see her backbone of steel—or that she could be the very salvation he's been seeking.

In the society we live in, as much as I hate to admit it, vampires are severely overdone.  Though the cover of the book is clever and bold, I hesitated to start this one.  Really, how many new ways can the vampires be presented?  Was I about to read the same old same old and be bored out of my socks and have to give a bad review?  Nope!

I was actually pretty impressed with this one.  The romance portion of the book was alright.  There's a nice sense of passion and flow between the characters and a nice dash of lust and sweetness tossed in.  For me, that wasn't the important part of the book though.  For me, it was all about the new presentation of this mythical creature that we all love so much and can't seem to get enough of.

We have an ingenious caste system now that's set in London, but not the London of today.  This is a surreal portrayal that will pull you in and make you peek around every corner to grab every essence that you can.  There are also different types of vampires as well as several that have been mechanically enhanced.  There's just enough description of each that you can easily picture them all in your mind, but not so much that you'll become bored and toss the book across the room.  

The intrigue surrounding Honoria and Blade, as individuals, not a beginning couple, is enough to keep you sucked into each page and flipping rapidly through.  I thoroughly enjoyed this one, even though I was a bit disappointed at the end.  Sadly, it's a bit predictable, but still worth reading.

You vampire lovers out there will want to pick this one up.  Though I wouldn't say it's at the top of the best books in its genre that I've read, it's definitely in the top ten percent.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  Shawn

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