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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Drea's Review: Forged By Desire

Title: Forged By Desire
Author: Bec McMaster
Series: London Steampunk, #4
Format: e-book
Release Date: September 2nd 2014
Length: Novel (448 pages)
Genre: Steampunk/Paranormal Romance
Source: Netgalley
Buy: AmazonBarnes & Noble
Rating: 4.5-stars 

Drea's Review:

I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Perry has been hiding from her Echelon past to keep her father safe from a powerful duke with a more powerful grudge. Even her closest friend and partner in the Nighthawks, Garrett, doesn’t know that she is an Earl’s daughter. Though Garrett has to wonder given how easily she played the part at the opera. That night was the first time he’d seen her as more than his partner—seen her as a woman. Now he can’t get her out of his head. But with his craving virus at dangerous levels, he doesn’t trust himself around her. Perry’s past comes knocking and now Garrett is in its crosshairs.

Ms. McMaster’s steampunk Victorian London is every bit as awesome in this book as the other two I’ve read. I love the dark, gritty feel she imparts to her world and the stakes she’s built into it with The Fade, thrall contracts, and of course class distinction. Perry and Garrett are on different sides of that line and don’t care a bit about that.

Perry can hold her own among the elite Nighthawks, is their best tracker, and regularly spars with their former Guildmaster—she’s seriously kick ass. This is no damsel in distress. Garrett is just dominant enough to be seriously sexy and he’s entirely thoughtful, the kind of guy every gal should want to be with. This pair’s chemistry is smoking, their by-play fun, and their conflict believable. I didn’t have any teeth gnashing moments—everyone behaved in understandable ways.

I especially love the villain. There’s a wicked little part of me that adores when the bad guy wants to possess the heroine. Oh, I just eat that up! And it’s great in this book.

Old series’ favorites reappear to help Perry and Garrett but it’s not necessary for a new reader to have the earlier books under their belt to understand what’s going on (though I might not a good judge of that now since I’ve read two). For the record, this is probably my second favorite book in the series behind My Lady Quicksilver, but I’ve still got the first one to read, so we’ll see if it stays at that ranking :)

One last little gripe that’s a SPOILER: (select it to view the text)
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I’m sure there is a universe-related reason why this wasn’t possible, but I was disappointed Perry didn’t get to become a duchess. She owned the villain and totally deserves a spot on that Council.
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  1. So. Ever feel like flailing a little when you're visiting blogs and reading reviews and you want to read the books you really do but dag blast the review pile staring at you saying no ma'am don't even think about it? Yeah. lol

    1. Exactly! Which is why I'm hesitant to read reviews of things I haven't read, so, so many paperbacks sitting on my shelves unread lol.
      I'm also entirely susceptible, so if I read a review of a book I haven't read, I tend to lean toward that person's opinion when I do actually read it. Example: if someone points out an annoying trait the heroine has, I'll notice it, but if they hadn't pointed it out, I likely wouldn't have.
      In any case, I loved this one. But definitely read #3 first if you haven't any of hers yet...that is if you ever dive into her books :)

    2. I hear ya on that. Sometimes it sways me to see the foibles they point out but other times it's helped knowing going in that...gotta be patient with this heroine or lordy she'll do me in. lol

    3. Solid point, solid point. It's such a balancing act between being easily swayed and being informed. *bites her nails*

  2. Oh this series... I'm so behind too. I've only read the first book and I really loved it in fact but I was anxious by the change of characters and finally I haven't tried the second book yet. I should.

    1. I've got the first waiting on my book shelf. I don't know how it could be better than #3 and 4 though :D

  3. I haven't tried this series yet, but I confess that now I'm really tempted... After all, how can you say no to a Steampunk/Paranormal Romance? *makes a note to catch up with this series*

    1. You CAN'T :D
      I didn't think I'd be a fan of steampunk but I LOVE this series. And even though the vampires are a little bit different in this, and I didn't think I'd like that, yeah, I do. I really do.

  4. I loved this one too! Did you read the prequel? Its not romantic but anything Perry & Garrett I want and love. My favorite scene is the duel, that was jusfbadass!

    1. I haven't! I did see them at the end of book #3 and knew what the expect. Guess I better hunt that down. But if there's not a heap of sexual tension I'll be disappointed :D
      The duel is awesome. I love that she can hold her own. Just wished she'd have gotten more props for it dammit.