Review: Heart of Iron by Bec McMaster

Monday, May 6, 2013
Series: London Steampunk #2
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Published: May 7th 2013
Reviewed by: Amber R.

I thought the first part of this book was slow. I wasn't expecting to love it. I was wrong. I absolutely loved this book. I honestly liked it better than I liked the first book. I laughed, I cried, and there were plenty moments that I was holding my breath. I'm not exaggerating either. Every now and then you need a book that just speaks to your core and that was this book for me.

We all remember Will and Lena from the first book in this series with Blade and Honoria. Lena is Honoria's younger sister and Will is Blade's right hand man..or Beast. We know that in the last book Lena and Will had a disastrous flirtatious moment. This book picks up a few years after that. The Echelon blue bloods still rule everything they can. But the tides are changing. Someone blew up a bleeding factory and the blame is being placed at everyone's door. Humanists are plotting something and trying to convince Lena to be involved. Lena is the perfect spy according to them, since she left Whitechapel she's been living on the edge of Echelon society. And she has ties that lead straight back to her brother and sister living in the rookery.

Will is living on his own and doing his best to survive. However, fighting his natural instincts and being trapped in Whitechapel are two very conflicting feelings. It seems like he's on the cusp of something and he's just not sure what. The prince consort invites Blade to a ball and because of curiosity Blade decides to go and of course Will goes with him. Incredibly the prince wants to ask Will to help him with a treaty they're working on with the Scandinavian clans and werewulven. Will says no up until the moment when the prince offers him something that he can't refuse.

Although Lena and Will do their best to keep away from each other, they are pushed together at every point in this book. Will is attracted to Lena but he feels like she's just playing games with him, plus he's afraid of his beastly nature. Lena is attracted to Will but thinks that he doesn't care about her at all and doesn't want to be rejected by him. But the force between them can't be denied..

There are so many great things that happen in this book. Since it doesn't come out until tomorrow, I don't want to give anything essential away. But I was literally crying in this book. There were so many monumental things that happened. Bec McMaster has a way of pulling you deep into these characters lives and you feel invested. This book was absolutely amazing and this far, my favorite in this series. I'm placing links at the bottom of this, please, please read this series. It's amazing.

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  1. Great review Amber, you are so bad for my TBR. I really want to read this series.

    1. Haha. Thanks! This book is amazing. So is this series. Check them out!

  2. I agree with you 100%!! I enjoyed the first book - I LOVED this one - did you read the novella TARNISHED KNIGHT? I highly recommend to all to pick it up first. It spans the gaps between the first and second book. Anyhow, I also laughed, cried and held my breath in this one... I cannot wait for the next book!


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