Kiss of Steel (London Steampunk, #1)

The Rift Walker (Vampire Empire, #2)

Kiss of Steel by Bec McMaster
Pub­lisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Pages: Kindle Edition, 448 pages
Series: London Steampunk
Pub­li­ca­tion date: September 1st 2012

When Nowhere is Safe

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.

For those of you who are thinking what the hell is wrong with her for even trying this book, let me tell you something. A group read is a group read. You have to show some solidarity. You have to stick to your friends no matter one. I managed to stick to my fellow buddy-readers for about 15% of the book. I could not take more.

The main reason why I hated Kiss of Steel is the cheese. I don’t like cheesy books, and I hate cheesy romances. And this, my friends, is a cheesy romance. (no surprise there given the cover)

Anyways, Kiss of Steel is your typical vampire (yes indeed) romance with a touch (as minor as it gets) of steampunk, which is mostly aesthetic if you ask me. There was close to none worldbuilding, the character development was weak, the plot was romance (yes...), which is no plot at all, and again, I repeat, there was absolutely no steampunk feel to it.

I like some steampunk romances, you know. I loved Wicked as They Come by Delilah S. Dawson and Heart of Steel by Meljean Brook because the steampunk feel was there! And the authors actually created a steampunk world, good characters and then inserted the romance elements. This I like. This I like a lot!

I would recommend this book to hardcore romance readers. Keep in mind that my review is only for the chapters I managed to finish so some things might have changed later on in the book. (not that I care)

Dnf – 1 star

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  1. Nice review! And awesome lay-out!

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