Tarnished Knight by Bec McMasters #AfternoonDelight #Review

Tarnished Knight by Bec McMasters #AfternoonDelight #ReviewTarnished Knight by Bec McMaster

Genres: Paranormal Romance, Steampunk Romance
on April 21, 2013
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(Currently free on Smashwords)

I couldn’t believe my luck when I no sooner finished the first story in the series than I found out about this novella free at Smashwords.  On top of that news, I discovered that this is really two stories not just one.  Yummo!

The first story gives two minor characters in ‘Kiss of Steel’ their chance at romance and happiness.  Rip puts up blocks faster than Esme can tear them down, but she is determined.  He thinks he’s nothing special and now that he’s been infected with the virus and a blue blood he is afraid that he will accidentally lose control with her so he pushes Esme away while maintaining silence that she takes as a signal that he doesn’t wish to be more than friends.  With a little Christmas hope and the meddling of friends along with a dash of danger from the Slashers who are snatching women in Whitechapel for their blood, they might get past their problems.  I enjoyed seeing this couple get their chance and I was frustrated along with Esme though I completely understood where Rip was coming from.  Esme is a great character and I loved how she looked past the surface stuff and saw the beautiful soul inside Rip.  However, I should admit that she likes the exterior package too.  They were great together and I hope they get some face time in the rest of the series.  It was neat to get a glimpse of many of the characters.

The second story is really a short teaser piece that acts as a transition for the second novel that makes Lena and Will the main characters.  It ends on an ominous note for a few different plot threads. While I was sad to see what was happening, I enjoyed the snapshot at where things are leading and look forward to book two.

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About Bec McMaster

Bec McMaster lives in a small town in Victoria, Australia and grew up with her nose in a book. A member of RWA, RWA (Australia) and RWNZ, she writes sexy, dark paranormals and steampunk romance. When not writing, reading, or poring over travel brochures, she loves spending time with her very own hero or daydreaming about new worlds.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.