Series: #1 London Steampunk
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Steampunk Romance
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Released on September 4, 2012
I was intrigued when I saw that this one was a steampunk paranormal romance. Those elements together just sounded so delicious so I just had to read this one. I’m glad that I did because it was a delight from cover to cover. The emphasis was mostly on the paranormal with the steampunk probably a distant third behind the historical. I was enthralled by the world building the author created so I do not mention the emphasis as a negative, but just an observation.
The story revolves around Honoria Todd who has brought her younger brother and sister into hiding with her into the Rookeries which are the poorest and most dangerous part of town to avoid discovery. They remain hidden for a few months living hand to mouth while Honoria and her sister both work, but it is only a matter of time before The Devil of Whitechapel, the lord of this underworld area, comes to collect his due for letting her live in his territory. Honoria has so many secrets and she is afraid of this Blue Blood rogue, but she refuses to cower.
Blade has grown up hard as a poor boy and while he rules his little empire in the slums well, his focus has always been revenge. He sees Honoria as a pawn that he can utilize against his hated enemy because Vickers wants her too. Honoria is full of secrets and he’s determined to get them out of her just as he soon realizes that he is determined to have her for his own.
The a monster, a blue blood taken over by the virus and now completely vampire, is loose in the Rookeries and Honoria’s secrets are all coming to a head. She has to determine if she can trust Blade and he has to prove himself trustworthy before it is too late.
The plot and world building of this one intermingle well. I liked how information is given about the background of this world even while the plot races along at a good pace. Not once did I feel clueless from not enough or bored from too much info at once. It was well handled. The plot has a few twists though they are fairly mild and easy to work out if one pays attention. This is not a disappointment because it isn’t the focus anyway. The focus is always about the building relationship and character growth of Honoria and Blade. Those two were combustible together whether it was the tension that crackled between them, their verbal sparring or the passion when it finally arrived. There are wonderful secondary characters and I enjoyed getting to know them.
I can’t wait to read the next book in this wonderful series. This would appeal to those who enjoy Paranormal and/or Steampunk Romances.
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