Genres: Paranormal Romance, Steampunk Romance
Published by Lochabar Press
Released on August 16, 2016
Source: Free Book
London Steampunk will remain one of my favorite series and I was feeling somewhat blue that it was over. Lo and behold, we have a new season with an action-packed and suspenseful new series arc and focusing on several new characters in the much beloved world. Please don’t let the fact that this one set on the shelf a while fool you. I have been more than eager to get back into this world blending paranormal, steampunk, suspense, and romance.
Mission: Improper began with an assembling of a crack team and their mission is to delve into mysterious mass disappearances and the apparent effort by someone to undercut the new government administration. It became obvious when the colorful group of characters on this team were revealed that there would be several sizzling stories to watch for.
This one hones in on ice cold Nighthawks’ Investigator Caleb Byrnes, a rogue blue blood (think vampire) with a bitter past and a determination to keep himself strictly non-committed save to his work. And, the other part of the pair is hot-blooded vervolfen (werewolf) contracted independent investigator, Ingrid Miller. This pair has an acrimonious past and there is definitely unfinished business between the pair. Between facing off against a cunning group who have more than one plot going and some deep intrigue to heightens the danger and facing off with each other, they are kept pretty busy.
Now, I definitely had a good time with all the elements that made up this story and loved it as a whole. But, oddly, it was a struggle through the early chapters to keep my attention. Even chores were more compelling. I won’t say it was boring, but I had a distinct need for it to get going already. Some of it can be attributed to the typical first book in series set up and intro stuff which is fine, but a lot of it was actually the early nonsense going on between Ingrid and Byrnes. Totally attracted, totally in denial, afraid to trust, lusting, competitive, and so on which led to several chapters of sniping at each other, one upping each other and nothing really happening in the romance or much of anything else. About half of all that would have probably been just the right amount to set up their romance style and personalities.
Which, speaking of this pair, they sparkled when they were out in the field working. Things got intense and they got themselves and each other out of tight spots. There were a handful of good fight scenes which I love about this series and the women are just as capable as the men whether its brains and cunning or actual fighter like Ingrid. When they finally got past the childish sniping, this pair were fun to watch two courageous people cautiously pick their way through love’s mine field. They didn’t immediately fall into bed and the build up of sexual tension was good. I was really cheering for them knowing they both had terrible childhoods and didn’t think they could ever have a real relationship for different reasons.
Alongside Byrnes and Ingrid, other storylines that will blossom in future books rose up and I definitely want all those stories. As is her forte, McMasters delivers a clever and worthy enemy who is still in the shadows and has a strong group of villainous allies who give the good guys and gals a run for their money. I look forward to seeing what comes next since this mission was just the opener.
So, this new season of stories is off to a grand start. I can’t wait to pick up book two. Those who are wondering if Steampunk is their thing and come from a paranormal romance loving background would probably find the London Steampunk books as a great gateway to the genre. And, the reverse is true for steampunk lovers wanting to try their hand at paranormal romance.
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