Review: Mission Improper by Bec McMaster

Posted July 30, 2018 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 26 Comments

Review: Mission Improper by Bec McMaster
Mission Improper

One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

Series: London Steampunk: The Blue Blood Conspiracy #1
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Steampunk Romance
Published by Lochabar Press
Released on August 16, 2016
Pages: 380
Format: eBook
Source: Free Book

Get it at: add to goodreads

The Delight

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.


Romance Roundabout #235 SPR
Mt. TBR #93
COYER Summer #34


Review Evernight by Kristen Callihan 


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.

The following two tabs change content below.
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.

Tags: , , , ,

  • I’m glad to hear that this ended up being a great read for you, it sounds super good. Great review!

    • Yes, it was a struggle at first, but then it settled in to become a riveting read. Thanks, Jenea!

  • This sounds great. I will need to check out the London Steampunk series too, as I love the genre and its been awhile.

    • The original series and this spin-off are great, Kimberly. I think you’d have a good time with these. There’s paranormal, suspense and steampunk all rolled in one.

  • I love the title and cover to this book. While it does seem to lag a bit in the beginning, it sounds like it goes on to be a great read. I’m especially curious about the villain. A good villain can make a book!

    • Yes! Well worth putting up with the beginning, Crystal. I really have a good time with these and the way she does villains is great.

  • I appreciate when authors try to be creative but if they are like vamps or like werewolves…just call them that.

    • LOL! I might have still gotten the werewolf name wrong because it was a doozy!

  • I must admit to not reading steampunk, but you do make this one sound fun. Glad you got your series spinoff. I can think of a couple (at least)that I wish would have a spinoff!

    • Haha! Glad to tempt you, Lorna. I think you’d have fun with these.

      I agree. A super good series is never disappointing when it has a spin-off.

  • Northwomn

    This is another author I have always wanted to read. Anne – Books of My Heart

    • Most definitely, Anne! I think you’d have a good time with these.

  • First of all I found the title interesting. It is good to know that despite your initial struggles it all worked out in the end. I have never tried this genre, this seems like a good place to start.

    • Yes, it was worth it to keep reading since I knew the first series was great so I was willing to be patient.

      This is one that is a good one for first timers who already like PNR b/c it mashes steampunk and PNR.

  • Some books I really need it to start off quickly or I get bored easily. So slow starts aren’t my favorite. I like steampunk but haven’t read it too much.

    • Yes, I have the same troubles, but fortunately, I had read the original series so I knew what to expect and was willing to give it a chance.
      I’ve been trying to finish up some steampunk books for reading challenge and read some good ones this year. 🙂

  • Bookworm Brandee

    I have always wondered of Steampunk would be something I’d enjoy. Thanks for the rec, Sophia. I love the sound of this one, honestly, even if it did start out slowly. I’ll be checking out the London Steampunk books. 🙂

    • For newbies who already like PNR, this is a series I recommend for breaking into Steampunk because its light on the steampunk and strong on the paranormal romantic suspense. I think you’ll enjoy them, Brandee!

  • I love the paranormal elements in this one. That sounds interesting.

    • Yes! I love how it mashes up paranormal, romance, suspense and steampunk so well. They’re very exciting.

  • This reminds me of the Ichabod Crane series. I do love my steampunk books. Too long since I’ve read one!

    • Oh neat! I didn’t know about the Ichabod Crane ones. I’ll have to look them up.

      I wait too long between picking them up, too, Stephanie.

      • Oops, Ichabod Temperance I meant. Ichabod Crane is Sleepy Hollow!

  • This cover is amazing and I am definitely going to have to check the series out! The main characters sound really awesome!

    • I love the jewel tones of the cover and the models’ positions like they would in the story.

      Yes, you must start with the first series, London Steampunk, and see what you think, Tracy. 🙂