Welcome Bec McMaster! Forged by Desire!

In my latest release, Forged By Desire, my hero and heroine are both friends and partners, who serve the Nighthawks Guild, in an alternate Victorian London. They’ve had each other’s backs over the years, on all manner of dangerous cases, but it’s only recently that my poor oblivious hero, Garrett, has realised that his partner, Perry – who prefers men’s attire – is not just a woman, but an attractive one.

So, for fun, I thought I’d share some of my favourite quotes from Forged By Desire.

In the first, we have Garrett and Perry undercover at the opera. It’s the first time Garrett has seen his partner in a dress. Maybe there’s a bit of tension there? After all, Perry’s had some unrequited feelings for her partner for a long time –

Idly fanned herself, Perry glanced around the room with a slightly bored expression. “I do know what I’m doing.”

“So do I.”

“Yes, but playing a cad is already within your repertoire.” The fan stirred cool air over his lips as he reached out and leaned his hand against the column behind her. Perry’s expression lashed pure heat through him. “That was never in any doubt.”

“If I doubt you, it’s only because you’ve never played the lady before.”

“Perhaps you simply never noticed.”

He looked down. There was a slightly challenging note beneath the words.

Garrett’s the kind of hero who always has a smooth word for everyone, especially the ladies… But he’s struggling with his own demons in Forged, and also with feelings that he’s never owned for a woman before. And when Perry’s dark past threatens to resurface, he has to convince her to stay with him –

“You’re my anchor, Perry. You’re my breath, when I feel like I can’t catch my own. I don’t think I can be strong enough to fight this alone.”

And once things start to heat up, he’s definitely going to go to all lengths to win her over. What can be sexier than a scandalous waltz?

“You look beautiful,” he said, sweeping her into the dance. Of course he knew the steps, though she didn’t ask how. There’d been affairs in his past with ladies of the Echelon and Garrett had always been able to master any skill with minimal effort, damn him.

He turned her in a slow circle, holding onto her wrists from behind. “Though I prefer you in red.” Another turn, drawing her back against his chest, his voice whispering over the skin of her neck. “And wet.”

And now we have Garrett and Perry, butting heads over the best way to deal with the villain, who is watching their stolen dance –

“You shouldn’t be here. You’re going to ruin everything,” Perry said.

“Precisely.”

And just for a teaser, I’ll throw in a few little excerpts from Of Silk And Steam, which is due out in March 2015, and follows on from Forged:

Here we have Mina, the Duchess of Casavian, and Leo Barrons, enemies who are forced into an alliance for a daring escape from the villains –

Barrons offered her one of the glasses, his fingers brushing against hers. He frowned, then turned her hand palm up. “You’re freezing.”

“Some idiot pushed me into a canal.”

Of course, we can’t forget Blade, who is Leo’s brother-in-law (and the hero of book one) and often has some of the more entertaining quotes, particularly following a certain kidnapping of an icy duchess –

“Why, look at you.” Blade strode forward, his hands shoved into the pockets of his long leather coat and a curious expression on his face. Catching the reins of the horse, he eyed the duchess in Leo’s arms. “Gretna’s that way,” he said, tipping his head toward the north.

And Blade to Leo –

Blade slapped a hand on his knee. “Don’t make me throw you over me shoulder too. It ain’t seemly.”

And here’s one last little teaser that Mina says to Leo. I’ll let you use your imagination for this one –

“You tied me to a chair. I would hardly call what happened here before ‘making love.’ Something more akin to war.”

Hope you enjoyed my little favourite quote tour through Forged by Desire – and the teasers for Of Silk And Steam!

 

Review Forged by Desire by Bec McMasterFORGED BY DESIRE BY BEC MCMASTER

IN STORES SEPTEMBER 2014 

You’re my breath when I feel like I can’t catch my own.”

 

Captain Garrett Reed of the Nighthawk guard has a deadly mission: capture a steel-jawed monster preying on women. He hates to put his partner, Perry, in jeopardy, but she’s the best bait he has. Little does he realize, he’s about to be caught in his own trap.

 

Perry has been half in love with Garrett for years, but this is not exactly the best time to start a relationship—especially when their investigation leads them directly into the clutches of the madman she thought she’d escaped…

 

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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.

Delighted Reader Giveaway

Up for grabs is one copy of Forged by Desire in paperback by Bec McMaster! To enter, leave a comment below.

US/CAN only. Giveaway ends September 22, 2014 at 11:59 pm EST.

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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.
  • Loved the teasers from Leo and Mina’s book! Can’t wait!

  • Oh I love when they’ve been friends/partners like that and then BAM it hits them. They sound like an entertaining pair 🙂

  • Kathy Nye

    Love Garrett and Perry together! Great romance. Thanks.

  • Damaris

    I love the cockney accent and setting of this series. Very enjoyable and unique.

  • Krysten Mich

    Absolutely love this series!! Finally this one is out! And I am definitely impatient for Of Silk and Steam 🙂

  • Cecilia Clark

    I am not in the US or Canada but I shall leave a comment anyway simply to say well done Bec McMaster and keep those fabulous fingers typing. I am looking forward to the next installement.

  • Glittergirl

    This is one of my all time favorite series…I’ve recommended it to so many and my hubby even reads it :). I’d love to win a print copy of this for my keeper shelf <3

  • Yay! I’ve been looking forward to Leo’s story.

  • Stephanie Fredrick

    Loved all the quotes and has me so eager for both books. Have to admit though that I’m even more excited for Leo’s book, love the interactions between him and Blade.
    Thanks for the giveaway. 🙂

  • Karin Anderson

    I love this series! I can’t wait to get the audio versions of books 3 and on.