Kiss of Steel by Bec McMaster
Dates Read: December 22-24, 2018
Goodreads Synopsis: Most people avoid the dreaded Whitechapel district. For Honoria Todd, it’s the last safe haven. But at what price?
Blade is known as the master of the rookeries—no one dares cross him. It’s been said he faced down the Echelon’s army single–handedly, that ever since being infected by the blood–craving he’s been quicker, stronger, and almost immortal.
When Honoria shows up at his door, his tenuous control comes close to snapping. She’s so…innocent. He doesn’t see her backbone of steel—or that she could be the very salvation he’s been seeking.
Review: I don’t quite know what I was expecting, but this was much better than whatever I thought it’d be. I just wanted to keep reading and reading and got perturbed whenever I was interrupted or had to do “important things” — you know, like sleeping and all that jazz. I loved how neatly the world-building was threaded into the story so that you learned of it slowly as you went, rather than being info-dumped at the beginning. I was worried I wouldn’t like Honoria because someone’s review said it took a while to warm up to her, but everything she did totally made sense to me. She was very passionate and caring, but also logical and hesitant when she needed to be. And Blade was the classic (sassy) tortured, brooding hero – which is a classic for a reason. I’m definitely excited to continue the series and see how Will and Lena’s story goes.
- It seemed even a blue blood couldn’t admit when he was hurt. Obviously a man was a man, regardless of what he drank to survive. (130)
- One does not take an asp to the breast. We all know how that turns out, do we not? (372)