Series: London Steampunk #2
Also in this series: Kiss of Steel
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on May 7, 2013
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Steampunk
Source: Received from Publisher
In Victorian London, if you’re not a blue blood of the Echelon then you’re nothing at all. The Great Houses rule the city with an iron fist, imposing their strict ‘blood taxes’ on the nation, and the Queen is merely a puppet on a string…
Lena Todd makes the perfect spy. Nobody suspects the flirtatious debutante could be a sympathizer for the humanist movement haunting London’s vicious blue blood elite. Not even the ruthless Will Carver, the one man she can’t twist around her little finger, and the one man whose kiss she can’t forget…
Stricken with the loupe and considered little more than a slave-without-a-collar to the blue bloods, Will wants nothing to do with the Echelon or the dangerous beauty who drives him to the very edge of control. But when he finds a coded letter on Lena—a code that matches one he saw on a fire-bombing suspect—he realizes she’s in trouble. To protect her, he must seduce the truth from her.
With the humanists looking to start a war with the Echelon, Lena and Will must race against time—and an automaton army—to stop the humanist plot before it’s too late. But as they fight to save a city on the brink of revolution, the greatest danger might just be to their hearts…
Heart of Iron picks up a couple of years after the first book in this series, Kiss of Steel, ends and sweeps up another perspective. Lena’s and Will’s – to be exact. Heart of Iron certainly was higher on the steampunk romance feel than the first book in this series and I thought It added a nice touch. I love the overall conflict of these characters – both internal and situational. This world is really becoming an addiction and I loved some of the foreign characters that were introduced in Heart of Iron. Secrets are beginning to unravel and another layer has been uncovered in this installment of the London Steampunk series, leaving me itching to pick up the next one! Heart of Iron could certainly be read as a stand alone, but (as with many series) you would miss out on much of the back story. If you are a fan of Historical Romance and have been thinking about trying a steampunk romance – this would be a great book to start with!
I rate Heart of Iron 4.5 out of 5 Bullets!