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Of Silk and Steam: London Steampunk #5 by Bec McMaster with Excerpt and Giveaway

I don’t know how I missed this series, but I jumped in at book 5 and am thrilled that I did.  Please read on to discover more about Of Silk and Steam, book 5 in the London Steampunk series from Bec McMaster.  Please be sure to read the excerpt, the character profile from a quiz from the author and don’t forget to enter the tour wide giveaway where you could win one of Five copies of KISS OF STEEL: London Steampunk # 1

Of Silk and Steam

I’ve admittedly got some catching up to do with this title, and it did take me some time to understand all of the connections to earlier events and characters in the story, but Aramina and her nemesis to lover Leo were delicious to follow as they unraveled their own connections and feelings.

McMaster starts this story with a bang: espionage, political intrigue, secrets, danger and adventure as both characters and readers are sorting out who did what.  Amina is angry and hurting, so Leo, the son and heir of the man who murdered her father is an apparently easy target. But, she has duties and obligations to the Queen, and her own desires may have to take a back seat. With the Prince Consort a bit of a bad egg, ok, a huge insane ball of evil, the question of his removal and the Queen’s continued leaning to the Humanist movement – political machinations are fraught with danger and duplicity.

Leo has a seat on the council of Dukes, but is not without his own secrets that could surely ruin him.  Illegitimate and wholly committed to removing the Prince Consort from power, he needs Amina.  And, it doesn’t hurt that he’s always found her intriguing, but there is the pesky matter of the revenge Amina seeks.

But, when Leo meets Amina’s animosity and distrust with kindness and courtesy, asking her opinion and honestly appreciating her input, poor Amina is utterly confused. And little by little she starts to reveal bits about her history and her place in the larger picture.  During these small revelations, she finds an attraction to Leo that she didn’t expect, and isn’t sure she wants to fight.

The development of a romantic relationship between the two was beautifully detailed and layered with emotion, sensuality, heat and palpable attraction.  Add to that the political machinations, the secrets and twists and the story is a winner just for that.

McMaster takes it one step further in the world-building though: alternate Victorian London is replete with wonderful mechanical twists, a touch of magic and a city that is familiar but oh so new in all the best ways.  I can’t wait to take some time for ME – and read all of the earlier books in this series.  I would suggest if this is a new series for you – that you do the same!

Of Silk and Steam: London Steampunk #5 by Bec McMaster with Excerpt and Giveaway

Title: Of Silk and Steam
Author: Bec McMaster
Series: London Steampunk #5
Published by: Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN: 1402291949
Published on: 3 March 2015
Format:eARC
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Pages: 448
Audio Length: 13 Hours: 2 minutes
Rated: four-stars
Heat: One FlameOne FlameOne Flame

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About the Book:

ENEMIES. ALLIES. LOVERS.

When her beloved father was assassinated, Lady Aramina swore revenge. The man responsible is well beyond her grasp, but his dangerously seductive heir, Leo Barrons, is fair game. When Mina obtains evidence proving that Leo is illegitimate, she has the means to destroy both the killer and his son, a man who troubles her heart and tempts her body.

A woman of mystery, Mina’s long driven Leo crazy with glimpses of a fiery passion that lurks beneath her icy veneer. He knows she’s hiding something, and he’s determined to unravel her layer by silken layer. He just doesn’t expect the beautiful liar to be the key to overthrowing the corrupt prince consort…or to saving his own carefully walled-off heart.

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A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

excerpt

Barrons looked at her. “Do you trust me?”

“No.” His father would have cut her down without thinking, but Barrons was an enigma. If he were a different man, she would have enjoyed his attentions, but a part of her couldn’t help wondering if his pursuit of her was just a way to get closer, to slip the knife in when she least expected it…

Could she trust that he meant her no harm?

His hand tightened around hers, dark heat sweeping through his irises. He focused on her so intently that she could almost feel it on her skin. “Then let us call a temporary truce for tonight. I shall help you escape. In return…”

“Yes?”

His voice roughened. “I want a kiss.”

A kiss. Tension slid sinuously along her limbs, each muscle clenching. Those motives she could certainly understand. It didn’t mean she had to like them.

Wariness spread through her as he lifted his hand and slowly, carefully brushed the back of his fingers against her lips. She didn’t flinch. Instead she tipped her chin up and glared him down. “Help me escape and I shall grant you such a liberty.” What harm could a single kiss do? “Until then”—she took a step back, her skirts swishing around her ankles—“I’ll thank you to keep your hands to yourself.”

His hand dropped but the ghostly sensation of that touch lingered, reminding her that it had been a long time since she’d been touched in any way intimately, and never like this. Never…soft. Full of gentleness, as if the very sensation of her skin beneath his was a pleasure in itself, not merely a step to greater satisfaction.

He was far more dangerous than she’d ever suspected, and she’d known, since the first moment she’d met him, that he was dangerous indeed. He was the only man who had ever managed to make her feel something.

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The author has a ‘what character would you be’ quiz that she had created for tour participants — this is mine

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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.

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