This wonderfully textured and fascinating story combines steampunk and vampire precepts in a winning mixture. The evocation of historical England as it flourishes with the inventiveness of the burgeoning industrial age using steam, gears and other mechanical advances is artfully interwoven with a deliciously chilling imagining of a race that has suppressed humanity and forced it into a vehicle to supply blood and labor. This is the first book I have read in this series, yet I was drawn into the world effortlessly and mesmerized by the color and action that is evoked with this story that combines exciting sword fights, creative (and sometimes creepy) inventions, and stomach-clenching and emotional conundrums. This can be read as a stand-alone, but it definitely will engender a desire to read more about the intriguing characters that populate this world and I definitely have added a new name to my favorite authors list!
“Forged By Desire” by Bec McMaster is part of the exciting ‘London Steampunk’ series and centers on newly promoted Garrett Reed, who is acting Master of the Nighthawks. His relationship with the mysterious and capable Perry has shifted recently, as she has ceased to be simply the lethal and rare female blue blood he has been attuned with for so long but has become both alluring and essential to his equanimity, as he struggles to cope with both his new duties and the insidious increase of his craving virus (CV) levels to dangerous heights. A threat from Perry’s past triggers a cascade of events that are complicated even more by a brutal serial killer and may prompt the restructuring of society, and not in a good way.
A FEAR SHE CAN'T ESCAPE
Ten years ago, Perry fled her thrall contract to find sanctuary among the Nighthawks. In that time, she's become a respected woman of the Guard, and she's wanted Garrett Reed for as long as she can remember. But when a new case takes a chillingly familiar turn, Perry finds herself once again in the path of a madman...only this time, there's nowhere left to run.
A DESIRE THAT CAN'T BE TEMPERED
Out of their depth and racing against time, Perry and Garrett must learn to trust the desire sparking between them...or risk losing themselves forever to the darkness stalking London's streets.