Review: Heart of Iron by Bec McMaster

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Heart of Iron
By Bec McMaster
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Publication Date: May 7, 2013
Series or Standalone:London Steampunk
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 4.5 Stars


MY REVIEW

This is my second attempt at this review as I somehow lost the first version I wrote, which I bet was a lot better than this one since I’m writing this over a week or so since I read the book instead of the next day. Sigh. Technology.

Heart of Iron is book two in the London Steampunk series by Bec McMaster and it does not disappoint! I am in love with the world that McMaster has created and she manages to build on it even more in this book as we get even deeper into the politics at play within the Echelon and learn more about the verwulfen.

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Review: Kiss of Steel by Bec McMaster

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Kiss of Steel
By Bec McMaster
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Publication Date: September 4, 2012
Series or Standalone: London Steampunk #1
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads

Rating:4 Stars

MY REVIEW

I’ve been in a terrible reading slump the last few weeks and have been picking up books left and right only to have none of them hold my interest. And then I picked up Kiss of Steel on a whim and I was hooked. I’ve seen this book around for a while but never actually picked it up. After seeing a bookstack photo on Instagram for the series by author Bec McMaster I decided to see if the library had it as an ebook, and lo and behold they did. 

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Review: Scandal in Spring by Lisa Kleypas

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Scandal in Spring
By Lisa Kleypas
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: July 25, 2006
Series or Standalone: a href=”/tag/the-wallflowers/”>The Wallflowers #4
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 4.5 Stars


MY REVIEW

After Devil in Winter not being my cup of tea, I was desperately hoping that Scandal in Spring would finish the Wallflowers series on a high note. And boy, did it do that! 

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Review: An Unexpected Peril by Deanna Raybourn

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An Unexpected Peril
By Deanna Raybourn
Publisher: Berkley
Publication Date: March 2, 2021
Series or Standalone: Veronica Speedwell #6
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 5 Stars


MY REVIEW

Veronica and Stoker are back for another adventure in the latest book in the Veronica Speedwell series! An Unexpected Peril was a delightful treat and really hit on all the features I love about this series from strong, unconventional female leads to an engaging murder mystery to impersonating royalty to a great romantic relationship. I truly loved every second of reading this and it might be one of my favorites in the series. 

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Review: It Happened One Autumn by Lisa Kleypas

It Happened Autumn
By Lisa Kleypas
Publisher:Avon
Original Publication Date: September 27, 2005
Series or Standalone: The Wallflowers #2
Links: Amazon Barnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 5 Stars


MY REVIEW:

Before even starting this book, I knew I was going to love it and I was so glad to be proven right. Lillian Bowman was my favorite Wallflower from the group we were first introduced to in Secrets of a Summer Night and I was so excited to dive into her story and watch her butt heads with Lord Westcliff. It Happened One Autumn was everything I wanted and more – truly a perfect enemies-to-lovers romance!

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Review: A Murderous Relation by Deanna Raybourn

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A Murderous Relation
By Deanna Raybourn
Publisher: Berkley
Publication Date: March 10, 2020
Series or Standalone: Veronica Speedwell #5
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating:4 Stars



MY REVIEW

A Murderous Relation is Stoker and Veronica’s fifth adventure in the Veronica Speedwell series. While I love this series dearly, this is my least favorite in the series. Don’t get me wrong – I still really enjoy this book, but I also wanted more from it the first time I read it. On my second reread, I did grow to appreciate it a bit more, but I still think it’s the weakest book in the series thus far. 

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Review: Secrets of a Summer Night by Lisa Kleypas

Secrets of a Summer Night
By Lisa Kleypas
Publisher: Avon
Release Date: October 26, 2004
Series or Standalone: The Wallflowers #1
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating:4 Stars

MY REVIEW

Despite being a historical romance fan, I’ve surprisingly read very few novels by Lisa Kleypas. After reading Then Came You and Dreaming of You and loving both of them, I decided to dive into some of her backlist, starting with the Wallflowers series.

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Review: A Dangerous Collaboration by Deanna Raybourn

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A Dangerous Collaboration
By Deanna Raybourn
Publisher: Berkley
Release Date: March 12, 2019
Series or Standalone: Veronica Speedwell #4
Links: Amazon – Barnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating:5 Stars


MY REVIEW:

If you haven’t been able to tell yet, I love the Veronica Speedwell series with a passion! I feel like its a series that doesn’t get much hype, but it’s so good and I think everyone should read it! A Dangerous Collaboration is our fourth installment in the series and it is the one were all my dreams come true! Just kidding – but seriously this one finally, finally delivers on the slowburn romance hovering under the surface between Stoker and Veronica.

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Review: Scoundrel of My Heart by Lorraine Heath

Scoundrel of My Heart
By Lorraine Heath
Publisher: Avon
Release Date: March 30, 2021
Series or Standalone: Once Upon a Dukedom #1
Links: Amazon Barnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 4.5 Stars


MY REVIEW

I was so excited to have a spinoff series of the Sins for All Seasons series and I knew I was going to enjoy this. What shocked me was just how much I enjoyed this – it far surpassed my expectations.

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Review: The Heiress Hunt by Joanna Shupe

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The Heiress Hunt
By Joanna Shupe
Publisher: Avon
Release Date: March 9, 2021
Series or Standalone: The Fifth Avenue Rebels #1
Links: Amazon Barnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 2.5 Stars


MY REVIEW

This is a tough review for me to write as I really love Joanna Shupe’s books, but I did not enjoy this one. 

Pitched as the Bachelor in the Gilded Age Newport, I thought this would be right up my alley as there tends to be a lot of heart aches and feelings in books of this type. As I was reading, though, I’d say this book is only very loosely Bachelor related. The story follows Harrison Archer, the black sheep of his family, who has returned back to New York from Paris after he was disinherited 3 years ago. Having amassed a fortune while he was away, he returns home to destroy his family, who are now broke and need him to marry an heiress to restore the family finances. When he finds his childhood friend who he was in love with, Maddie Webster, is still unmarried he decides to play along with his family’s scheme. Harrison asks Maddie to host a party in Newport to bring together all the eligible heiresses, though he only intends to win over one – Maddie. 

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