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12

Review: The Mech Who Loved Me by Bec McMaster

Review: The Mech Who Loved Me by Bec McMaster The Mech Who Loved Me Author: Bec McMaster Reviewer: Jen Rating: B+ What I’m Talking About: We first met Ava McLaren, blue blood and former Nighthawk, when she was captured and tortured in Perry’s book, Forged by Desire. Hague infected her with the craving virus and replaced her heart with a working, clockwork heart. She was recruited by Lord Malloryn as part of the Company of Rogues. Ava had been crushing on the only man who was nice to her after her ordeal. However, Byrnes’s wedding to his love, Ingrid, is where The Mech Who Loved Me opens, about six weeks after conclusion of previous book. While Ava may...
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Oct
10

Review: Mission: Improper by Bec McMaster

Review: Mission: Improper by Bec McMaster Mission: Improper Author: Bec McMaster Reviewer: Jen Twimom Rating: B+ What I’m Talking About: In the three years since the rebellion, the queen has instituted reforms that give more power to the humans, Mechs, and non-blue bloods, while diminishing the control of the Echelon. This isn’t sitting well with some, and there have been a series of unsolvable crimes aiming to lessen the queen’s effectiveness as ruler. The Duke of Malloryn has taken it upon himself to solve the mystery and put an end to the terror. He’s assembled a team of elite to find out what group has been causing riots and problems. Caleb Brynes, a highly respected...
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Feb
18

Review: Of Silk and Steam by Bec McMaster

Review: Of Silk and Steam by Bec McMaster Of Silk and Steam Author: Bec McMaster Reviewer: Jen Twimom Rating: A- What I’m Talking About: For fans of the marvelous London Steampunk series, this is the book we’ve been waiting for. I strongly recommend to start this series with the first book, as there is a long-running overall story arc that concludes with Of Silk and Steam. Readers of the series know that Leo Barrons, acting head of one of the ruling houses sitting on the council of Dukes, isn’t actually the Duke of Caine’s son. A secret he has hidden for nearly his entire life, Leo knows if it is discovered, he will be ruined. Meanwhile, Aramina...
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Sep
2

Review: Forged by Desire by Bec McMaster

Review: Forged by Desire by Bec McMaster Forged by Desire Author: Bec McMaster Reviewer: Jen Rating: A+ What I’m Talking About: The Nighthawks have been the stable blueblood (think vampire) police force for forty years, but their founder and longtime leader, Sir Jasper Lynch, recently stepped down to assume his role among the Echelon (My Lady Quicksilver). Now Garrett Reed, second in command of the Nighthawks steps into the role of Master, yet he has not yet been appointed by the Echelon. As Garrett accustoms himself to this new title, he finds that he is haunted by the recent memories of his long-time friend and partner, Perry, dressed seductively when the pair recently went undercover. Both...
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Sep
2

Quickie Review: The Curious Case of the Clockwork Menace by Bec McMaster

Quickie Review: The Curious Case of the Clockwork Menace by Bec McMaster The Curious Case of the Clockwork Menace Author: Bec McMaster Reviewer: Jen Rating: A- What I’m Talking About: The Curious Case of the Clockwork Menace is a wonderful whodunit mystery set in Bec McMaster’s London Steampunk world. It is listed as book 3.5, but story does go back 3 years in time. The book shares the story of one of Perry and Garrett’s cases, one of some significance that is mentioned in book #4, Forged by Desire. It can be read as a stand alone story, or in conjunction with Forged, and in fact, I didn’t ever read it until after I finished Forged by Desire. In the context...
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Sep
30

Review & Giveaway: My Lady Quicksilver by Bec McMaster

Review & Giveaway: My Lady Quicksilver by Bec McMaster My Lady Quicksilver Author: Bec McMaster Reviewer: Twimom Rating: A-, 4 Stars What I’m Talking About: Picking up shortly after the explosive conclusion of Heart of Iron, My Lady Quicksilver focuses on the search for the humanist leader, Mercury, by Sir Jasper Lynch, the commander of the Nighthawks (the blue blood police force). Lynch is determined to capture him, for crimes against the Echelon, including the bombing at the Ivory Tower, the seat of the ruling Echelon’s power. Rosalind is Mercury. Trained as an assassin, Rosalind picked up the humanist cause after her husband’s death. She and her two brothers, Jack and Jeremy, have lead the humanists for several...
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Apr
30

Review: Heart of Iron by Bec McMaster

Review: Heart of Iron by Bec McMaster Heart of Iron Author: Bec McMaster  Release Date: May 7, 2013 Publisher: Sourcebooks London Steampunk #2 ISBN: #978-1402270307 Genre: Paranormal Romance, Steampunk Format(s): Paperback (448 pgs), e-book Book Source: Publisher/ NetGalley About the book:       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...
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Sep
19

Contest Winner – Kiss of Steel

Contest Winner – Kiss of Steel I would like to thank everyone for stopping by That’s What I’m Talking About for my interview with steampunk author Bec McMaster and my review of her newest title, Kiss of Steel. A special thanks goes to Sourcebooks for hosting the giveaway of Ms. McMaster’s book! The winner as selected by Rafflecopter: a Rafflecopter giveaway CONGRATULATIONS!! I am sending the winner an email to contact me with their full name and mailing address. Please email me at twimom227 (at) gmail (dot) com with your information so the author can send you the book. You have until Friday September 28, 2012 (end of day) to contact me. If I don’t...
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Sep
13

Review & Giveaway: Kiss of Steel by Bec McMaster

Review & Giveaway: Kiss of Steel by Bec McMaster Kiss of Steel Author: Bec McMaster  Release Date: Sept. 1, 2012 Publisher: Sourcebooks London Steampunk #1 ISBN: #978-1402270277 Genre: Paranormal Romance, Historical, Steampunk Format(s): Paperback (448 pgs), e-book Book Source: Publisher About the book:       He craves her like no other…       Honoria Todd has no choice. Only in the dreaded Whitechapel district can she escape the long reach of the Duke of Vickers. But seeking refuge there will put her straight into the hands of Blade, legendary master of the rookeries. No one would dare cross him, but what price would he demand to keep her safe?       Ever since Vickers infected...
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Sep
13

Author Interview & Giveaway: Bec McMaster

Author Interview & Giveaway: Bec McMaster Today I have the honor of bringing to you author Bec McMaster. Bec lives in a small country town in Victoria, Australia, with her boyfriend, two budgies with a thirst for flesh, and a beautiful dog named Kobe. She grew up either with her nose in a book or writing, and she never understood why other people didn’t get to watch ‘all the movies in their heads.’ Following a lifelong love affair with fantasy, she discovered romance at the age of sixteen and hasn’t looked back. When she’s not writing she likes to read, go hiking with her boyfriend, pour over travel brochures, and go to the gym. She’s...
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