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Series: London Steampunk #3
Published by Sourcebooks on October 1, 2013
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Steampunk
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Determined to destroy the Echelon she despises, Rosalind Fairchild is on seemingly easy mission. Get in. Uncover the secrets of her brother's disappearance. And get out.
In order to infiltrate the Nighthawks and find their leader, Sir Jasper Lynch, Rosalind will pose as their secretary. But she doesn't count on Lynch being such a dangerously charismatic man, challenging her at every turn, forcing her to re-evaluate everything she knows about the enemy.
He could be her most dangerous nemesis—or the ally she never dreamed existed.
You owe me sleep. You see, I’ve read each book in your London Steampunk series and each one has resulted in late nights with the Kindle, feverishly reading “just one more chapter,” only to realize that one more chapter has resulted in hours of missed sleep. I can’t get enough of your brand of romance, drama, and intrigue, all converging in that dark steampunk world, your alternate London that seems on the verge of major upheaval. These books are like an addiction. Have mercy, Bec. Give me back my sleep!
P.S. If you can’t give me back my sleep, I’ll take another London Steampunk book , this time featuring Perry and Garrett or the dark, mysterious Byrnes. Better yet, give me that Barrons and Aramina story I’ve been craving and we’ll call it even!
Yes, those were the thoughts that went through my mind when finishing Bec McMaster’s latest addition to the world of London Steampunk, My Lady Quicksilver. Once again, I was completely sucked into the dark and dangerous world of the blue bloods, McMaster’s brand of vampire, as well as the drama and the romance that has so defined this series for me. I found myself constantly coming back to this book when I should have been doing a multitude of other things, like sleeping. My Lady Quicksilver delivered on everything I’ve come to expect from McMaster but it also gave me something more – a refreshingly complex and original relationship between the hero and the heroine that kept me wondering, could there ever be a happily ever after them?
The story revolves around Jasper Lynch and Rosalind Fairchild, two potential lovers each on the opposite side of the law. Jasper is a Nighthawk, the Nighthawk, law enforcement for the ruling Echelon. He’s charged with finding the criminal responsible for the bombing of the Tower, the event that ended the previous book, Heart of Iron. His only lead is a piece of torn leather found at the scene which he immediately identifies as belonging to a woman. He later learns she’s called Mercury. Jasper becomes obsessed with this elusive criminal and if he doesn’t find her, it will be his head on the chopping block. Literally. Rosalind Fairchild is Mercury, the leader of a Humanist group. Rosalind needs to evade Lynch but he’s also the only one who can give her information on her missing brother who was lost at the Tower’s bombing. She goes undercover as Mrs. Marberry, accepting a secretarial position with Lynch at Nighthawks headquarters. So begins this dance of a woman with two identities and a man who is tempted by both.
She was his unholy fascination, simply his in a way that he couldn’t yet comprehend…
What McMaster always does well is romantic tension and she does not disappoint with the Lynch/Mercury/Mrs. Marberry triangle. Lynch recognizes Mercury as a worthy opponent and their interactions are filled with lust and a tangible danger as neither of them can trust the other. But their interactions as Lynch and Mrs. Marberry are no less dangerous. Lynch sees Mrs. Marberry as a worthy partner, someone who challenges him on another level. The danger here is more emotional. And it’s funny to see Lynch wracked with guilt over his attraction to both women, never realizing they are one in the same. The tension between them is electric. Let me say chess games and buttons have never been sexier than in McMaster’s hands. She deftly builds the sexual tension between Lynch and Rosalind to torturous levels but also balances it with the inner conflict Rosalind faces with her dual identities and growing attraction to Lynch. Their relationship was drama-filled, laden with intrigue, and emotionally complex.
Rosalind/Mercury and Jasper fascinated me on so many levels, none of which was more compelling than the fact that there was no way these two could end up together. They are on opposite sides of the law — Lynch is the iron hammer of the Echelon, sworn to uphold their laws; their laws go against everything Rosalind stands for. I couldn’t see how these two could make it work and McMaster pulls it off, maybe a little too neatly but she does so in a way that is believable. Both characters deserve the ending McMaster gives them so you forgive her if it feels a tad too convenient. She does leave an open question about an army Rosalind was building and I have to assume that will somehow come into play in later installments.
There was a well-placed cameo of a character from the other books – Mrs. Carver. I for one loved this cameo because she served a purpose in Lynch’s investigation but she also drops a line that hints at the times to come.
“War is coming, Mrs, Carver.”
“War’s already here,” she replied bluntly, then turned towards the park gate and hurried away.
And that’s another brilliant aspect of this PNR – the overarching storyline continues to move forward, book after book. I think the world, as we know it in McMaster’s London Steampunk, is heading for some major shifts and I’m very curious to see where she plans on taking us. If you enjoy romance and drama, dark worlds with political intrigue and steampunk touches, then read this series. It really is one of my favorite PNRs to date. 4.5 Howls!
Sourcebooks, the publisher of Bec McMaster’s London Steampunk series, has been very generous in offering a lucky reader a paperback copy of MY LADY QUICKSILVER. Thank you, Sourcebooks! This giveaway is open to U.S/Canada addresses only. Fill out the Rafflecopter widget for your chance to win!