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Steampunk Romance Early Review: Of Silk and Steam by Bec McMaster

Of Silk and Steam by Bec McMaster (London Steampunk #5)

Egalley thanks to Sourcebooks Casablanca

Synopsis from Goodreads
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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I don't know what's going on with Bec McMaster but she seems to be writing her best books in odd numbers. Kiss of Steel, My Lady Quicksilver, and now, Of Silk and Steam are all pretty spectacular, while I can't even remember the names of books in between.

In many aspects the latest book brings to fruition all those various plans and plot threads which have been building throughout the first four books. It starts a revolution, and Leo & Aramina serve as the catalysts of this dramatic series of changes.

Leo is a lovely character. Dashing, romantic and comfortable enough in his skin to not be afraid of Mina's giving him a cold shoulder. He falls in love with her when they are both very young, and bides his time until some unfortunate circumstances throw them together as unwilling partners in crime.

Mina is a strong and likable heroine. With her status as one of the only two female vamps in Britannia she had to fight twice as hard to prove that  she was in full control of her nature. As a result she is notoriously famous for her icy behaviour & unpredictable political alliances.

When those two finally collide - they are FUN! Their inner children come out to play, they are fiery bold, quick witted and brave to the point of desperation. We also see the rest of the gang again  - Blade & Honoria, Lena & Will, Rosalind & Lynch, and Garret & Perry, which is like the best thing ever!*grinning*

This book is choke full of action, grisly, bloody battles, emotional moments and sex. Yes, quite a lot of steamy sex, even at the most inconvenient of times... Anyway! It's an excellent romantic adventure, very atmospheric and entirely satisfying. Read it!

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Я не знаю, что происходит с Бек МакМастер, но книги у неё выходят почему-то гораздо сильнее в нечётном порядке. Поцелуй Стали, Моя Леди Ртуть и Из Шёлка и Пара - прекрасны, а вот вторая и четвёртая книга серии - так себе, и я даже названий их не помню.

Пятая книга серии подытоживает сюжетные линии, развивавшиеся на протяжение всех предыдущих книг и начинает революцию, толчком к которой становятся Лео и Арамина.

Лео - милейший персонаж, смелый, романтичный и уверенный в самом себе и своих чувствах к Мине, в которую он влюбляется в юном возрасте. Однако выяснить каковы чувства к нему холодной герцогини он не может, пока злополучные обстоятельства не сводят эту парочку вместе.

Арамина - сильная, вдохновляющая героиня. Одна из двух женщин-вампиров Британнии, она должна работать вдвойне, чтобы доказать, что держит свою натуру под железным контролем, и только Лео догадывается, что скрывается под её ледяным покровом и непредсказуемыми политическими решениями.

Вместе, Лео и Мина - сплошное веселье! Дерзкие, игривые как дети и смелые до отчаяния, они замечательно работают в тандеме. Нам также удаётся увидеть остальную банду наших любимых персонажей вместе: Блэйда и Гонорию, Лену и Уилла, Розалинд и Линча и Гарретта и Перри.

Ожидайте нон-стоп экшн, кучу кровавых боёв, бурные эмоции и увлекательные повороты сюжета, а также кучу секса, даже в самые абсурдные моменты... В общем-то,  это очень хороший приключенческий роман, атмосферный и яркий. Читайте!
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