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Steampunk Fantasy Romance Review: Mission: Improper by Bec McMaster

Mission: Improper by Bec McMaster (London Steampunk: The Blue Blood Conspiracy #1)


Synopsis from Goodreads
Three years ago, London society changed forever, with a revolution placing the widowed Queen firmly on the throne her blue blood husband tried to take from her. Humans, verwulfen and mechs are no longer considered the lesser classes, but not everybody is happy with the new order…

Entire families have gone missing in the East End. When Caleb Byrnes receives an invitation to join the Company of Rogues as an undercover agent pledged to protect the crown, he jumps at the chance to find out who, or what, is behind the disappearances. Hunting criminals is what the darkly driven blue blood does best, and though he prefers to work alone, the opportunity is too good to resist.

The problem? He’s partnered with Ingrid Miller, the fiery and passionate verwulfen woman who won a private bet against him a year ago. Byrnes has a score to settle, but one stolen kiss and suddenly the killer is not the only thing Byrnes is interested in hunting.

Soon they’re chasing whispered rumours of a secret project gone wrong, and a monster that just might be more dangerous than either of them combined. The only way to find out more is to go undercover among the blue blood elite… But when their hunt uncovers a mysterious conspiracy, Byrnes and Ingrid must set aside their age-old rivalry if they have any chance at surviving a treacherous plot.

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I had a long break from steampunk which means I missed on quite a few of Bec McMaster's books.

Mission: Improper restored my desire to read more in this genre, - it was really vivid, visceral and extremely entertaining. As it's the first book in a spin-off from London Steampunk series, the plot has a long development in making and I can not wait to delve into it even more.

Caleb is a blue blood and one of the Nighthawks who gets recruited into a new secret governmental organisation along with a certain werwulfen investigator with whom he spectacularly clashed before. Ingrid is one of the best trackers around, the pair bickers and snaps at each other while fighting the increasing attraction, and it's a total joy to watch.

The plot is absolutely fascinating with multiple layers to unwrap: blue blood conspiring against the Crown, people disappearing, vampires on the loose, a new type of blue blood emerging and a whole new idea of their background turning everything on its head.

Ingrid and Caleb work very well together, they fight ferociously, they love with just as much strength. But there are also very interesting secondary characters I am dying to find out about more. For example, Gemma, the spy, and her counterpart, - mysterious Obsidian.

In the end, the reader is left guessing and at the same time, satisfied. Recommended, and I am confident you'd enjoy it. Just make sure to start with London Steampunk, and then go onto the spin-off. You wouldn't want to miss out.

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Я долго отдыхала от стимпанка и поэтому пропустила много книг от Бек МакМастер.

Эта книга восстановила мою любовь к жанру. Она была яркой, вицеральной и очень увлекательной. Так как это первая часть от спин-оффа Лондон Стимпанк, то сюжет будет развиваться еще долго, и я буду читать продолжение с большим удовольствием, так у мисс МакМастер все сочно получилось.

Калеб - один из лучших Ночных Ястребов вербуется секретной государственной организацией вместе с со своей соперницей, детективом - Ингрид Миллер. Эта парочка беспрестанно пикируется, сражается с растущим влечением друг к другу и раскрывает темные заговоры.

Сюжет очень интересный, многослойный. Тут вам и заговор голубых кровей против Короны, и открытие части происхождения и эволюции вампиров, которая ставит все с ног на голову, и несколько загадочных злодеев.

Калеб и Ингрид очень импонируют читателю, они любят также яростно как и сражаются, но эта книга раскрывает очень интересных второстепенных персонажей. Маллорен, например. Или шпионка Джемма со своей немезидой - Обсидианом.

Под конец, читателю остается догадываться, что произойдет дальше и в то же время концовка очень удовлетворительная. Рекомендую абсолютно, однако обязательно нужно читать Лондон Стимпанк первым, а то вы многое пропустите.
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