Spotlight Blitz & Review: Of Silk and Steam by Bec McMaster

LondonSteampunk-QuizImageDHello all! I’m so happy to be part of the spotlight tour for Bec McMaster’s Of Silk and Steam (book 5 of the London Sreampunk series!). Let me introduce to you the Duchess of Casavian, Aramina Duvall our heroine and resident badass of the book!

I’m a huge fan of this awesome historical steampunk paranormal romance and each book just gets better! So below is a review and a giveaway! (PS. you check out reviews &etc. about My Lady Quick Silver (#3) and Forged by Desire (#4) HERE on the blog!)

Oh scroll to the bottom for an excerpt from the book!

Of Silk and Steam - Bec McMasterPublisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (March 3rd 2015)
Paperback: 316 pages
Source: Netgalley
Series: London Steampunk #5
Add on: Goodreads
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

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.


We’re onto book five of the London Steampunk series and I’m still loving this series, especially with this couple! Leo and Mina have been making their rounds in the previous books (Leo a little more than Mina), but this is the book for them to shine and it was great. This was the chance to see Leo become a better man – and he sure becomes a wonderful hero. And I love how awesome Mina is as the only female blueblood in the court (and a duchess, which only stands to show bad ass she is), how strong and feisty she and how much she’s willing to sacrifice to protect the ones she loves.

The dynamic between Leo and Mina is fantastic – there’s so much tension! Hot, slow, melty tension…

Mina has always hated Leo because his father killed hers, and Leo knew better than to desire Mina. But circumstances throw them together and we realize how hard it is for even a heart-of-ice duchess to resist a sexy man, so much charm and chemistry.  Seriously, so much wonderful banter. But I also loved the emotional connection they made along with the way as they learn that they’re not so different from each other. It’s a slow burning romance that’ll have you invested heart and soul.

In regards to the plot, it leads us to a conclusion to the the over arching story seen throughout the series. And is quite the doozy of an ending as Leo and Mina delve deeper into  a plot concerning both the Echelon and the humanists. There’s drama – twists and turns, secrets and political intrigue, and so much action! There’s also the return of many characters for this grand finale (to the arching story – not the series) as the humanists and the Prince Consort (and court) battle it out (in the ultimate showdown).

Overall, Of Silk and Steam is a high octane paranormal (and romantic) adventure that’s a perfect addition the London Steampunk series and a definite must-read.

“What are you doing? I paid you your kiss.” Mina shoved at his chest, her eyes blazing with heat as she ducked under his arm, away from him. […]

“That one,” he said, with a dangerous smile, “that one I stole.”

(PS. It’s probably more enjoyable to start at the beginning of the series so you can get the full experience of the story and get to know Leo and Mina before their book – but that being said, Leo and Mina deserve all the love, so definitely check this out!)

{*Thank to Sourcebooks Casablanca & Netgalley for the ARC in exchange for the an honest review.



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About Bec McMaster:

Bec McMaster lives in a small town in Victoria, Australia and grew up with her nose in a book. A member of RWA, RWA (Australia) and RWNZ, she writes sexy, dark paranormals and steampunk romance. When not writing, reading, or poring over travel brochures, she loves spending time with her very own hero or daydreaming about new worlds.

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Barrons looked at her. “Do you trust me?”

“No.” His father would have cut her down without thinking, but Barrons was an enigma. If he were a different man, she would have enjoyed his attentions, but a part of her couldn’t help wondering if his pursuit of her was just a way to get closer, to slip the knife in when she least expected it…

Could she trust that he meant her no harm?

His hand tightened around hers, dark heat sweeping through his irises. He focused on her so intently that she could almost feel it on her skin. “Then let us call a temporary truce for tonight. I shall help you escape. In return…”


His voice roughened. “I want a kiss.”

A kiss. Tension slid sinuously along her limbs, each muscle clenching. Those motives she could certainly understand. It didn’t mean she had to like them.

Wariness spread through her as he lifted his hand and slowly, carefully brushed the back of his fingers against her lips. She didn’t flinch. Instead she tipped her chin up and glared him down. “Help me escape and I shall grant you such a liberty.” What harm could a single kiss do? “Until then”—she took a step back, her skirts swishing around her ankles—“I’ll thank you to keep your hands to yourself.”

His hand dropped but the ghostly sensation of that touch lingered, reminding her that it had been a long time since she’d been touched in any way intimately, and never like this. Never…soft. Full of gentleness, as if the very sensation of her skin beneath his was a pleasure in itself, not merely a step to greater satisfaction.

He was far more dangerous than she’d ever suspected, and she’d known, since the first moment she’d met him, that he was dangerous indeed. He was the only man who had ever managed to make her feel something.

Author: Cyn

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0 Replies to “Spotlight Blitz & Review: Of Silk and Steam by Bec McMaster”

  1. Squeee! Why haven’t I read this series? It sounds perfect for me. Thanks for the swoon teaser, now I must run off to see If I have book one. I’m so excited that this series continues to grow. Each one is about a different couple right? Thanks for sharing the fun giveaway and excerpt 🙂

    Happy Friday, Cyn!

    1. You definitely need to check out this series, Kim! It’s totally right up your alley 😉 Yup, each book is about a different couple! Hope you get to read it soon enjoy it!

  2. I so need to start this series..I believe I have books one and two on my Nook or Kindle..LOL Lovely review I am looking forward to it 🙂

    1. Hope you enjoy it! It’s paranormal/steampunk series that totally worth getting into!

  3. don’t have a fav

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