Review: Forged by Desire by Bec McMaster

Posted August 25, 2014 by Carmel in Carmel, Reviews, Steampunk / 56 Comments

Review: Forged by Desire by Bec McMaster
Forged by Desire by Bec McMaster
Series: London Steampunk #4
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Published on: September 2, 2014
Genres: Steampunk
Pages: 448
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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Ten years ago, Perry fled her thrall contract to find sanctuary among the Nighthawks. In that time, she's become a respected woman of the Guard, and she's wanted Garrett Reed for as long as she can remember. But when a new case takes a chillingly familiar turn, Perry finds herself once again in the path of a madman...only this time, there's nowhere left to run.

Out of their depth and racing against time, Perry and Garrett must learn to trust the desire sparking between them...or risk losing themselves forever to the darkness stalking London's streets.

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I love this series for its Steampunk elements, swoon worthy romances, and Bec McMaster’s beautiful writing style. I know that tears are forthcoming every time I pick-up a new installment because this author has a real knack for making me feel invested in the characters, and for tugging at my heartstrings. FORGED BY DESIRE was an enjoyable read, albeit not my favourite LONDON STEAMPUNK novel because of its rather uneventful first half; the story felt like it was divided into two parts instead of being one cohesive story.

Up to this point, readers haven’t gotten to spend much time with Garrett and Perry, so a large portion of this installment was dedicated to developing their characters, and on growing their relationship. Now, that’s pretty standard procedure in Paranormal Romance, but in this instance it didn’t really work for me; the unrequited love grew tiring after a while as did all of the secrets. I probably wouldn’t have butted heads with these elements nearly as much as I did had they been woven into the main story arc instead of having had to trudge through chapters and chapters of angst in order to get to the point. Once the main plot kicked in, I quickly remembered why I adore this series, but unfortunately it just took a heck of a long time to get there.

I liked the political intrigue that the Echelon brought to this tale with dukes, and even the prince consort himself involved, things were sure to get interesting. The murder mystery starts out small, but as things progressed it became apparent that there were larger schemes in play, and that things weren’t quite what they seemed. By the end of this book, I felt like this series’ main story arc was on the verge of being resolved. I have no idea how many installments are planned or whether the author is going to simply take LONDON STEAMPUNK in a new direction, but regardless I can tell you thisβ€”OF SILK AND STEAM will be a must read! March 2015, mark your calendars.

Perry’s character was a bit problematic for me; I didn’t exactly dislike her per say, she just wasn’t overly memorable either. Her Nighthawks persona didn’t jive with her past, and I had difficulty making the switch from heroine to victim. Garrett on the other hand was absolutely brilliant! I loved when his Blue blood half reared its primal head, and Reed’s borderline obsession to Miss Lowell was charmingβ€”tracking beacon and all! I enjoyed the slow burn romance, although I wish that they would have A) gotten it on sooner or B) been better incorporated into the plot line. Lynch & Rosalind, the characters from book 3, played pretty significant roles in this novel, and the rest of the LONDON STEAMPUNK cast also make brief cameos. The whole gang together at last!

Bec McMaster delivered another Steampunk-erific installment with FORGED BY DESIRE!

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56 responses to “Review: Forged by Desire by Bec McMaster

  1. It sounds like a nice one but I’m so behind! I only read the first one because friend offered it to me but I never bought the others. I think it’s a mistake because I had a great time. It’s just sad you had a problem with Perry… Thanks for the review.

    • I don’t read very many Steampunk novels, but I like the gadgets, and the world-building which is why I haven’t given up on this series yet, even though it seems to be going downhill…

  2. Too bad this installment wasn’t as fulfilling as previous ones, Carmel. It’s rough when the story doesn’t flow smoothly and you don’t exactly connect with one of the MCs. But it does sound entertaining overall. I’ve yet to read Steampunk and I have no idea why I seem to have steered clear of it. But if you say McMaster’s writing is beautiful and she can move you to tears, I just might have to check her out. πŸ˜‰

    • At least give the first installment a try; it was by far my favourite. A definite 5-stars! The rest, you can take or leave ’em. I’ll leave that up to you.

  3. TOo bad this one wasn’t as good as the others. I really need to catch up on this series. Only have read the first one. And I must say I love this covers to this series! Very stunning! =)))

  4. I just love steampunk covers and yay for a London steampunk at that πŸ˜‰ Yeah? You didn’t really like the character building that much in this one? “having had to trudge through chapters and chapters of angst in order to get to the point” ok, I get you. Heh, I’m glad you enjoyed the male lead even if the female lead wasn’t exactly up your alley. Yay for an overall enjoyable installment πŸ™‚

    Siiri @ Little Pieces of Imagination

    • The good mostly outweighed the bad, but it was touch and go in the earlier chapters. The second half made all of the different, so I’m glad that I didn’t DNF it.

  5. Danya from Fine Print  

    I’ve read a couple books in this series and I love Bec McMaster’s writing, but I’m not a big fan of unrequited love – it just makes me really sad for those poor sods. The good thing about this series though is that you know they’ll end up together eventually. πŸ˜‰ I’ve only read up to My Lady Quicksilver but I definitely plan to continue reading! Getting glimpses of past couples makes me super happy in these kinds of series, so I’m glad to see that trend continues!
    Danya recently posted…Review: The Ultra Thin Man by Patrick Swenson

    • Unrequited love is a little easier to swallow when you know there’s a guaranteed HEA coming your way. I have a feeling that the next book my feature all of the past couples even more so than this one did which has me all kinds of excited.

  6. Normally unrequited love is something that never fails to draw me in, I just hurt for whoever is in love with little hope of being loved in return, but it’s definitely frustrating when that kind of angst drags on too long. It’s a shame that happened in the beginning of this one, but I’m glad that once some of the other aspects of the story kicked in you were reminded of why you like this series in the first place:) Fabulous review Carmel!

    • They can’t ALL be 5-star reads unfortunately. You win some, and you lose some, but yes, I still did enjoy this one for the most part once the action started flowing.

  7. The political intruige portion sounds really well done

    And random question, is there anyway to make the typing in the comment box darker, It looks fine once published, but sometimes hard to read what I am writing.

  8. Oh I’m so happy you enjoyed this continuation to the series Careml! I actually haven’t read steampunk before *hides* lol but I can tell you love it so I’m thinking of now giving it a try! Great review πŸ™‚
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    • Other than this series, I’m fairly new to Steampunk as well, so don’t feel too bad. Hehe This genre is great for cool dresses, and neat gadgets though. It really had a style all of its own.

  9. Great review, but sorry this one wasn’t as good as the others. I haven’t heard of this series, but I like steampunk books sometimes. Have to check this one out! Thanks!
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    • The first two installments were great, but then the author ran out of characters, and this series hasn’t really been the same since. I don’t think she expected to be contracted for so many books.

    • I know that I shouldn’t expect to be wowed by every installment, but I do. LOL I’m crossing my fingers for a strong follow-up that’ll renew my love of this series.

    • I had no complaints about Evernight, but I know what you’re saying. I’m not a big fan of segue books; I think each couple deserves an equal amount of attention.