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Heart of Fire (Legends of the Storm) (Volume 1) Paperback – August 8, 2017
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Freyja wants none of such myths. Dreki seducing young ladies? Ha. They probably eat such foolish girls. But when the local dreki steals her last ram—costing her any chance of feeding her ill father through the winter—Freyja intends to confront the fearsome myth.
Sentenced to a life of exile from his clan, Rurik is fascinated by the furious woman who comes to claim her ram. She reeks of mysterious magic and challenges him at every step. He intends to claim the passionate firebrand, but to do so he must take mortal form.It's the only time the dreki are vulnerable, and with a dragon-hunter arriving on the shores of Iceland, he can barely afford the risk—but lonely Freyja, with her elf-cursed eyes and pragmatic soul, tempts him in ways he's never felt before.
s she the key to reclaiming his heritage? Or will she be his downfall?
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The Dark Arts series:
1. Shadowbound. amazon.com/dp/B01FDF380K
2. Hexbound. amazon.com/dp/B01LYJP8T2
3. Soulbound. amazon.com/dp/B07614654M
The Burned Lands:
1. Nobody's Hero. amazon.com/dp/B01G1JQE44
2. The Last True Hero. amazon.com/dp/B01MT2TR5C
3. The Hero Within. (coming January 2018)
London Steampunk--The Blue Blood Conspiracy:
1. Mission: Improper. amazon.com/dp/B01K9LS2GI
2. The Mech Who Loved Me. amazon.com/dp/B072BGHQ15
3. You Only Love Twice. (coming 2018)
4. To Catch a Rogue. (coming 2018)
Lords of the Storm:
1. Heart of Fire. amazon.com/dp/B072BGHQ15
2. Storm of Desire. (coming March 2018)
1. Kiss Of Steel. amazon.com/dp/B007ZI06FE
2. Heart Of Iron. amazon.com/dp/B00B2AO71A
3. My Lady Quicksilver. amazon.com/dp/B00DDWIT64
4. Forged By Desire. amazon.com/dp/1402291914
5. Of Silk And Steam. amazon.com/dp/1402291949
Novellas in series:
1. Tarnished Knight. (1.5 in series) amazon.com/dp/B00CH3NV4U
2. The Curious Case Of The Clockwork Menace (3.5 in series) amazon.com/dp/B00MQYU5QM
1. The Many Lives Of Hadley Monroe. amazon.com/dp/B01DTVUSSU
What readers are saying about Bec's paranormal romances:
"McMaster has the uncanny knack for outdoing herself in each installment of her London Steampunk series... a perfect finale to a phenomenal series, and readers can only hope for more to come soon from McMaster's limitless imagination." - RT Book Reviews, 4 1/2Stars, Top Pick for Of Silk And Steam!
"With the fifth book in her London Steampunk series, McMaster once again proves her remarkable gift for cleverly fusing a nonstop, action-driven story, a deliciously dark and atmospheric setting, and off-the-charts sensuality into one riveting read." - Booklist for Of Silk And Steam
"A strong and sexy couple, fully developed world and a meaningful continuation of the story arc begun in the first book of the series: Shadowbound - Bec McMasters and Hexbound delivered in all areas.... I was desperate for some escapism in April and this was exactly what I was looking for." -- Tara Cheesman, BookRiot for Hexbound
- Publisher : Lochaber Press (August 8, 2017)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 276 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1925491161
- ISBN-13 : 978-1925491166
- Item Weight : 10.7 ounces
- Dimensions : 5 x 0.63 x 8 inches
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Here's what I didn't like: It had a shallow POV, and part of it was like watching a movie, and other parts were closer. The steamy scenes were fine, but they also felt like they had a different touch, a different voice. Benedickt's POV wasn't necessary
Here's what I liked: Icelandic lore was really awesome! Freyja was strong.
Overall, this book was fine, but most of the time it read like a historical romance smut book, which reminded me of the stuff my mom reads.
But if you asked me about her London Steampunk, Blue Blood Conspiracy, or Burned Land series, I very well or fairly recall each one. I liked the London series so much, I've probably read it 3 or 4 times.
Sadly, I think she started to get worse with the Dark Arts series (I really disliked the first book and didn't read the rest of that series, but at least I remember that first story).
I do wish a certain dragon was actually
Killed by a certain girl though ..that would have been the topping on the cake for me.
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To this are very immature , this one isn’t. There is a strong emotional connection between the main characters that develops during the book . It wasn’t just about having the hotts for each other .
I got this on kindle and found it easy to read .
Rurik and Freyja, it's a short one but the story drew me in and kept my attention. It's well written and the concept is different. Freyja's ram is stolen by Rurik in his dreik form, and she follows behind him to his lair to get it back since it could mean life and death for Freyja and her ailing father if she doesn't have a ram to impregnate her ewes. Instead, the ram is eaten, Rurik as dreik is intrigued and offers Freyja coin as recompense for the lost ram. From there, Rurik transforms into his man form to pursue Freyja. Freyja who is responsible and prickly from years of distrust in her village, caused by her would be suitor if she gave him a chance. Rurik is determined and fixated and wins out in the end. What's untold until later is more about Rurik's background and family strife. He's the banished heir of the dreki which he willingly submitted to in order to avoid a war.
There are certain pieces missing from the story, first is that there isn't enough information about the dreki issues Rurik is trying to overcome. There are assassination plots and a mother who's anything but motherly but I got lost in what the author was trying to tell about it. The world building was incomplete as well when it came to Freyja. What are the social norms regarding women and men? I couldn't really tell if her father died if it meant she would be able to keep the property or not. Too, there's not too much told about Freyja's magic until she's using it. Yeah, it's hinted that she was told to keep it quiet but something more descriptive about how she's used it before and what happened would've been appreciated. In any case, I did like the story.
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I enjoyed the byplay between the main characters, it worked well overall. Freyja is no cowering maiden, and all the better for it. I do wish the ending hadn’t felt so rushed, and I wanted to gain far more insight into Freyja and where her powers came from, it seemed like her father knew and yet I was left hanging.
I didn’t know what to expect but this was a nice light read on a night, where I found myself unable to sleep. I did want some more worldbuilding, but hopefully if there is a second book the author will add more.
This seems to be more of a fantasy romance than a more contemporary paranormal romance (not a complaint!). Unless I'm missing something (always possible), it appears to be set in ye olde days, and has a certain charm about it. Also, having the story take place in Iceland was a nice change from many of the books out there. I have nothing against the US, but it is nice to occasionally read something set elsewhere.
I have to admit, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The story developed at a good pace, and I liked Freyja and Rurik. I enjoyed the way Freyja didn't make things easy for him. The dragon had just the right level of arrogance to be interesting to us and aggravating to Freyja, but not so much so that he was unlikeable. There's plenty of story, drama, and steam.
I am tempted by the other books in the series, but I'm a little hesitant. They are £4.49 each, and while I pay that for authors I'm more familiar with and absolutely certain I like, I'm not quite sure about this one. Book two is about the dragon hunter and after book 1, I really don't like him very much, and I'm not sure about the female dragon either. I've added it to my list of books to maybe try out when I have more money, but for now, I'm going to leave it.
It’s an amazing love story with a fresh take on dragons, great action, and witness.