HEART OF IRON is the second in Bec McMaster's London Steampunk series and features two secondary characters from her first book, Kiss of Steel.
The hero, Will Carver, is Verwulfen, a human-werewolf hybrid scorned & hated by Echelon society, and he's also Blade's right-hand man. Lena, the heroine, is the younger sister of Honoria Todd, and she's admired Will since she first met him. But when he spurned her advances she left Whitechapel to live among the Echelon blue bloods, taking up a role as a spy for the Rebels, those who would see the Echelon's domination over humans ended.
With tension about to explode between the Rebels and Echelon, those in the Whitechapel district are caught in between. When the blue bloods seek an alliance with the European Verwulfen, they want Will's help in approaching them. Lena is charged with "educating" Will in diplomacy and court etiquette.
During one of their tutoring sessions, neither are prepared for the simmering passion between them to erupt.
"Let me go," she whispered.HEART OF IRON
"Why? Ain't this what you want? Me hands on your body? Ain't this what you been playin' at this last hour? Or have I pushed the boundaries? Either say what you mean, Lena. Or I'll take this little game of yours where you don't mean to take it."
One word. Yes. One word and he'd do it. But as she met the steely look in those extraordinary eyes, she realized he wasn't playing. When had this become more than a game? More than a light flirtation?
I'll stake a hundred pounds that you're wrong. Adele's voice whispered in her head. That he'll kiss you next time.
Yes? Or no? Len'as heart hammered in her chest. She'd kissed him more than once. A game, nothing more. But the message now was very clear. Will wouldn't stand for any more games. And part of her was afraid to play for real.
She wasn't that brave. Because if it meant nothing to him, if he used her and then discarded her without a care, she suddenly realized that it would matter. To her.
"No," she whispered.
In the mist-shrouded streets of London’s dreaded Whitechapel district, werewolves, vampires and a clockwork army are one step away from battle…Lena Todd is the perfect spy. Nobody suspects the flirtatious debutante could be a rebel against London’s vicious elite—not even the ruthless Will Carver, the one man she can’t twist around her little finger.
Will Carver, is more than man, he’s a verwolfen and he wants nothing to do with the dangerous beauty who drives him to the very edge of control. But when he finds Lena in possession of a coded letter, he realizes she’s in a world of trouble. To protect her, he’ll have to seduce the truth from her before it’s too late.
Read another excerpt here.