January 8, 2017

Review: Tarnished Knight

I got Tarnished Knight as a free gift for signing up to Becca McMasters Newsletter. I have read Kiss of Steel also.
Tarnished Knight

Tarnished Knight by Bec McMaster


My rating: 3 of 5 stars
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After a vicious vampire attack left him struggling to leash the dark urges of the craving virus, Rip thinks he’s finally starting to master the darkness within. The only thing that threatens to shatter his hard-won control is Esme, his closest friend and the only woman he’s ever wanted. In the steam-fuelled world of Victorian London, vampires, werewolves and slasher gangs stalk the night and a man made partly of metal is about to discover just how far he’ll go to protect the woman he loves… After a vicious vampire attack left him struggling to leash the dark urges of the craving virus, John ‘Rip’ Doolan, thinks he’s finally starting to master the darkness within. The only thing that threatens to shatter his hard-won control is Esme, his closest friend and the only woman he’s ever wanted. If the stubborn beauty ever realized precisely what was going through his mind, their friendship would be ruined… For six months Esme has waited for Rip to recover and take her as his thrall, not daring to hope for more. Too afraid to put her heart on the line, she’s devastated when Rip reveals that he never had any intentions of making her his. But when a savage gang of Slashers starts causing havoc in Whitechapel, Rip and Esme have no choice. They must face up to the depth of the passion that burns between them and forges a new relationship… or risk losing each other forever.


The London Steampunk series is not bad, I don't mind historical London in Bec McMasters world, but it is dark, and I have to pause once in awhile to catch my breath.
The vampire John, aka Rip, loves Esme as does she, but they can't seem to get it together fast enough for me. I like the fighting and the romance, but they let trivial matters and negative opinions and feelings for each other squelch their real emotions. I mean just because Rip thinks he's frightening to look at or that he is a freak with a robotic arm, doesn't matter to her. And he is too afraid of hurting her. It 's hard for him to control his blue blood Hunger and doesn't trust himself around her. Fine but she wants him to want her. She wants to be his thrall. Her feelings are hurt when she sees him feed on another 'whore,' and he doesn't understand what he did to make her so upset. Really? I mean really? Typical male. Oh, the rejection! Like a slap in the face, she is pushed into believing he doesn't want her. He thinks it will ruin their friendship. Whatever. Only, he does want her.
This character trope is so familiar. 
We see it in The Black Dagger Brotherhood between Hellrens and their Shellans. They don't want to hurt their females. Pshaw! The very idea!

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