Tarnished Knight

Rated 4.80/5 based on 5 reviews
After a 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 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. More

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Words: 51,510
Language: English
ISBN: 9781301577132
About Bec McMaster

Award-winning author Bec McMaster lives in a small town in Australia and grew up with her nose in a book. A member of RWA, 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. To find out more about her London Steampunk series, visit http://www.becmcmaster.com/

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Review by: Sophia Rose on April 15, 2013 :
I couldn't believe my luck when I no sooner finished the first story in the series than I found out about this novella free at Smashwords. On top of that news, I discovered that this is really two stories not just one. Yummo!

The first story gives two minor characters in 'Kiss of Steel' their chance at romance and happiness. Rip puts up blocks faster than Esme can tear them down, but she is determined. He thinks he's nothing special and now that he's been infected with the virus and a blue blood he is afraid that he will accidentally lose control with her so he pushes Esme away while maintaining silence that she takes as a signal that he doesn't wish to be more than friends. With a little Christmas hope and the meddling of friends along with a dash of danger from the Slashers who are snatching women in Whitechapel for their blood, they might get past their problems. I enjoyed seeing this couple get their chance and I was frustrated along with Esme though I completely understood where Rip was coming from. Esme is a great character and I loved how she looked past the surface stuff and saw the beautiful soul inside Rip. However, I should admit that she likes the exterior package too. They were great together and I hope they get some face time in the rest of the series. It was neat to get a glimpse of many of the characters.

The second story is really a short teaser piece that acts as a transition for the second novel that makes Lena and Will the main characters. It ends on an ominous note for a few different plot threads. While I was sad to see what was happening, I enjoyed the snapshot at where things are leading and look forward to book two.
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Review by: safiya x on April 14, 2013 :
Amazing book, really liked the setting and characters
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Review by: Anne Chambers on April 13, 2013 :
Great book! A sexy hero and tolerable heroine. I enjoyed the setting as well, it was grimy and dark. Although I enjoyed this story I look forward to Lena and Will's story ;>
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Review by: Amanda Pizzo on April 12, 2013 :
I adore this series, this is a novella after the first and before the second. It takes place approximately 6 months after the first book. I would highly recommend reading the 1st book before attempting this book.

Esme is sweet and a mother figure for the household but there is one thing she wants for herself and that is Rip. She has thought that she has given all the right hints to Rip to let him know she wants him for hers but Rip never catches on thinking she is too good for him. There are some bumps along the way but these two strong individuals find their way eventually. There is plenty of action with the Slasher gang and sexual tension between Rip and Esme to keep you very entertained through the whole book!
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Review by: hrhsophia on April 08, 2013 :
A very enjoyable read. I liked the take on vampirism a bit outside of the norm. The main characters all have interesting stories that would make for good books too.
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