Mission: Improper

Mission: Improper

by Bec McMaster


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ISBN-13: 9781925491104
Publisher: Lochaber Press
Publication date: 03/31/2017
Series: London Steampunk , #1
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 516,134
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.99(h) x 0.88(d)

About the Author

BEC MCMASTER is the award-winning author of the London Steampunk romance series, and paranormal romance series': the Dark Arts, and the Burned Lands. She's addicted to travel, and loves setting her books in foreign places, or dark worlds. For more information on her books check out her website at www.becmcmaster.com or follow her on Twitter @BecMcMaster, or www.facebook.com/BecMcMaster

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Mission: Improper (London Steampunk: The Blue Blood Conspiracy) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is probably only my second review ever, but this book was soooo good! I loved the character development, the plot and the writing itself was superb. Occasionaly humorous and sweet, but full of action. Can't wait for the next book!
BananaTricky More than 1 year ago
So, I started reading the London Steampunk series but got bogged down in book 2 and never recovered but I love a steampunk story and I was sooo over contemporary romance so when I saw this on my shelf (well actually the second book but I backtracked and started this one) I decided a palate-cleanser was in order. Despite not having read books 2-5 of the London Steampunk I didn't find it difficult to follow the story, indeed a revolution has occurred (presumably the climax of the previous series), the Queen has overthrown her consort and imposed some enlightened laws upon her citizens: recognising the rights of verwulfen and mechs; and removing the absolute power of the Echelon, the upper class blue bloods who formerly ruled. Blue bloods are similar to what we would normally term vampires, however in this world vampires are what happens when a blue blood goes to far into the blood craving - once a blue blood becomes a vampire they are creatures driven by their lust for blood and are supernaturally strong (stronger even than a blue blood or a verwulfen) and almost indestructible. However, not everyone is happy with the Queen's reforms, especially the blue bloods who are no longer entitled to do whatever they want. A series of bizarre events have seen whole groups of people simply disappear: an entire street in the East End of London, 40 members of the Echelon at a private party in pleasure gardens etc. Caleb Byrnes is the illegitimate son of a blue blood and his mistress, accidentally infected with the virus. A member of the Nighthawks, he is invited to join a mysterious elite group to investigate the disappearances. The elite group comprises: Caleb; a verwulfen called Ingrid Miller with whom he has a chequered history; Ava McLaren, a blue blood laboratory assistant with a mechanical heart; Kincaid, a giant mech who hates blue bloods; Charlie Todd, one of the rookery lads who has also been infected by the blue blood virus; Gemma Townsend, another blue blood who deals in information; and the Duke of Malloryn. As Caleb and Ingrid fight their animal attraction whilst investigating the disappearances we are plunged into blue blood conspiracies, secret societies, underground chases, vampires, dhampirs, false leads and corsets galore. I loved it. Off to read book 2 ...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved seeing Ingrid get her own story. It was wonderful seeing a fresh perspective in a familiar setting .
forgotmyline More than 1 year ago
This book, the first in a new arc in McMaster's London Steampunk world, picks up three years after the events of Of Silk and Steam and follows a newly formed group of detectives and spies as they deal with a new set of problems that have come up after the uprising and revolution that took place in the previous arc. This book focuses primarily on Ingrid Miller and Caleb Byrnes, both of whom we met in previous books. They had worked together a year prior to the events of the book, though things were left on... uncertain terms (Ingrid left Byrnes tied to a bed, naked with a poem written on his chest) and Byrnes has been dreaming of his revenge since then. Things change when the pair is thrown together for an investigation. I absolutely loved both characters, both as individuals and as a couple. Ingrid is fierce and capable, and still vulnerable because of her past and often at the mercy of her passions and emotions due to her verwulfen nature. Byrnes is cool and collected, keeping iron control over his blue blood hunger. And together they are absolutely explosive, the tension between delicious. And while there is definitely a fair amount of steaminess, their romance is still very sweet as they come to care for each other. The book is also very action oriented, with both characters having equal footing as far as their investigation goes (though it does take Byrnes a little bit to warm up to having a partner, since he prefers working alone). I particularly enjoyed that there are repercussions the events of the previous books, that things weren't all well and good after the revolution and restoration of the Queen to power. I think it could very easily have been glossed over, but it seems as though the main story arc for this new series will be at least partly a result of and reaction to what happened. Because this is set in the same world as the London Steampunk series, we got to see some characters from that. It was really lovely to see how so many of the other couples were doing, as well as characters who haven't had their story told yet. I'm very much looking forward to Ava's story in the next book and (hopefully) Charlie's story in a later book. My only complaint is that it might be difficult for a reader to dive into the world without having read the previous books. I think that enough can be picked up so as not to be completely lost, but I can see how there might be some confusion. That being said, the previous books are well worth the read and I highly recommend them as well as this one. *I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.*
heathercm2001 More than 1 year ago
Mission: Improper was thrilling and enthralling! The non-stop excitement and intriguing mysteries made it impossible to put the book down. I also found Ingrid and Byrnes irresistible. They were such a saucy pair. I loved the games they played with each other, as well as the verbal sparring. The chemistry between them practically set the pages on fire. Their phenomenal spy skills made things even more exhilarating. There was a lot of action. Their avoidance of their feelings for each other added in a lot of emotions, and I love to see that from very strong, and tough characters. Bec McMaster did an amazing job peeling back the layers of these characters and giving them one hell of a story. I'm really looking forward to the next book in the series because there is something big building in the London Steampunk world. I don't want to give anything away, but I have a feeling, things are going to get messy. I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
JANE_LANE04 More than 1 year ago
I was excited to learn the London Steampunk world would continue with a new story arc and some new and old characters. Bec McMaster did not disappoint with the first offering of "Mission: Improper." The pacing is fantastic, with no dead spots, but enough zest between the characters making it hard to put down. There is more (well-done) mystery, than romance, but everything fit together perfectly. We had met our main protagonists, Caleb Byrnes and Ingrid Miller, in previous "London Steampunk" novels, but they weren't primary enough to give away the fun I got to have with them in this novel. We knew enough about them to grab a good foothold into the new series and I think it will be more enjoyable if you have read the previous "London Steampunk" books. It did take me a few chapters to reacquaint myself with some of our cast of characters and would have liked a little more intro to some of the secondary characters to help get me going. That being said, the first few chapters set us in a wonderful spot in terms of Byrnes and Ingrid's previous working relationship. Their mildly antagonistic partnership, but definite physical spark was a fun change. I liked how different, but similar they were in how they trust their own judgement and put it on the line for the mission. They eventually grow to respect and trust in each other,with a hefty dose teasing, too. There have been a lot of strong female characters in McMaster's work, but I thought Ingrid was a new type of heroine. Physically described as having an Amazon-type figure, she is also strong and passionate in personality. Too often, the heroine is dainty and delicate, even if she is capable to awesome feats. It was nice to read about a woman with the actually physical strength to do the things she's written to do. This ends if a good place. We've summed up a small part of this overall grand mystery. We had a few teases to hint at conflict and passion to come in future novels; I wish I didn't have to wait! I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Hfowler More than 1 year ago
Loved, Loved, LOVED this book! OMG, it is as good as her first 5 books in her London Steampunk series. This is kind of a spin-off and takes place 3 years after the final book, Of Silk and Steam. This one had intrigue, so much passion, strong characters, and a great conflict and plot. I loved the highs and lows in Byrnes and Ingrid's relationship. We have a new villain in this series, the dhampir, and they are stronger and faster than the Blue Bloods. A group of rogues (one mech, four Blue Bloods, and one verwulfen) are brought together by Duke of Malloryn to solve several crimes that he believes are actually related. Kincaid, who is the Mech, hates all Blue Bloods. Ava, who is their doctor/scientist, has a mechanical heart and we met her in the first series. There is Byrnes, a Nighthawk (which are Blue Bloods that became one without permission), who does not believe in emotions or emotional attachments. We have Ingrid, our verwulfen, who was part of the human resistance during the Revolution to free all humans and verwulfen from the corrupt Prince and his Echelon, who believed that everyone else was beneath them and there for their personal pleasure. There is Gemma Townsend who has too many secrets to count. And finally Charlie, the brother to Honoria, who became a Blue Blood accidentally and joined Blade's crew in the rookeries. Ingrid and Byrnes partnered up one year ago, and Byrnes has not been able to forget her, or how she left things and wants revenge against her. The dynamic between all of the characters, all of the subplots that hint at other stories and more intrigue, come together to create a delicious and very entertaining story. There isn't anything I don't love about this book except for having to wait for book two. **I received this copy in exchange for an honest review**
Jammastere More than 1 year ago
**I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.** This is the second story arc set in the same London Steampunk world for Ms. McMaster. The previous books dealt with the corrupt ruling class known as the Echelon who oppressed the humans, Mechs, verwulfen, and rogue Blue Bloods. This book is set three years after the revolution and they are well into reforms to society at all levels; though not everyone is happy about leaving the bad old days behind. The Duke of Malloryn is the chief spy master for Queen Victoria. There is someone behind many large disturbances in London aimed to encourage the overthrow of the Queen. The Duke has been unable to find information through his traditional network of spy's, so he has assembled a special group of hand picked operatives. They each of different talents and specialties as well as weaknesses. This book introduces all the members of the new squad but is focues on Brynes, a Nighthawk, and Ingrid, a verwulfen who used to work for the humanist movement. They have worked together in the past with explosive results. This mission will test both of them to their very limits. Can they work together for the greater good? Can they prevent their feelings for each other interfere with the investigation? Can they work with a team? Will they be able to stop the attacks and figure out who, or what, is truly behind them? I have to say that this book was excellent! Ms. McMaster has a wonderful talent for weaving a tight story together that holds my interest over several books and proves very difficult to figure out. The romance of the book does not overwhelm the plot at any point. The characters are well written and complex. There is even a wonderful epilogue at the end that gives a small peek a few years into the future. You can read this book if you have not read the original London Steampunk series, but why wouldn't you want to read a wonderful series? There are a few crossover characters but they are only in the story briefly. This is a wonderful start to a new steampunk series that I very much look forward to reading for many books to come!