Bewitching Book Tours Presents: Moonlight & Mechanicals

Moonlight & Mechanicals (Gaslight Chronicles, #4) 
Title:  Moonlight & Mechanicals
(The Gaslight Series #4)
Author:  Cindy Spencer Pape
Format:  E-galley
Length:  381 pages
Publisher:  Carina Press
Rating:  5 stars

London, 1859

Engineer Winifred "Wink" Hadrian has been in love with Inspector Liam McCullough for years, but is beginning to lose hope when he swears to be a lifelong bachelor. Faced with a proposal from a Knight of the Round Table and one of her closest friends, Wink reluctantly agrees to consider him instead.

Because of his dark werewolf past, Liam tries to keep his distance, but can't say no when Wink asks him to help find her friend's missing son. They soon discover that London's poorest are disappearing at an alarming rate, after encounters with mysterious "mechanical" men. Even more alarming is the connection the missing people may have with a conspiracy against the Queen.

Fighting against time—and their escalating feelings for each other—Wink and Liam must work together to find the missing people and save the monarchy before it's too late...
-Goodreads

My Thoughts
  This book is the perfect blend of Steampunk ingenuity, flights of fancy, and romantic notion. Authoress Cindy Spencer Pape is a true spinner of Steampunk gold, and she has proven her metal yet again in this her fourth installment of The Gaslight Chronicles series.

Before I begin this review in earnest, I must first admit that this was my first experience with Cindy's work. I also had no idea that Moonlight & Mechanicals was part of a series; let alone that it was number four in said series.

Wink
Winnifred "Wink" Hadrian is a brilliant young woman. Too brilliant it seems for the rarefied gentry that her newly elevated station as a Lady of Victorian London would have her to be. That's quite alright with this fiery heroine; she's made of tough stuff, just like the mechanicals that she so skillfully engineers. If only she could be as sure in matters of the heart as she is with her wrench and gears.
Winks blend of forthright intelligence, street smarts, determination, and romantic vulnerability makes her a very likable character indeed. Though she is very brash, she is also very thoughtful and deliberate in word and deed. She is not afraid to buck convention in order to follow both her mind and her heart.

Liam
He is the perfect leading man, or should I say wolf. He is a man haunted by the brutality of his father and the loss of his mother. So deep is his pain that he has closed his heart to all love, rather than risk repeating his past.

Connor
Connor is perfect. He has it all breeding, a knighthood, money, but...
The one thing that he really wants is Wink.

The Plot
This story is billed as a Steampunk Romance. What they forget to tell you is that it is also a great Mystery. There is a plot afoot to kill the Queen and it is up to Liam, Wink, and a host of others to find the clues that will lead to the villainous masterminds behind it and stop them before it's too late.
This book is choc full of heart-stopping twists and turns that you just have to read to believe; as well as moments so tender and passion filled that you will never want them to end. 

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About the Author:

Award-winning author of over forty popular books and novellas in paranormal, historical, and erotic romance, Cindy Spencer Pape is an avid reader. According to The Romance Studio, her plots are “full of twist and turns that keep the reader poised at the edge of their seat.” Joyfully Reviewed said, her “colorful characters and plot building surprises kept me spellbound,” and Romantic Times Magazine says her “characters are appealing, and passionate sex leads to a satisfying romance.”

Cindy firmly believes in happily-ever-after. Married for more than twenty-five years to her own, sometimes-kilted hero, she lives in southern Michigan with him and two college-age sons, along with an ever-changing menagerie of pets.  Cindy has been, among other things, a banker, a teacher, and an elected politician, but mostly an environmental educator, though now she is lucky enough to write full-time. Her degrees in zoology and animal behavior almost help her comprehend the three male humans who share her household.



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3 comments:

Marianne Stephens said...

Great review...for a very talented author! I know about Cindy's continued success and wish her lots of contracts/sales!
Love the photo of Cindy...she has so many different looks/costumes and always generates interest in her writing/books by her enthusiasm and quality of her books.
She's definitely an inspiration to others!

Janice Seagraves said...

Hi Cindy,

I love that photo of you. The costume looks lovely and I love the background.

Janice~

Cindy Spencer Pape said...

Thank you, Marianne. Those are wonderful things to say. And Janice, the background was green screen, but I'm glad you like the costume!

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