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Moonlight & Mechanicals (The Gaslight Chronicles Book 4) (udgave 2012)

af Cindy Spencer Pape (Forfatter)

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London, 1859Engineer 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...74,000 words… (mere)
Medlem:allisontx15
Titel:Moonlight & Mechanicals (The Gaslight Chronicles Book 4)
Forfattere:Cindy Spencer Pape (Forfatter)
Info:Carina Press (2012), 205 pages
Samlinger:Untitled collection
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Nøgleord:fiction, fantasy, paranormal romance, steampunk, gaslamp, goodreads

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This is the fourth story in the Gaslight Chronicles and the second full length book. This book follows Wink, one of the orphans from the first book in this series. This is what I thought this series was going to be when I finished book 1. I loved following Wink and her adventures and watching her and Liam work together.

I listened to this on audiobook and the audiobook was very well narrated. All the books in this series have had excellent narration.

This book does draw in a lot of characters both from book 1 and the interem novellas. I do wish however that the novellas had been labeled as just that (novella additions to supplement the series) rather than separate books.

This makes a great second book to the series. I enjoyed it a lot. The characters are well done, I loved the mystery around the missing people and the mechanical men. Mostly I just loved getting to read about the Hadrian family again.

Overall this book was good enough the keep me slogging through the mediocre novellas to get to the next full length third book. I really love reading about the Hadrian family and hope future novels in this series follow those children as they find their place in life and find their perfect match. ( )
  krau0098 | Oct 30, 2019 |
Normally, I don't read this genre, but I was captivated with Wink. With her street rats, they were adopted by royalty. Wink had a crush on inspector Liam McCullogh since she was taken in by her new parents buy he still saw her as a child! At twenty-four she was a whiz at fixing any kind of machine. I liked that Liam fought his desire for Wink because he thought he wasn't good enough for her and he even schooled Connor on how to woo her but Wink only thought of him as a brother. In less than three months over twenty people went missing. Now the two fought against their desires and worked together to find the missing. Could a shifter and a human love each other? ( )
  HOTCHA | Sep 29, 2018 |
Moonlight and Mechanicals is the 4th book in the Gaslight Chronicles Series and features the Hadrian family once again. Wink, who is our protagonist, is now a grown woman, but still independent-minded and a genius mechanical engineer. The Steampunk touches in this series are very clever, as is the London backdrop. The extraordinary Hadrian family and friends consist of various paranormal types and contrast nicely with polite human Society.

The plot was a bit plodding and the mystery drawn out until the last third of the book. The author spends a good bit of time resolving the romance between Wink and Liam. Perhaps I'm finding the author's work is turning slightly stale at this point in the series as it just didn't fill me with as much delight as the first couple of books.

I suppose I will continue with the series in future, but I won't rush right onto the next book. ( )
  Zumbanista | Dec 24, 2014 |
**3.5**
The best in the series fo far.
This is a romance after all, but it has more actual plot than the previous books. Liam is channeling Cyrano de Bergerac trying to get Connor to marry Wink since he is convinced that he is too violent and not good enough for her. Anyone who has read previous books know that when Wink wants something, she isn't shy to get that herself.
There are some minor things which aren't resolved: Wink never found out that the mechanical toys, presents and a visit to carneval were Liam's ideas. Next, Jamie had a vision of Connor and a beautiful woman in his arms, but nobody except Liam actually talked to Connor about his love life. Still, those are minor issues. ( )
  Morana.Mora | Sep 22, 2013 |
In this fourth book in the series, we return to the Hadrian clan, whom we first met in Steam & Sorcery. The Hadrian brood is all grown up and now the children are finishing their education, or engaged in work for the order. In Moonlight & Mechanicals, the protagonist is Winifred Hadrian (Wink), the engineer of the group. From the moment she was saved by Constable Liam McCullough, Wink fell hopelessly in love with the werewolf. Though Liam McCullough holds Wink in high regard, his troubled past has led him to believe that he is simply not husband material. Liam is determined to play Cyrano de Bergerac to Wink's suitor Connor. Liam's firm belief is that if he can get Wink safely married off to a man he knows will not mistreat her, that she will be safe from him always. Like all good plans of mice and men, things don't work out the way that Liam plans. People and animals are going missing in Wapping, the area where Wink ran the streets as young street urchin and in order to solve the mystery, Liam must work closely with the entire Hadrian brood, thus drawing him closer to Wink than Liam feels comfortable. Against a backdrop of intrigue and even threats the Queen Victoria herself, Liam must deal with the ghosts of his past, as Wink presses him to believe in the pure goodness of his nature.

As a protagonist, I quite liked Wink. She is not the fainting type and actually prefers to have good solid clothing which she can move freely in and work in. Having been given the freedom to pursue her interests, Wink works for The Order as an engineer and is fully capable of supporting herself. Wink has no patience with being treated as though she is delicate and therefore rightfully bristles when she left out of part of the investigation, and when Liam suggests she should retire from danger. When Liam is resistant to a relationship, she initiates sex, with no shame or discomfort. Wink has a strong personality, with a mind of her own.

Though Moonlight & Mechanicals is most certainly a steampunk romance, the romance did not overwhelm the plot. Pape did a great job of creating an interesting mystery to build the relationship between Liam and Wink around. The mystery never felt ancillary to the romance and this equal weight kept the plot intriguing, even though as a reader I knew that Moonlight & Mechanicals, would end with a declaration of love, as romance novels typically do.

We once again had the inclusion of Aunt Dorothy, who is a lesbian. We are told that she has been in a loving committed relationship for years with Miss Julian but that it is simply not acknowledged in polite society. I would have been happier to actually see Miss Julian in this novel, rather than simply a reminder that Aunt Dorothy is a lesbian.

"Look at Aunt Dorothy. She and Miss Julian have been an item for decades and no one says a word."

"Partly because their relationship is not just socially ruinous, but also flatly illegal." Liam had no problem with Dorothy's lifestyle, but it wasn't without risks. "While it may be stupid for the law to prohibit two women from being in love, saying anything in public could result in their arrests. (page 140)

Having a character defend the idea that two people of the same sex should have the right to be together without the interference of the law is most certainly a good thing, the fact that it was referred to as a "lifestyle" is problematic. Gay people do not have a lifestyle, they have a life. Having a character use homophobic language to fight homophobia is not progressive. Perhaps most importantly, at no time British history has it ever been illegal for women to be lesbians.

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London, 1859Engineer 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...74,000 words

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