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steampunk dogEngineer Winifred “Wink” Hadrian has been in love with Inspector Liam McCullough for years but he has always played the ‘friend”, believing that his past and his being a werewolf has condemned him to a life of bachelorhood. In Moonlight & Mechanicals by Cindy Spencer Pape, Wink receives a proposal of marriage from another long term friend and promises to think about it as Wink has always wanted a family. But when a friend’s son goes missing, Wink and Liam start working together and Wink starts to wonder if she can really settle for less than the love she feels for Liam.

Inspector Liam McCullough is attracted to the smart and fearless Wink but figures she would be better of with his friend. But as the two of them work together, realizing that poor people have gone missing from the slums in London and it is up to them to figure out why Liam realizes more and more what exactly he would be giving up if he lets Wink go.

Set in Steampunk Victorian England, I have enjoyed all of the Gaslight Chronicles and Moonlight & Mechanicals is a great addition to the series. Wink is one of the children adopted by Merrick and Caroline from Steam & Sorcery (read my review here).  Wink’s character is great, originally from the slums of London she has not forgotten where she has come from, despite her social rise in the world and her education gained at college.  I was surprised to find out the story was so short because it didn’t feel like a shorter novel, although I did read it in one sitting (which is not unusual for me). Moonlight & Mechanicals  can be read as a stand alone novel but I think you get more out of the story if you have read the previous books in the series, or at the very least have read Steam & Sorcery.

You can read an excerpt here.

Gaslight Chronicles Reading Order

Steam & Sorcery

Photographs & Phantoms

Kilts & Krackens

Moonlight & Mechanicals

Cards & Caravans (March 2013)

moonlight and mechanicalsRating: Star 4copy

Content: favicon5 NB

Title: Moonlight & Mechanicals

Author: Cindy Spencer Pape

Format:  eBook, audio book

Page Nos.: 176

AISN: B008O53MOE

Publisher: Carina Press

Release Date: October 2012

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jessica

 

**I received a copy of this book from the publisher but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.

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