Moonlight and Mechanicals (Gaslight Chronicles)
by: Cindy Spencer Pape
Historical Romance / Steampunk
Released: October 22, 2012
A former street urchin, Wink has been given a second chance at life, and is now a respected woman in society. Sure, there are men that scoff at a lady inventor and tinkerer, but she's happiest when fixing machinery. When a friend from her street days asks for help finding her missing son, Wink doesn't hesistate. She enlists the aid of Liam, an Inspector--and the man she's been in love with since she was sixteen. She's determined to have him, but when he announces his decision to remain a bachelor, she reluctantly agrees to be wooed by a close friend and Knight of the Round Table. But having to work with Liam is hard, especially since just the smell of him makes her yearn for things that cannot be. When they start poking around the disappearance, they learn several men and women have been disappearing, often after seeing a strange mechanical man about at night. Plus there's the threat to the Queen they have to worry about. When the two cases look like they're connected, Liam and Wink must race against time to keep the Queen alive and find the missing people, all while fighting their feelings for each other.
Wink and a group of homeless children were taken off the streets, adopted, and given a second chance. They're closer than most families, and it shows in the writing. I loved this family, and everything they mean to each other. They're a solid unit, standing together to face the world and anything it throws at them. Liam has been a friend of the family for years, and has had a crush on Wink, but is afraid to do anything about it, mainly because she's younger and he doesn't want to offend the family. He's also worried that because he's a werewolf, his darker nature could come out and hurt her. His parents had a rough marriage, and he's vowed to not risk hurting the woman he loves by staying away from her. Wink is determined to show the stubborn man how good a man he truly is, and convince him he'd never hurt her, and how much she loves him. Meanwhile, a close friend of Wink's has proposed marriage, and Wink is torn between choosing an affectionate marriage to a friend, or waiting possibly forever for the man she burns for to come around. Plus there's the creepy mechanical man walking around at night, stealing men, women and dogs and using them for who knows what. There's a lot going on in this book, with the perfect blend of action, adventure and romance. I truly enjoyed this book, and will look into others in this series.
Carla gives this book a