Moonlight & Mechanicals

Moonlight & Mechanicals

by Cindy Spencer Pape

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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...

74,000 words

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781426894527
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication date: 10/22/2012
Series: The Gaslight Chronicles , #4
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 304,690
File size: 383 KB

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Winifred Carter, almost sixteen, barely dared to breathe for fear that something would ruin the moment as a burly dark man and a fair-haired faerie-tale princess said their wedding vows in the garden of a duke.

Cor, an honest-to-bloody-goodness duke. He was old, as was the duchess, but they'd been kind to Wink and pretended they didn't notice when her speech slipped back into the cant of a Wapping pickpocket. Everybody at the wedding also pretended not to see that both the bride and groom had been recently injured, and still sported a bandage or two beneath their silks and satins. Wink bit her lip. Wounds they got saving my sorry hide.

In the space of the last two months, Wink's world had turned upside down and inside out. There she'd been, fighting vampyres in a stinking Wapping alleyway with her friends, like always, and along had come this man. He'd helped slay the monsters, and he'd let Wink, Tom and the others run away before the coppers came.

Of course Wink had hidden to watch. A toff, helping the likes of them? It didn't make any sense. Neither did the young constable with the curling black hair and twinkling dark eyes, who'd winked at her, but not given her away to the other coppers. Constable McCullough had been the handsomest thing she'd ever seen, though the older man—Sir Merrick he'd called himself—wasn't exactly an ogre. Once the night was over, Wink never expected to lay eyes on either of them again.

But Sir Merrick came back to Wapping and told Tom a story. What if, he'd said, King Arthur's Knights of the Round Table had never disappeared? What if their descendants were still alive, still in Britain, protecting people from the monsters, bloodsucker and human as best they could? Even stranger, what if Tom were one of them? Wink had to admit, Tom's senses for finding monsters and his skill at hunting them was unusual, as much so as her facility with machines or Nell's gift for seeing ghosts. When Sir Merrick had offered Tom the chance to come live in his posh Mayfair mansion and train to be a Knight, Tom had refused. Not unless the others come along, he'd said. Tom was a good sort like that. Wouldn't let the little ones down.

Wink still couldn't believe Sir Merrick had said yes. Now the five street rats from Wapping were living it up in Mayfair, the wards of a baronet. Of course they ran amok. Who wouldn't? Soon, a governess came, Miss Caroline with her ready smile, bright green eyes and cor, pointed ears. Next they found out Tom wasn't a bastard, but the heir to another baronet. Tom's grandfather was too sick to take care of him, but he sent papers proclaiming Sir Merrick as Tom's legal guardian, and one day Tom would have a huge house and the title Sir. Wink's head had barely stopped spinning from that, when the bloodsuckers and their human friends had kidnapped her to make a machine that would allow them to pass as human. Sir Merrick, Miss Caroline and the dashing Constable Liam had all rushed to her rescue.

That's when she learned Constable Liam was a werewolf. Not that it mattered. Wink had gotten used to strange things early in her life, even back before Wapping. Furry by moonlight or not, he still made her heart flutter and something strange twist in her stomach.

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Moonlight & Mechanicals 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
tiny17701 More than 1 year ago
This novel brings the machines of the near modern times and magic to the Victorian England era. Ms. Pape also brings the consequences of such machinery (pollution). Part of a series that pulls from all to create a world where all things are possible. If you are willing to immerse yourself into this world, you will find it time well spent. I have read all from the Gaslight Chronicles and I am hoping for more.
McInturff More than 1 year ago
Cindy Spencer Pape has created a fun and intriguing family who I look forward to each story and learning more about them. The story contains fun innovations and the characters are great.
BookwormReflects More than 1 year ago
Moonlight and Mechanicals Gaslight Chronicles Book Four By Cindy Spencer Pape Wink Hadrian does not like being in “high society” she would much rather stay in her garage and tinker with her inventions. She is in love with a werewolf, Liam McCullough and has been for years however after she is proposed to by a dear friend and Liam pronounces that he will never marry she gives up hope and looks toward the other man instead. When Wink goes to visit the woman who took her in when she was a child back in Wapping and finds out that her son has disappeared. She quickly turns to Liam who works with the police. But Liam soon discovers that people are disappearing at an alarming rate all of Wapping. There is so much going on in this book, first you have the steam punk aspect which is amazing and reinforced by Wink who inventions are truly fascinating. Then you have Vampires and Werewolves Oh my!, Liam is actually a werewolf and we get to see that side of things with a firsthand perspective when he goes through the change. Now we also have a couple of side story lines such as the world is dying out, wish there was more on that, everywhere that anyone goes they must wear a filter over their nose and mouths because the air is so unstable, really wish there had been more on that. This is an amazing book and Cindy Spencer Pape has done a remarkable job. I have yet to read any of the other books in this series but the author brought to life Wink and all of her siblings so spectacularly that I am dying to find out what will happen next. I was sent a free copy of this book for an honest review.
dnae More than 1 year ago
I found this book interesting, in that I feel like it elaborated the Steampunk concept more than anything I've previously read on the subject. Granted I've only read three other books of that genre, this book stands out for me. The author's implement of the book's backstory was done well, because without having to read the previous books, I knew what was going on. Wink's character is likable as she is independent and a hard worker. She's ahead of her time and wants to get London to move along with her strategies to incorporate a cleaner, breathable environment. Her love interest, Liam is a werewolf moonlighting as an inspector, and has to fight his inner conflicts to break his barriers and fall in love. "'Yes. Something is afoot in Wapping, Inspector. I hope to heaven you can find out what, and put an end to it before more good people disappear.'" (loc. 782) I liked the action of the overall mystery with the Ascot society and the Royals. With a romantic tinge, and a revolutionary feel, this book was very enjoyable and I would absolutely love to find and read the author's previous Gaslight Chronicle books! First Line: "Winifred Carter, almost sixteen, barely dared to breath for fear that something would ruin the moment as a bury dark man and a fair-haired faerie-tale princess said their wedding vows in the garden of a duke." (loc. 40) Last Line: "Life among this family was never going to be dull." (loc. 2949) ---------- Quotes "Every day, Londoners too poor to employ air filters in their homes died of black lung, and other respiratory illnesses as if they were coal miners. Couldn't the blighters in the Royal Society see the urgency of the problem or the elegance of the solution? Electrical power was the stuff of the future." (loc. 146) "'If you want to woo Winifred, don't talk about her beauty or grace. She couldn't care a fig about those. Think, man. What makes her unique? What makes her the woman you want to marry? Praise her brains, her strength with a sword, her ability to fix any machine that's ever been made. Let her know you see her for who she is, not just the pretty social façade she's forced herself to cultivate for her family's sake.'" (loc.345) "'Only you can make that decision, darling. But there are so many different kinds of love. Make sure you choose the one that's right for you.'" (loc. 641) Galley provided by Carina Press via NetGalley
Candace-LoveyDoveyBooks More than 1 year ago
Cindy Spencer Pape is a brilliant author! Moonlight & Mechanicals is the fourth book in her steampunk series, Gaslight Chronicles, and the only book I’ve yet to read by Pape, but halfway into the prologue I had already become teary eyed. That I was able to become so invested in Wink Hadrian’s life so quickly leaves me no doubt that Pape is amazing when it comes to thoroughly relating her characters’ thoughts, emotions, personalities, and backgrounds. Wink’s past has been considered buried since she was adopted by Sir Merrick Hadrian and Miss Caro when she was fifteen years old. Now her small ‘family’ of four: Tom, Nell, Piers, and Jamie, has extended beyond her wildest dreams. As Wink continues to forge her own path as a woman by working and inventing, her heart continues to grow fonder for Inspector Liam McCullough. Liam, struggling to discover what plot is afoot against the queen, pushes Wink away from his dangerous wolf and onto Conner, a young Knight of the Round Table. Wink is an extraordinary character. She’s a natural engineer who’s invented so many creations that are environmentally safe and of a protective nature. She takes the bad experiences of her past and uses them to live a life that shows she’s grateful for the positive change in circumstance. Pape gives Wink a caring personality that extends beyond her adopted family, but also to those who helped her when she was less than fortunate, and those who know about her past who continue to treat her as a lady. The story is written in a third person perspective that shifts between Wink and Liam. Liam not only struggles with his vow to remain a bachelor, but also with urgent cases that involve the royal family and missing persons from the poorer areas like Wapping, where Wink grew up. Liam is a strong, alpha male character, but he’s not too extreme. He and Wink are like kindred souls with their less than favorable pasts, but it’s how each handles their pasts that shows the contrast between them and makes for an interesting story. Moonlight & Mechanicals flows at an enjoyable, medium pace and remains captivating throughout. Intelligent, supernatural characters with natural devotion to family, in any sense of the word, make for a superb read anyone can fall in love with. I am definitely looking forward to more steampunk romances from Cindy and can’t wait to see whose story will be told in the next Gaslight installment! *eGalley provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*
BBsBookNook More than 1 year ago
In this fourth installment of the Gaslight Chronicles, Cindy tells the story of Wink and Liam. Lady Winifred Hadrian aka Wink has finished university and now works for the Order as an engineer. She remains in contact with old friends in Wapping, and balances her life in the social whirl of London with that of an engineer. At times, facing ridicule and feeling as if the man of her dreams is out of her reach, Wink must choose between the one she loves and the one who believes he loves her. Liam McCullogh, Inspector with Scotland Yard, friend of the Hadrians, and a werewolf. He has now been assigned the task of uncovering a plot against the royal family. Add to that a favor to Wink and his tortured feelings for her, and you find one busy and very unhappy werewolf! Cindy has outdone herself with this installment of her Gaslight Chronicles! I found this one hard to put down and look forward to more. Best of the series by far! 5 of 5 stars!
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Wakes up abdd kisses her "goodmorning my love"
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A cave with moss beds and strange herbs hanging from staligtites. Willowstorm