Moonlight and Mechanicals by Cindy Spencer Pape

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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Some New Reads

Here are a few new reads for you!  I have yet to read these, busy reviewing for some authors.  However, the reviews I have seen are fabulous.  I have read other books by Carrie Ann and J.R. and they are fabulous!  Enjoy, lovlies!
Charmed Spirits (Holiday, Montana) by Carrie Ann Ryan
This is the start of a new series!

Kilts and Kraken by Cindy Spencer Pape

Kilts and Kraken, a steampunk romance,  is the third in the Gaslight Chronicles Series by Cindy Spencer Pape.  Set at Torkholm Island in the Hebrides in July, 1858, is the story of Magnus Findlay and Dr. Geneva MacKay.  Geneva, the daughter of Sir Fergus MacKay, a Knight of the Round Table, is one of the first female doctors in Edinburgh, Scotland.  Begging a favor, her father sends her to check on one Alice MacDonald on the isle of Mull.  It seems Mrs. MacDonald has found a man who was attacked by a kraken and is in need of medical care.  Because the Order investigates magickal occurences, Sir Fergus wants Geneva to go and investigate the kraken as well as tend the man.
Magnus Findlay, Baron of Torkholm, is gravely injured.  All he knows through the blur of pain is that he must get back to Torkholm or he will die.  He tells as much to the angel at his bedside and prays she will listen.  Thinking she is taking him home to die, Geneva listens, and she and Alice journey to Torkholm.  Thus begins the investigation into the kraken and a journey into love for Magnus, Geneva and Alice!  Along the way betrayal, attempted murder, murder and black magick all are discovered.
What a marvelous read!  Best of the series by far!  I loved this novella and look forward to the next installment of the series.  Ms. Pape is getting better and better.
5 of 5 stars

Book Reviews…What are Your Views?

What do you like in a book review?  Do you like them long or short?  More details or less?  How do you feel if they have spoilers in them and don’t state as much?

When I write reviews, I like to keep them fairly short, introduce the characters, and give a hint about the storyline.  I don’t like to include spoilers or give too much away.  In my opinion, that is not a review.  Reviews should only entice the reader to want to read the book (in the case of a good review), or in the case of a bad review, let the reader know that the book may be a disappointment for them.  Giving away too much about the storyline of the book ruins it to me, making it not worth the investment of time or money to read as it leaves nothing for the reader to discover on their own.  Spoilers, at least in my opinion, do not belong in reviews.

I usually don’t read reviews before purchasing a book.  I choose what I read based on word of mouth, blurbs on the cover, or the name of the author.  However, as I find new authors to read and review, that is more difficult to do.  I also don’t read reviews because I don’t want to bias my own reviews by doing so.  I have found when reading reviews on other things that my opinion often differs anyway.  Sometimes I will read other reviews after I have written mine to see if others agree or disagree.

Now.  Tell me your opinion.  I would love to know your thoughts.  Authors…what are you looking for when someone reviews a book for you?  Readers, what do you like to see when you review a book?  Reviewers and bloggers, what do you put in your blogs and reviews, and why?  Let’s share some helpful hints and tips to make each other better.

 

Photographs and Phantoms by Cindy Spencer Pape

Set in Brighton, England in 1855, this Steam Punk romance is full of paranormal elements and romance. Lord Kendall Lake, a Knight of the Order of the Round Table, has been sent by his father to check on one Miss Amelie Deland, the niece of the most powerful sorcerer in the Order. Kendall does not know why he has been sent to “hold the hand” of Miss Deland, but that is his order.

As the mission progresses, a deadly plot is uncovered, and the Hadrian family becomes involved. Mystery and intrigue abound.

This is a quick read, since it is a novella. Very enjoyable. The only thing lacking is that it seemed to move a bit too quickly.

3 of 5 stars…left me wishing for more of the story, more detail.

Steam and Sorcery by Cindy Spencer Pape

Set in London in 1851, in the era of steam and mechanization, Lord Merrick Hadrian finds himself in a predicament. A Knight of the Order of the Round Table, a direct descendant of King Arthur’s Knights of the Round Table, Sir Merrick has been tasked with a great problem. He can seek help from none of his brethren. Along the way, he receives assistance from a rag-tag group of five gifted children, and one Miss Caroline Bristol. The way in which the events unfold is truly enjoyable, and keeps the reader enthralled.

For lovers of paranormal, romance, steam punk, or erotica, all will find something to love in this book. The attention to detailnis amazing! A fabulous read!

**** four out of five stars… I look forward to more of this series!

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