This book review for Moonlight & Mechanicals is very difficult for me to write. In theory it had everything that I should have loved: Strong werewolf Alpha male, intelligent and independent heroine, steampunk, and evil doers. However, it just didn’t do it for me. I read (and LOVED) Motor City Mage (review here) by Cindy Spencer Pape and even though it was the ending book in a series and I had not read the previous books, I still loved it. It was sexy, had great world building, and kept me on my toes. So, when I had an opportunity to snatch Moonlight & Mechanicals by Cindy Spencer Pape I grabbed it. The world building was OK. There was most of the top supernaturals in the book, although none of their history was touched on, it could have been in the previous books in the Gaslight Chronicles series. I did enjoy the interesting and complex family dynamic that was contained in Moonlight & Mechanicals. Part of this family is a group of adopted children that were taken off the streets by the Hadrian’s. One of these children (now grown) was the protagonist, “Wink”. Wink is a wonderful character. Spirited with a superb talent for mechanical devices she was a joy to read about. I just never felt much for connection to any of the other characters and the ending felt disconnected. I feel this was due to the lack of hatred towards the villain. Their evil deeds were discussed, but you never felt any emotions towards them. So when the end came it just seemed flat. Another issue for me was the reasoning behind the main love interest, Liam’s, justification for wanting eternal bachelorhood. After much insight into his family relationships and the abuse he suffered and witnessed at the hand of his father, I felt that the ending on this subject was forced and left me a little unsettled.
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…
I rate Moonlight & Mechanicals 2.5 out of 5 Bullets
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*I received Moonlight & Mechanicals from the publisher, Carina Press, via NetGalley. I received no compensation for this review.