Perfect. Absolutely perfect. I started this story and hated to put it down even for a second. There is some much going on, per usual for the Hadrian family. I was swept into the chaos and enjoyed every minute of it. From attending social events with the upper crust to visiting the slums of London, each scene came alive and not only kept my interest but moved the story forward. The characters from Connor’s infatuation with Wink to Wink’s love of her family to Liam dreading meeting up with his, kept me emotionally tied with each and kept me cheering for a spectacular ending.
Moonlight and Mechanicals is part of an awesome steampunk series by Cindy Spencer Pape. The world she has created is original and meshes real Victorian England with paranormal elements in such a way as they feel real and possible. Though this is not the first book in the series, it is possible to read, enjoy and fall in love with it with this story. The opening pages give a brief summary of some of the backstory that you will need.
Wink is a very unique female. She’s smart and loves to work with anything mechanical. Though she doesn’t recognize it, she’s also pretty. She’s drawn the attention of her “brother’s” best friend and fellow knight, Connor. But, it’s Liam that Wink has been interested in since she was 15. Liam is an Irish werewolf constable. He plans to never marry due to his past. When things become life and death, will everyone put their feelings aside for the good of England? And, will Liam realize that Wink is all grown up with ideas of her own concerning him?
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)