Monday, August 1, 2011

STEAM AND SORCERY by Cindy Spencer Pape

The Gaslight Chronicles
Publisher: Carina Press
Date published: March 2011
ASIN: 9781426891281
Steampunk romance
Reviewed by Valerie
Obtained by publisher

Ms Cindy Spencer Pape takes her readers on a daring adventure set in an alternative Victorian era where clockwork devices ease the life of the rich and magic is a force to be reckoned with.

The Order of the Round Table is a secret society dating back to Arthur and his Knights. Sir Hadrian Merrick is a Knight of this present day Order and he is powerful and feared. He hunts vampires, rogue werewolves and even ordinary humans whom the police have trouble with. But he never thought he would open his house to five unruly orphans, each with their own special gifts. He needs a governess and his aunt brings him Miss Caroline Bristol.

Caroline has had enough of her employers groping her and almost raping her. She’s decided to find employment with an elderly lady who has no gentlemen callers…but she has been presented to five children who have stolen her heart. She just needs to stay away from their very handsome guardian. But, as fate would have it, they need to join forces to fight a very real danger and as they scramble to save humanity, they fall deeper in love. Caroline has her own special gifts and never thought she might be a bit more than human and she finds her gifts come in very useful. More than her heart is at stake in an adventure that will change her life.

I’ve had this book on my reading list far too long and I am sure that fans of Ms Pape’s work have already devoured this story and loved it! So, this review is for those of you that have not already read this book and I must urge you, no, insist you pick it up, settle down on a comfortable chair, get your favorite beverage and sit back and enjoy an adventure that will have you on the edge of your seat! This is a fantastic story that I could not stop reading until the last page.

Ms Pape has combined many elements into her story. We’ve got vampires, werewolves, fairies, wizards, magic and steampunk all rolled into one and it works. This talented author makes it all seem very natural. Her characters are very real too, from the handsome Merrick, to the spunky Caroline and the children. There are many secondary characters that bring the story to life and some unsavory ones, especially the tutor, who I would have like to have wrung his neck!

The romance elements are tender, sensual and erotic. These are the perfect pair and you want to root for them throughout the whole book. I could go on and on raving about this story, so I beg you to go pick it up and enjoy it for yourself. I am now going to settle down and read the next one, PHOTOGRAPHS AND PHANTOMS and am sure that I will like this one just as much. Watch for the review!

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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