Sir Merrick Hadrian hunts monsters, both human and supernatural. A Knight of the Order of the Round Table, his use of magick and the technologies of steam power have made him both respected and feared. But his considerable skills are useless in the face of his greatest challenge, guardianship of five unusual children. At a loss, Merrick enlists the aid of a governess.
Miss Caroline Bristol is reluctant to work for a bachelor, but she needs a position, and these former street children touch her heart. While she tends to break any mechanical device she touches, it never occurs to her that she might be something more than human. All she knows is that Merrick is the most dangerously attractive man she's ever met—and out of reach for a mere governess.
When conspiracy threatens to blur the distinction between humans and monsters, Caroline and Merrick must join forces, and the fate of humanity hinges upon their combined skills of steam and sorcery....
©2011 Cindy Spencer Pape (P)2011 Audible, Inc.
Disclaimer - the author is primarily a romance writer, so there's some predictability here, the occasional mild ick factor, and several explicit sex scenes. But overall a very light, enjoyable read with characters to care about.
Chitownmarcie Montrose, Colorado I do not know why it says Chicago I moved to Montrose in 2010
no pretty vampires
a good week-end book
This book is a good light read. NOT a hard core steampunck book, just a good book to have on in the background while doing the laundry, or house work.
My reading and listening tastes are eclectic.
This story flows well, the characters are well developed, and it moves well. The narrator has the appropriate accent and while it gets a bit breathy in spots, it is well read. Loved it.
This delightful romp in Victorian England has it all: engaging characters, page-turning plot, and lots of sizzle. I hope a sequel is in the works, featuring more adventures with Merrick, Caroline, and the gifted chidren. The narrator made the story come alive.
I enjoyed the story itself, though I could have handled less information about the children's lessons and mealtimes in return for more magic and adventure, though the chemistry between the hero and heroine was sizzilng. The narrator gave a solid performance, though her male voices sounded a little too growly for my taste. All in all, a pleasant listen during the workday.
Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.
This book has more romance than steampunk but overall I liked it. Not a book I have to buy the next one and read it immediately type but overall a feel good type. This is a version Jane Eyre never dreamed of and of course the male hero is not married which is all the better. I liked all the characters, and there is a quite a lot of characters in the story. The story was smooth and flowed well. I wish there could have been more action involved but overall I enjoyed the story.
Fantasy, adventure, sci-fi, mysteries, and poetry- just a few of my favorite genres.
I don't think I would buy another of Pape's book. I was hoping for more steampunk and magic versus passion and graphic descriptions of people having sex. I do like Helen Stern as a narrator but the poor plot ruined it for me.
I have never listened to another of her books, and after this... I probably never will again. The story didn't involve much steampunk or magic but rather more primal instinct. The only real detailed segments were when the two protagonists were about to make love or during. It was annoying to have their relationship be pushed to the forefront over everything else.
The opening scene where the children help Merrick defeat the vampires. Essentially all the scenes where the story focuses on the children and their abilities. For me, the interest in Caroline and Merrick was secondary to the children's antics.
I loved the twist Pape gave to the legend of King Arthur and the Round Table and how Merrick was a descendent of the Knights.
The entire series is so very charming! It is lovely entertainment while running errands, doing housework, etc.
There are several series right now with a similar flavor, mostly under steampunk urban fantasy, but they all have their own unique spins that make them not QUITE comparable. They should be enjoyed in their own rights: the Parasol Protectorate Series, the Shelly Adina "A Lady of...." Series, and a few other
More detail and depth, especially in the Tech & fantasy areas.
Verry Verry Good
Character development was good, but little background on the enviroment, social structue, technology and fantasy mechanics. It made the story feel weak.
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