Sunday, May 18, 2014

Dragon’s & Dirigibles (Gaslight Chronicles #7) by Cindy Spencer Pape

Steampunk Romance

From Goodreads:

When airship engineer Melody McKay's dirigible explodes and plunges her into the yard of a gothic manor, she suspects foul play. With her ankle injured--an indignity far too feminine for her taste--she resolves to crack the mystery while in the care of Victor Arrington, the stuffy-yet-disarming Earl of Blackwell.

Ex-Royal Navy Captain Victor runs a tight house and is on a mission to protect his niece and foil a ring of smugglers using fire-breathing metal dragons. He has no time for romantic attachments. Particularly not with women who fall from the sky wearing trousers and pilot's goggles.

As he and Melody navigate a treachery so deep it threatens the lives of everyone in Black Heath, the earl becomes unexpectedly attached to his fiery houseguest, and Melody discovers a softness in her heart for him. But when the smugglers strike, there's more at risk than just their future together.

Like the previous book in the Gaslight Chronicles, Dragon’s & Dirigibles is novella length.  Also like the previous books it packs a lot in it’s 48,000 words and is a great addition to the series.

This time it is Melody McKay’s story.  Melody is an engineer and a very modern woman.  When her airship explodes she meet Victor Arrington, the Earl of Blackwell.  From the beginning Victor’s old-fashion ideas and Melody’s modern way of life cause a clash.  There is a problem at Victor’s estate. Smugglers are using it for a base and they need to be stopped.  As they work together they both find that there is an attraction that cannot be denied.  It is fun to see how Melody changes how Victor feels about modern women. 

It is a nice plot but I knew who the bad guy was from the beginning.  It did not change my enjoyment of the story and there were two surprises at the end.  One was dropped by Tom and is a big hook for what could be the next story in the series.  You don’t have to read the series in order but it is more fun that way. 

Carina Press published Dragons& Dirigibles by Cindy Spencer Pape in 2014.

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