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Photographs & Phantoms (The Gaslight Chronicles) (edition 2011)

by Cindy Spencer Pape

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Member:Zumbanista
Title:Photographs & Phantoms (The Gaslight Chronicles)
Authors:Cindy Spencer Pape
Info:Carina Press (2011), Kindle Edition, 64 pages
Collections:Your library, 2011 Reads
Rating:****
Tags:Steampunk, Victorian England, Paranormal, Mystery, Romance

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Photographs & Phantoms is only sixty-six pages long and therefore is more of a novella than a book. Though we do get to briefly see the Hadrian family, whom we met in Steam & Sorcery, this novella involves a brand new relationship. In the interest of fairness to Cindy Spencer Pape, I feel it's once again necessary to disclose that I am not a fan of romance novels, so please keep that in mind as you read this review.

Photographs & Phantoms once again begins with a confirmed bachelor. Kendall Marquess Lake, is a member of the Order of the Round Table and he is sent from London by dirigible to Brighton, to investigate a case involving the niece of Lord Drood. Kendall is not the least bit excited by this case, though it is the first chance he has had to engage in fieldwork for awhile.

Amy is a professional photographer. Though she has enough money to do without employment, she is compelled to work because of the love of her art. Having had one season out in society, Amy decided that she was not suitable for that sort of life and instead chose to focus on her passion. For Amy, this would mean a life of spinsterhood, but one she was willing to accept for the freedom that being an artist gave her. Unfortunately for Amy, it seems that when someone sits down to have their photo taken, shortly afterwards they die. Could this be a manifestation of precognition because is after all a direct descendant of Merlin, or is something about her art killing her customers?

One of the things I detest about romance novels is how quickly love is declared. In the case of Photographs & Phantoms, it rises to the level of absolute ridiculousness. After knowing each other for forty-eight hours, Amy and Kendall fall hopelessly in love. Kendall goes from claiming discomfort about his childhood friend "getting leg shackled", to proposing to Amy based on the strength of his physical attraction to her. At one point, he even admits that he has gone to long without getting laid, yet somehow, his lust magically turns to love when he saves Amy from a man determined to control her. Of course, Amy is equally smitten but this is okay because apparently, this ridiculous love at first sight thing runs in the family.

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  FangsfortheFantasy | Sep 20, 2013 |
If you like a smorgasbord of fantasy and steampunk in your historical romances, don't give a fig for any semblance of historical sensibilities or historical accuracy, and have no objection to the supreme predictability of "girl meets lord, girl and lord fall in love, she thinks he's too good for her, he thinks she's too pure for him, they explain themselves and have hot steamy sex" then you'll enjoy this.

The scaffolding plot was also more or less predictable (cartoon villain, and threat from the exotic orient), but that's of course primarily there to get the romance plotpoints happening at the right moments. ( )
  zeborah | Jun 5, 2013 |
Skimmed through this in less than an hour. Interesting, kind of crazy plot, ridiculous characters, kind of terrible sex scenes... or scene, really. And of course they have to get maaaarried at the end. Whatever.
  evforija | Apr 3, 2013 |
Hoping For More of this Series

My only complaint about this follow up to Steam and Sorcery is that it's too short. The author has done a wonderful job creating an exciting plot with intriguing characters. Enjoyed the Steampunk elements which included the historical era, fashions and attitudes of that time, quirky mechanisms and a heroine with modern sensibilities. The sexual encounter was fine with me as I was already aware this author writes erotica, but might be a miss for some readers taken unawares. Was happy to reunite with previous characters too.

All in all, enjoyed this novella and hope the author continues to create more of this Gaslight world she's created. I'm a fan wanting more! ( )
  Zumbanista | Nov 17, 2012 |
This is a short story I got free from the kindle book store. About 68 pages long, this is a historical, paranormal romance. Amy is a photographer. Recently, shadows have appeared in the photos after being developed. Then the person in the picture died. So, Amy contacted her great grandfather, a powerful scorcer to investigate. He send Lord Lake,Kendall, to look into the matter. Amy and Kendall experience love at first sight. But, Amy is in danger. Will Kendall be able to find out what is going on before it's too late?
A steamy PNR romance. A nice break or lunchtime diversion. Over all a B-/C+ ( )
  gpangel | Nov 5, 2012 |
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As a member of the Order of the Round Table, Kendall Lake is overqualified to be investigating strange phenomena at a seaside photography studio. But since the photographer is related to the Order's most powerful sorcerer, Kendall reluctantly boards a dirigible to Brighton. Amy Deland is haunted by a shadow that appears in some of her recent portraits. In each case, the subject died within days of the sitting. Does she have her grandmother's gift of foresight, or has she somehow caused the deaths? As Kendall and Amy search for answers, their investigation draws them together in a most improper way -- but it seems the evil presence in the studio is determined to keep them apart.… (more)

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