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

by Cindy Spencer Pape

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

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a fun and interesting steampunk/historical/fantasy/romance series. Looking forward to more! ( )
  shaunesay | Jun 21, 2017 |
Photographs and Phantoms is the story of a woman portrait photographer, Amy Deland and Kendall Lake a member of the Order of the Round Table. Amy sees something "evil" in some of the photographs she takes and shortly thereafter the photos with the shadowy presence dies. Kendall is called upon by the Order to investigate. I felt the characters weren't developed enough, I wanted to know more about Amy and Kendall's past, I especially wanted to know why Amy's family became estranged from Lord Drood. As a simple romance it was okay but as a suspense book much more should be added. ( )
  mmoj | Mar 2, 2017 |
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 |
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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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