Kiss of the Spindle by Nancy Campbell Allen
(Steampunk Proper Romance #2)
Steampunk, Proper Romance, Retelling
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A steampunk Sleeping Beauty story from the author of Beauty and the Clockwork Beast.
Doctor Isla Cooper is cursed. Literally. Each night, at the stroke of midnight she falls into a death-like sleep from which she cannot be awakened for six hours. To make it worse, the curse has an expiration date—after a year, it becomes permanent. And the year is almost up.
In a desperate attempt to find Malette—the witch who cursed her—Isla blackmails her way onto Daniel Pickett’s private airship bound for the Caribbean, only to discover she’s traveling with three illegal shapeshifters and the despicable Nigel Crowe, a government official determined to hunt down and exterminate every shapeshifter in England. Isla and Daniel must work together to keep the identities of the shapeshifters hidden while coming to terms with their own hidden secrets, and their blossoming attraction to each other.
Filled with suspense, intrigue, and plenty of romance, Kiss of the Spindle is a steampunk Sleeping Beauty story. It is a race against the clock as Isla and Daniel try to hunt down the elusive Malette before Isla’s death-like sleep becomes permanent.
What I thought
I have had this audiobook on my Hoopla list for a few months now and I am so glad I finally decided to give it a listen. You can read these books as stand alones or you can read them in order. They all take place in the same steampunk world that the author has created. Its steampunk with a mix of paranormal and I am living for it. A year ago I would have told you that I do not read any romance books and I would have been kinda right. I picked up books from Gail Carriger and that changed everything her books lead me on to these and I am so happy about that. I enjoy a good proper romance more than I would have originally thought I would. In this book, you get more of the build-up for the romance and it was very sweet. I know that this book seems like it’s fast but they are riding in an airship for the majority of it and the trip took weeks. You really don’t get a time frame until they talk about getting a faster ship later and saying it would still take weeks.
The cast of characters for this story was wonderful. I grew to like some of the side characters as much as the main characters. How they come together to support Isla felt organic for the group we had. For me, this just added another layer to the story. Isla had relied only on herself for so long and now she has a group that is willing to help her share her burden and find a solution just made the story that much better for me.
I can not wait to pick up the next one in this series. I have it currently on my shelf, but being a mood reader it may be a little while before I actually pick it up.
My Rating: /5