Kiss of the Spindle by Nancy Campbell Allen
(Steampunk Proper Romance #2)
Publisher: Shadow Mountain
Release Date: July 3, 2018
Rating: 5 Stars
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 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.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with an advance copy of Kiss of the Spindle for an honest review.
Kiss of the Spindle is a beautiful blend of romance, steampunk, magic and paranormal. This twist on Sleeping Beauty is how you do a retelling, it had just enough nods but was still so original! This is a standalone and told from Isle and Daniel’s POV’s.
Isle Cooper has been cursed and falls asleep every night at midnight as though she is dead. She does no wake until six the next morning. She is smart, tough and beautiful and refuses to let this hinder her. Her own sister caused the curse by using a witch. She has to find the cure to her curse or it will be become permanent and her time is almost up, so she blackmails her way onto Daniel Pickett’s airship.
Danielle is smuggling shapeshifters out of England to safety and the last thing he needs is any other complications but Isla threatens him and he takes her on his ship. Then, just before departing, Nigel Crowe, a man who has proven to hate all shifters and Isle has asked to board as well, and a government official he can’t turn him away. The mission has just become more dangerous.
Will Isle find what she needs in time before the curse becomes permanent? Can Daniel get to Port Lucy with the shifters without trouble? What secrets is Nigel Crowe keeping about his past? You have to read this amazing book to find out!
Kiss of the Spindle is a fast paced book that you will not want to put down. It is clean with no more than kissing but still has plenty of swoon. I can’t wait to read more from this author. I would definitely recommend and I am giving it 5 out 5 stars.
Nancy Campbell Allen (N.C. Allen) is the author of thirteen published novels, which span genres from contemporary romantic suspense to historical fiction. In 2005 , her work won the Utah Best of State award. She has presented at numerous writing conferences and events since her first book was released in 1999. Nancy received a BS in Elementary Education from Weber State University. She loves to read, write, travel and research, and enjoys spending time laughing with family and friends. She is married and the mother of three children.