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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Beauty and the Clockwork Beast {A Steampunk Proper Romance}


When Lucy Pickett arrives at Blackwell Manor to tend her ailing cousin, Kate, she finds more than she bargained for.  A restless ghost roams the hallways, werewolves have been reported in the area, and vampires lurk across the Scottish border. 
Lord Miles himself is clearly hiding a secret.  He is brash and inhospitable, and does not take kindly to visitors - even one as smart and attractive as Miss Pickett.  He is unsettled by the mysterious deaths of his new wife, Clara, and his sister Marie.  Could Miles himself be to blame for the deaths?   
Working together, Miles and Lucy attempt to restore peace to Blackwell Manor.  but can Lucy solve the mystery of Miles?  Can she love the man - beast and all?
What an awesome opportunity I was given to review Beauty and the Clockwork Beast by Nancy Campbell Allen!  I was pleasantly surprised at what a delight this steampunk romance turned out to be!

So, really, this was my very first time reading something that was classified as "Steampunk."  If you are anything like me, you may be wondering...what exactly is steampunk anyway?  I Googled up a definition for you, which really doesn't do the word justice according to the book, but here:

Steampunk 
  1. a genre of science fiction that typically features 
    steam-powered machinery rather than advanced technology.

And this is true...  there were "automatons" or "'tons" doing the work of servants, airships, horseless carriages driven by 'tons, "Tesla stations" to send messages, etc.  All the while this book held onto the dreamy victorian era that this Proper Romance girl adores!  

So, my opinion and definition of steampunk is really more like this:

Steampunk
Where the Victorian era crashes into the future.

According to the book description it is where 
"Jane Eyre meets Beauty and the Beast"

 Let me tell you more about this book....  

Lucy Pickett is a scientist, biologist, herboligist and an amazingly self-reliant lady when she arrives at Blackwell Manor to care for her cousin, Kate, who is mysteriously ill.  As she tries to get to the bottom of Kate's ailment there are whispers and rumors of a curse that afflicts only Blackwell brides...  Like Lord Blackwell's late wife...she only survived for a month in her marriage before she met a tragic end.  A no-nonsense skeptic, Lucy has no time for that until she is confronted by the ghost of Marie herself, Lord Blackwell's sister who was murdered in the gardens.  What is her unfinished business?  Does she have something to say about the curse?  Was she victim to this curse as well? 

As Lucy gets to know the handsome and brooding Lord Blackwell she realizes that he holds a secret...one that could shed light on the mysteries plaguing the residents of the manor.  
Duhm, duhm, DUHM.... 
Are you intrigued yet?

So, what did I REALLY think of this book?
First of all, this genre was way out of my comfort zone.  I began reading it with trepidation because I was pretty sure that I was not going to like it.  I mean, vampires? werewolves?  really?  But, I gave it a go....and by page 65 the book grabbed ahold of me and refused to let me go.

Trust me when I tell you this book will pull you in just like all the other amazing proper romances!   I really enjoyed it and I think you will too!

You can purchase Beauty and the Clockwork Beast from your favorite retailer!  

Disclaimer:  I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions expressed here are my very own.  Thank you so much for stopping by!

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