About Kiss of the Spindle
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 read Beauty and the Clockwork Beast a couple of years ago and I LOVED it! When I saw that Nancy Campbell Allen had a new Steampunk romance coming out, I was so excited! This book is amazing! I might have to say that it’s my favorite I’ve read this year so far, and I almost never pick favorites!
Kiss of the Spindle introduces us to Isla. I loved her character. She’s spunky and pretty much does whatever she wants, whether it’s smart or not. Plus she knows how to use all sorts of weapons, they come in handy in her job as a Doctor of Shifter Therapy and Human Relations. That’s a big title, but basically she’s a bounty hunter searching for those shifters, werewolves, that attack humans and leave a mess. Isla has a small problem though, she falls asleep at midnight and is literally as if she is dead until 6 am. That messes with her job. And her friend is concerned that after a year of that, she’ll sleep all the time, never to wake again.
That’s where Daniel Pickett comes in. He owns Pickett Airships and Isla must take an airplane to Port Lucy to see if she can find the witch who cast a spell on her and get it reversed. I loved the way she used all of her resources to blackmail him into taking her on his private airship. But he’s no fool. He knows that there is something she needs and he won’t stop trying to figure it out. I loved the way he cares for her when he realizes her problem. He stays by her side as she sleeps to protect her.
There is plenty of danger and action in this book! I loved all of the characters, even the shifters. I loved the way the author includes little nods to Disney’s Sleeping Beauty cartoon. Those were so much fun to watch for!
I really loved the whole book. Like I said before Kiss of the Spindle is currently my favorite book from this year! Make sure to get your own copy and see how much fun Steampunk romance can be!
I was sent a copy of this book as a gift from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
About the author
Nancy Campbell Allen (N.C. Allen) is the author of twelve 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.
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