Title: Beauty and the Clockwork Beast
Author: Nancy Campbell Allen
Publisher: Shadow Mountain
Published: August 2, 2016
Paperback: 352 pages
FTC FYI: I received a paperback copy in exchange for an honest review.
Jane Eyre meets Beauty and the Beast.
When Lucy Pickett arrives at Blackwell Manor to tend to 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. 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?
I knew from the very beginning of this book I was going to love it! It has a mixture of mystery, steampunk, Gothic romance and paranormal elements like ghosts,vampires and werewolves and shape shifters. You might wonder, how do all of these things mix together? I would say, they blend together very well!
I loved main character Lucy Pickett because she was confident and no damsel in distress. Within the first 100 pages Lucy has met the male main character,the good looking, but beastly acting Miles. I laughed when she described the only kind of woman who could handle Miles...
" That man would require a woman who could hold her own with him, someone who wouldn't back down from the bulk of his physically intimidating stature and the even more intimidating personality housed within it. Heaven help any woman not equal to the task."
Lucy basically describes herself, and readers soon see she is exactly the kind of woman that Miles needs. They of course don't see this at first, but when the attraction starts happening you will be totally hooked. The first dance they have together radiates great tension and the sparks start flying. These are such wonderful characters and I know that you're going to love them too! They are witty, smart and strong, each respectively.
There are many things that are happening at Blackwell Manor and Lucy tries to figure out why her cousin Kate has become ill after only a few months of marriage to Miles younger brother Jonathan. Without giving away all of the plot, which I truly detest when reviewers do that, just know that there are no dull moments in this book. Lucy and Miles work together to figure out the many mysteries that are plaguing Blackwell Manor. Some may figure out quickly who is behind the mayhem and mysterious deaths, but others it may take awhile.
I thoroughly enjoyed Beauty and The Clockwork Beast with it's blend of genre's that wound up being my perfect cup of tea..I mean the perfect book to read. I give this book 5 stars and applaud it's author on writing such a well written and blended story with memorable characters. I hope she writes more books within this series.
Meet Author Nancy Campbell Allen:
Nancy Campbell Allen is the author of 14 published novels and several novellas, which encompass a variety of genres from contemporary romantic suspense to historical fiction. Her Civil War series, Faith of our Fathers, won the Utah Best of State award in 2005 and two of her historicals featuring Isabelle Webb, Pinkerton spy, were finalists for the Whitney Award. Her newest Regency romances, My Fair Gentleman, was released from Shadow Mountain January, 2016, and her steampunk novel, Beauty and the Clockwork Beast, was just released also through Shadow Mountain in August 2016.
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