- Title: Brass Carriages and Glass Hearts(A Steampunk Cinderella)
- Author: Nancy Campbell Allen
- Series: Proper Romance Steampunk
- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Shadow Mountain (August 4, 2020)
- Genre: Romance/ Paranormal/Fantasy/Steampunk
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1629727377
Emmeline O’Shea is determined to save the world—single-handedly, if necessary. A strong voice for societal reform, she is the natural choice to deliver a key speech at the end of the International Shifter Rights Organization’s week-long Summit in Scotland.
But when a death threat arrives at Emme’s home, she is immediately placed into protective custody, watched over by none other than her personal nemesis, Detective-Inspector Oliver Reed. The two have crossed paths many times, with disastrous results, but now they will have to work together in order to reach the Summit before midnight of the last day in order to ensure legislation is passed to protect the Shifter community.
As unseen enemies close in around Emme and Oliver, they struggle to reach Edinburgh by any means necessary, only to find Emme’s vindictive stepsister, Oliver’s vampire brother, and a dangerous political minefield awaiting them in Scotland.
Even more difficult is their own refusal to admit that the fiery animosity that once burned between them might be turning into the heat of romantic passion. Could a straitlaced policeman determined to uphold the law and an outspoken activist willing to break the rules ever find true love? Or will all their dreams shatter like glass when the clock strikes
Let me preface this review saying, yes, this book could be a stand-alone, but please read the three previous books in this Proper Romance Steampunk series first. You will understand this wonderful world and all of the characters so much more and will make your reading experience of Brass Carriages and Glass Hearts even more amazing.
Reading Order of the Proper Romance Steampunk Series:
1.Beauty and the Clockwork Beast
2.Kiss of the Spindle
3.The Lady in the Coppergate Tower
4. Brass Carriages and Glass Hearts
I have loved all of the books in this series but I feel this fourth book is my favorite. Maybe because it brings this whole steampunk world full circle. The characters from the other books are also in the new novel. The struggles and trials found in the other novels are also resolved fully and this shows in the final chapters of the book.
The main characters in this book are both so likable for different reasons. Emme has so much spirit and determination and it has taken her far in life. Detective Inspector Oliver Reed is an upright, very stoic, and a true hero. In this case, opposites truly attract. It felt right they drifted towards each other even though they had major differences at first. The action is consistent with someone in peril at all times. Figuring out who's behind the criminal behavior may be figured out sooner rather than later for some readers. This novel is one that I had to read and couldn't get the story out of my mind. This author truly knows how to move the plot forward at a great pace.
I've enjoyed the Steampunk Romance series so much. It brings a fresh face to a Proper Romance, that is spiced up with paranormal creatures and a nice dose of steampunk. This reader is secretly hoping that there will be more steampunk romances to come out in the future.