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Kiss of the Spindle

(Steampunk Proper Romance #2)

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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 a
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Paperback, 361 pages
Published July 3rd 2018 by Shadow Mountain
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The Doctor's Companion I think it's written for adults, but it's a heck of a lot safer to read than some YA books that I've read in the past. No language, no sex, some…moreI think it's written for adults, but it's a heck of a lot safer to read than some YA books that I've read in the past. No language, no sex, some violence happens, particularly near the end. (less)

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Katie W
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is my second Steampunk book and I loved it! This story had a similar feel to Cinder, but was completely original. I loved finding the little hidden gems throughout that were reminiscent of Disney's Sleeping Beauty. I love it when an author can take a beloved classic and twist it completely to make it a new story, with a few familiar threads woven throughout.

Isla is a kick-butt character with a weakness that leaves her relying on others, which I love. Everyone needs to lean on someone else a
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Melanie
Nov 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, romance
Kiss of the Spindle was an incredibly enjoyable read with an intriguing curse and a very sweet romance.

Doctor Isla Cooper is cursed and her window to reverse the curse before it becomes permanent is rapidly closing. Desperate to find the witch who cursed her, Isla blackmails her way onto Daniel Pickett's private airship bound for the Caribbean only to discover there are three illegal shapeshifters aboard as well as a government official determined to eradicate all shifters. Isla and Daniel are f
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Julie Carpenter
Calling all you steampunk fans! If you love fairy tales and steampunk, you should read this book as well as the first book in the series, Beauty and the Clockwork Beast. And might I highly recommend that you read them in order. It isn't necessary but Daniel, the main character for this book, has a lot of history and backstory in the Clockwork Beast book. This was a fun read that I read right after I finished Clockwork Beast. These characters were a lot of fun to read about and discover. I'm real ...more
Kathy
Jun 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2018
Loved this twisted fairy-tale!

Clean (some violence)
Sissy's Romance Book Review
Kiss of the Spindle by Nancy Campbell Allen is book Two in the Steampunk Proper Romance Series. This is the story of Isla Cooper and Daniel Pickett.
Isla has been cursed and she is out to find Malette the witch that cursed her. The curse has her fallen into a hard sleep for several hours and when a year is up it will put her into a permanent sleep. Isla
sneaks aboard Daniel's airship bound for the Caribbean which she then finds illegal shapeshifters on board. Isla wants to help them along with Da
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Kathy Jo
Dr. Isla Cooper was cursed nearly a year ago and time is running out for her to find the Dark Magick witch, Malette, and get her to reverse the curse. She'll do anything and everything in her power to secure passage to Port Lucy... even resort to blackmail. But will Daniel Pickett see through her threats and refuse her passage? She'll have to be very convincing because she MUST be on the flight no matter what.

Daniel Pickett already has enough on his plate and doesn't need the added stress of Is
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Mara
Dec 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
When Isla Cooper says she sleeps like the dead she truly means she sleeps like the dead. For almost a year she's been under a curse that has her in such a deep sleep between midnight and 6 a.m. that she's as close to death as she can be without dying, breathing only every 30 seconds! Which is why it's so important she get on an airship bound for Port Lucy. When trying to buy a ticket fails, she resorts to blackmailing the owner of the airship line, Daniel Pickett. That's how she ends up on his p ...more
Donna
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, sci-fi
This was 2.5 stars. This book fits into many genres: steampunk-romance-fantasy-fairy tale retelling. It's the second book in the Steampunk Proper Romance series. I haven't read the first one.

I liked the MC, Isla and the story line but overall, this one didn't gain my attention until the ending. This moved slow. It felt dialogue heavy, which is usually NEVER a bad thing. But some action would have been nice. The story did a lot of telling of past events and of characteristics and it talked about
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Melissa
Oh my I loved this. It was such a surprise and such fun to read. I have loved Allen's writing for 20 years and am never disappointed. I loved her retelling of Beauty and the Beast and absolutely loved this Sleeping Beauty retelling. She is so creative! She makes an old story brand new and add's a bit of steam punk but not overloaded so you are lost. These books don't connect too much. The woman in B and the B is the Hero in this book's sister. Both can be read on their own. I just loved Isla! Wh ...more
Minx -The Genre Minx Book Reviews
I feel like lately I have been reading quite a few fairy tale retellings and Kiss of the Spindle was no exception. This story is a loosely based retelling of the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale (Disney version mostly) it has its nods to the cartoon throughout this story, which is cute but not what endeared me to this story. I love the main character Isla Cooper. She is such a strong character and she has a fierce determination to do whatever is necessary to see her own curse lifted. She is also a nat ...more
Christina
Dec 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you’re looking to be completely immersed into a story that has strong characters, unexpected twists, a sweet romance, and exciting suspense, then this book is for you!

I enjoyed every moment I spent reading this book. After reading the first book, Beauty and the Clockwork Beast, I couldn’t wait for more. While that book follows Lucy Pickett, this one focuses on her brother Daniel and a new protagonist, Isla. Each book can stand on its own, but I liked reading them in order- I am excited and an
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Julie
May 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This story was amazing! I loved every second of it. Full review to come.
Susan K
Romance, clean; Steampunk, PG-13 for some mild violence; series, but stand alone read
Dr. Isla Cooper is under a deadline to escape a curse. As she tries to find the witch who put her under a sleeping spell that will soon become permanent, she enlists the help of Daniel Pickett.
They both have their secrets, and one of Isla's enemies is aboard Daniel's airship with her. Trying to hide the secrets of the other passengers who are shape shifters, and Daniel's secret as well proves difficult. Daniel
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Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
Wow. This is the first steampunk book I've ventured to read, and it was such a fun ride! It took me a little bit to get comfortable with the some of the terminology and concepts, but the story and characters immediately grabbed me and pulled me into the intriguing plot. I loved Isla's grit, confidence, and determination. I loved Daniel's strength, charisma, and protective nature. I loved the dynamics between the passengers on the airship, the race against time, and the mysterious spell that Isla ...more
Donna Weaver
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed the first book in the series, and have been looking forward to this one for a while. It did not disappoint. It was fun to get to know Daniel, and Isla is a delight.

ETA: Just listened to it again. I liked it even better than the first time.
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
**4.5**

This was a fun and exciting take of Sleeping Beauty I loved the adventure, mystery, and romance. The first difference noted in the book is that this is a steampunk version. The characters are armed, some with robot parts, some are shifters, and the feel of the story is unique.

The story begins with Isla. She hunts shifters gone bad and brings them to justice. She is feisty, strong, and is a force to be reckoned with. She is desperate to find a cure for the sleeping curse that has been put
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Emily
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I picked up this steampunk retelling of Sleeping Beauty on a whim, and I absolutely loved it. I probably need to buy my own copy, because I think it could be my new comfort read. I want to read it again already.
It’s a kissing book—I’ve read a lot of those lately—
rather chaste in comparison to most of the romance books I’ve read this summer, but equally swoonarific.
I’m madly in love with these characters, and I enjoyed having the POVs switch back and forth between Daniel and Isla, both refreshi
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Alicia
Jul 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
I was so excited to read this book because I enjoyed Beauty and the clockwork beast so much. I thought that book was so original and well written - I was hoping for more of the same in this book.

Over all it just wasn't as compelling for me. As a reader I felt like the story was written to try to fit Daniel, rather than a story written for it's own right (A problem in many sequels). Because of this it came out awkward and a little boring at times.

Also a huge indicator of how good a book is, is w
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Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
It took me a quick minute or two to get into this book but once I did, I was hooked. I couldn't put it down. The story builds and builds until by the end I was feeling quite frantic and desperate. It was so exciting! I love when that happens.

I love that Nancy Campbell Allen is writing these steampunk romances loosely based on classic fairy tales. It gives everything such a fun twist.

The relationship and chemistry between Isla and Daniel was also one that kept building. I loved the explosive firs
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Mindy
Aug 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Kiss of the Spindle is another amazing book from this talented author. Sleeping Beauty is my favorite Disney movie, I was so excited to read book and I was not at all disappointed. I loved it. The characters were spot on. Isla and Daniel are perfect. I also enjoyed the supporting characters too. Isla was so amazing. Her "no nonsense" way was fun and I loved the back and forth between her and Daniel. Not only is Isla tough, but is also extremely compassionate and caring. She had a great relations ...more
Sheila
Jul 13, 2018 rated it liked it
***3.5/4 stars***
The thing I loved most about this book was at the beginning of the book "the character" explains how to pronounce her name.

"What sort of name is 'Iz-luh'?"

Isla attempted counting to ten, but reached only to five.

"It is pronounced 'Eye-luh'"

His expression cleared. "Oh, yes, rather like 'island,' then."

Honestly, I was so glad to read this from the start so I could say her name correctly in my mind from the beginning of the story. It's little things that bother me if half way thr
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Happy Reading Watching
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: proper-romances
I really enjoyed this one even more then the Clockwork beast. I loved the charcters and being back in this world. I am looking forward to reading more from this athour.
Looking forward to getting my own copy of this book.
Amanda
Jan 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook, steampunk
A little slow at first but I liked the characters and thought the ending was good.
Kiana Cook
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: no-punch, retellings
If you’re a fan of fairytales and are looking for an amazing reimagining of Sleeping Beauty, I do not recommend Kiss of the Spindle. It’s a Sleeping Beauty retelling, absolutely, and contains all of the proper ingredients, but the fairytale elements are mostly a prop for the actual story. Which brings me to my next point: if you’re looking for an almost-squeaky-clean, near-conflict-free “Proper” Romance (which the book bills itself as—I don’t even know what “Proper Romance” means; is it because ...more
Cathy
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 com
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Amber Stokes
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: amber-s-kindle
Danger comes in all shapes in this exciting take on the Sleeping Beauty story! In the beginning, the threat of future trouble and a building romantic tension carry the plot...and then things really start to take off in a new direction, especially once the characters reach their destination.

I so enjoyed getting to know the travelers and crew members aboard the Briar Rose airship. (Although I confess one particular passenger felt a little lacking in distinctive personality as the story progressed,
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Rachelle
Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fans of steampunk will love this great twist on the Sleeping Beauty tale. Not a fan of steampunk, or don't even know what it is? You'll still love it! At least I think you will because when I read Nancy Campbell Allen's book, Beauty and the Clockwork Beast, I had no idea what steampunk was. Basically it's a story where a classic setting is integrated into a society that utilizes steam-powered or gear-powered technology. If you love a good romance, I think you should read this book.

Doctor Isla Co
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Kiss of the Spindle by Nancy Campbell Allen
(Steampunk Proper Romance #2)
Publisher: Shadow Mountain
Release Date: July 3, 2018
Rating: 5 Stars

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 Danie
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Heather
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
You will love this book if:

-You love books that draw characters from the author’s other novels (Beauty and the Clockwork Beast - I liked Kiss of a Spindle more. It is a stand alone book so don’t feel like you have to read the other, but you might want to after.)
-You love steampunk
-You love romance but prefer it not have any shades of gray (All the romance, without the bits that make you feel like you now have to go to confessional.)
-You enjoy great characters including an awesome female lead

I r
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Kami
Jul 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
- The romance completely took over everything in this book, and it wasn't a good romance either. It was ridiculous. I don't remember rolling my eyes so many times during a book.

- I know this is a romance novel, and the romance should be a main focus, but it was just too much. I wanted more about the shifters and other things.

- Isla was not a new character. Daniel pretty much fell in love with his sister. Yes, Isla is EXACTLY the same person as Lucy from Beauty and the Clockwork Beast.

- I didn't
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