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Kiss of the Spindle

(Steampunk Proper Romance #2)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  2,371 ratings  ·  488 reviews
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
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 viole…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
Nov 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
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 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
Jun 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2018
Loved this twisted fairy-tale!

Clean (some violence)
Sep 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
~4.5 stars~

You can’t avoid fairytale retellings these days, they’re absolutely everywhere as authors jump on the bandwagon with varying degrees of success. Kiss of the Spindle is definitely one of the successes and shows how to best adapt a sleeping beauty and (unpopular opinion!) I'm not one of those people who adored this story , that makes me want to read more retelling of this story and i dig this one. having read the first book of this series and loving it , i knew i wanted to read this. Th
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paranormal
I liked it better than the first book.

It was more inetersting and the MCs were more likable. Also the ambience was nice with the airship travel, the likable shifters and the sarcastic and witty 'ton!

Sorry for this meager review, but I'm still not feeling very well... :(
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
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
Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
$2.99 on Kindle

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 ti
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
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
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
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
May 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This story was amazing! I loved every second of it. Full review to come.
Happy Reading Watching
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: proper-romances
3rd reread 9/15/2020

Around this time every year my sisters and I reread this series :)
Nancy Campbell Allen has a gift of writing clean romance + fairytale retellings + steampunk!!!! I hope this series never ends, if it must I hope she makes a spin off they are that good!! It's hard to find clean steampunk and Nancy has done it❤❤❤
 The Flipped Page (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
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
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)

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
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
Read this earlier this year and forgot to review, which is sad, because this is an absolute delight. Seriously, I read this months ago, but I remember quite a bit of it. It was a fun story. There are airships. There is blackmail to get on said airship. There are untrustworthy passengers on a trans-Atlantic airship crossing. Isla is awesome. I was also presently surprised at how quickly she trusts Daniel. They are great together. Also, the secondary cast is also great. Plus, this does quite a goo ...more
Jun 20, 2019 rated it liked it
I liked everything until they got to Port Lucy, and then it was just too try-hard about fitting in bits from the original fairytale (which the first one didn't seem to need to do?), good times for colonizers, and kind of weird??
But Nigel Crowe was great, I loved the trio on board the ship a LOT (flora and fauna, hehehe), and this was still a pretty great time.
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
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
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
Maria Hoagland
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have been waiting for this book ever since Beauty & the Clockwork Beast! While I absolutely adore any book written by Nancy Campbell Allen, these steampunk fairy tales are the best! What a treat to be able to read this book. It didn’t disappoint—in fact, I love how the author is able to surprise and impress me every time. Her characters in this book are fantastic, and the setting just great. The best part, of course, is the twist on the fairy tale. Well done!! Read this book! You’ll love it.
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
Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love proper romance, I love cleverly retold fairytales and I love Steampunk adventures!!! Combine all these with masterful storytelling and mix in a nod to Disney and I’m in heaven and don’t want the story to end. 💕📹⏱
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.
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
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