Release Date: August 2, 2016
Publisher: Shadow Mountain
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss
Genre: Steampunk Romance
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?
BEAUTY AND THE CLOCKWORK BEAST by Nancy Campbell Allen is more of a gothic romance (IMO) than a steampunk one. I think this is good news for some people who are not into steampunk but enjoy a good historical romance with some fantasy in the mix. I haven't read a good vampire-werewolf themed novel in a long time so it's quite a treat to have that in Steampunk Proper Romance.
I enjoyed BEAUTY AND THE CLOCKWORK BEAST. NACampbell did well in terms of painting such a gothic landscape for us, it's very atmospheric in its ominous tone. There's a lot of creeptastic moments too, not overly frightening, but done in such a way that will make you curious and a little wary at the same time. The mystery isn't much of a brain buster, I was more interested in the motives and boy, was it a surprise. Anyway, I love this series debut, I'll definitely be following Steampunk Proper Romance.