Proper Romance, Beauty and the Clockwork Beast by Nancy Campbell Allen


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. Could Miles himself be to blame for the deaths?

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?

About the author:

Nancy Campbell Allen (N.C. Allen) is the author of twelve published novels, which span genres from contemporary romantic suspense to historical fiction. In 2005 , her work won the Utah Best of State award. She has presented at numerous writing conferences and events since her first book was released in 1999. Nancy received a BS in Elementary Education from Weber State University. She loves to read, write, travel and research, and enjoys spending time laughing with family and friends. She is married and the mother of three children.

In Tiffany’s opinion:

I reviewed my new favorite book “Beauty and the Clockwork Beast.” To be honest, it didn’t start out as my favorite book. At first, I was confused by the steampunk type of proper romance, and surprised that this type of book involved vampires and werewolves. However, as I continued reading and understood the plot, I couldn’t put this book down.
Steampunk is a specific genre that blends a classic setting with steam-powered or gear-powered technology. I loved the mix of classical proper romance and modern technology! It was set in Victorian England with advanced technology, vampires, werewolves, curses, murder, and mystery all twisted into a Beauty and the Beast mashed up retelling. It starts out with this line: “It had never been proven that Lord Blackwell had killed his wife, but then the man in question hadn’t actually denied it, either.” And it just gets more captivating, the more pages read!
Lucy Pickett is an exceptionally bright and talented woman who excels in everything she undertakes. Miles Blake is handsome, surly, and hiding a terrible secret. Lucy arrives at Blackwell Manor to care for her ill cousin and becomes the target of a sinister force. Miles and Lucy team up to figure out who, or what, has decided to eliminate Lucy. It could be a vampire, a shape shifter, a ‘ton, or even a regular, normal human being. Throughout their adventure, Lucy and Miles grow close, and they have the potential to grow closer, if Miles can get past his insecurities and let Lucy see the true him.
This was an original, creative, romantic and enthralling book to read! Give it a chance! I’m glad I kept reading and look forward to reading more from this author.

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