Kiss of the Spindle (Steampunk Proper Romance #2) by Nancy Campbell Allen

Kiss of the Spindle (Steampunk Proper Romance #2)

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 attempt to find Malette—the witch who cursed her—Isla blackmails her ...

Details Kiss of the Spindle (Steampunk Proper Romance #2)

TitleKiss of the Spindle (Steampunk Proper Romance #2)
Release DateJul 3rd, 2018
PublisherShadow Mountain
GenreRomance, Science Fiction, Steampunk, Fantasy, Paranormal, Fiction, Fairy Tales

Reviews Kiss of the Spindle (Steampunk Proper Romance #2)

  • Katie W
    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, whic...
  • Melanie
    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 determine...
  • 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...
  • Kathy
    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 shapeshifte...
  • Mei
    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... :(
  • 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...
  • Mara
    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 lin...
  • 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. Bo...
  • Donna
    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...
  • Minx
    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 necess...
  • Christina
    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, ...
  • Julie
    This story was amazing! I loved every second of it. Full review to come.
  •  The Flipped Page (Susan K)
    Romance, clean; Steampunk, PG-13 for some mild violence; series, but stand alone readDr. 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...
  • 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 rac...
  • Donna Weaver
    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 fin...
  • Andree
    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 seconda...
  • Kendra
    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.
  • Emily
    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 POV...
  • Alicia
    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...
  • 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 ...
  • Mindy
    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 c...
  • Sheila
    ***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....
  • Valerie
    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. 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. 💕📹...
  • Amanda
    A little slow at first but I liked the characters and thought the ending was good.
  • Kiana
    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...
  • Emily White
    I LOVED this book! I think it's my favorite of hers so far. The steampunk/fairytale thing is so unique and fun.
  • Cathy
    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...
  • Rachelle
    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...