Beauty and the Clockwork Beast

Beauty and the Clockwork Beast

A Steampunk Proper Romance

eBook - 2016
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Just like in the classic Beauty and the Beast, this Steampunk Romance features an unlikely love story. The Lord of Blackwell Manor, Miles, is plagued by a family curse that changes him into a shape-shifting wolf every month during the full moon. Lucy-a smart, attractive, and well-respected botanist-travels to Blackwell Manor to take care of her sick cousin, Kate, who is married to Miles's younger brother. For Lucy, the trip is a welcomed respite from her work and recent discovery-a breakthrough serum that could eliminate the scourge of vampires from London. However, Lucy finds more than she bargained for when she arrives at the Manor. Miles, who is brash and inhospitable, does not take kindly to visitors. He is still unsettled by the mysterious death of his newlywed wife. And then there's Marie, Miles's sister, who was attacked and murdered just weeks earlier. Miles is horrified to think that he might be to blame for the deaths. And who is the ghost that haunt the halls? Lucy is convinced that the death of Miles's wife and sister-as well as her cousin's mysterious illness-are tied together, but how? Lady Charlesworth has her eye on inheriting Blackwell Manor for her family. Could her daughter, Candice, or her son, Arthur, have had a hand in the mysterious deaths? The clues make a vampire suspect highly likely. During her investigation, Lucy finds herself caring deeply for Miles, but he fights to keep his distance in order to protect Lucy from his family's secret. And, yet, he feels attracted toward the woman who is able to look past the fearsome-looking scar that has marred his handsome face. With no other option, Miles and Lucy must work together if they are to find the answer to the mysteries at the Manor. But that's not all Lucy wants to solve. There's a deeper mystery behind Miles. Can she solve that, too? Ultimately, she must decide if she can love the man, beast and all. Also includes a 15-page bonus prequel novelette, Marie's Story." Marie Blake is Miles's younger sister, and her untimely death begins the story of Beauty and the Clockwork Beast. Set on the eve of her murder-and told in the first-person from her point-of-view-readers will get to her know her as a person, and not just as the ghost who haunts the halls of Blackwell Manor. The story provides greater depth and more personal details to one of most memorable characters in the novel.
Publisher: [United States] : Shadow Mountain Publishing : Made available through hoopla, 2016
ISBN: 9781629734071
1629734071
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Aug 02, 2018

4.5 Stars - I highly recommend if you enjoy fantasy, steampunk, and/or proper romance novels. This one is for fans of Edenbrooke (proper romance) and Changeless (steampunk/setting).

Lucy Pickett is a modern woman living in the Victorian Era. When her cousin falls ill at her new home, Blackwell Manor, Lucy makes it her duty to figure out what is wrong. The house is rumored to be cursed after the Lord of the manor's wife, and then sister died within a day of each other just six months ago. Lucy's cousin grows weaker by the day, and Lucy herself is being visited by an ominous spirit in the night. Lord Blackwell is incredibly disagreeable, but eventually must team up with Lucy to figure out what is happening to the women of Blackwell Manor.

I had heard good things about this book from Kristen, and then from Heather -- and I take their recommendations to heart. I am so glad that this book was on Hoopla, so I could finally read it! I absolutely loved the bits of steampunk embedded into the story. I have read two other books with bits of steampunk in them, but this was much more substantial. That being said, once I had a handle on the world I didn't find that element to be distracting whatsoever. I really liked that Lucy was a smart main character, she was well bred but also very academic and career-driven. She wasn't overly heroic, or overly damsel-in-distress-y. It was a good balance for me. I adored her and Lord Blackwell's interactions. It's so Pride and Prejudice. Just the her presence sends him into an angry tizzy. It was too funny. I had to re-read the dancing scene because it was just too good. It took me a little bit of reading to understand how the 'tons worked, and what place vampires and shifters had in society, but it all really made sense midway through the book. I didn't realize this was a re-telling of Jane Eyre as well. I can kind of see it. I worried that that might give away things related to the spirit or the ending of the book, but it really didn't! I was pleasantly surprised with how things progressed! This is a proper romance that's done quite well. It makes the near-touch steamy, which isn't always easy to do. It reminded me a bit of Edenbrooke in that sense, but with obvious differences in the fantasy/steampunk element. If you like fantasy and/or proper romance you'll likely enjoy this book.

JCLThomasM Mar 09, 2017

Strong female adventurer heroine meets Jane Eyre meets Beauty and the Beast meets Steampunk. I love unusual combinations in my romance reads, and this one didn't disappoint!

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Miller0111
Feb 21, 2017

I'm currently reading this title and am new to the author's work but it is quite enjoyable thus far and difficult to tear myself away from the mystery and adventure at Blackwell Manor.

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jericho_0
Oct 14, 2016

Great book! I am new to steampunk and decided to give this a try. I am glad I did. I could not put it down. If you like historical novels with some vampires and werewolves definitely give this a try.

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