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A steampunk retelling of Cinderella.

Emmeline O'Shea has been an outspoken advocate for the shape-shifter community, which has come under unjust attack from a political body known as the PSRC (Predatory Shifter Regulations Committee), and her robust efforts have landed her a prestigious position as the spokesperson for the International Shifter Rights Organization. She has been selected to give the final address in Scotland before they vote on legislation that will grant protective rights to the shifter community. Because she is fundamentally changing the laws, she is also receiving death threats.

Oliver Reed is a by-the-book detective-inspector who has dealt with Emme's borderline illegal activism in the past, and there is little love lost between the two. When his superior tasks Oliver with guarding Emme around-the-clock to keep her safe until the summit is over, he is frustrated. He has several open cases requiring his attention, and his spare time is occupied with chasing down leads about the whereabouts of his brother, a rogue vampire bent on causing trouble in Scotland.

When their airship is hijacked, Emme and Oliver are forced to parachute away before they exit British soil. They take refuge in Emme's family's hunting lodge where Oliver is introduced to her abusive stepsisters.

Together the pair must make their way to Edinburgh so as not to miss the summit meeting where Emme will be key in helping to pass legislation that will disband the corrupt PSRC. But between her vindictive sisters and Oliver's rogue vampire brother, they face danger at every turn, not to mention dealing with their growing attraction for each other.

When Emme is kidnapped - leaving behind only one shoe as evidence - Oliver must find her before it’s too late - and the summit ends at midnight.

©2020 Nancy Campbell Allen (P)2020 Blackstone Publishing

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  • Karissa Eckert
  • 13-11-2020

Fun steampunk romanc.

Series Info/Source: This is the fourth book in the Steampunk Proper Romance series. I bought this audiobook from Audible. Audiobook Quality (4/5): I listened to this book on audiobook and it was very well done. No complaints, the narrator does an excellent job. Story (4/5): This was exactly what I thought it was going to be. There's a good mystery here paired with a decent romance. All in all it was a fun steampunk romp. This is supposed to be a retelling of Cinderella and I think that's a bit of a stretch. There are some elements that make this similar to Cinderella but they felt kind of forced. I would be reluctant to recommend this to someone who is only looking for a Cinderella retelling. However, this was a fun and entertaining light read. There were some fun steampunk elements in here and a lot of vampire/werewolf politics. The romance was well done if fairly predictable. Characters (4/5): The characters were fun and well done and have good chemistry together. Emme is a werewolf rights activist who is a rising star in the werewolf organization and gaining enemies along with her popularity. Oliver is a detective who has arrested Emme for causing trouble with her protests in the past and has now been assigned to protect her during a political trip. Of course, sparks fly between them. We also have a number of cameos from characters from the previous books in this series. Setting (4/5): I continue to enjoy the steampunk London setting, the world isn’t really fully built out, but it is still a fun one to visit. Writing Style (4/5): As with previous books in this series, this book is well written and easy to read. There is an excellent mystery here, blending with some action, and some romance. I didn’t think this was a great fairy tale retelling but it was a fine story on its own. My Summary (4/5): Overall I have no complaints. I was looking for an easy and fun steampunk romance read and that is exactly what I got.. I would also recommend Anne Renwick's books if you enjoy this series by Allen; I like Renwick's steampunk series just a bit more because it has a more sciency steampunk vibe to it.

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  • zippywriter
  • 31-10-2020

Adventure/steam punk/romance — prepare to be smitten

Enjoyable listen and an escape from real life. I liked Emiline’s devotion to a cause, her intelligence, and the fact that she isn’t two dimensional. Oliver was also like able, although serious. In real life, they’d both be workaholics—I recognize too much of myself (and my husband) in them to not see it. I think the romance was rushed—for people with such rational minds they fell hard and fast. But, then again, sometimes love is like that. It’s a peppy, clean romance with intelligent characters. Prepare to be smitten.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-08-2020

Worth It!

I pre-ordered this title at least 1-2 mos in advance and I listened to it in one night. If you have already experienced the prior three, then it is even more amazing. If you have not, then the book gives you a tease into the stories in the prior books, which are also worth the experience. :)

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  • Daveman
  • 18-08-2020

I love this series!

I love a good, clean romance! It's even better when it's flirtatious and suspenseful! I hope we get to find out what happens to Madeline soon! Justine Eyre has a beautiful voice but her man voice needs work.

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