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Doctor Isla Cooper is cursed. Literally. Each night, at the stroke of midnight she falls into a deep sleep from which she cannot be awakened for six hours. To make it worse, the curse has an expiration date - after a year, she will fall asleep forever. And the year is almost up.

In a desperate attempt to find Malette - the witch who cursed her - Isla blackmails her way onto Daniel Pickett's private airship bound for the Caribbean, only to discover she's traveling with three illegal shapeshifters and the despicable Nigel Crowe, a government official determined to hunt down and exterminate every shapeshifter in England. Isla and Daniel must work together to keep the identities of the shapeshifters hidden while coming to terms with their own hidden secrets and their blossoming attraction to each other.

Filled with suspense, intrigue, and plenty of romance, Kiss of the Spindle is a steampunk Sleeping Beauty story. It is a race against the clock as Isla and Daniel try to hunt down the elusive Malette before Isla's deathlike sleep becomes permanent.

©2018 Nancy Campbell Allen (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • Moriah rushton
  • 09-07-2018

Just as amazing as the first one!

I fell in love with Beauty and The Clockwork Beast and I have been awaiting the release of this book very impatiently! I was not disappointed! The original narrator is back and did amazing like last time, and the story is so good! It is equal to the first book in every way and I love it just as much! This is quickly becoming one of my all time favorite book series! Nancy Campbell Allen is immensely talented and brings new life to traditional stories! The books both stand alone and compliment each other in the most perfect way! Can't wait to see what's coming next!!!

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  • Unknown
  • 07-08-2018

The best!

The best of Ms Allen’s work. I love this story. Adventure, heroine, hero rescue and romance. However what makes it the best is that it’s clean. Thank you for a great adventure and an inability to put the story down.

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  • Meg
  • 12-09-2019

Clever Retelling

This was another fabulous steampunk re-imagining of a fairy-tale. What I enjoyed; -It's so different, you don't feel bored. Yet it follows enough of the story that it relates. -The steampunk setting. It's hard to find well done steampunk, and this is perfect. It's a fun escape. -The sweet romance. I appreciate that there's no sex or swearing. But that doesn't mean it's just for children. I'm 28 and enjoyed this book. -It's as good as her other books in the series. Sometimes authors can't recreate the magic with sequels, but this was well written. -I like that characters from her first book are referenced so you have an update in their lives. I would recommend listening to the series in order, but it's also a great stand alone. This is the best version of Sleepy Beauty I've encountered, and one of the best steampunk novels I've read.

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  • Alecia B
  • 18-10-2020

Delightful Story!

This story made me smile nearly the entire time I listened to it. I highly recommend listening to this book.

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  • Emma
  • 08-09-2020

Decent narrator, too-perfect heroine

Lots of nostril flaring, single eyebrow lifting, kissing senselessly, and things done to perfection. The heroine is described at one point by the antagonist’s lackey as “a smart woman who did the right thing for everyone all the time.” Who wants to read about someone like that? The heroine is also the only woman who has any meaningful speaking part; there are four other women mentioned, and their dialogue could probably take up less than 45 minutes. Otherwise, it is Isla and her crew of doting admirers, who spend most of the time gushing about her various perfections. The narrator does an okay job, although it’s hard to tell the difference between Daniel, Lewis, Samson, and Nigel. Probably pass on this one, unless you love the author, the narrator, or ALL Sleeping Beauty retellings.

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  • Emma M.
  • 01-05-2020

Second favorite in the series...

I didn't enjoy this book as much as the previous one in the series, but it was still enjoyable. The narrator took a little getting used to and wasn't as good at giving different characters unique voices as others I've listened to. The storyline was a bit convoluted and forced clumsily into the Sleeping Beauty narrative. I did enjoy the characters and the expansion of the steampunk world.

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  • Cassiopeia
  • 10-03-2020

Loved it!

Really cool storyline, and fabulous characters. I especially loved Sampson. This series is absolutely fantastic!

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  • MicheleH2
  • 12-02-2020

Steampunk Retelling of Sleeping Beauty

This book was,of course wildly different from the fairy tale, with steampunk elements and no royalty., but with the common sleep curse. Flying airships, as in boats, shape shifters and our sleep cursed heroine being an empath who tries to help the shape shifters while trying to search for a cure for herself before she sleeps forever are all a lot of fun. I think my favorite from this author is still Beauty and the Clockwork Beast – – though I will read anything she writes!

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  • Paul Dennis
  • 03-02-2020

LOVE CONQUERS ALL

ELEGANCE and true love has no bounds demonstrated by the works of this novell and true joy at the outcome.

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  • Karissa Eckert
  • 24-01-2020

Great fun and well done!

Series Info/Source: This is the 2nd book in the Proper Steampunk Romance series. I borrowed this from Audible Escapes with my Audible membership. Audiobook Quality (5/5): This audiobook is really well done and a joy to listen to. Story (4/5): I enjoyed this Sleeping Beauty retelling a lot. The story is engaging and has a good balance of action, adventure, intrigue, and romance. It’s fast-paced and fun to listen to. This is only loosely based on Sleeping Beauty but I enjoyed the parallels to that fairy tale. Characters (5/5): The characters were definitely the highlight of this story. I loved Dr. Isla Cooper and her ability to fight her own battles...literally. Daniel Pickett was great fun as well. Setting (4/5): I really enjoyed the steampunk setting and the journey from England to the Carribean. There aren’t a ton of unique steampunk elements in here and the world-building is a bit sparse, but it’s still a fun setting. Writing Style (4/5): This is very well written and the writing flows well. The viewpoints switch between Cooper and Pickett and this works very well for the story. No complaints about the writing style. Summary (4/5): Overall this was another fun and highly entertaining steampunk romance novel. These have been just pure fun to read. I enjoy the characters, the action, adventure, and the romance. I especially love the fact that these are well done steampunk fairy tale retellings (two of my favorite genres mashed up). I definitely plan on continuing the series.

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