Badass Protags · BATB Retellings · Three Stars

Beauty and the Clockwork Beast by Nancy Campbell Allen

Beauty and the Clockwork Beast (Steampunk Proper Romance #1)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?


3.5 Stars

This was looking like a solid 4 until the last 20-30% of the book. It was good enough to keep me interested and finish the book but it has it’s major problems. I just feel like it had too much going on that the author didn’t have time to completely flesh out and it was all over the place.

You had

  • Steampunk which was there but should have been flesh out a little more.
  • Vampires  and Werewolves which were never really explained on how they become  to exist in Victorian London.
  • A ghost who probably had more character depth that all the characters combined  ( even the main two characters) even with no speaking parts.
  • Two Murder Mysteries which was intriguing.
  • An attempted murder.
  • Blackmail which was kind of pointless.
  • A heroine that even tho I liked her and though was a badass was kind of Mary Sueish cause she was perfect in everything.
  • A hero who can shifted into a wolf but it’s never fully explained how and if it’s a curse he can break.  He was broody as hell which he pass the beast scale.
  • A shitton of side characters that had no freaking depth and really didn’t care about..
  • A villain that had no depth that I really didn’t give a damn about.
  • A romance that was good in the beginning with the Heroine and Hero having with banner and interaction but felt kind of flat towards to the end. That it honestly felt that hero was trying to get into the heroine corset towards the end. Call me old fashion but I like to hear a declaration of love before or during a marriage proposal and not like two chapters after they are engaged.  I was swooning over the declaration of love more than them getting engaged.

I just wish the author picked like maybe four of the things on the list and focus on those things instead of putting a shition of things in here that made the plot felt contrived. The book would have been way stronger if she did instead of being weak.

This supposed to have  been a BATB retelling mixed in with Jane Eyre but it remind me more of Pride and Prejudice mixed with BATB than Jane Eyre mixed with BATB. I think because I not really familiar with JE with only seeing one adaption of while seeing like four adaptations of P&P and of course being highly verse in BATB . Even tho she kind of didn’t follow the formula of BATB was kind of confusing.

All in All in was ok read. Something that I probably won’t read again.

Would I recommend?

Yes If you want a BATB story with some steampunk.



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