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  • Brass Carriages and Glass Hearts

  • The Proper Romance Steampunk Series, Book 4
  • By: Nancy Campbell Allen
  • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
  • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (54 ratings)

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Brass Carriages and Glass Hearts

By: Nancy Campbell Allen
Narrated by: Justine Eyre
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Summary

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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was not sure to begin with

wonderful different well written enjoyable wholesome lovely and well read too love Justine Eyre's voice

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Excellent rread

This author has a great imagination and I really enjoyed reading this awesome book

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Adorable!

Adorable story with sweet characters, I loved the way their love grew, it seemed a bit obvious but was still nice to hear :)

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Brass and hearts

Loved it! Have listened to most of this lovely narrators audio books and she couldn't to wrong with this brilliant book. Wonderful from start to finish. I love steampunk and this series of books has it all. I'm now going to purchase the books to read as well as to listen too.

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On dear - those accents!

Once again, Justine Eyre let the book down with her forced upper class English accent. Her Scottish accents were terrible and whilst Edinburgh is spelt that way, it most certainly isn't pronounced like it. If it had been any other city, that mistake might be understandable but not when it's the Scottish capitol.
That said, her characterisation was brilliant and mostly consistent.
I did feel that this story lacked something compared to the previous three, which was a shame. I've really enjoyed this series and gladly recommend all four books. Though British listeners may want to brace themselves.

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These were all free!!!

This is a review of the series of 4. I downloaded these from the included list and what a little treat. I normally enjoy crime and fantasy books, but In between a lighter or even chick lit is welcome break and these fit the bill. A bit of fantasy, humour, romance and villains all in this bundle. Well recommend.

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I Loved this Book

This was by far the best book of the series. Sadly it is the last one. I couldn't stop listening & now I've finished it I feel sad.
There were a lot of twists & turns & it kept you guessing almost to the end.
I would definitely recommend it.

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  • Karissa Eckert
  • 13-11-20

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-08-22

ending bad

Although I enjoyed the storyline, and the telling of it. I did not like the ending. It left much unfinished.

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  • Marilu Wright
  • 29-11-22

Clean read

I love this series very imaginative the love story the mystery and suspense are good the well developed characters and the fast pace of the book is great I recommend this book to anyone.

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  • AnnieBlue
  • 20-11-22

needs something

Story premise was good, but as a whole, it didn't quite grab my attention like past entries in this series. Narrator is excellent in giving different voices to the characters, but Emme's voice was somehow too saccharine for my taste. That's my bias.

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  • The reader 199
  • 14-09-22

Amazing book just like the rest!

This book is again a whirlwind of excitement and written so well! Narrated really well too!

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  • KWallace
  • 12-09-22

as always wonderful

This series is so amazing to listen to. I enjoy how the characters have been around since the beginning and yet you get to know each one of them individually in new books.. I think that the narration is the narration is wonderful and I enjoyed listening to the book from start to finish.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-09-22

Slow…. Just goes nowhere

Slow and got bored … slow slow slow story yawn… the other books were so good

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  • Jordan Z
  • 25-08-22

Clean and enjoyable

I have enjoyed this whole series and hope it isn’t done yet as I can see more storylines available to work with. I really appreciate being able to listen through my speaker and not worry about the young ears in the room or having to hear those things myself. I plan to check out other books from this author.

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  • Kindle Customer CarmenB
  • 10-08-22

Fascinating

I enjoyed the story and the narration. The characters were engaging and the world building was interesting and fascinating. I have to find more books by this author.

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  • Teresa
  • 05-08-22

Cindrelly.

This book and the first are my favorite of the series. While this is the last book on Audible for this series, I feel there will be more coming in the future. I’m thinking Madeline and Crow are the next couple. This series is full of clean steampunk romances. Good but not great, and since Audible gave them away a Prime Membership benefit, I was happy to listen. Narrator does a good job.