Brass Carriages and Glass Hearts

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Pub Date Oct 06 2020 | Archive Date Oct 06 2020

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A steampunk retelling of Cinderella.

Emmeline O’Shea is determined to save the world—single-handedly, if necessary. A strong voice for societal reform, she is the natural choice to deliver a key speech at the end of the International Shifter Rights Organization’s week-long Summit in Scotland.

But when a death threat arrives at Emme’s home, she is immediately placed into protective custody, watched over by none other than her personal nemesis, Detective-Inspector Oliver Reed. The two have crossed paths many times, with disastrous results, but now they will have to work together in order to reach the Summit before midnight of the last day in order to ensure legislation is passed to protect the Shifter community.

As unseen enemies close in around Emme and Oliver, they struggle to reach Edinburgh by any means necessary, only to find Emme’s vindictive stepsister, Oliver’s vampire brother, and a dangerous political minefield awaiting them in Scotland.

Even more difficult is their own refusal to admit that the fiery animosity that once burned between them might be turning into the heat of romantic passion. Could a straitlaced policeman determined to uphold the law and an outspoken activist willing to break the rules ever find true love? Or will all their dreams shatter like glass when the clock strikes midnight?

A steampunk retelling of Cinderella.

Emmeline O’Shea is determined to save the world—single-handedly, if necessary. A strong voice for societal reform, she is the natural choice to deliver a key...

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Wow. What a fun read! At first, I thought calling this a take on Cinderella was a stretch as there were few plot points that corresponded with the classical tale. Well, I took it all back by the end. My favorite may be Emme's Fairy Godmother. I giggled to no end! The progression of this enemies to lovers romance was believable and unforced. The sweet romance of it was lovely and refreshing. I felt this was wonderfully written (and edited!) and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The Steampunk aspect was spot on and I loved the addition of shifters and vampires. This is my first read from Ms. Allen and I will search out more by her.

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I love this series and was so excited to read this! Emme and Oliver have such different personalities that you wonder how they'll possibly be able to work together. It was so fun to watch their characters grow and come to understand each other better over the course of the story. I enjoyed every minute of this book and never wanted it to end!

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4 stars

okay so... I wrote up an entire, very thoughtful review of this book, and when I tried to post it, something went horribly wrong and now the review is gone. Oh well. I am now less inclined to write the whole thing again but I'll hit on the main points.

This was one the best pleasure-reads I've read in a long time. This quarantine has led me on a wild goose chase for entertainment, and I swear that everything I've been reading has made me want to gouge my eyes out. Is that a side effect of COVID-19? Because if so, I might be contagious. Anyways.

If there's one thing I'm a sucker for, it's fairytale retellings- especially Cinderella, because I'm one of those weirdos who fell deeply in love with the 2015 live action reboot starring Lily James and *swoons* Richard Madden. I totally have a crush on him and I 100% do not regret it.

This was the first steampunk novel I've ever read. (I actually had to Google what "steampunk" meant, and let's just say... what I was picturing was not at all accurate). Apparently it's part of a series, but I think the books must share characters, not continued plot lines- I haven't read any of the other books, and I wasn't confused. so hopefully that's comforting.

I adored Emme and Oliver. Honestly, their characters were reminiscent of Wolf and Scarlet from the Lunar Chronicles series. Emme was passionate, brave, and independent. Oliver was very similar to her, but in a quieter way. I thought their chemistry was very well-written!

Also, can I just say how much I loved the subtlety of the Cinderella references? It was not always overtly obvious that the story was a Cinderella retelling (except for the horrible stepsisters, of course) but there were some hidden gems if you were looking for them.

Wow wow wow. I just loved this. The characters were fantastic, the story drew me in from the first page until the last... let's just say, I'll be picking up more steampunk novels in the future.

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What a fun Cinderella retelling! I have really loved reading Nancy Campbell Allen’s Steampunk Romances and I have been looking forward to Ellie and Oliver’s story. I love how outspoken Ellie is and how she fights for what she wants. I love how Oliver loves her even though she can be exasperating. I loved how there was a lot of action in this book with the vampires and the horrible stepsister. I really think Nancy did a great job on this book and I would recommend it to others.

I received a complimentary book from publishers, publicists, and or authors.  A review was not required and all opinions and ideas expressed are my own.

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I’ve really enjoyed this series and this 4th book was no exception.
If you’ve never read a Steampunk book, it’s a mixture of Regency with futuristic technology like robots and air crafts, but also with fantasy creatures like vampires and animal shifters. Sounds out there but it’s fun...well, at least this series is. I’ve never tried a Steampunk book by a different author. :-)
Since this is a 4th book, we know Emme and Oliver a bit from the previous stories. Emme is a small firecracker and I had a feeling I’d enjoy her story.
Emme has been asked to give a big speech that could help change the laws for the animal shifter community (this will make sense if you’ve read the previous books) but she has been getting some death threats. Oliver, also known as Detective Reed, has been given the job of being her personal body guard. Emme always saw Detective Reed as the enemy, since he had arrested her multiple times in the past for riots and things of that sort that she had created so she isn’t happy to be followed around by him. As you can imagine, there is tension, chemistry, and lots of adventure along the way.
There are subtle Cinderella nods here and there but I wouldn’t say it’s really a Cinderella retelling.
My only complaint is that I am not a fan of the book cover. How Emme is described in the book doesn’t match at all the lady on the cover. Emme is a small, petite, beautiful woman with long black hair. Anyway, that was the only drawback for me. :-)

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This Steampunk series is highly entertaining. They don't have to be read in order, but the characters interact with each other. This twisted version of Cinderella has the horrible step-sisters and a beautiful slipper mixed with Shapeshifters and Vampires. The main characters are strong and wonderful. Delightful!

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5 Stars Really

I would like to thank Netgalley and Shadow Mountain Publishing for giving me an ARC of this book for a fair and honest review.

I am not stranger to Nancy Campbell Allen’s steampunk fairytale series. I have read and loved Lucy and Miles, sought adventure with Daniel and Isla, and just finished Sam and Hazel’s romance. So getting to read about the fourth member of the quartet was a treat!

Emma and Oliver, who we meet as minor characters in the series are center stage in Brass Carriages and Glass Hearts. Oliver is detective who is often at odds with the willful spitfire Emma, who like her cousin Isla is championing shifter rights by diplomacy, speeches, and sometimes causing riots. This enemies to lovers story is beautifully written, and very believable. The action in this story is swift and the pacing rolls at a well placed clip.

Like many of these novels, you don’t “get” the reference of the fairytale until the end, which is fine for me. I adore this series and hope it continues. I will be buying a copy in August and hope you do too. In the mean time, check out the series from the beginning with Beauty and the Clockwork Beast.

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I enjoyed this latest installment of Nancy Campbell Allen's steampunk series. It was fun to finally get Emmeline and Oliver's story. There was plenty of adventure and twists along the way.
This is a clean romance. It is a standalone book. We do see some of the characters from previous stories, but you do not need to know their stories to enjoy this one.

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I have read all of the books in this series. I live the author's steampunk world! I live the characters that you continue to meet during these books! I enjoy the stance that Emme takes in your desire to make her world better. It was fun to see Oliver, who we met earlier in the series, transform. It was a good read and one I will recommend!

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Another brilliant book! Being relatively new to steampunk, I wasn't sure what to expect when I first read one of Nancy Campbell Allen's retellings of fairy tales in steampunk style. Suffice it to say that I have now read every single book in the series so far!

Emmeline O'Shea is stubborn, willful, and afraid. Oliver Reed is stubborn, determined, and resigned. They clash from the start, though to the reader the sparks will be obvious.

Madeleine and Lisette as the evil stepsisters were intriguing and saddening. I hope we get more of their story (or at least of one of them!) in a future book.

Gus Gus was a wonderful addition, and a great nod to the Disney Cinderella that many of us know and love.

There were enough twists and turns to stop this retelling from being too predictable. Well worth the read!

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I have been impressed with this series by Nancy Campbell Allen. I have loved the h & H in the past titles and all thought they had great chemistry. I never thought I'd read steampunk and enjoy it.
I enjoyed this book becuase I thought it had a good amount of suspense. The whodunnit wasn't obvious. I always enjoy it when previous characters come back for a visit in the current story. This was done well and helped the plot move along while not taking away from the h & H or main plot. Seeds were planted for the next title, I hope! There were some unanswered questions about one step-sister and a previous character Nigel Crowe. I'd love to see their story explored either together or each in their own book. I felt the story had a good pace and development. Excepting perhaps a bit of the romance between the two main charactersj. It was a enemies to lovers trope and while I woudn't say it was too fast it did seem a bit of a quick turn around. The h I had mixed feelings about. I loved the H. He was fantastic. A bit of an oppostie but complimentary to her and her to him. Early in the book it seemed the h had a "the ends justofy the means" attitude. I didn't care for that. Also, I feel like she didn't have much introspection when it came to seeing the H's p.o.v. in their previous history. There was will they/won't they & the h came across as too stubborn or self centered for me in a couple of instances. One example, while they at a hotel she didn't want him to kiss her but she did want him to & when he didn't she was mad about that. The way it was done didn't put her in a good light for me. However, there were some moments of letting her guard down & vulnerability that I did still care. That and the use of the word "social justice" & "activist" used once each would be my only reason for not enjoying it as a 5 star like the other titles. For me those two descriptors have an aggressive/negative connotation to me. Advocate would be good! I think justice is justice there doesn't need to be a qualifier to it. That's just me and probably most people wouldn't care so to each his own! I believe I'll read this a 2nd & slower paced read to see if my opinion changes, The last section of this book was a page turner for me for sure. I loved it. I thought she tied in the elements of the fairytale nicely. I think Nancy Campbell Allen has a great imagination and can paint a scene well so I'm right there with the characters. This is a intersting world she has created and the people have come to life for me, A nice escape

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I've really enjoyed all the books in this series. I love Allen's works and this steampunk series opened up a new genre to me that I didn't know I loved. Her fairy tale retellings were fun and inventive. This by far was my favorite!

I loved how strong and passionate Emme was and how Oliver never tried to diminish her light, even when they were at odds with each other. Their relationship was so fun, enemies to lovers being stuck together. The Cinderella parts of this were subtle especially at the beginning and didn't really take effect until the end.

It was perfect. Strong writing and well crafted scenes that kept my interest. I loved seeing the other friends from previous books. This could be read alone, but you may be a little confused at the broading story like with shifter rights that Emme is so strongly for.

I'm very sad this series is ending but it ended on such a high! Thank you to the publishers, Shadow Mountain, and Net Galley for letting me read this for an honest review. I will definitely be buying this in paperback for my own collection.

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A great addition to the Proper Romance books. I like that the stories seem to be intertwined and just build on one other.

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I have really loved all of these books. I like the intensity of the emotions and how Allen writes them. This book was good and was a good addition to the series. I knew these two would get together and am so happy it worked out so well. They are perfect for each other. Allen always puts a lot of thought into her characters. The book is always well done around them. Both were heroes:} These are always fast paced and fun to read. Not a book I put down. The book did have a bit of a weird flow issue. Almost like things were cut out to make it shorter. It wasn't dramatic and didn't stop my enjoyment of the book. Can't wait for the next one! Will the spy and the mermaid get a story next:}

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Can I say that any louder?? This series has been a favorite of mine for a couple years now, and this book exceeded all my expectations. The way that Nancy Allen manages to build the romantic relationship in a way that feels realistic but also adds tension throughout the entire story (as opposed to only partway through a book) is just wonderful--not to mention the sheer brilliance that was the story line. I loved the fast, thrilling plot. There always seemed to be some conflict or interest quickly moving the story along. And the few moments that the main characters had a break from the crazy, we got to see the sweetest, most swoon-worthy interactions. I also really loved all of the appearances by past main characters, and the furthering of their own stories.
I didn't want it to end. I couldn't put the book down (quite literally, my physical copy already looks well-loved because I took it everywhere) and cannot wait for it to release so that everyone can enjoy it as much as I did. Honestly, my only cons were that there was no epilogue (I wanted the story to keep going!) and that the cover was not as great as previous in the series, but I know that the author likely did not have much of a say in that so it does not factor into my review.

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I know a book is a winner when it keeps me up half the night even though the outcome is never in doubt. This steampunk novel, loosely based on Cinderella, is full of twists, turns, adventure, and appealing characters, as well as a romance I can comfortable recommend even to young teen readers.
Review based on an ARC received through NetGalley.

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📚Happy Weekend hope your plans are full of comfy clothes & a lovely book!📖
Brass Carriages and Glass Hearts by @authornancycampbellallen
Was a book that I consumed & boy was it good! In my opinion the best one in the series so far. I would even go as far as to say the best book she has written! .
Steampunk Proper Romance Series:
📖Beauty and the Clockwork Beast ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
📖Kiss of the Spindle⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
📖The Lady in the Coppergate Tower⭐⭐⭐
📖Brass Carriages and Glass Hearts⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Even though you could read this book as a stand alone it's better if you read the others first. That way you could really appreciate the cameos & see how much the friendships have grown. Loved this book, the world, the friendships, the swoon worthy moments, and the way she wrote Cinderella characters!
Cinderella Retelling✔
Swoon worthy moments✔
This one comes out in August & if you couldn't tell already I highly recommend this one!
Thank You to @netgalley , @properromanceseries & @shadowmountainpub for an advanced copy! All my thoughts & opinions are my own.

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Oh My God. I truly expected a kind of '' Cinderella'' retelling. And though, it did correspond to the description, it also was a very original story on its own. The fiery, burning envy that plages us all is here exposed by the characters in a sweet, yet sick warmth of mystery and self-discovery. This book could be regarded as a modern and mature fairy-tale as well as a catchy thriller and a vintage erotica story. And in my opinion, as a standalone story despite it being a part of a series. My favorite character is Daniel: I could relate to him in so many ways, I felt he was actually me with a different name. And after this read, I felt like at the end of a roll coster. I just wished it was longer ( or better, endless) because I truly didn't want it to end.

Thank you, Net Galley, for such a wonderful discovery. And congratulations to Nancy Campbell Allen for this masterpiece.

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I’ve loved this whole series (though I must admit that the first book was my favorite). This book was no exception. Emme was a great heroine, with strong convictions and a deep desire to help others heedless of the danger to herself.
Oliver was studly, while also being enlightened enough to stay out of Emme’s way and let her do her thing when needed (chasing after her with high anxiety- loved that).
I appreciate that each had misconceptions of the other but, after correcting those, it wasn’t made to seem as though they were always of the same mind and never disagreed from then on. It was nice to see them learn to appreciate one another and their differences, while generally working toward similar goals and having great chemistry.
The twist on Cinderella was subtle but fun and I hope there’s more about Madeline in the future. I also cherish it when a series pops in the characters from previous books, so it was great to hear updates in that regard.

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I really enjoyed this one. In my heart, it is second only to Kiss of the Spindle. The bodyguard romance scenario worked well for these characters, and it was delightful to see them fleshed out as leads. Keep ‘em coming, Nancy Campbell Allen!

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I believe this is my favorite from this series so far! The similarities between this and Cinderella were subtle but perfect. Emme is such a great heroine and I loved her conviction in her beliefs. The chemistry was great and the story kept me constantly turning the next page. I was disappointed that we didn't hear more about Madeline in the end but I'm hoping that means she will have her own story... perhaps The Little Mermaid??

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The parallels to Cinderella were surprising, but I love this steampunk world of Nancy Campbell Allen. Such a fresh perspective on this story and the return of characters loved from previous books. This is an adventure not typical. The damsel in distress is capable of saving herself, but still finds herself in need of her hero/nemesis.

I was drawn in completely to this non traditional fairy tale and found myself wanting the fashions and to see the settings. Add in Vampires and shifters and you have a perfect fantasy set in a Victorian steampunk world.

Part of the fun in this story was to find the nods to Cinderella stores I've seen before. I was completely enthralled and delighted as I read this book.

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I am a huge fan of Nancy Campbell Allen's Steampunk Proper Romance series. This retelling of Cinderella hits the mark spot on! There are several nods to Cinderella that will leave fans happy, chuckling, and satisfied.

Emmline O'Shea is a fiesty advocate for the shapeshifting community. In this book, we get to see her take on the politcal landscape that Nancy Campbell Allen has expertly crafted. Emme has a new promotion as the spokeswoman for her committee and the cause she has poured her heart and soul into with such flare and determination. Of course all that flare and determination has put a target on Emme's back as she prepares to make the biggest address of her career before a very important legislative vote.

Oliver Reed, detective-inspector has been asked to protect Emmeline so that she may live to achieve her goals and champion the cause.

While this wonderful addition to the series could be read as a standalone, I would highly suggest to start at the beginning with the first book. If you read them in order you get to see glimpses of other characters and feel the build up of greater character development with each book. By the time you get to Brass Carriages and Glass Hearts you will be beyond thrilled to dive into the story of Emmeline and Oliver, and you'll be equally thrilled to see cameos from the previous books.

I highly recommend this book as well as the rest in this amazing steampunk fairytale retelling series. I will be adding to my 're-read' list and am looking forward to an audio version!

I received an ARC from netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts in this review are my own.

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This is a Steampunk version of Cinderella complete with an evil stepsister and a shoe on a staircase. I have to say that I was enthralled with this clever and well-written novel, and let's face it, all of Nancy Campbell Allen's Steampunk novels; I devoured it, and I could not put it down. I think that is saying something since I am not attracted to anything else Steampunk.

I really loved Emmeline O'Shea's personality. She is described as a "force of nature, and someone who doesn't do anything by halves. I also adored Oliver Reed, the law-abiding police detective who has always been there for Emmeline, including the times he has thrown her over his shoulder and arrested her. I love this line :"Perhaps on some level he figured he'd known from the very first time he'd thrown her over his should that someday he would kiss Emme O'Shea."

This is an enemies to friends love story amidst the Steampunk world of shapeshifters and vampires. The chemistry is real and palpable between the two of them. Emmeline says, "Our reactions to one another have always been strong. Two sides of the same coin and all that."

Fasten your seatbelts on for this one, as there is lots of action and adventure as Emmeline gives her all to protecting shapeshifters, as the Spokeswoman for the International Shifter Rights Organization, and Oliver Reed gives his all to protect her.. Things heat up as she prepares to depart for Edinburgh to speak at the Summit Meeting. It is at this meeting we find out who is behind all the threats and disturbing secrets are revealed.

This is a clean novel that everyone can read. I look forward with anticipation and hope that there is another Steampunk story in the works!

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While I read this book without having read the previous ones I loved the story! Steampunk is a hit or miss with me but combined with the fairytale retelling it was an enjoyable book! While the action felt short and some parts I couldn't understand (mostly due to me not having read the previous books) this was a good read!

I seriously plan to read the other books of the series too!

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This series has been so interesting--with the unique world, the romance, the fairy tale elements, and more. I enjoyed the plot of this book and found Emme's work for the slighted and feared populations to be particularly compelling. I enjoyed the romance, too, and seeing how Emme and Oliver went from being enemies to falling in love. There were some elements that felt rushed, but all in all, this was another fun book from Nancy Campbell Allen.
As a side note, I'm NOT a steampunk fan; I don't particularly dislike it, but I would never seek out a book simply because it was steampunk. For others who may not be steampunk fans, be reassured that the unique setting doesn't overpower the rest of the elements of the story.
3.5 stars.
I read an ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.

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Nancy Campbell Allen knows how to weave a tale of romance, intrigue, suspense and adventure. This book had all of those elements and more, i love the steam punk genre and this one was amazing. I can't wait to dive back in and read it again, it's on my to read again list for sure.

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There just isn’t enough steampunk romance and Nancy Campbell Allen does it so well. While this is part of a series it is not necessary to read the others - this works as a standalone and the world that the author builds is very accessible without the necessity of a lot of background.

Emme is a pocket-sized spitfire who protests and rallies for the human rights of “shifters” (werewolves, werebears, etc.). Oliver is a devoted government agent who is committed to keeping the peace that Emme is always breaking. As such, they are always at odds until Emme receives a death threat and Oliver is tasked with keeping her safe. They find that their passionate feelings for each other are a two-sided coin. These characters and this book were really fun.

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Nancy Campbell Allen has worked her Steampunk Magic AGAIN! This was a loosely-based Cinderella story and I loved it! I love anything fairytale and this one was awesome! I absolutely love the detail and especially the way the story brought in all the other couples from the other books! Delightful! Enjoy!

I received this book for free from Net Galley - all opinions are mine!

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As the 4th book in the series, it fits right in. If you loved the others, you’ll enjoy this one as well.
Emme is so adamant that Oliver is her greatest nemesis... in the beginning. It was so fun to watch these two characters come together under less than ideal circumstances; using their individual talents to help each other and their open-minded attitudes to learn from (and about) each other. We may have figured out how this story would end early on, but it was sure fun getting there.

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I LOVED this book. Full review to come closer to publishing date to go on my Instagram and Goodreads.

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So this is the 4th steampunk novel I've read. The genre in general will never be a favorite of mine but I do like this series of books. This one is the retelling of Cinderella. It has a few elements from the fairy-tale but for most of the book I don't think one would realize it is a retelling. Mostly it is just a horrible stepsister through out the story and then at the end there is the the equivalent of the fairy god mother, lost shoe, and her prince charming finding her.
I liked both main characters. Their tension is great. And the intensity of their attraction turned love was great too. I think they both feel things in a big way.
The mystery or intrigue elements of the story are pretty obvious but even so there were surprises along the way.
I think one could read this as a stand alone but it would be far easier to understand the world the book is set in if started at the beginning of the series. Plus there are reoccurring characters from previous books.

Sex: kissing
Language: no
Violence: yes
*I received a complimentary ARC of this book through NetGalley and voluntarily chose to review it.

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I received an e-ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This is my first introduction to the author, and I admit that I requested to read the book for my review because it was labeled a “Steampunk Re-Telling of Cinderella”. I love reading twisted fairy tales, re-tellings, and stories lightly based on fairy tales. So I was in.

I thoroughly enjoyed this story and plan to read others by the author. I understand why she labeled it a re-telling, but it could have easily been a standalone. There were some similarities to Cinderella - evil stepsister, a midnight curfew, a lost shoe - but they were little things woven into the story.

I was instantly drawn into the characters as I read about Emme and Oliver. I liked them, and knew they’d end up together, but enjoyed the journey. I also felt the author did a good job of introducing minor characters with hints that we’ll see them again.

I recommend this book for those who enjoy a good romance with a side of supernatural and steampunk.

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I truly enjoyed this story! I have read her previous books with the familiar characters in the steampunk style and have enjoyed each one. I especially loved the main characters. Emme is a force to be reckoned with!! And Oliver was the only one that could probably handle her! I immediately connected with them and enjoyed reading their story and adventure as they fell in love. I love strong, independent female characters, so of course I would love Emme. It seemed like something was always happening and that kept the story moving forward and making it more difficult to stop reading! I was able to read it within a few days, once I started it. It was a nice retelling twist of Cinderella. I would recommend this book to my friends.

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I’ve read all the books in this series and enjoyed them, but honestly I can’t remember half of the details from the last ones so I doubt you would have to read the other 3 to understand what is going on. If you’re not a fan of steampunk, vampires, zombies, etc then this won’t be the book for you. It gave me a few hours of entertainment so I loved it. I honestly didn’t care much that it wasn’t following The original fairy tale ... if I wanted to read Cinderella then I would read the original. All in all I enjoyed the book.

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I love steampunk books and this story caught my eye because I love retellings. This story did have similarities with Cinderella, but I do not believe it was an actual retelling. I still enjoyed the story, and I liked Emme’s character. This was my first read by this author and I will be going back to read the first book of the series and continue to read these book’s.

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I have been waiting for Nancy Campbell Allen's new steampunk romance, Brass Carriages and Glass Hearts and was not disappointed. I love this world she's built and the characters in it kept me glued to the pages!

This is Emmeline O'Shea's story and Emme is a woman to be reckoned with. She is an activist for Shifter rights and societal reform and is really good at what she does. She has a pull on listeners when she addresses a crowd and is firm in her convictions. Sometimes things get out of hand, however, and Detective-Inspector Oliver Reed is always there to pull her out of the fray---much to Emme's chagrin. They are adversaries in the truest sense of the word---until Emme's receives a threatening letter. Oliver is assigned as her bodyguard and is tasked to make sure she makes it safely to Edinburgh so she can present at the International Shifter Rights Organization before a very important vote. It seems like an easy assignment---but the danger is closer than they think.

I loved the relationship between Oliver and Emme. They are both so passionate about their causes and opinions, it is fun to see them really start to see the other person as they truly are. Their love story was so swoon-worthy! I loved Oliver and how stalwart he was, yet tender and truly a good man. Emme is definitely his match in every way. She is so relatable in how she deals with her world and wants to be a force for change. It's not easy to do that, however, as well as balance family issues and life in general. This story is so compelling and actually speaks to activism in our world today. It's a loose retelling of Cinderella, but stands on its own with some twists the reader won't see coming!

Allen has built a world that is easy to get lost in. This book and the entire series is on my auto-buy list! Brass Carriages and Glass Hearts will definitely go on my favorites shelf!

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BRASS CARRIAGES AND GLASS HEARTS by Nancy Campbell Allen is the fourth book in the Steampunk Proper Romance series. This is the first book that I have read in this genre and by this author, but it certainly will not be my last. Each book in this series has a steampunk version of a retelling of a fairy tale. In this case it is loosely based around the story of Cinderella. It is set in a world with steam-driven carriages and airships as well as shifters, vampires and humans.

Emmeline O’Shea wants to change the world and is a strong voice for societal reform. She is selected to give the final speech at the end of the International Shifter Rights Organization’s Summit in Scotland. With death threats, her nemesis Detective-Inspector Oliver Reed, a step-father, two step-sisters, a preoccupied mother, unknown enemies and political indecision, the path forward is certain to be exciting.

I was immediately captivated by Emmeline and Oliver. Their characters are compelling, felt real, and were three-dimensional. Their motivations seemed believable and had well-drawn and appropriate emotion. The secondary characters enhanced the story rather than overwhelming it. The internal and external conflicts were well defined, organic and believable; arising out of characterization and circumstance. The stakes were high and the tension made this a page turner for me.

The prose was well-written, entertaining and engaging. The plot was clever, suspenseful, fun, enjoyable and entertaining. The ending was satisfying. Overall, I was drawn into this tale immediately and thoroughly enjoyed it. It was appealing, enjoyable, entertaining, humorous as times, and thought-provoking. I am looking forward to reading the rest of this series. I highly recommend this series to those that enjoy clean romantic suspense set in a steampunk world with a paranormal aspect and loosely based on a fairy tale.

Many thanks to Shadow Mountain Publishing and Nancy Campbell Allen for a complimentary digital ARC of this novel via NetGalley and the opportunity to provide an honest review. Opinions are mine alone and are not biased in any way.

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Nancy Campbell Allen did it again! I loved every word, every scene, every cameo from the previous books in the series. While it can be read as a stand alone, I would highly encourage reading the first three (which are fantastic in their own rights and in my re-read pile for the third time).
Steampunk romance is one of my favorite subgenres to read and Nancy weaves such a delightful tale. This is not a strict Cinderella retelling, but there are enough nods to it that gave me a feeling of nostalgia and familiarity. Gus might have been the best Cinderella-esque element. I'm left with enough curiosity that I certainly hope to see more novels in this world in the near future. 🤞🏻
Emme and Oliver are acknowledged enemies, preferring to be anywhere the other isn't. Unfortunately, Oliver is a detective and tasked with keeping the peace. Emme is a shifter advocate and can often be found protesting and "inciting" riots. Their hate-hate relationship is amusing and I love a good enemies-to-lovers book.
I can't wait for this to release as an audio! I'm looking forward to reading Emme and Oliver's story all over again.
Thank you, Shadow Mountain and Netgalley for the advanced copy! All thoughts in this review are my own.

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Years ago, before I even knew what Steampunk was, I stumbled across a book. It looked interesting. It was about Sherlock Holmes' niece and Bram Stoker's sister. Both of those literary male figures were ones that I really enjoyed. So I took a chance and picked up the book. I didn't know when I checked it out from the library that it was Steampunk. So you can imagine my surprise to diving into this new series and reading about the main character discussing her outfits and adding cogs and sprockets and goggles and such to it. Plus the constant talk about steam power and no electricity, and Tesla coils. I took it all in, loving it and trying to figure out what this new world I'd entered was. I figured it out eventually of course (I was probably halfway through the book when I stopped to do some research). Now I've read several books in that genre and have really enjoyed them. This Steampunk Proper Romance series has been one that I've read them all and I keep hoping that the author will continue to write more books for it. The sky is the limit for fairytales to add into it. Hee Hee! Just a little plug from a fan wanting more. And I have to say that I say several potential characters in this book that could have their own story...another little hint, hint!

Before I write anything further in my review I have to put a plug in for readers who haven't read this series. Although you can read this book as a stand alone, I recommend reading every book in order. There's a lot that the author has built up, the world, the characters, the shifters and their need for protection. So much that will pull you into this world and have you turning the pages to discover what is in story for the characters and how the fairytale ties into the story. At least the books pulled me into the world and had me turning the pages to discover.

It's interesting that as I opened the pages of the book, I felt like the author was advocating for rights for all in the real world. That may not make sense, but to help, in this world there are many who are called shifters. They transform into werewolves, vampires, and many other creatures. Emme is trying to spearhead the cause for reforming rules and regulations regarding the shifter community. She wants all to be equal. I loved her passion and her rushing ahead to be the voice for those who didn't have one. Oliver is a detective who knows Emme's desires and personality as he's been watching her and pulling her out of situations where she puts herself in harms way. They've been at odds for years. She thinks he hates her and is out to get her when really he supports the need for reform and equality but knows there's a way to go about it without creating damage or harm to others or property. Not that Emme is harming anyone, just that she has a way with speaking and can bring crowds of people to seeing her point of view, which eventually turns to some riots.

There's danger around every corner for Emme. When one such letter brings alarm to her mother, Emme finds herself at the mercy of the police for protection and one such detective, Oliver Reed. Yay! You can bet that really makes her happy (ok, I'm being sarcastic there).

I really loved watching these two dance around their many emotions and the tension of their relationship...definitely not friendship. Unless, maybe they realize that they are actually fighting for the same cause, just a little different route for both.

One of my favorite scenes was at the beginning when Oliver comes to her house to discuss the particulars of what was happening, her upcoming schedule for traveling to the International Shifter Rights Organization’s week-long Summit in Scotland. There are so many important things happening in the story at that point. I loved it! There are many other scenes that I loved throughout this book as well. There are plenty of scenes that are calm, scenes that are full of intensity and suspense, danger, intrigue, surprises, struggles, and much, much more.

Now I find myself hoping once again for another book to be written in this series...and this one hasn't even been published yet. I guess that gives all of you who are eyeing this series plenty of time to read the first three books until this one comes out, then read this one and be like me, hoping for more!

Content: Clean. There are only some kisses throughout the book and nothing more. This is a paranormal/fantasy/steampunk. This book talks about vampires mainly and references a few other creatures. Some suspense but nothing graphic.

I received a copy from the publisher, Shadow Mountain Publishing, via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions in the review are my own.

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Brass Carriages and Glass Hearts is an endearing tale. The story of Cinderella has never been more exquisitely written. Set against a steampunk world, the true themes of love, friendship, and hope shine through.

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I really enjoyed this book. Emmeline is a strong character. She is fighter for the underdog. Oliver is also a great character. He agrees with Emmeline's position just not how she goes about it sometimes. He is tasked with protecting her when she receives threatening letters before an important summit meeting. The danger and craziness that ensues kept me turning pages. I would definitely recommend this book.

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I LOVED this book! The steampunk aspect and the shifters and vampires, it's oddly relatable?
Emme O'Shea is a wildly popular and successful activist for shifters. She aims to get them equal rights so they don't have to hide who and what they are, but so they can confidently hold jobs and live life just like everyone else.
Detective-Inspector Oliver Reed has always been on the opposite side of Emme, stopping her protests, taking her to jail, at least that's what she sees. When Emme's life is threatened, Oliver is enlisted by his superiors to protect her so that she can safely deliver the key-note address at an international rally for shifters.
As they spend more time together they discover that they are not as different as they first thought. Emme and Oliver see eye-to-eye on many issues, it's only the tactics they use to achieve change that is different.
It all comes to a show-down with vampires, evil step-sisters, oppressed shifters, and the fight for good.
I recommend this book for anyone who loves a good fantasy, Cinderella, and adventure. Probably best for 16 and older.

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This was another fantastic addition to the Steampunk Proper Romance series! I adored Emme's spunk which began from the first chapter in this book until the very end. And Oliver's enduring dedication to his job quickly turns into enduring dedication to Emme. While the romance surprises both of them, it doesn't make it any less passionate. There were a few new characters introduced in this book along with the return of beloved characters from previous books. Overall, a wonderful addition full of romance and adventure. What more could a reader want!?

Thank you NetGalley and Shadow Mountain Publishing for the eARC!

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This story had me turning the pages quickly to see what happens next. This Cinderella retelling involving shapeshifters and vampires gives fairytale retelling a new meaning. I loved the main characters and hope to continue to hear more about them in future stories. One of the most memorable characters is this story's take on the fairy godmother. I don't want to give the story away, but the scene was hilarious, even if it was a bit of a stretch. Oliver and Emme are perfect together and I loved their interactions. I am anxiously awaiting hearing more about Madeline in a future story. While this world is drastically different than ours, I am completely drawn in. I may go back and reread the series now that I have a firmer understanding of the world Campbell has created.

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Brass Carriages and Glass Hearts
Nancy Campbell Allen
Proper Romance Series
Fantasy Romance
Teen- Adult

Emmeline Castle O’Shea, Known as Emme to those close to her, is an extraordinary woman. She believes everyone should have equal rights, even those who aren’t always human. This includes vampires and Shifters who many people believe should be shot on sight. Emme has spent her life defending shifters and it has paid off as she prepares to give a speech at a very important summit. Unfortunately, not everyone is happy about Emme’s speech and what she is trying to accomplish and they will stop at nothing to make sure she never makes it to the podium. Will she arrive safely and find true love or will all her hard work end in failure?
I really loved this story!! I’ll be honest I wanted to read this story originally because it said it was a steampunk Cinderella, but this story is so much more than that. The characters are so well written, I loved Emme, she is so fearless and passionate when it comes to what she believes in. Even without her extra abilities she is a force to be reckoned with. Then there is the knight in shining armor, detective-inspector, Oliver Reed who is so sweet and brave that you wish you could meet a man just like him. Another thing I enjoyed about this story is that even though it is a part of a series I could read this book without having read the others and not be confused. The thing I like the most about this story though is the fact that it is clean and as such can be enjoyed by romance fans of all ages, It’s nice to find a story that I would gladly share with my friends as well as my students.
This story truly was amazing and I will definitely be going back and reading the earlier books in this series. I also look forward to reading future books in this series. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good wholesome romance with a touch of fantasy added for that extra something.

I received a free ecopy of this book from Netgalley for my honest opinion.

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I was so excited to read this retelling of Cinderella. Set in the steampunk world of Nancy Campbell Allen's fictional creation I loved how she brought it all together. With a human right's advocate for a Cinderella and a police inspector as the prince charming and a fun twist for the fairy godmother, every element tied together in the end to create a meaningful story that pushes for a better world while subtly mimicking the timeless fairy tale.

Nancy's characters have strong personalities with flaws that follow their strength. She incorporates characters from previous books in ways that strengthen the story yet maintaining this story's stand alone status. The adventure and mystery drew me in so I wanted to keep reading from the very first page until I uncovered the answer to the plot while adding the perfect amount of romance to make my heart happy.

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If you’ve never read steampunk this a great book and series to start with.
Emme is fighting to establish rights and protections for shifters. Oliver is a Detective Inspector trying to keep the peace and Emme’s rallies and frequently having to rescue her from danger. She does not like him or how his interference with her work. He is frustrated with her endangering herself causing him to constantly rescue her and try to maintain the peace. When Emme starts receiving notes that threaten her, Oliver is assigned to protect her while she travels to Scotland and presents at an international conference. Mix in threats from a scheming stepsister and brother who is a vampire and you have a perfect mix of excitement, adventure and romance. A great read. Although this is fourth in the series it can easily be read as a stand alone with all pertinent information included, however, having the first three I can also recommend them. I was given a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

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This book is an amazing steampunk version of Cinderella. It is the fourth in this series but can stand on its own as well. I loved watching the character's journeys from hate to respect to love. What they misunderstood about each other from their limited interactions at the beginning end up being the things that they love about each other. I loved this book!

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Emme O’Shea is determine to keep fighting and voicing rights for shifters. She wants their rights to equal humans. When she becomes the spokesperson for the International Shifter Rights Organization, She will be speaking at the very end of the week-long Summit in Scotland. Emme is a very indecent woman much to her mother and sister’s chagrin. She wears pants more often than dresses. Why? When her mother finds out about Emma’s “bad letter,” she insists that the police protect her daughter while at the summit. What is a “bad letter?” Who wrote it? When Emme finds out that Oliver will be her bodyguard, she protests. Detective-Inspector Oliver Reed is always grabbing Emme and taking her to jail when her talks become a riot. Emme hates being taken to jail. Will Emme get to the Summit to speak?

A steampunk romance novel that is suspenseful with unusual adventures. The adventures are full of unexpected twists and turns. The mystery involved in the story is an unexpected secret and villain . I truly enjoyed Emma’s spunk and determination to keep going regardless of what happens to her.

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Brass Carriages and Glass Hearts by Nancy Campbell Allen is number 4 in her steampunk proper romance series. It is a loose retelling of Cinderella. Emmeline O'Shea is a fierce defender of shifter rights, and has worked her way up to being the spokeswoman for the International Shifter's Rights Organization. She has had to deal with the Detective Inspector Oliver Reed every time he pulls her out of the protests and puts her in jail. When she receives death threats proceeding her journey to the convention where the world will vote on shifter's rights, DI Reed is appointed her body guard, to watch over her day and night. Neither one of them is very excited about spending every moment together, or are they??

This book is a must read for anyone who loves a mystery, action, and some good old enemies-to-lovers clean romance story! The beginning was a little slow, but it was just setting up for the action packed last half of the book. I love how this book has hints of Cinderella, but isn't a direct retelling. I loved how she created a character "Gus Gus" that correlated with the Cinderella story, but also was just who was needed in this rendition. Even though this is book number 4 in the steampunk series, we are still being introduced to new steampunk contraptions. The scene with the Jump Wings, and directly after that, were my absolute favorite in the book!

There were a few parts of the book that I felt went on and on, and other parts of the book that I felt were not detailed enough. But overall, it is a great book!

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Are you ready for a steampunk romance between enemies? If so, please enter the world of Brass Carriages and Glass Hearts and meet Emmeline O'Shea and her nemesis, Detective Oliver Reed. Emme is a leading voice for Shifter protection in this alternate Victorian England inhabited by vampires and were-creatures while Oliver tries to keep rallies from turning into riots. But when a missive arrives threatening Emme's life if she attends and speaks at an upcoming summit in Scotland, the two are thrown together when Oliver is assigned as her bodyguard. What between carriage accidents, attempted kidnapping via airships, bombs, and physical assaults, Emme and Oliver manage to fall in love as in all good fairy tales. I will have to check out other titles in the Steampunk Proper Romance series.

Thanks Netgalley for the opportunity to read this title.

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This was a very loose interpretation of the Cinderella story, but it totally worked for me. It always takes me a few chapters to get into the steampunk world, and the same was true here, but Nancy Campbell Allen Hassan such a talent for engaging storytelling that it wasn’t long before I was flying through the pages. Many familiar faces from the first three books in the series, but like those, this one can also easily be read as a stand-alone. And with the rallies and protests for the unfairly treated and under-represented, this story had much more of an impact on me than it would have a year or two ago.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. All opinions are my own.

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A slightly dark Cinderella-flavored steampunk

Book 4 of this Steampunk Fairytales series shifts the focus to Emme & Oliver. Technically, I suppose it could stand alone, but I think it's best to read the series in order to fully understand & appreciate all that's going on.

I had some reservations as the story begins with an anecdotal illustration of Emme's illegal protesting record, which is unfortunate timing with all the violence & destruction going on right now, as it's not particularly sympathetic. Thankfully, Oliver, who supports her cause but not her methods, helps to balance that part out, & brings out a more favorable view of Emme for us.

Emme is an empath but people's emotions are overwhelming, so she shuts it away with a mental door or block. Because of that, she tends to think & speak very logically, & it's pretty amusing as she keeps trying to rationalize & logic her way out of the attraction & then love she begins to feel with Oliver.

Emme wants to be strong & fearless like her cousin, Isla, so she fearlessly jumps right in to whatever needs to be done - but she's still afraid of emotions, including her own. Oliver is the perfect fit for her, as he has a way of controlling his emotions that gives her a respite & helps to calm her.

The development of Oliver & Emme's relationship from longtime antagonists to lovers is the best part of the story. Their exchanges are witty & fun.

There are some frustrating points:
It was hard to believe that it didn't occur to Emme or (especially detective) Oliver that Madeline might be in trouble since they knew Lysette was dangerous & that Maddie was going to snoop.

It was absurd to try to stop a hunt with a broken leg & only one companion - who'd been tied up & without food or water for days. These are folks who were willing to hunt & kill people, what's a few more? And just like when the teens split up in the horror movies, of course, you know it's not going to end well for the heroine.

Oliver & Emme just seem to be superhuman that they endure so much they're barely alive, yet still somehow recover enough to be there for the speech that only Emme can give, & then sit around chatting & canoodling after. Which begged the question of why the leaders who were voting couldn't put it off until they had first been fully informed of all that had taken place.
*******END SPOILERS*******

These were the reason I dropped a star, but if you're mainly in it for the romance between Emme & Oliver, as I was, then you'll enjoy it anyway!

*Romance level: passionate kisses, nothing graphic

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Brass Carriages and Glass Hearts
by Nancy Campbell Allen
Shadow Mountain Publishing
You Like Them You Are Auto-Approved
Shadow Mountain
Romance | Sci Fi & Fantasy
Pub Date 06 Oct 2020 | Archive Date 06 Oct 2020

This was a new genre for me: Steampunk retelling of Cinderella. I really liked the book. I look forward to reading more of these.
Thanks to NetGalley and Shadow Mountain Publishing for the ARC.

4 star

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I really like this series. They make a nice change from my straight cozy mysteries. A little bit of romance, steampunk and mystery all in one book. Each book has had me cheering on the MC and hoping everything works out (I know it will, but still). The characters are interesting, as are the stories.

Thank you to the author, publisher and NetGalley for my eARC in exchange for an honest review.

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Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. Comes out in October.

This was a fun light romance and finished out this Steampunk Proper Romance series this time with the Cinderella story as the base.

Summary: Detective-Inspector Oliver Reed is assigned to guard social activist Emme O'Shea on her trip to Scotland where she will speak at an important summit on Shifter rights, but getting her there safely will be a challenge-especially when the two of them realize they might be falling in love with each other.

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Thank you Shadow Mountain Publishing and Netgalley for an ARC copy of this book for an honest review. All thoughts and feelings expressed are my own.

Quick note: This book can be read as a standalone; however, I highly suggest that you read these books in order. You will not be lost by any means, but they build on each other just enough that you get so much more out of them in order. And...well...spoilers.

Hands down this is my favorite book in this series. I now want to go back and re-read the first three books and then read this one again. This is a Steampunk, Proper Romance, Retelling of Cinderella. Oh, and it’s a hate to love romance, my absolute favorite thing to read. Once I started reading this book I did not want to put it down.

In this story, we focus on Emme and Oliver. We get to see how they have interacted in the last 2 years, mostly through conversations and memories. There is a fine line between hate and love both are very strong emotions which they are discovering. There was just something about the way that Emme and Oliver integrated with each other that I loved. I love how all of the people you have met so far seem to all come together in this book. I had all the feels while reading this book and it made me feel so much better in general.

My only concern is that I think because so much came together in this book that it may be the last one. I really hope that is not the case.

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What an awesome steampunk proper romance by Nancy Campbell Allen! I loved Brass Carriages and Glass Hearts. This fantastic Cinderella tale was so well-written with great heart. I loved Emme’s strong, resilient, courageous, and good heart. I also loved Oliver’s quiet strength and constant upholding of law and justice. They were the perfect match for each other and the adventures and circumstances they went through together showed how well they matched and complemented each other. There were great supporting characters and adversaries and their love story was clean and proper with an ending that was perfect. I haven’t yet read the other steampunk books by Allen, but I am excited to do so now.
I received a complimentary copy of the book. All opinions are my own and are expressed voluntarily.

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Okay, let me start by saying this is the first book that I have read from Nancy Campbell Allen and it will certainly not be my last. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and had a hard time putting it down. I did not realize until after I read this book that it was a part of a series, this is the type of book where you do not need to start at the beginning (although I am sure it is preferred!)

I really enjoyed the mix of classic Cinderella with steam punk, it is completely unique to anything that I have read to date and enjoyed its creativity.

Emme is a bright and brilliant woman who is passionate and stubborn while Oliver is stead fast, smart, level headed and determined to do whatever it takes to protect Emme. Regardless of who, or what, is threatening her. The two of them have an opposite balance. One that demands order while the other creates chaos (in the best ways, of course). I really loved their interactions and thoughts since we get to peak into both character's perspectives, especially as their story progresses and their feelings begin to shift.

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Brass Carriages and Glass Hearts

This might be the best book in this steampunk fairy retelling series.

Emmeline is a loud protester for rights for shifters. The type that breaks windows for her cause and puts herself on the front lines. Because of her illegal ways, she is well acquainted with Detective-Inspector Oliver. But when she starts getting death threats and attempts on her life, she has to accept his protection.

This was a fast paced book. It was fun to see how the author used Cinderella elements in the story.

The main couple of work well together once they've over come their differences. Oliver only has a problem when Emme is breaking the law. But he understands her convictions. Together, they find out who is trying to kill Emme because there are a lot of suspects.

My biggest disappoint is this is another book where Nigel Crowe isn't the romantic lead. I've loved him since Kiss of the Spindle but I do have hope for the next book, if we get one.

The review was based on an advanced copy provided by Netgalley.

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Another fun entry in the steampunk fairy tale series! This time combining activism and sly references to Cinderella plus cameos by all the previous characters.

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This is a good steampunk retelling of a Cinderella story. Although I didn’t get the Cinderella part until the end and I’m afraid the first 35% of the book was just dialogue. The remainder of the book made up for it. When the story picked up, it was very engaging and kept you on the seat of your chair. The characters were intriguing and the chemistry between Emme and Oliver is fun, flirty and dangerous. This is the fourth book in this steam punk fairytale series, but can be read as a standalone. It is a entertaining, clean (no swearing or sex) suspenseful romance with a paranormal theme. I have not read the others in the series and will be reading them soon. That may be why I had a hard time at the beginning, as I didn’t know the background of the stories. So it might be a good idea to read the series in order as written. Curious if we will hear Madeline’s story?
I would like to thank Shadow Mountain Publishing for a copy of this book, through Net Galley, for my honest opinion and review.

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A Cinderella steam punk, yes please!
I’ve been hoping for Emma’s and Oliver story and it’s finally here! I really enjoy a fun enemies to lovers storyline and Nancy has given that to us with this book. I think Emma and Oliver’s tale may be my favorite of the series. I enjoyed the twist and turns with trying to figure out who is after Emma. I especially loved how much we got to see the characters from the previous books in this story.
My only con was there being no epilogue. I feel like an epilogue would have expanded on a couple things that I didn’t feel were wrapped up enough with the just the ending.
Nancy has come up with such a fascinating world in this series. I love coming back to it with each book. Even though this can be read as a stand-alone I recommend going back and reading all of them in order.

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This is the fourth book in Nancy Campbell Allen's steampunk series. A retelling of Cinderella.
Emmeline O'Shea has a mind of her own and more than once has been arrested by the detective-inspector Oliver Reed. Unlike Cinderella, she has a step father and step sisters.
When Emmeline receives a letter with a threat, she finds herself being assigned to detective-inspector Reed, who finds himself having to be creative in trying to keep track of Emmeline O'Shea.
A book filled with vampires, shifters, tons, and horseless carriages. This book was suspenseful and filled with romance.

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This book was so wonderful! It was such a fun steampunk Cinderella retelling. I loved the two main characters, Emmeline and Oliver. They were both the perfect combination of fierce, independent and kind. The book has such a great element of the supernatural and the plot was wonderfully paced.

Emmeline (Emme) is a spokesperson and advocator for Shifters, and often clashed with Detective Inspector Oliver Reed when the riots she led got out of control. When Emme's life is threatened as a result of her job, Oliver is assigned as her bodyguard. While they unravel the mystery of Emme's adversary, they quickly realize their strong feelings toward each other fall less along the lines of hate... quite the opposite! I loved watching their relationship develop. They turned their passion working against each other into a passion for each other. I loved the nods to the Cinderella fairytale, it blended in with the storyline perfectly. The mysterious elements kept me guessing, and I enjoyed seeing everything play out and wrap up at the end. I love Allen's characters, particularly her female characters. They are strong, kind, and very relatable. Would definitely recommend this book!

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I love the steampunk series by Nancy Campbell Allen. I keep trying to make the characters fit into a Regency-era romance, and that just doesn’t work with this style of novel!

Emme and Oliver have quite the tempestuous relationship, he having arrested her numerous times over the years. They get thrown together when he is appointed as her protective detail, and then the fun begins! I got a kick out of watching the two of them grow in their relationship, as well as navigate all the many obstacles that are thrown in Emme’s path.

There are a few similarities to the Cinderella fairy tale, but they’re mostly very subtle. Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book, and look forward to reading it again. I hope that Madeline will get a story of her own in the near future.

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Another great addition to a very interesting well written series that blends fairy tales with romance a little steampunk. I’ve been obsessed with the serious from the first book and was excited to get a story about these characters. I remain as ever a fan and can’t wait to read more from the author.

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This is the 4th book in the Proper Romance Steampunk series. While it’s technically an interconnected standalone, I highly recommend you read the others first to get the full effect. Plus you'll get to meet some of the current characters.

Emme is all about full rights for everyone, including shifters. Unfortunately there are those who disagree and have made their feelings known, in the way of a death threat. So Inspector Oliver Reed is charged with being her bodyguard. After dealing with the aftermath of her many protests, he is less than thrilled with being forced to be around her even more.

Watching these two together was so fun. They circled around each other for a while. It was bit like enemies to lovers, which is my favorite sub genre of romance. They clearly didn’t feel good and happy thoughts in the beginning. But the more they’re put together the more they come to the realization that they care for each other.

Plenty of butterflies in the belly moments sprinkled with a few heart stopping ones makes this the perfect sweet romance. I really hope we got more from this world!

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Nancy Campbell Allen has once again created a wonderful mix of mystery, fairy-tales and steampunk. A must read for an Cinderella fans!

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I've read all the books in the series and I think this is my favourite so far. this series is just super fun and enjoyable, it feels so unique and different. really enjoyed the characters in this one.

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I have been curious about Emme and Oliver for quite awhile now, and Oliver's brother. I'm so glad I got to read their story! This can be read as a stand-alone, but I'd highly recommend reading the others because you just get a bigger picture of the world Allen has created. Brass Carriages only adds to this steam-punk world.

While I had a harder time relating to Emme, I loved Olivers character. Finding out what made him tick was a treat. Emma grew on me, but with all that's been happening in the world lately, her brand of riots and protests just didn't strike the right cord in my world. However, her passion for change and justice for everyone did resonate and I loved that about her.

It's another winner for Allen. I can't wait for the next one in the series.

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Brass Carriages and Glass Hearts is the final novel of Steampunk fairytales. A wonderful spunky retelling of “Cinderella”, it will delight with its fast pace and familiar anecdotes.

However, while the plot was very engaging, the characterization and emotion impact was a little lacking.

Emme is the leader of an protest against a law restricting and prohibitive predatory shapeshifters. She’s invited to speak in Scotland against the Act and has received several death threats. Oliver Reed is an inspector who keeps ending up on the other side of Emme protests.

He accompany her to Scotland in the light of her death threats. The plane is sabatoged and they have to make their way to Scotland in time for Emme to give her speech.

Delightful and very fast paced, which I love. It wasn’t very balanced as Emme and Oliver fell in love a little fast and felt forced rather than totally organic. I did love all the Cinderella elements.

This is probably my least favorite out of the series but a well rounded finish for an excellent series.

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I really enjoyed this steampunk romance set in London England involving shifters, family drama and a love story. This was somewhat of a retelling of Cinderella as it involves two step-sisters (one of whom is really mean), a step-mother, and a handsome young man. I loved the witty banter between Emme and Oliver and would highly recommend this to anyone who loves a good witty romance or steampunk book.

I received an e-ARC of this book by the author and publishing via Netgalley. This does not affect my opinion regarding the book.

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I just love Nancy's steampunk fairy tale retellings! This is a steampunk Cinderella and the fourth in a series.

Emme is an advocate for shifters -humans that shift to another form (vampires, werewolves and the like) a few times a month. She believes that the non-violent ones deserve more rights.

Oliver is a detective inspector and Emme's nemesis. When Emme keeps getting threatened as she is headed to a convention in Scotland to speak for shifter's rights, Oliver is tasked as her bodyguard.

There are many attempts to prevent her from getting to Edinburgh and as she and Oliver navigate their way, they discovery they may not actually hate each other.

They are such a fun couple! I love a little enemies to lovers (this is a clean read so just lots of kissing!) Oliver is such a great protector and he's so gentle. Emme speaks her mind and is very great advocate for the shifters.

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This book is amazing! I read the whole thing in one afternoon. And I enjoyed every minute of it. It’s a Steampunk retelling of Cinderella. This book is so well written.

Emme is the main character. And she’s a fireball. She’s an activist for shape-shifters. Emme is always in the middle of trouble. I had to laugh when she got hauled off to jail in the very first chapter. By her archenemy Detective-Inspector Oliver Reed.

Speaking of Oliver Reed. The way these two get thrown together because of Emme’s need for protection was such a fun part of the book. Oliver goes out of his way to make sure she’s safe, even when she does crazy things like jumping from an airship. Oliver and Emme slowly fell in love during the craziness of their adventure. That was one of my favorite parts.

I loved the cast of characters of this one. They’re all a little nuts. There’s Emme’s family, Gus the vampire, and her friends, which we’ve seen in Nancy Campbell Allen’s other books. You should read them all if you haven’t! I’d start with Beauty and the Clockwork Beast. But they’re all amazing! I’ll leave links to them all below.

If you haven’t read a Steampunk book yet, I highly recommend this series!

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Fun steampunk

There were hints of a Cinderella story, with a strong, determined heroine and dashing hero. This was a sweet and clean read, I'd rate it PG-13 for discussion of vampires and shifters, along with some kissing.

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