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?
Review of Brass Carriages and Glass Hearts
You know the story, don’t you? The evil stepmother and stepsisters try to keep Cinderella from happiness but their plot is foiled by a fairy godmother.
In this steampunk retelling of Cinderella, the role of the prince is played by a policeman, Oliver, and Cinderella is played by a social activist, Emme. In this case, Emme’s mother remarried so there is a stepfather and two stepsisters. Yes, the role of the fairy godmother is filled too, and there is a carriage and a ridiculous pair of shoes.
I loved this story. Mainly, I enjoyed the relationship between Oliver and Cinderella. What starts out as contentious becomes friendly and then affectionate and then so much more. With just a little ongoing contentiousness to keep things real. These two characters are good for each other and great for the story! Many people contrive to keep Emme from reaching the International Shifter Rights Summit. The dangerous adventures of Emme and Oliver make for a suspenseful story and a thrilling reading experience.
Brass Carriages and Glass Hearts is the fourth book in Nancy Campbell Allen’s Steampunk Proper Romance series. I’ve enjoyed the entire series so I can tell you that each book stands alone, though successive books do reference events and characters of previous books. Read one, or read them all!
Through Netgalley, the publisher provided a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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