The author has created an interesting steampunk paranormal romance and incorporated a variety of genres. It reads along the lines of a murder mystery with paranormal and historical elements. The main character has to figure out what happened in the lives of the ghosts and what made them become ghosts. It is a “steampunk” historical romance in that it vaguely follows the rules of Victorian England. But it also has lots of divergences to make it interesting. There are rules on how an upper class person is to treat a lower class person, but these rules go out the window when Eliza meets the man she falls in love with, Lord Cyril Reeves. If you enjoy steampunk romance then give this interesting story a try.
“Clockwork Kiss” is a good paranormal romance set in Victorian England. The main character of the story is Eliza and she can see ghosts. She inherited this family trait from her father who does not know that she is alive. He left her mother before she was born…or did he? Could he have not known that her mother was pregnant with her? What will happen to her since her father comes from an aristocrat family with paranormal abilities? Everybody is afraid to find out what they are. Was her mother a prostitute? These questions and more are just the start of the questions you will be wondering to yourself when you read this story.
In Victorian England it is whispered that the prestigious Blackwell family is touched with paranormal abilities. Eliza knows firsthand that those rumors are true, as she is plagued by wandering spirits, no matter how hard she works to ignore them. As a bastard of the family, she thought she'd succeeded in not only hiding her heritage but repressing the mystical call.
Content with the life she has made for herself as a thief, her world is shattered when she is discovered by her long-lost sister. Desperate to escape the family and her “gift” she agrees to exchange a favor for her sister's silence: she sets out to steal an ornate box from the home of the rumored madman and brilliant inventor Lord Cyril Reeves.
When her plan goes awry Eliza is held prisoner by the eccentric noble. The box is revealed to be the only clue to the disappearance of Cyril's late wife. Eliza is bent on escape but then the ghosts begin to link their deaths to the revolutionary automaton he is working on. She realizes that the only way for her to save him is with the help of the gift she wants no part of.
Cyril awakens a passion within her that she never knew existed. With every inch he gains into her closed-off heart he pushes her toward a power that may blow her mind—literally and figuratively. The more she uses her abilities, the more danger of being lost to the spirit world. At the same time, if she doesn't take the risk she may end up losing Cyril to the madness the ghosts around him are creating.