The Witch and the Werewolf by Michele Hauf

Just because someone has supernatural abilities, it does not mean they are completely invincible. Often, these beings can be hurt yet totally recover in a short period. But occasionally, a problem arises which makes someone with these special capabilities vulnerable, and then some tough decisions might have to be made. The main couple in the third Decadent Dames story have to face several very critical matters in their relationship, and whatever choice they make will greatly affect them for the rest of their lives. I so wanted these two likable individuals to find the joy that they deserved. Michele Hauf can always be counted on to create an imaginative yet believable paranormal book, and THE WITCH AND THE WEREWOLF is convincing plus creative.

Since Mireio Malory is a witch, there is a way for her to live for many years way past what is normal. If she can obtain the heart of a vampire, she can cast a spell which would make the wish for a long life come true. One day before leaving work after her shift ended at Decadent Dames, a brewery that she owns with three other witches, a male customer starts a conversation with her. Though he looks and dresses like a big human lumberjack, Mireio gets an animal vibe from him.

With neither werewolf Lars Gunderson or Mireio in a relationship, the two begin seeing each other on a regular basis. Even when he springs a surprise disclosure, she is not put off from dating him. She then learns he is having some major personal issues, ones that could drastically alter the future between them. With the information Mireio uncovers shortly thereafter, her next decision will be the most important one of her life.

The inventive mind of Michele Hauf once again makes her Beautiful Creatures world come alive with realistic beings and an original premise. Though part of a series, this story can certainly be read first without feeling lost. While Mireio has been met previously, insight into her private life was not exposed until her own story. I got to see exactly what caused her to make specific choices, as the dreams she hoped would be fulfilled were revealed. Mireio is a water witch, and Ms. Hauf made her love for this element interesting. Whenever she and Lars are together, they made an engaging pair. Her enthusiasm helped to bring out the lively side of the shy werewolf, and I found him to be refreshingly distinctive when compared to others in this species. Dedicated when a situation calls for it and always thoughtful, Lars is the type of friend or lover who can be counted on at all times, and I so wanted him to experience his life to the fullest. One aspect of his and Mireio’s relationship which they enjoyed was sex, and they definitely had fun during any encounters.

THE WITCH AND THE WEREWOLF is amusing, poignant, and compelling. Humor can be found all through the story, and the unique wit of Michele Hauf made these moments very laughable. There are also events that truly touched my heart, as the author had me feeling the realness of the circumstances. Three of the Decadent Dames owners have told their stories, and I am eager for the fourth witch’s book to come out.

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Series:  Decadent Dames

Publisher:  Harlequin Nocturne

Releases:  November 1, 2017

Purchase:  http://tinyurl.com/ybkdtaq2

Genre:  Paranormal

Author website:  http://www.michelehauf.com/

Rating:  4 Stars

The Billionaire’s Colton Threat by Geri Krotow

The ongoing uncertainty of whether Livia Colton is alive or not continues to haunt residents in the close-knit community of Shadow Creek. Often this criminal targets her own family members, but on other occasions, the threatened person is someone living in the area. In this installment of the Coltons of Shadow Creek continuity, two individuals who are not related to the ruthless criminal are threatened by an unidentified person, and uncovering the answers as to why they are being hassled or who is actually responsible is not easy. Geri Krotow has created an imaginative story where doubts are raised and danger continuously builds. Any initial clues only hinted at what was happening, thus keeping me guessing until each crucial detail was revealed. THE BILLIONAIRE’S COLTON THREAT is equally emotional and suspenseful.

After the death of her father, the life of Halle Ford quickly changed. She went from working as a CPA in Austin to managing Bluewood Ranch. Unfortunately, the place where she grew up in Shadow Creek, Texas has not been profitable lately, but she hopes to turn things around. When she gets a client willing to pay more than normal for an overnight trail tour, Halle is thankful for the extra money. Alastair Buchanan is from Scotland, and the billionaire is thinking about investing in a local company, so he is interested in learning about the area.

A successful whiskey business started by his family made Alastair rich, and his own shrewd investments have added to his wealth. Going on a tour is a way for him to unwind while researching, and having the tempting Halle along is definitely a bonus. When she becomes pregnant after they give in to mutual desire, Alastair makes getting married seem like the right choice. But when an unknown culprit causes trouble for her ranch and his business, the couple must stick together or conceivably lose everything.

Often when two people marry, they are truly in love. But the only reason that Halle and Alastair wed is because of their unborn child, making their union more of a business deal at first. Though the pregnancy was certainly not planned, both want to guarantee a secure future for the baby. As days go by and feelings change, this couple soon begin to wonder about how they really want the direction of their marriage to proceed. I liked the spirited Halle and the caring Alastair from the start, and their actions as the story progressed only made them more appealing to me. Their situation is not the best, as they have much to learn about the other, while the problems plaguing each of them only makes adjusting to being wed even harder. With every new incident that occurs, I worried it might be the dilemma which pushed them apart instead of drawing them closer.

With the possibility of a cunning convict still around, the story is packed with questions and few immediate resolutions. Wanting to discover the many secrets in the story kept me reading, and there are some surprising unexpected twists by the story’s end. Geri Krotow made THE BILLIONAIRE’S COLTON THREAT compelling with mysteries and diverse characters.

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Series:  Coltons of Shadow Creek

Publisher:  Harlequin Romantic Suspense

Releases:  November 1, 2017

Purchase:  http://tinyurl.com/y7w54hvf

Genre:  Suspense

Author website:  http://gerikrotow.com/

Rating:  4 Stars

Colton K-9 Cop by Addison Fox

The list of mysteries in the latest Coltons of Shadow Creek continuity grows longer and longer as the story progresses, while danger also escalates along with all the uncertainties. Easily read as a standalone, the book is about a woman who is puzzled by all the threats that keep happening in her life. When a police officer and his trusty dog begin to investigate the unexplained events, her reactions to them causes even more confusion.  COLTON K-9 COP is about discovering whether the choices a person makes are for the best, or if they are only adding to the problem. Addison Fox has written a compelling story, where suspense and romance are cleverly entwined.

Even though the Christmas holidays are approaching, Bellamy Reeves is not in a very festive mood this year because her family situation has drastically changed. So instead of shopping on a paid day off, she is diligently working at the pharmaceutical company where she has been an accountant for thirteen rewarding years. Just as Bellamy prepares to leave, an email is received that raises some serious questions about where she works.

After her attempt fails when trying to sort out the matter of the disturbing email, Bellamy’s life takes an unexpected turn, especially when her car blows up and almost kills her. Luckily, Donovan Colton who has a K-9 partner that specializes in locating bombs is nearby and answers the call. The Austin cop and his trusty canine look for clues about whether the former workplace of Bellamy is connected to the danger surrounding her or if there is some other reason. And until he finds conclusive evidence and makes certain all is resolved, Donovan is not going to leave the area.

When I saw the cover of the book, I was thrilled because of my love for dogs, and the story definitely gave me a lot to like. Alex is dependable and smart when working, yet he enjoys a belly rub and plenty of head pats when things are all right. I smiled often while reading about this commendable working animal, as his love for being on the job is very obvious along with his devotion to Donovan. There is a genuine connection between Bellamy and Donovan from the first moment she is in peril, and their bond is intensified because of Alex. While both are caring individuals, they have pushed others away at times, thus causing them to feel alone. I truly liked this couple and wished for them to finally be happy. But first, they have to overcome several major personal issues.

As more and more information is given about what is really going on and who is responsible, I worried about Bellamy and if Donovan could keep her safe. The motivation behind the threats is believable and rather scary because of how many lives could be affected, and I could see this scenario actually occurring as Addison Fox brings realism to these intriguing moments. COLTON K-9 COP has dangerous incidents and heartfelt romantic entanglements.

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Series:  Coltons of Shadow Creek

Publisher:  Harlequin Intrigue

Releases:  October 17, 2017

Purchase:  http://tinyurl.com/y8l2fsv6

Genre:  Suspense

Author website:  http://www.addisonfox.com/

Rating:  4 Stars

The Highlander’s Princess Bride by Vanessa Kelly

There was never a single moment in THE HIGHLANDER’S PRINCESS BRIDE where I was not totally immersed in the happenings of this outstanding story. Often a book will keep me enthralled during certain parts, but this story is one of those rare novels where my attention only increased because of how much reading pleasure I was receiving. My emotions ran through a wide range of sentiments, from uncontrollable laughter to deepest worry, and each feeling was because of the very real circumstances being depicted. Vanessa Kelly managed to create imaginative scenes at all times, where characters and situations are extremely believable. This is the third book in The Improper Princesses series, and the many first-time characters were fascinating while those already met were still charmingly likable. I never wanted this story to end because of how much I enjoyed every aspect.

Since the father of Victoria Knight was the Prince Regent and not married to her mother who worked at an inn, she was glad her career as a governess has been successful since society looks down on people like her. When an incident makes it necessary for her to seek a new position, she learns about a man in Scotland who needs someone with her skills to instruct his brothers. Thrilled at the prospect of still being able to teach, Victoria prepares to leave London for the colder Scottish Highlands.

Upon her arrival, she discovers her new home is a rather gloomy castle. Its owner is Nicholas Kendrick, Earl of Arnprior, and her students are actually much older than her normal charges. It seems control over his siblings has been lost, and he thinks perhaps a woman’s influence will make them listen. Though against her better judgment, Victoria agrees to try and achieve at least some of the requirements which Nick wants his brothers to accomplish. Then her situation takes an unforeseen turn that she never saw coming.

I truly adore the Kendrick family, as this big group of Scottish men had such winning personalities. From the oldest to the youngest, I could not help but love these males, even when they pulled a practical joke or made a tactless comment. I laughed so hard at some of their more comical adventures, while I was touched when their more sensitive side was on display. I can only hope the author has some ideas for future books which will feature these charming men.

Once again, Vanessa Kelly brings the Regency period to life with delightful characters, engaging emotions, and unexpected twists. Victoria is a spirited woman trying to make the best of her situation, but life is not always fair. Even when events are against her, she keeps a clear head and does her best to reach a goal. Her logical mind and calm behavior certainly come in handy when she meets the Kendrick family, as problems keep mounting. I really felt for Nick at times, as his life has not been easy either. The responses of this couple were genuine and honest as they worked through their troubles, whether it was raw emotion or witty comebacks. When it comes to sexual passion, Nick and Victoria express their needs to the fullest during encounters that are lusty yet also amusingly fun. THE HIGHLANDER’S PRINCESS BRIDE is filled with realism, and I just wish these characters could have actually existed.

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Series:  Improper Princesses – Book 3

Publisher:  Zebra

Releases:  October 31, 2017

Purchase:  http://tinyurl.com/y7f3zuoe

Genre:  Historical

Author website:  http://www.vanessakellyauthor.com/

Rating:  5 Stars

Touch of Red by Laura Griffin

TOUCH OF RED keeps every thought engaged during the countless riveting scenes. Though the Tracers series is now up to twelve books, the entertainment has not diminished at all, and I actually think this is one the best stories yet. The plot is very gripping with a large number of mysteries to resolve, while various characters have roles that play an important part in what ultimately takes place. I was totally captivated by the opening scene, and my interest never waned until the very last word was read. Laura Griffin has outdone even herself with the cleverly imagined developments in TOUCH OF RED, where each revelation had me reading faster.

The latest case undertaken by Brooke Porter is particularly horrific, but also very frustrating. As a CSI for the Delphi Center, she usually investigates not easily solved crimes, and she is proud of how her assistance often gets needed results. But the unknowns just keep mounting in this case, which only makes Brooke more persistent about uncovering any pertinent facts related to the murder and possibly another person who might have seen what happened.

Since Brooke is aiding the local police, she and detective Sean Byrne end up spending much time together. With his respect for her skills plus being secretly drawn to her, he is glad for the opportunity to work with tempting CSI. even when she seems to be guarded around him. Sean and Brooke share theories and whatever evidence is learned, yet the killer remains unidentified. But as more clues become concrete proof, the danger does not subside but seems to escalate.

Uncertainty, concern, and determination are words that can be used to describe the case which Brooke and Sean are working on plus their potential relationship. Both are very dedicated when it comes to finding answers in order for victims to have justice, and she is particularly involved this time. I often worried when she took a chance, as nothing was going to stop her from tracking down a fact. The discussions Brooke has with Sean about her behavior really affected me, as their reactions are backed by such genuine feelings. Regardless of what these two were doing when they interacted, the moment was so true-to-life. Their personal conversations were filled with insight and compassion, while sex between them was steamy yet filled with caring tenderness. Sean certainly demonstrated over and over again that he is an honorable man whom any woman would be lucky to have in her life.

What is actually going on when it comes to the murder is not only fascinating but absolutely engrossing. Laura Griffin excels at getting the details correct, and anything connected to the investigation felt very accurate. There were a few times when I needed to stop reading, but I just could not find a place to take even a short break. When an author can keep me this immersed in a story, then her skill as an outstanding writer is definitely proven. I can only hope this series has many more releases.

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Series:  Tracers – Book 12

Publisher:  Pocket Books

Releases:  October 31, 2017

Purchase:  http://tinyurl.com/yd3nkdta

Genre:  Suspense

Author website:  http://lauragriffin.com/

Rating:  5 Stars

Gray Wolf Mate by Dianna Love

For her first venture in writing a paranormal book, Dianna Love has created a story overflowing with vividly imagined scenes. The League of Gallize Shifters series is definitely original in many areas, and I was totally intrigued during every compelling incident. From characters with unique capabilities to escapades where the situations are not the norm, I was constantly captivated because the details were always fascinating and held my complete attention. GRAY WOLF MATE is a truly ground-breaking paranormal romance. Ms. Love is a writer who can conceive an innovative idea, and then cleverly bring it to life for readers to enjoy.

When the fact that shifters were living amongst humans was revealed, Cole Cavanaugh was stunned like other mortals. Then his college days and relationship with Tess Janver were suddenly over when he shifted because Gray Wolf made its presence known inside his body. Cole is a Gallize shifter, and he now watches over all beings to make sure rules are followed. His actions can also turn deadly in an instant if an event requires it. Though he sometimes has a difficult time controlling the part of him which is wolf, he is determined to be the one commanding his actions.

While Cole is still capable of carrying out his missions, Gray Wolf is becoming very demanding lately plus the mating curse that affects Gallize shifters is starting to bother him, too. With no potential partner, his time left to live is growing ever shorter. When Tess unexpectedly comes back into Cole’s life, her work investigating shifters puts her at odds with him. But after his enemies also become hers, he will do whatever it takes to ensure she is not harmed.

I was certainly excited when I learned Dianna Love was writing in a new genre, and GRAY WOLF MATE never disappoints as the inventiveness of the story only increases with each new development. The Gallize shifters are so distinctive when it comes to beings that can change shapes, and I would like to think there would actually be such a group watching over humans if one day the supernatural proves to be factual. Numerous individuals with specific abilities related to their species left me in awe at times, especially since many of their gifts are ones which I have never before encountered in a book. Also, many of the different groups mentioned are very unusual, whether they are comprised of humans or preternaturals with unusual origins.

From the very beginning, I was taken with how ethical Cole was regardless of what he attempted. Despite abruptly losing what was most important to him, he accepted his destiny to protect others and rose above all the challenges that came his way. Tess likewise had to overcome plenty of hurdles when she decided to use her degree to make certain all beings are treated fairly, as she has a good reason to not like shifters. She and Cole are compassionate individuals, and it really shows in how they react to one another or even strangers. While they may have been apart for years, it only takes one touch for sentiments thought buried to resurface. When truths come out, I feared their already shaky relationship may not last. Several tense moments caused an adrenaline rush, while the scenes depicting profound feelings deeply touched me. What an emotional journey Ms. Love devised for this couple.

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Series:  League of Gallize Shifters

Publisher:  Silver Hawk Press LLC

Releases:  October 23, 2017

Purchase:  http://tinyurl.com/ycgwktcm

Genre:  Paranormal

Author website:  http://authordiannalove.com/

Rating:  5 Stars

Ready for Wild by Liora Blake

In the concluding story of the Grand Valley series, a man and woman enjoy being outdoors and both even like to hunt. While he is a game warden, she has her own TV show where hunting is the main topic. When they have to work together on a project, sparks fly when one issue after another is met with conflicting opinions. Yet even when his respect for nature battles with her flashy show ideas, there is still a simmering attraction between them that will not be denied. I laughed when a moment turned comical and repeatedly felt the heat of their passion. I was also deeply touched when this couple laid their hearts on the line. READY FOR WILD has very appealing characters plus an adventurous premise, and Liora Blake cleverly entwines delightful humor with heartfelt emotions to create a compelling story of unexpected romance.

Since Braden Montgomery likes the outdoors, he became a game warden in Colorado. At the present, he has no interest in having a relationship because of a past incident, so his time is devoted to his career and helping the community. When he gets word that a TV show about hunting might want to shoot some episodes around Grand Valley, he is not happy, even though the host of the program is female and temptingly hot.

After the area that he watches over is chosen to be the site of a televised elk hunt, Braden ends up spending much time with Amber Regan. While the couple often do not agree on a subject at first, he comes to realize there is much more to her than stunning looks and attention-grabbing clothes. Amber is trying her best to make this new series something hunters will enjoy watching, or there is a good possibility her show will not be renewed. Although Braden also entices her, she is not going to let him make decisions which could lead to her failing.

Though I live in the country and have always been around hunters, I have never been the one holding the gun. So it was interesting to read about a woman who can hold her own when it comes to knowing how to correctly track down her own dinner. Amber is very lively, says what she thinks, and is always ready for a good time. But there is also a side to her that wants something more in life, even if she is not completely aware of this fact. Braden has been burned by an ex-girlfriend, so he is cautious when it comes to women. But Amber is not like anyone whom he has encountered before, and their relationship is fiery from the start. At first it was different views which had them disagreeing and heated, but their arguments gradually turn to lust-filled fantasies coming true. These two are definitely enthusiastic when it comes to sex. Much soul-searching is also done by Amber and Braden, as Liora Blake gives them some difficult life choices.

Amusement is scattered all throughout the story, from witty comments to intelligent banter, and I always looked forward to Braden and Garrett conversing because their remarks where especially chuckle inducing. The scenes outdoors were vividly detailed and let me experience the moment to the fullest. READY FOR WILD has passionate romance, hilarity, and intense emotional circumstances.

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Series:  Grand Valley – Book 3

Publisher:  Gallery

Releases:  October 31, 2017

Purchase:  http://tinyurl.com/y76md6pw

Genre:  Contemporary

Author website:  http://www.liorablake.com/

Rating:  4 Stars

Slay Bells Ring by Karen Rose Smith

The winter holidays are fast approaching in the seventh book of the Caprice De Luca Home Staging Mysteries, and what should be a festive time for the residents in a small Pennsylvania town turns to sorrow when a beloved citizen is murdered. Though Caprice De Luca has been warned by family and the police to not interfere in these types of investigations, her inquisitive nature plus the desire to help friends will have her once again trying to find anything that points to the identity of the killer. Though her prying questions sometimes put the amateur detective in danger, it will not stop her from seeking answers. I really enjoyed this compelling mystery where nothing is ever known for certain until the final piece of evidence is revealed. Karen Rose Smith interweaves family matters with countless mysteries, making SLAY BELLS RING delightfully intriguing.

When a couple in Kismet, Pennsylvania decide they want to sell their house, Caprice De Luca offers to use her expertise as a home stager and help them get a quick offer. Since it is November, she uses Christmas decorations to highlight the features in the older home to make it appealing. While talking to Sara Merriweather who lives in the house, Caprice learns that it was her husband Chris’s idea to sell as she really does not want to move. It seems the normally jovial man has been more subdued lately, and his change in personality became more noticeable upon his return from a trip with fellow veterans.

As the days go by and Christmas gets closer, Caprice keeps working with the Merriweathers. Every time she sees Chris, he appears preoccupied, making her wonder what could be bothering him. When he is discovered killed by a Christmas decoration, the whole town is sad to hear the man who crafted toys and even played Santa Claus was dead. With Chris being such a good friend of her dad’s, Caprice wants the culprit found swiftly and perhaps she can find some answers on her own.

There are scenes in the story where holiday fun, family gatherings, and pet antics are taking place, and these events give insight into the nature of Caprice. Her family is extremely important to her, and now that Grant is her fiancé, he is also a vital part of her life. How she interacts with loved ones demonstrates her compassionate side, and this concern is shown to others when a murder occurs. In SLAY BELLS RING, a client is mysteriously killed, and Caprice wants to help his family discover what happened. As more and more details about the life of Chris are exposed, I along with all those investigating felt confused and often at a loss. Karen Rose Smith skillfully sprinkles in informative hints, if one pays very close attention. SLAY BELLS RING has plenty of mysteries to keep the guesses coming.

With the Christmas season being a big part of the story, there are lots of celebrations where tasty food is being served. I certainly want to try out one of the recipes included in the book. The Pennsylvania setting had me remembering my visits to this state, and now I want to revisit. Another entertaining installment in the Caprice De Luca Home Staging Mystery series, and I look forward to more escapades featuring these likable characters.

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Series:  Caprice De Luca Mystery – Book 7

Publisher:  Kensington

Releases:  October 31, 2017

Purchase:  http://tinyurl.com/y9ukdy7v

Genre:  Mystery

Author website:  http://karenrosesmithmysteries.com/

Rating:  4.5 Stars

A Pregnant Courtesan for the Rake by Diane Gaston

The third book in the Society of Wicked Gentlemen miniseries is about a man who has felt little love in his life and has doubts of ever experiencing it. When his path crosses with a woman who actually has him feeling at ease, their futures become unexpectedly entangled and both lives are never the same. Diane Gaston makes her main couple very interesting, and I immediately became concerned for the well-being of these two lonely individuals. A PREGNANT COURTESAN FOR THE RAKE is engagingly believable with realistic circumstances. I really felt as though each scene could have taken place during this period in history.

Since Oliver Gregory is part owner of a club in London which caters to gentlemen, he has traveled to Paris in order to check out similar establishments in that city and get some new ideas. He and three other men started the club as a way to give people a place where various pleasures could be enjoyed with anonymity. During his trip, Oliver meets an Englishwoman, Cecilia Lockhart, and the two have a wonderful chat plus spend an even more gratifying night together.

When Oliver leaves Paris the next day, he never expected to see the enticing Cecilia again. But after she shows up in London, he is completely stunned, especially upon learning her news about carrying his child. Though being a father and having a wife were not something Oliver thought would happen to him, he comes to realize after spending time with her that there is no way he will let Cecilia go through this situation alone.

There is a clever concept behind the Society of Wicked Gentlemen miniseries, and the installment by Diane Gaston adds many new aspects to the storyline. With the author putting in relevant information about the previous connected books, this story can be thoroughly enjoyed on its own. There are numerous references to actual people, places, and events, and these facts cause any happenings to come across as more convincing. Ms. Gaston makes her Regency story very colorful, and I particularly liked reading about all the delicious foods and drinks of the era. The author has also included several much-loved activities from that time.

A PREGNANT COURTESAN FOR THE RAKE has emotional heartrending moments. Although the backgrounds of Cecilia and Oliver are vastly different, both have been treated unfairly and now feel dejected. I really got a sense of how much the past affected these two, and their journey to possible happiness has lots of obstacles. Whether it was doubts about their relationship or interference from outside forces, I quickly became caught up in not only what was occurring but also what would be the consequences. The choices Oliver and Cecilia must sometimes make are extremely hard, and it was often nerve-wracking to wait on their decisions because of the effect it would have on their relationship. Ms. Gaston definitely kept me entertained the whole time I was reading.

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Series:  Society of Wicked Gentlemen

Publisher:  Harlequin Historical

Releases:  October 17, 2017

Purchase:  http://tinyurl.com/y78tevd9

Genre:  Historical

Author website:  http://dianegaston.com/

Rating:  4 Stars

Kiss in the Dark by Sharon Ashwood

Since a ghost has always been a favorite paranormal being, I was very excited about the premise of the Corsair’s Cove Chocolate Shop series. Though most situations in the previous three books have been about normal contemporary events, many of the incidents in the fourth story have a supernatural aspect to them. Sharon Ashwood has conceived numerous innovative ideas for her contribution to the series, and each one made me want to consider the possibility of the circumstances being true. KISS IN THE DARK is imaginatively original all the way through. Some of the current happenings in Corsair’s Cove just might be caused by a curse, and though no one is ready to admit that the legendary hauntings are real, some rather strange occurrences do take place at times. Every fact seems very genuine, and if a place actually had such an unusual past, I would definitely like to visit the area for a chance to interact with all the current residents and perhaps encounter something paranormal.

When Eloise Wilson came to Corsair’s Cove, Washington, she was thankful for the opportunity to have a place to live, because she has yet to find work after graduating from college. The rent-free room is located above the Red Gem’s Chocolates and Confections, the business a great-aunt willed to her and three other cousins. What Eloise did not expect was to find Captain Daniel Blackthorne, the town’s most famous ghost, was also living in the building. While she knows all too well that spirits live amongst us, since they became visible to her when younger, she wants the long-ago pirate gone and just hopes her protections can keep him away from her.

An upcoming Hallowe’en charity event sponsored by the chocolate shop will let Eloise use her marketing skills to aid in making a big profit, and she needs to concentrate on the event, not the persistent ghost in her apartment. But Daniel has to break the curse put upon him by midnight on the 31st, or he will lose everything. If he can help Eloise to fall in love, then he can save himself. Yet getting close enough to assist her is not easy when she makes him keep his distance.

The town of Corsair’s Cove is filled with a vast assortment of residents, and these individuals have their own personalities and behavior. None are more unique than Eloise, but she is hiding a painful past that she feels nobody would understand. I really felt for her, and was so hopeful that perhaps this move would be the one where she is finally accepted. With every interaction with Daniel, I could sense a change in them both. But with such huge challenges for them to face, I could not see a positive outcome for either of them. I simply adored Daniel from the moment he is met, and some of his responses are rather hilarious while others are dramatically serious. Eloise is someone who only wants to be loved for herself, and her fears and anguish came across as so realistic. I am so glad to have met the many appealing residents in the series, and am looking forward to my next visit. KISS IN THE DARK is intriguingly fascinating and very believable.

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Series:  Corsair’s Cove Chocolate Shop – Book 4

Publisher:  Rowan & Ash Artistry

Releases:  September 30, 2017

Purchase:  http://tinyurl.com/yb3u5cc6

Genre:  Contemporary

Author website:  http://www.rowanartistry.com/authors/sharon-ashwood/

Rating:  4.5 Stars