Sunday, November 2, 2014

Review: The Shadows of Stormclyffe Hall by Lauren Smith

Title: The Shadows of Stormclyffe Hall
Author: Lauren Smith
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Dark Seductions #1
Publisher: Entangled Covet
Number of Pages: 196
Source: Publisher

A paranormal category romance from Entangled's Covet imprint... To defeat a dark evil, they must face his family’s past… Bastian Carlisle, the Earl of Weymouth, doesn’t believe in ghosts. Even though tragedy and mysterious hauntings have driven his family away from his ancestral home, Stormclyffe Hall, he is determined to restore the castle to its former glory. His plans are disrupted when a stubborn American shows up on his doorstep hoping to pry into his family’s tragic history. Jane Seyton, an American graduate student, is convinced there’s more to the tragedy of Stormclyffe Hall than history claims. Ever the scholar, she is determined to discover the truth, even if it means putting up with the arrogant, yet sexy, Bastian. Although Bastian wants nothing to do with the pushy American, it soon becomes clear that something evil is in the house—and that something is targeting both Jane and Bastian. The two must join forces to purge the ghosts of Stormclyffe Hall once and for all—even as they try to fight a physical attraction between them that grows more and more impossible to deny .

This review is long over due, but you know those books that you love so much, but can't seem to find the words to describe them to get everyone else to love it as much as you did? That's how I felt about this one.

I am a sucker for any plot  that involves a graduate student, and throw in a novella with a gothic feel, and I knew I had to read this.  I have to admit, I was surprised at how much I ended up liking this novella. I really didn't think all the supernatural elements of this book would work, but they did.  Jane and Bastian had so much chemistry together that the insta love that happened just worked-it so rarely does, but they way it happens just makes it more believable then normal instalove.  

I think what I liked best about this book was it was just a bit creepy, and even though I had the mystery part figured out pretty fast, it still was fun to read how everything turned out.  I loved that this book had a gothic feel to it, but yet was modern in that there were some hot sex scenes in the book. The paranormal aspect was a bit different, but at the same time fit well with the story. 

This was a fast, fun read that had a little bit of everything in it. If you like your romances a bit dark and spooky, this one is for you. It was just a flat out enjoyable read.