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Review: The Shadows of Stormclyffe (Dark Seductions #1) by Lauren Smith

Title: The Shadows of Stormclyffe (Dark Seductions #1)
Author: Lauren Smith
Source: Entangled Select
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Length: Novella
Release Date: September 29, 2014
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Rating - 2
Sexual - 3

A thrilling gothic romance from Entangled’s Otherworld 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.
I am a lover of gothic romances - but this one just didn't do much for me.  I really wanted it to.  The story line was a great idea and the characters showed a lot of promise at the beginning.  The very first scene between the two of them just put me off though.  It bothered me for the rest of the book how they avoided speaking much of some total craziness that they experienced together - it wasn't very natural.

The ghost story was really the highlight of the whole thing.  A jilted witch, a curse, and lots of death over the years makes for it very hard for goodness to return to the castle.  They detective skills could use a little work, but watching the two of them muddle through it was fun most of the time.

I just really really wish I had related to the characters more.  They both seemed a bit fake to me, and I had a hard time rooting for them.

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