My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤
In regards to the Matter of the un-entailed Estate of the late-Jonathan Hambly, 10th Earl of Banfield, be advised that your attendance is urgently required at the reading of his lordship’s Last Will & Testament, to take place on November 1st of this year at Castle Keyvnor in Bocka Morrow, Cornwall.
Mr. Timothy Hunt, Esq.
When the late-Earl of Banfield’s distant relations descend upon Bocka Morrow, they’ll find gypsies, witches, pixies, smugglers, and one very haunted castle. And if they’re lucky, they might just fall in love while they’re there.
VEXED, The Haunting of Castle Keyvnor includes:
Erica Ridley’s Romancing the Rogue
When the new earl inherits, poor relation Miss Rebecca Bond must wed immediately or be out on her ear. The only man she’s ever loved is summoned to hear the will—but he already rejected her so soundly that they haven’t spoken in years. Yet who better than a rakish Viscount to teach her how to snare a gentleman who appreciates her charms?
Ava Stone’s Once Upon a Moonlit Path
Lady Cassandra Priske sees dead people…not all the time, but occasionally. When her family is summoned to Castle Keyvnor for the reading of her great uncle’s will, Cassy is more than terrified. After all, the castle is famous for its hauntings. But the very last person, dead or alive, she expects to find there is the rakish Lord. St. Giles. After all, she spent the last season hiding from that very man.
Elizabeth Essex’s Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
Nessa Teague has never believed in the magic that swirls around her village like a fine Cornish mist. She’s never had need of it. Until the day Lord Harry Beck returns to Bocka Morrow and Nessa realizes there is nothing, including the blackest of magic, she won’t do to have him for her own.
Romancing the Rogue by Erica Ridley
My Rating: ❤❤❤❤
Spice Level: 💋
Loved the start of this story! I was shocked that pretty much everyone in the castle forgot she was there and thought everything was a ghost. The new earl seems to not care what happens to her as long as she is gone and he doesn’t have to take care of her. I loved the maze and how the back story.
You have to love Rebecca from the start. She kept herself busy by going over the estate books and correcting figures and she would stand up to anyone.She had no desire to marry and could actually make it on her own, she had proved that already. She is still angry at Danial but understood why he did what he years ago.
Danial did not come off as the rogue as much as I expected, but I loved him. He loved being in parliament and doing everything involved with it more than the parties. You fall in love with him the moment he leaves for the castle because what he did has bothered him for years.
I was expecting more from the haunted castle and for some reason, I want to know more about Danial’s grandmother and why she acted like she did. Overall a good story to get you in the mood for Halloween.
Once Upon a Moonlit Path by Ava Stone
My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤
Spice Level: 💋💋💋
I always look forward to books like this from Ava Stone because she knows how to give you the chills with the ghosts along with a great romance. I got the chills from the moment they arrived at the castle and almost jumped whenever the ghost showed up. I loved the story of the first time Jack saw Cassandra and how they acted together.
I loved Cassandra and felt so bad for her with how her parents treated her like she was crazy. She is just so sweet and innocent and open to things that people didn’t understand. I was glad to see her stand up for herself in the end.
Jack can charm anyone even a reader. He used his charm when needed to help Cassandra and it wasn’t a show. He just was naturally charming, but also had a trick up his sleeve at times. The way he interacted with Cassandra’s brother and her dog could melt your heart.
Oscar the poodle just adds to the fun of the story and so did Cassandra’s cousins and the gypsies. The ending was unexpected and I loved it and didn’t it to end! I really want to know who the ghost was.
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by Elizabeth Essex
My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤
Spice Level: 💋💋💋
This was my first time reading a book by Elizabeth Essex and it did not disappoint. I loved how this one was in the village and showed more about the free trade as they called it. I was excited to see the witch and the magic from back then. I did not expect the small mystery involving treason and Nessa’s family and I had no clue how it was going to turn out until the end. I laughed when Nessa finally spoke her mind and told Cods off and almost thought a ghost was going to pop out in some areas. The ending was great and a bit of a surprise.
I just love Nessa’s name and how sweet she is. She always was the good girl her father wanted until she had enough of doing everyone else’s work. I liked that she was protective of her family but also used her mind and didn’t make excuses for it.
Harry is an interesting man. You would never think he was a lord by the way he talked and acted because he was truly meant for the sea. He didn’t hide things from Nessa and always said what was on his mind.
I wish there was more back story for both and I wanted to know more about Nessa’s sister, but it was a great story. The squire’s daughter was a very interesting person and a bit scary with her plans.
*I received a copy from the author in exchange for my honest review*