Author: Marion Croslydon
Publisher: Carlux Publishing
Publication Date: April 8, 2012
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Format: Kindle 556 KB | Paperback 368 pages
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Author's Website: http://www.marioncroslydon.com/
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Synopsis from Goodreads:
Madison LeBon is dead set against the dead.
Her fresh start at Oxford University is a brand new beginning. She finally has a chance to turn the page on her psychic powers and cumbersome voodoo heritage. Snakes, dolls, ghosts, and spirits: Farewell…
When the tragic lovers in a painting—the subject of her first history class—begin to haunt her, she must accept her gift before life imitates art. The lovers warn her against their own nemesis, a Puritan from the English Civil War. Unfortunately, said nemesis is now going all homicidal on Madison.
College becomes more complicated when she falls hard for Rupert Vance, a troubled aristocrat and descendant of one of the characters in the painting. With the spirit of a murderer after her, Madison realizes that her own first love may also be doomed…
I really enjoyed this book and I am really looking forward to the next installment. The story takes place at Oxford University and because of that it reminded me a lot of the All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness. For me, this book had all the elements of a really good story, magic, ghosts, mystery and love.
I really liked the main characters and I felt like they were well developed and had really nice back stories. Madison is a smart girl who is furthering her education by attending Oxford University. She is a Louisiana girl who's family has roots in voodoo. She is trying to get away from all that, but it seems that her "gift" is with her no mater how far away from her family she gets. Madison feels a connection to a painting they are studying in a history class and when she starts seeing a ghost named Sarah she is convinced that Sarah is the woman from the painting. Madison feels that Sarah is reaching out to her because they share some kind of connection.
Things get more complicated when Madison meets Rupert. She is drawn to him immediately, but attempts to keep him at arm length because he has a girlfriend. This proves harder when they are forced to work together as research assistants for their history professor. They fall in love as they begin to unravel the mystery of the painting and discover how they are each connected to it.
Madison and Rupert each keep secrets from each other throughout the course of the story and because of this he doesn't know the true danger that she is in. She just doesn't want him to think she's crazy. Rupert has an easier time confiding in Madison, though.
I felt like the pacing of the story was right on, I never felt like there was a lull as I was reading. The reveal of the "bad guy" at the end was a complete surprise to me. I was pretty convinced that I knew who it was and I was SO wrong! I like that while this is the start of a series, this particular story is over. There was no cliffhanger, it was all nicely wrapped up in the end. I like that while this story is done, Madison and Rupert have a relationship that is still growing and I am anxious to see what the next installment brings their way.
This is considered a New Adult Romance so there are some steamy love scenes, but they are tastefully written and not at all overdone. If you like Paranormal Romance then you will probably like this one. I know it's one that I will probably end up reading again!