Sunday, July 10, 2016

[R] Penmort Castle, by: Kristen Ashley

Penmort Castle

(Ghosts and Reincarnation #1)
by: Kristen Ashley


Cash Fraser is planning revenge and to get it he needs the perfect woman. So he hires her. Abigail Butler has lost nearly everything in her life and she’s about to lose the home she loves.

Cash meets Abby, who is posing as a paid escort, and the minute he does he knows he’s willing to pay for more than Abby being his pretend girlfriend. A lot more. Abby needs the money or the last thing that links her to her dead family and husband will be gone. The deal is struck but both Cash and Abby get more than they bargained for.

Cash realises very quickly that Abby isn’t what she seems and while he changes strategies, Abby discovers that Cash’s legacy, Penmort Castle, is like all the tales say – very, very haunted. Making matters worse, the ghost in residence wants her dead.

Abby’s found herself in the battle of her life so she enlists Mrs. Truman, her nosy neighbour; Jenny, her no-nonsense friend; Cassandra McNabb, white witch and clairvoyant with a penchant for wearing scarves (and lots of them); and Angus McPherson, dyed-in-the-wool Scot (which means he hunts ghosts in a kilt) to fight the vicious ghost who has vowed that she will rest at nothing to kill the true, abiding love of the master of Penmort.

Now, this is weird. "This" meaning the book, but do not strike through the fact that almost a year had passed since I read this book, so my review can be a little off. Back in those days I challenged myself to read all of the KA books that were out. I failed thanks to this series. Things that happened:

  • This book was way creepier than any book I have read from KA. I do not like horror, but I kept reading this one because of the romance. KA make the best ones, always.
  • KA books are very big in comparison with I always read, which are lighter and quicker books. So, with classes starting, I couldn't read them all.
  • I am not blaming this series, but certainly reading someone firsts works isn't as appealing as others might think. You see the screw ups, their intentions to make it better and yet, publishing a book that was good, but not enough perfect. We are humans, we make mistakes and when we are learning, shit happens. This book was good, no offense to anyone, but it does not compare to later books from KA.
Basically, continuing reading this books was hard last summer. I do not strike through the fact that I may start reading them again, but I had to write this review first. If you love KA so much as I do, and you want to read these... Do not put your expectations to high, but still have some because all her works are perfect in some matter.

The creepiness of this book was perfect. The story was a little bit lacking, but everything else made it worth it. The story from the past, the ghosts, the curse... everything was like taken from a Poe story. The characters were just like KA make them, perfect. I loved the romance from this book, so I really want to continue the series just to see how creepier can this become.

You love KA? You want creepy? Read this book!

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