Saturday, February 9, 2013

Lucky Stars 18+

The following review is for 18+ readers.

Lucky Stars (Ghosts and Reincarnation, #5)     
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Belle Abbott is pathologically shy and because of this, she’s living a nightmare due to the fact that she’s also a national treasure hounded by the media. James Bennett is known the world over as the perfect catch, handsome, wealthy and the owner of an intimidating castle on a Cornish Cliff, Chy An Als Point. Belle and James meet and in one night, they fall in love. The problem is, Belle’s dating James’s brother.As quickly as they fall together, Belle and James are torn apart. Not long after, circumstances throw them back into each other’s lives and they find they were right that first romantic night, they were meant to be.  Even if their families want them together, James’s brother Miles does not. Dogged by a rabid media who are fascinated by their love triangle, as well as Belle’s hidden demons, James and Belle find they have yet another problem to solve. The Point is haunted by the ghosts of two children murdered in the castle. Their murderer will stop at nothing to keep their souls tethered to The Point instead of letting them live eternity with their mother and father. Belle is determined to find her courage and help them and she enlists her loopy mother, loopier grandmother, James’s even loopier ex-girlfriend and the dubious (but talented) team of rock ‘n' roll witch Cassandra McNabb and Scottish ghost-hunter-extraordinaire Angus McPherson to help the children find their way back home.

Belle is a beautiful person, who is a little scarred by past events in her life.
She finally jumps back in the dating game after a few years only to realise that she has jumped into it with the wrong person, Miles. Things get more complicated when she meets Miles's brother Jack, and they have an instantaneous magical connection. This first meeting does not end well for anyone; misunderstandings, bitterness, hurt feelings and rejection ensue.
What we don't know is how this pair are going to get back together, how they will avoid the mortal danger they find themselves in and how they will right a 200 year old wrong.
This is number five in Kristen Ashley’s Ghost and Reincarnation series, so when you start this book you have to know you have to leave your skepticism at the first page. You are about to escape into a romance book that is really more like a modern day fairy tale, with "wee ghosties", evil spirits, curses, witches and souls reincarnated and attached to present day characters.
Our main characters of the story, Belle and Jack, are worthwhile characters, I thoroughly enjoyed every minute with them and watching them fight there feelings and fall in love, no matter what hurdles were thrown there way.
Ashley is known for her amazing heroes and they are usually of the “alpha” variety, but I have to say Jack was the perfect balance of strong man, gentleman and protector.
Belle was one of those “beautiful soul” type characters with a lovely presence, so often a heroine can let a romance down for me, but not in this case. Belle was very special and I felt and instant connection to her character. I was very glad to see the return of some already seen characters in this series and the introduction of some interesting new ones. I hope to see them again if there happens to be more of this set written.
As I always find in her books, Ashley’s secondary characters are amazing and her books just wouldn’t be the same if she didn’t make them as solid and real as her primary ones.
The plotline was great, and as always I felt totally absorbed in the story, it was a real escape from my own life. Whether this was to do magical fairy tale qualities of the book I don’t know, I just know I enjoyed it. The many twists and turns in the book surprised me and I was guessing what was going to happen right up to the end.
If you are not normally a lover of the paranormal when reading romance I would ask you to try not let that turn you away from this book. I suggest giving it a try because it is written in such a way that you are more focused on the romance and the characters than being bogged down with paranormal jargon.
It is quite simply a wonderful romance novel, very sweet, very enjoyable.

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