Review: The Deepest Cut by J.A. Templeton

The Deepest Cut by J.A. Templeton
Series: A MacKinnon Curse (# 1)
Publisher:  Julia Templeton
Release Date:  June 27th, 2011
Page Count:  306 pages
Source:  ebook provided by the publisher

Over the belief that she’s somehow responsible for her mom’s death, Riley is desperate to see her mother’s elusive spirit to gain her forgiveness.

When her father moves the family to Scotland so they can all start over, Riley believes her life couldn’t get worse–that is until the ghost of nineteen-year-old Ian MacKinnon catches her purposely cutting herself. An uneasy truce quickly turns into friendship, and soon Riley’s falling hard for Ian.

Riley believes her gift could help Ian end the curse that has kept him tied to the land for centuries, but that would mean letting him go forever and she’s not sure she is strong enough to do that. As if her life wasn’t complicated enough, the malevolent spirit of the woman who killed Ian returns and she’ll stop at nothing to keep Riley from helping Ian find eternal peace.

Warnings: Please note: THE DEEPEST CUT is a mature YA paranormal romance. Due to strong language, mention of cutting, alcohol and drug use, it is not recommended for younger teens.

Review:  Have you ever fallen so deeply into a book and its characters that it feels as though all you have done is blink and it is over?  That is exactly how I felt with The Deepest Cut by J.A. Templeton.  The story flowed so amazingly well, the characters so incredibly interesting and alive that I quickly fell within what was happening.  Totally absorbed and engrossed – perfection!

I love a great YA work and combined with excellent aspects of paranormal, I am in heavenly reader bliss. With The Deepest Cut I was gifted those qualities and so much more.  Imagine falling head over heels in love with a ghost.  Now imagine being stalked in vicious ways by a jealous ghost.  Intense?  Without a doubt.

Ever since Riley was in a horrific car accident with her mother, resulting in her mother’s death, Riley has had the ability to see ghosts.  This is a talent she would give anything to be rid of.  It is when Riley and her father and brother move to an old Inn in Scotland that Riley meets a gorgeous ghost who had been murdered at the young age of 19 by a jealous servant girl.  This girl was also deeply into dark magic and placed a curse upon Ian that would bind him forever to the earth and not allow him to pass on to the other side.  It is this servant girl, Laria, who viciously haunts Riley and as Riley and Ian become closer, Laria becomes more violent and malicious.  She is pure hate and pure evil and this exudes heavily from the pages of the story.  To be honest, it takes a lot to send goosebumps prickling from my arms, however J.A. Templeton does this several times throughout the story with her descriptions of Laria (fantastic!!).

As Riley falls deeper in love with Ian, her heart pulls at her to keep him here with her.  The look of love from Ian’s beautiful blue eyes, each time he looks upon Riley, doesn’t help her in trying to help him to cross over.  Can she let him go or will her love tie him to the earth forever – that is if she can survive Laria’s attacks.

The Deepest Cut is, without a doubt, one of my absolute favorite books this year.  I loved the story, the plot, the characters and the cliffhanger at the end that made me want to die to get my hands on the next in the series (which, by the way, is out!!!  Squeee!!  The title is The Haunted and is now setting happily on my Kindle waiting for me to delve in after writing this review!)  There is romance, paranormal twists and turns, suspense, family dynamics, ghosts, teen angst, friendships and a bit of just about everything within this story.  Ms. Templeton also does an excellent job of bringing the region of Scotland alive to the readers through her descriptions and brogue used by the characters.

In the blurb it mentions the fact that the topic of cutting is involved within this story.  This is true, however I do want to mention that it is not in a grotesque way and not overly so – it only appears a couple of times within and is handled in an excellent way.  Also, the romance is sweet, with hints of sensuality – but nothing beyond kissing.  The way in which the author writes about the feelings and chemistry between Ian and Riley is wondrous.  The haunting of Laria is fabulous and the story development of two teens (Riley and her brother) who have recently lost their mother and are trying to deal with living in a strange new place and meeting new people and friends is one most anyone can identify with.

In all truth and honesty, I cannot recommend The Deepest Cut enough for anyone who loves paranormal, romance, Young Adult stories or just an excellent and incredibly well written story.   If you haven’t read it yet – go now!!

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