Review: Bedeviled anthology

Bedeviled by Kate Pearce, Deb Marlowe and Michelle Willingham
Series: The Haunting of Castle Keyvnor (# 2)
Release Date: September 20, 2016
Publisher: Ava Stone Inc
Pages: 238
Source: book provided by the author for review

 

 

Greetings,
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.
Regards,
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.

BEDEVILED, The Haunting of Castle Keyvnor includes:

Kate Pearce’s A Ghost of a Chance
Violet DeLisle is secretly delighted to have the opportunity to meet up with some of the more obscure branches of her family tree. She’s been in love with her stepmother’s second cousin, Charlie, since she was a child. But her beautiful half-sister has clearly set her sights on Charlie and he is obviously dazzled. Forced to hide from the lovebirds, she huddles under the stairs and meets a kindred spirit who not only turns out to be a rather feisty ghost, but a master of courtship.

Deb Marlowe’s Lady Tamsyn and the Pixie’s Curse
Her father inherited an earldom and a castle. Has Lady Tamsyn inherited a curse? It’s what it feels like when she discovers that she can see the truth behind the lies that men tell. All she wanted on arrival at Keyvnor was to avoid Mr. Gryffyn Cardew, but in a sea of lies, he is the one who always tells her the truth. Together they find that her curse might just be a gift—and their love the key to preventing a tragedy.

Michelle Willingham’s A Dance With the Devil
Devon Lancaster is fascinated by the beautiful vicar’s daughter, Jane Hawkins, who has been summoned to the will reading of the late Lord Banfield. But is she truly only a vicar’s daughter? Or does her past hold secrets that put her very life in danger? Jane knows she is unlikely to find a husband among the handsome men at Castle Keyvnor because of her poverty. But when she is locked in the cellar with Devon, she finds that the Devil of Lancaster sets her blood on fire.

The Haunting of Castle Keyvnor includes twelve Regency romance novellas. Don’t miss the anthologies Vexed, Mystified and Spellbound.

 

Review:  The three stories in Bedeviled all have the Castle Keyvnor located in Bocka Morrow in Cornwall, England in the forefront of each story along with the death of the current earl.  Bedeviled continues on nicely with all new stories from Vexed, the first book in the series, concerning some of the same characters as well as others we meet.  The castle is considered to be haunted and is definitely gloomy and foreboding with lots of rooms, staircases, turrets and gardens. The stories surround the reading of the will which is why everyone is visiting the castle whether they want to be there or not.  The stories are short and very quick reads with well defined characters and plots that left me wanting more. The Earl’s Will is at the back of the book and gives closure to what the stories are about.  I’m happy to know that there are two more books to the series, Mystified and Spellbound.

A Dance With the Devil by Michelle Willingham is Jane and Devon’s story.  Devon’s nickname is often the Devil and it seems very apropos!  He needs to marry an heiress since he’s the fourth son of a viscount and needs money to manage his property as well as take care of his tenants.  Jane, adopted by a vicar and his wife when she was a newborn, is a friend of Marjorie, one of the daughters of the new Earl of Banfield.  They have an immediate attraction and Devon feels he needs to look after her and protect her.  Jane blends into her surroundings because she doesn’t want to stand out since she feels she doesn’t belong at the castle and is just there as a companion. She gets into a few scrapes because of her background, which is unbeknownst to all, including her, but Devon is always there to protect her.  There’s a friendly ghost, Benedict, with an icy presence, that has an important role in the story.  There are quite a few twists and turns and a happily ever after as well as nice closure with the epilogue.  Willingham is a new to me author but I will be adding some of her books to my always growing TBR pile!

Lady Tamsyn and the Pixie’s Curse by Deb Marlowe has a prologue that gives important background to the story and takes place in the year 1803 set eight years earlier than the stories involving the will in 1811.  This story is lighter in some parts because of the pixies and a ghost tied to the castle and the Earl’s family but darker in other parts due to evil situations and actions.  Tamsyn, another daughter of the Earl, is getting feelings about people she’s meeting at the castle and finds out it’s a touch of the Sight that’s a truth gauge.  It gives her insight to what men are really thinking even though they are saying something else and was a gift from a pixie for a wrong done to her eight years before.  Tamsyn and Gryff have a past and not all of it happy due to a misunderstanding.  When they meet up at the castle they reconnect and it’s not what either of them expected especially since there is still chemistry between them.  There is nice closure and a happily ever after.  Marlowe is a new to me author and I will be adding her books to my TBR pile as well.

A Ghost of a Chance by Kate Pearce has the ghost, Benedict, returning to help others find true love.  Letty and her half-sister Violet are front and center with brothers, Edwin and Charles.  Violet has always loved Charles but he seems to have set his sights on Letty.  Is Violet less devastated than she ought to be?  Being the second son, Charles  doesn’t have much to his name and also has a reputation that precedes him. Letty’s mom wants her to marry up so whose will will win out?  Watching the interactions were heartbreaking at times especially when some of the characters don’t notice what is right in front of them and there were a lot of miscommunications.  The descriptions of the castle and the lands were vivid and made me feel that I was there.  There was nice closure and several potential happily ever afters.  Pearce is another new to me author.  I may give her romance books a try.

Favorite Quotes:  A Dance With the Devil by Michelle Willingham
For a second, she’d thought he’d said Devil Lancaster.  He did indeed resemble a devilish sort of man, with his dark blond hair and green eyes.

Lady Tamsyn and the Pixie’s Curse by Deb Marlowe
…For a Pixie’s laugh is a magical thing.  A young Pixie’s giggle can send a flower bursting into bloom.  A mature Pixie’s chuckle can ripen all the apples on a tree.

A Ghost of a Chance by Kate Pearce

Charlie’s teeth were chattering so loudly Edwin could hear them.  Violet seemed remarkably at ease, considering what was approaching them.

 

joanne

 






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