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Review: The Shadows of Stormclyffe Hall (Dark Seductions #1) by Lauren Smith

I have a confession. This is the first romance ghost story I've read, and I absolutely loved it! I think a big part of it is because of the intriguing tale Lauren Smith weaves.

Bastian Carlisle, the Earl of Weymouth is trying to restore his family's castle. He can't explain why, but he has an incredible pull to finish what his deceased father was in the process of doing when he tragically died. Next thing Bastian knows, he's basically experiencing an out-of-body experience, while simultaneously attacking this unknown woman. But Jane Seton, an American grad student who traveled to Stormclyffe Hall to finish her her dissertation, is having the same uncontrollable actions. This unexplained force is only the first of many thing that happen to these two. Bastian and Jane quickly establish that something very bad is taking place at Stormclyffe Hall. Fair warning though, if you are easily scared by things that go bump in the night, prepare yourself for some frights! I don't scare easy when reading about eery things (it's a different story when I've actually experienced things, though. *shivers*) but there were a few scenes in this book that had me huddling under the safety of the covers.

Even if you are someone who spooks easy, I still highly recommend this book! Just like the hauntingly, addicting scenes, there is a captivating and emotional love story. We find ourselves not only reading about Bastian and Jane's journey into falling in love, we get to see flash backs in the early 1800's with a previous Earl, Richard Carlisle and the wife he loved with all his heart, Isabelle. These two couples stories are laced with so much emotion and turmoil, I was suffering with an extreme case of the feels. The FEELS. I loved the deep connections we get to read of the two sets of couples. Hats off to Lauren for being able to write not one, but two love stories that are made of a deep, everlasting love that so many are searching for.

I love Lauren's historical series, The League of Rogues, and when she was telling me about this story, I am pretty sure I shamelessly asked if I could review this one. I am so happy I threw my pride over begging out the window. I read this book in one sitting, finishing at some late time in the middle of the night. I ate this story up. And now I have to put my patience pants on and wait for the next in the series. Thankfully I will have other Lauren addictions to keep me appeased until then!

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