"A unique blend of paranormal romance, mystery and folklore"
Paranormal investigator Shelly Holmes has been summoned to
determine the cause of Lady Arielle Blaylock strange
malady. Her father has seen the symptoms before in
Arielle's mother Isis. They had resulted in his wife's
suicide when Arielle was a mere babe.
Although Arielle barely remembers her mother, but she has
begun to feel quite strongly that her mother is trying to
warn her about something and needs her help to find eternal
rest. Her father has been reticent to tell her
anything regarding the reason for her mother's death.
All Arielle has of her mother is a small portrait, an
Egyptian amulet which had been passed down from mother to
daughter for generations, and a penchant for all things
feline. Since Arielle has worn the amulet she has been
subject to strange and sensual dreams where her infirmities
do not trouble her, and two men wearing lion masks, one of
the dark and one of the light vie for her seduction. As
Arielle lays purring in her bed, her father and Miss Holmes
watch as deep scratches appear out of nowhere on her arms
and breasts. One of her dream suitors has marked her as
his own. Arielle has no memory of her dreams when she
Astutely surmising that the amulet is the key to Arielle's
trances, Shelly removes it, much to Arielle's distress.
Without this conduit the two men, half brothers vying with
each other for their soul mate, must manifest themselves in
her waking world. Seth Taub is dark and aggressive, Luke
Simball is golden and gentle, but are appearances
deceiving? Both are incredibly handsome and seductive.
Which suitor is of the light, which is of the darkness, and
who will help her set her mother's spirit free? Arielle has
already begun her transformation. Will Shelly solve the
mystery before it is too late?
CATSPELL is an interesting blend of Egyptian and shape
shifter folklore with traditional elements of mystery,
romance, and the battle between good and evil which makes
this tale unique. Along the way Ms. Holmes, who has secret
of her own, captivates an old friend of the Blaylock
family, Ethan Perot. Independent Shelly fights the
attraction tooth and nail, but Ethan is more than
determined. Although the outcome was undetermined, the door
was left open for him to follow her into another tale. I do
Posted February 13, 2006
Copyright © 2006
Reviewed by Leslie Tramposch
Posted November 3, 2006