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"Brooding gothic"

The Ravencliff Bride has one of the most sensual covers out this year. But even the best cover cannot prop up a shoddy book. So it's up to the writer to deliver and Dawn Thompson does. This is a Gothic Historical Romance, with a strong paranormal theme, that should thrill those who cut their romance teeth on Gothics or those just learning their fascinating style.

Sara Walvern is traveling along the coast of Cornwall in early 1800s. She has just made a pack to marry a man she has never seen. Quite understandably, she is getting cold feet, but knows she has no choice, but to honor the agreement. She accepted the offer of marriage in order to escape debtor's prison. Only what sort of rich man has to buy a bride? What awaits her at the end of the journey? Will he be deformed, aged or worse - a lunatic?

Sara is shocked when she meets her groom to be. He is handsome, young and displays no tendency toward madness. So why would this handsome man need to purchase a wife?

Though Nicholas is attracted to the wife he bought, that much is clear, he shows no inclination in consummating their marriage, only increasing the mystery to Sara. Sara's one solace in the early days of her new home is Nicholas's dog Nero. Sara is not content to accept life as Nicholas sets as the pace, and despite all, she is falling in love with the mysterious man.

Soon Sara learned there is a curse that hovers of Nicholas life. Only Sara is not going to let that triumph and is willing to fight for her love.

The book is very atmospheric, evocative of the great black and white films of the 50s such as Jane Ayer, Dragonwick etc.

So those who love Gothics, you will want to get this new author a chance to dazzle you.

P osted October 14, 2005

Reviewed by Deborah Macgillivray
Posted November 22, 2006

SUMMARY

RIDDING THE WORLD OF EVIL, ONE ALIEN AT A TIME: THAT'S MIA SNOW'S MISSION.

Snow is in the forecast.

In a time and place not too far away, Mia Snow is an alien huntress for the New Chicago Police Department. Heading up her expert team of Alien Investigation and Removal agents, Mia's unmatched at battling the elusive enemy among us, and she's the perfect girl for the job. She's seen her brother die at the hands of aliens. She's earned each of her scars. And she'll die before she cries. Now, a series of killings have Mia and her partner Dallas tracking alien suspects -- but a sudden blast of violence leaves Dallas fighting for his life.

They are ice and fire.

The chance to save Dallas appears in the form of a tall, erotic stranger. An alien. A murder suspect. Kyrin en Arr, of the deadly Arcadian species, holds the power to heal the injured agent but not without a price. For Mia Snow, that price is surrendering to Kyrin's forbidden seduction...and embracing their electric attraction. She's walking a knife's edge, risking her badge and even her life. The closer she gets to Kyrin, the more Mia learns about her own heart, her human needs -- and the shocking secret that will shatter everything she's ever believed.

 

The Ravencliff Bride
by Dawn Thompson

Love Spell (Candleglow - Gothic)
September 1, 2005
Available: September 30, 2005
ISBN #0505526530
EAN #9780505526533
352 pages
Paperback
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Other Books by
Dawn Thompson

Lord of the Forest
The Bride of Time
Lord Of The Dark
Rape of the Soul
Sexy Beast IV
Eros Island
The Ravening
Lord of the Deep
The Brotherhood
Blood Moon
The Falcon's Bride
Blue Moon Enchantment
Blue Moon Magic
The Waterlord


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