"A decent paranormal erotica story"
Erica Parkhurst's world has crumbled around her. Her
husband of several years has just asked for a divorce and
Erica suspects it's because he's been having an affair.
While still reeling from the shock of her husband leaving
her, she loses her job that she loves and is left
floundering. Fleeing NYC for a break from everything, she
finds herself at a lovely little Bed and Breakfast Inn, in
the town of Spirit Lake, nestled within the Allegheny
Mountains in Pennsylvania.
While there, she meets the handsome Joe Lakota, a forest
ranger, down at Spirit Lake and immediately there is a
sexual awareness that shocks her. A relationship between
them develops quickly and they will discover that they need
each other to help unlock the key to a mystery surrounding
the fog-enshrouded Spirit Lake.
This was a decent story that will keep readers interested
for the short time it takes to read it. The townsfolk of
Spirit Lake, especially the friendly inn-keeper, are well
done and realistically portrayed. Even Joe's pet wolf-
hybrid has a personality all its own. Erica is a young
woman who only wants to overcome the troubles in her life
at present. Joe is suitably mysterious and sexy, making it
understandable why Erica would be drawn to him from the
first moment they meet.
However, there are some things about this story that could
have been much better developed. For example, there is a
wonderful mystery story mixed in to all of this, about the
inn-keeper's daughter who disappeared many years ago. This
reviewer feels that not enough emphasis was put on this
part of the plot, which could have been developed into a
much more involved story.
The growing relationship between Joe and Erica deserved a
little more focus as well. Readers can most definitely feel
the physical attraction between them as well as the
tenderness of their new found love with one another. This
reviewer definitely would have liked to see more about
Also, entirely too much focus is put on Grant, Erica's soon-
to-be-ex-husband and his sexual relationship with his new
girlfriend. Over half of the book is nothing but sex scenes
for these two, and it does absolutely nothing to advance
the storyline. It feels as though all these scenes were
thrown in, just to up the number of sex scenes in the
story, so it can justifiably be classified as an erotica
tale. This reviewer found herself getting extremely bored
with all of their exploits, and found herself skipping
entire chapters that were nothing but a drawn out sex scene.
Nonetheless, this story will most certainly be found
appealing by fans of the erotica genre, and the touch of
paranormal in the story surrounding the lake will interest
fans of that type of story.
© Kelley A. Hartsell, December 2004. All rights
Posted January 3, 2005
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted December 15, 2006