"Super Regency Set Drama - Sensual"
For all those paranormal readers who believe in ghosts --
get set for a wild ride with the start of a fabulous new
series by author Jocelyn Kelley! Starring in the series
are three sisters, China, Jade and Sian Nethercott, with
this first book featuring the middle sister Jade.
The three Nethercott sisters were living quietly in the
country, still mourning the loss of their beloved father
when Jade heard a voice ("Murder most foul...") coming from
a very bright light. Soon what materialized from the light
was Sir Mitchell Renshaw who had been murdered recently
and could not rest until his murderer had been convicted.
Now he didn't actually see the murderer but knew that it
was Lord Gideon Bannatyne, the brother of his beloved
fiancÚ, Lady Persis. Sir Mitchell persuaded Jade into
helping him prove Bannatyne his murderer by infiltrating
the demimonde. In so doing Sir Mitchell promised her he
would see about bringing her father's spirit back so Jade
could speak with him and prove once and for all her
father's theory on the existence of ghosts was true.
Gideon is all that is devilishly handsome and Jade is
confused over the rumors of his dastardly reputation
especially when accused of another murder, he risked
arrest rather than jeopardize Jade's reputation for being
alone with him. Wishing she could tell Gideon the truth of
why she needed to infiltrate the demimonde, Gideon
introduced Jade to Sharla MaGuire, who would instruct her
in the behavior of a courtesan. In return, Jade would bed
him in seven night's time, and then stay with him for 30
days after that. But the way Jade was succumbing to his
charm, she would be ready sooner than the seven days!
*** What remarkable characters the author created in a new
series that I personally will certainly be looking forward
to. Hey, I am one of those who only WISH I could see a
ghost! Regardless of what my wishes are this tome gave me
everything I look for in a story. Gideon and Jade were
truly likeable lead characters and were well-defined. I
loved Gideon who was so sure of himself when it came to
Jade, recognizing at once that she was special and more
than brave, when she confidently approached him at the
Duchesses ball, when so many others shunned him. His
double entendres, which seemed to flow right over Jade's
head, leant a very sensual theme to most of their dialogs
which were witty, spirited, and fresh.
Sharla MaGuire was a superb secondary character, as she
attempted to teach the tricks of the trade to Jade, who
was not always the most apt pupil. Some of the scenarios
were real show stealers. As far as the ghostly Sir
Mitchell went, he was as arrogant and obnoxious dead as he
was in life providing a few chuckles here and there when
Jade grew more than exasperated with him!
The mystery of the true murderer, along with the scrapes
Jade and Gideon continued to land in throughout the story
made this a very fast-paced and sensually laden read.
Like me, especially if you love stories with ghosts, you
should be held fast and genuinely satisfied with author
Jocelyn Kelley's first entry in this new series and be
looking forward to more from the talented pen of this
Marilyn Rondeau, RIO - Reviewers International
Organization, for www.paranormalromance.com
Reviewed by Marilyn Rondeau
Posted August 11, 2007