"Riveting! This story has it all - fantasy, suspense, humor and passion"
To say that A DARK AND STORMY NIGHT knocked my socks
of is an understatement. This is the book has a special
place on my keeper shelf. It opened up the world of
paranormal romance for me, and I will never forget it. I do
so miss the darker series paranormals, I hope they will
For fifteen years Jamie O'Neal had lived a solitary
existence in Maine, on a tiny spit of land reaching out
into the turbulent North Atlantic. Fifteen years since he'd
lost his family to a storm like the one now brewing.
Fifteen years since he'd lost his soul, discovered he was
cursed. Alone he would remain until the sea reclaimed him
and ended his painful existence.
Something about storms appealed to Katy Flynn's passionate
nature. However she wasn't enjoying this one. She'd taken a
gamble that the morning's weather report would prove to be
inaccurate. She was driving along the coast of Maine, in
the middle of nowhere, when high winds preceding Hurricane
Margo felled a tree which cut her off from the highway
ahead. The way back was deserted for miles, and it looked
like Katy would need shelter very soon. A white flash draws
her attention to a narrow track to the side. It appeared to
be her only option. The two mailboxes at its mouth promised
at least a summer cottage or two along its path. Further
down, the road forked. One branch let back to the highway,
no doubt circumventing the obstruction, the other was
rutted, leading off into the distance. Another flash! Katy
chose the road less traveled.
It began to pour. Katy stopped when she reached the
headlands. To the north was refuge, a large stone house. As
she returned to her car something in the water beneath the
cliffs caught her attention. She experiences a jolt of fear
for the seal with the mesmerizing eyes that capture hers.
It would have to fend for itself, as would she. The road
seemed endless. Tired and hungry, she put on a burst of
speed in spite of the poor road conditions. Another flash,
and Katy brought the car to an abrupt stop. Her car is
teetering on the edge of a cliff! Before she can despair, a
disembodied voice calls out to her.
Her savior is not welcoming. Brusque to the point of
rudeness, O'Neal did not want her there. Though he's just
saved her life, he made her angrier than she'd ever been.
She should leave as soon as possible. But she knew she
wouldn't. Even in anger, his Irish lilt sang to her soul.
His beautiful visage, with seal dark hair and eyes the
color of a stormy sea, stole her breath. But it was the
bleakness of those eyes that called to her heart. He had
suffered. Never before had a man stirred her in this way.
She would stay...for him.
O'Neal cursed the intruder, with her red hair, lush body,
fiery temper and lovely freckled face. Irish, of course!
Katy Flynn was his every fantasy rolled into one. He wanted
her. That's why he had to get rid of her. No woman could be
expected to share the wretched half life that he led. But
when the weather postponed her departure, he could not deny
the inevitable outcome. He would have her.
Katy's unexpected arrival disturbs more than the master of
the house. Sinister forces are at work within the stone
walls of O'Neal's home. It would take a trio of benevolent
ghosts, and Katy's unconditional love, to save their lives
and Jamie's soul. She would learn his secret. Would she
find it a curse............or a blessing?
Who wishes to do them both harm? Who are the ghosts, and
why have they thrown these two together? What is O'Neal's
secret, and why must it keep them apart? Suspense if rife
in this contemporary gothic style romance. A DARK AND
STORMY NIGHT is riveting, impossible to put down until the
last page is read. Very highly recommended.
Copyright © 2002
Reviewed by Leslie Tramposch
Posted October 9, 2002