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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2005

    Heads up for violent and graphic scenes...

    Twenty-six-year-old Chyna Marsh is a well known author of dark romances. Feeling the need to escape the big city, Chyna moves to Mystic Islands, New Jersey. The local residents quickly begin filling her head with tales of Old Rocky Road which is said to be haunted, a witch that lives in the lighthouse, and of the graveyard covered in the bones of the witch's victims. Chyna decides to go exploring and meets Elaine Grayson. Elaine's last name startles Chyna, because Chyna's dreams have been filled lately with the dark image of a handsome man named Quinn Grayson. Finding out that Quinn is real and Elaine's brother is shocking, but Chyna finds her herself attracted to his brother, Kirk. ............................................. Quinn Grayson is obsessed with Chyna. He pays the old witch well for potions and spells to destroy her home and lure her into his. He never imagines that she would look beyond his handsome face and spy the evil beast within. Nor does it cross his mind that she may see beyond his brother's grotesque face to the kind man beneath. ............................................. Kirk Grayson's face is twisted with deep scars due to a car wreck ten years before. The wreck killed his parents. Kirk's guilt refuses to let him seek help with cosmetic surgery. He prefers to dwell in the shadows and live in the basement of the family's mansion, where he thinks a monster, such as himself, should reside. When beautiful Chyna makes advances toward him, Kirk believes her to be toying with him. For how could such a lovely lady stand to look upon the face of a monster? .................................................................... ...................... *** This dark romance came across to me as the fond, old gothics used to. Within these pages I found magic, witches with spells, obsession, betrayal, and love ever-lasting. However, be warned that there is one violent and graphic scene where the heroine is taken against her will. Some readers avoid books with any scenes such as this one. There are also times that I found myself wanting to kick Kirk in the shin for his gullible tendencies. He came across as immature a few times. If you love the tale of 'Beauty and the Beast', then you will enjoy this dark dream come true. Well done. ***

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