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Phantom Pleasures
     

Phantom Pleasures

3.8 9
by Julie Leto
 

A hotel developer who wants to turn an abandoned island into an exclusive resort unwittingly unleashes a phantom cursed centuries ago-a spectral man who turns her secret desires into reality...

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Phantom Pleasures 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
WolfFaerie17 More than 1 year ago
Alexa Chandler, an heiress to wealthy chain of hotels, has spent more time doing busines than looking for love in her life especially since being in a car accident. Alexa's stepbrother Jacob is the only part of her family that is left. Alexa's best friend Catalina (Cat) Reyes is a paranormal researcher and investigator. Alexa appears to have inherited an island along with a castle that is Romani in origin. Alexa needs Cat to discover the history of the castle. Cat travels to Texas to search for famous Romani expert Dr. Paschal Rousseau only to learn that he's been kidnapped according to his son Dr. Ben Rousseau. Meanwhile Alexa is intrigued by a painting in the castle of a most handsome man. Alexa could never have dreamed what would happen next. Damon Forsyth was trapped inside a painting in 1747 by Lord Rogan and freed by Alexa. Damon takes form in front of Alexa and is stunned by her beauty and mind. When Alexa realizes how much of life she's been missing out on thanks to Damon. She wants to help Damon win his freedom from the castle. Jacob is caught up in serious trouble that want to control the magic apart of the castle. Will Dr. Paschal Rousseau be found? Can Cat and Ben work together? Can Alexa help Damon? Will Damon admit his feelings for Alexa? What trouble is Jacob in? Your answers await you in Phantom Pleasures. I really love a good mystery that includes cursed objects and phantoms come to life! This book seemed to be packed full of mystery from first page to the last page. This book was full of lore and intrigue which fascinate me on many levels. I thought the author did an excellent job of crafting such a clever story chalked full of mystery, suspense, and hot men. I will definitely continue to read more of this series.
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jwise406 More than 1 year ago
The sketchy ratings made me hesitate to buy this book, but in desperationg for something new, I went ahead. Boy am I glad I did! Based on the synopsis, I expectedly a lot of dry history in parts of the books. I should have known better. Julie Leto has a fantastic way with words. The book moves so quickly you almost expect to get dizzy, but you can't quit reading. If anything about the synopsis appeals to you, do NOT hesitate to start reading.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1747 in Valoren just outside Germany, the Forsyth brothers rush to a Gypsy encampment to save their sister Sarina from ruin. Instead of rescuing her, they are turned into statues by some magical curse.------------ Over two and half centuries later, affluent businesswoman Alexa Chandler learns that her late father left her Isla de Fantasmas, an island off Florida, that includes a partially reconstructed German castle in which the stones were transported from Europe. She thinks she can convert the place into an exclusive hotel. However, Alexa soon learns of a phantom that haunts her castle. Alexa asks her best friend, paranormal researcher Catalina Reyes to help the ghost who becomes physical at night. Damon Forsythe is fascinated by the independent Alexa, He feels with her and Cat helping him, he might escape the curse, but assumes the cost is no longer interacting with his beloved Alexa.------------ This is a terrific opening paranormal romance that for the most part occurs in 2008, but also details what happened in 1747. The story line is fast-paced from the onset, but accelerates once the female developer realizes that when the castle was moved from Germany to the Florida isle a ghost was brought with it. A secondary plot involving Cat and a Romany scholar Ben augment this pleasurable tale starring the phantom of the castle and the woman whose love gives him hope.--------- Harriet Klausner