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by Melissa Schroeder

Will desire be the answer or the ruin of an entire clan?

The Cursed Clan, Book 1

As Laird, Callum Lennon feels he has always failed to protect his cousins. Callum�s impulsiveness caused the death of his father and the experience has scarred not only his body, but his soul. From that point on, he made sure to always go with the more logical choice in…  See more details below


Will desire be the answer or the ruin of an entire clan?

The Cursed Clan, Book 1

As Laird, Callum Lennon feels he has always failed to protect his cousins. Callum�s impulsiveness caused the death of his father and the experience has scarred not only his body, but his soul. From that point on, he made sure to always go with the more logical choice in every matter. When his younger cousin Angus finds clues that might help break the curse, Callum begrudgingly hires Phoebe Chilton to investigate. Callum doesn�t like bringing outsiders into their family affairs. Their life would become fodder for the tabloids if anyone were to find out about the curse. It doesn�t help that the instant he meets Dr. Chilton he�s attracted. But, he doesn�t really have a choice because she might be their last hope.

An expert in archeology, Phoebe has always been dwarfed by her parents� shadow. Their high standards had her in college by thirteen and earning a second PhD by twenty-two. But her career and her broken marriage have left her needing something more than just diplomas and degrees. She wants to prove that her interest in legends, especially Celtic legends, is as important as her parents� work. When the Lennon family contacts her, she sees the opportunity to win a massive research grant. With a long-time rival breathing down her back, she jumps at the Blacks� offer her, hoping it will ensure her the grant. But uncovering the Black family secrets, and her attraction to Callum, could prove more than she can handle.

Forces outside the family are determined to ensure that they fail. When an old enemy threatens both the well being of the clan and the fragile new love, Callum will have to choose between believing his mind or his heart.

This is a sensual paranormal romance. It is approx 65000 words.

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They sexy paranormal world of the Cursed Clan is so unique and compelling, it's destined to enthrall readers and win hearts.

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Melissa Schroeder is the author of over 30 published short stories, novellas and novels, including the best selling Harmless series. In 2010, her erotic contemporary romance, A Little Harmless Sex, was named on of the 100 top selling Nook books of the year.
She is a military wife, former military brat, and is looking forward to her husband's retirement from the Air Force in a few years. Then, she will be able to live some place without bugs. She spends her free time reading far too many books, and watching 30 Rock reruns because she feels a kinship with Liz Lemon.
Callum is the first of a five book paranormal series featuring the Lennon family.
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Callum 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
TinaDo More than 1 year ago
I don't normally write reviews but I feel compelled to write one for this book. I will admit I am a HUGE Melissa Schroeder groupie. I have read every book she has published. She is always on my must read list but for some reason this book really spoke to me. It might be my favorite of all of her books. Callum is a great start to what will be another AMAZING Series from Melissa.
TheGeekyBlogger More than 1 year ago
Received for Review Overall Rating: 4.25 Character Rating: 4.00 Story Rating 4.50 First thought when finished: Holy Cow! This is going to be a fun series to read---just the right combo of story/romance! What I Loved: I really loved the story that is being laid for the 5 members of the Cursed Clan. Each of them is adorably lovable in their own unique way. Plus, I love when you can't wait to see the type of HEA that they will end up with. That being said, This is Callum and Phoebe's story and I loved it. I think their strong personalities and her little bit of unsureness in relationships was fun to watch play out. What I Liked: I really liked how the curse is playing into the overall storyline of the series. I liked that we didn't get all the answers but that you felt like Callum got his answer. Melissa managed to give a complete story yet leave some things yet to come. It is one of my favorite elements in series reading when an author does this successfully. She definitely pulled it off! What made me go huh? (explaining character rating): There were 2 times in this story I wanted to smack someone. First was every time Pheobe let her mind wander over to Callum instead of concentrating on the Diary. As a research nerd, I can tell you that frustrated me. However, hot guy in a room with you--it might be totally understandable LOL. The last time was on the very last page when Callum said "No one would believe you"--I thought he was past all that. I think he is but I still wanted to smack him and it did make me think a little less of him. The only reason I mention either of these is to explain why the character rating is 4.00. Neither of these incidents caused me to dislike either one of the characters! Final Thoughts: This was such a good read! For me, it was just the right amount of romance, story, and smexy. Not one element overwhelmed the others. I highly recommend this book!
jojoNE More than 1 year ago
Fans of sexy Scotsmen rejoice! Melissa Schroeder has created a brand new paranormal series where a clan cursed with immortality desperately tries to find an end to their curse and must rely on outsiders to find the answers. With this first book in the series we get not only a slew of drool-worthy heroes but a nice bit of high action and a ton of sexual tension with a few steamy sexual interludes. Callum has been the head of the clan since he was a boy and felt a great weight on him to protect his family, never doing anything to jeopardize their safety. It's led him to be overly cautious, never letting anyone fully into his life. Of all of them, he's the most serious and obsessed with business. At least until Dr. Phoebe Chilton enters his life. Phoebe was a child prodigy with an off the charts IQ who attended college as a teenager. She always did as her parents wanted, even when it came to who she married. After being made to feel like a failure in the marriage bed by her dying husband she decides she's had enough and takes on a project that will forever change her life. Upon meeting the rather obnoxious Callum, the sparks soon start flying. There's a silent war going on between the two of them while the attraction between them gets harder to fight. Once they finally give in their sexual encounters are extremely satisfying and well worth the wait. Seeing Callum relaxed was also well worth the wait and he just oozed charm. I definitely started falling in love with him at that point. Phoebe and Callum were a great match. They both had hard childhoods with the weight of the world on their shoulders. Only by finding each other could they find their happy ending even with the small bumps along the way. This was a story that started slowly, almost too slowly. Once it hit the mid-point though things really picked up to a fast-paced and exciting conclusion. The villain in this story was very stereotypical and didn't really have much of an impact until the latter half of the story. But once he made his presence known he added a good dose of excitement. What really made this story for me were the other members of the clan with their distinct looks and personalities. Among them was the studious Angus, the flirty Fletcher, and the poetic Logan. I loved each and every one of them and can't wait until they get their own stories and have to sacrifice for love. This was an entertaining story that started slow but gained momentum to a rip-roaring conclusion. There's a bit of intrigue to keep you waiting with bated breath for the next release and if the idea of a super sexy Scotsman with his sensual brogue doesn't tantalize you, I don't know what will. So all you lords and lassies should definitely put this on your reading list.
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SheriV More than 1 year ago
Melissa Schroeder’s new series The Cursed Clan is a departure from her normal erotic tales. The first book, Callum, introduces the Lennon family. Their laird Callum has had years of responsibility weighing him down. Enter Phoebe Chilton, a genius archeologist who’s never been able to live the life she wants. These two are perfect for each other but can’t see it without the help of his interfering family. Ms. Schroeder writes a brilliant sensual tale with an interesting paranormal twist. I can’t wait to read the next installments, if they are half as good as this story then I’ll be hooked from the first word.
Daheart More than 1 year ago
Callum Lennon who has very strong loyalty to his family and Dr, Phoebe Chilton who's parents have no such feelings for their only child. Well Callum is so much more then the love story I excepted.It is a story with suspense that has you talking to the people in the book. Love is blossoming between the two of them which is so very hard for them to accept, they distrust everyone. Callum & Phoebe have every right to mistrust people. Callum is a story with suspense that has you talking to the people in the book.Callum is trying to break the curse on his family, he needs Phoebe to break the code of the diary. Callum and his cousins are hoping she can.This is an exciting read!
Me_Timee More than 1 year ago
I read Callum and enjoyed every word of it, and posted a previous review here. I mistakenly thought I was reading a second book in the series and I would like to correct that. "Callum" is the first book in the series "The Cursed Clan" by talented writer Melissa Schroeder. I'm sorry I confused everyone, but then, I was confused myself and thought I had missed the beginning of the series. I didn't want to miss a single word because I enjoyed it so much.
Me_Time More than 1 year ago
Now I have to go back and read the first book. I am totally hooked, I loved this story. Melissa Schroeder really knows how to get you from the first paragraph. I was totally transported to McLennon Manor. I felt like I was there and fell in love with the characters immediately. That's why we read... right! We want to be carried away! You have to read this book, but don't start with the second one like I did. Buy "The Cursed Clan, #1" as well as "Cullum" and start at the beginning with "The Cursed Clan". You won't regret it.
PinkAngelTX More than 1 year ago
Callum Lennan is a responsibility-filled, serious, protective, wealthy Scotsman ~ you know, the type we all Love - strong and silent but filled with all kinds of emotions boiling right below the surface. Callum and his cousins, Angus, Fletcher, Logan, and Anice, have been cursed and they have recently come into possession of a diary that may contain the answers they have been seeking ~ for centuries ~ to reverse the curse. The snag: This diary is written in several languages and codes. Dr. Phoebe Chilton is the brilliant daughter of world famous English archeologists who is hired to decode the diary for the Lennans. College at age thirteen, fluent in five languages, and with an IQ so high that pretty much no one can complete with her intellengence. She comes from a loveless home life and loveless marriage and with a deep-seeded need to 'prove' herself to her parents. As you will read, Phoebe has a tad bit of baggage that she carries around with her, but her passion for research gives her the skills needed to help this family ~ if she can break through their air of secrecy and distrust. At the initial meeting between Callum and Phoebe, their attraction to one another takes them both by surprise; however, no matter how much Callum is attracted to Phoebe, he keeps his guard up for fear of having the family's secrets exposed. With a centuries-old feud still in place between Clans McLennan and McWalton, you can be sure there is plenty of intrigue in this romantic suspense offering from Melissa Schroeder. I referred to this book as 'romantic' but, do not get me wrong, there is plenty of 'hotness' to satisfy all of Melissa's usual erotic book readers. Melissa definitely knows how to draw her reader in and keep them involved throughout the entire story and I can hardly wait to read the upcoming "Angus" story.
In_My_Humble_OpinionDA More than 1 year ago
The Cursed Clan: Callum by Melissa Schroeder Callum Lennon is a cranky, reclusive, wealthy Scot with a problem. He and his cousins were cursed in the 1700’s. They have recently come into possession of a diary that may contain the way to break the curse. The problem is it is written in several languages and in code. Enter Phoebe Chilton. Phoebe is the daughter of famous archeologists, went to college at thirteen and is now a widow from a horrible marriage. She does however possess the skills to decode the diary. Sparks both good and bad fly between Phoebe and Callum from almost the instant they meet. I’ve read and enjoyed several of Ms. Schroeder’s erotic romances. This is not an erotic romance despite some very toasty scenes. I’d call it romantic suspense with a paranormal feature (the curse). That being said, I LOVED this story. Hot Scots, action, adventure, and mystery what’s not to love? Bring on Angus.
KittyKelly28 More than 1 year ago
As Seen on The Smutty Kitty: What a way to start a series! I really enjoyed this new one from Melissa Schroeder. I did something a little different this time and didn’t read ANYTHING about the book before I started it. It really changed the way I read the story. I had an idea of what the big family secret was but wasn’t sure until the end. This one was full of suspense and romance. I loved the Celtic legends aspect of it. I’ve always been into legends and mythology so this book kept me riveted the whole time. Callum and Phoebe fight the sexual tension for so long that when they finally do start the hook up process it’s more than either of them can take. I really enjoyed this one and I can’t wait for the next in the series. I don’t know when the next one is coming out but I can’t wait!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read to page 209 and gave up. not a thing happened or was discussed very boring couldnt finish. I read the other reviews. What were they reading beats me dont get this one its boring