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The Shadows of Stormclyffe Hall
     

The Shadows of Stormclyffe Hall

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by Lauren Smith
 

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Bastian Carlisle, the Earl of Weymouth, doesn't believe in ghosts. Even though tragedy and mysterious hauntings have driven his family away from his ancestral home, Stormclyffe Hall, he is determined to restore the castle to its former glory. His plans are disrupted when a stubborn American shows up on his doorstep hoping to pry into his family's tragic history.

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Bastian Carlisle, the Earl of Weymouth, doesn't believe in ghosts. Even though tragedy and mysterious hauntings have driven his family away from his ancestral home, Stormclyffe Hall, he is determined to restore the castle to its former glory. His plans are disrupted when a stubborn American shows up on his doorstep hoping to pry into his family's tragic history.

Jane Seyton, an American graduate student, is convinced there's more to the tragedy of Stormclyffe Hall than history claims. Ever the scholar, she is determined to discover the truth, even if it means putting up with the arrogant, yet sexy, Bastian.

Although Bastian wants nothing to do with the pushy American, it soon becomes clear that something evil is in the house-and that something is targeting both Jane and Bastian. The two must join forces to purge the ghosts of Stormclyffe Hall once and for all-even as they try to fight a physical attraction between them that grows more and more impossible to deny.

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ISBN-13:
9781682813317
Publisher:
Entangled Publishing
Publication date:
09/29/2014
Pages:
230
Sales rank:
1,046,379
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.99(h) x 0.52(d)

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The Shadows of Stormclyffe Hall 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
Nicola_1202 More than 1 year ago
"Evil rules the castle. Stalks the halls and torments those who dare to live inside." I was drawn to The Shadows of Stormclyffe Hall from the moment I read the synopsis. The mystery, the history, the ghostly happenings, the noble gent and the scholar - it appealed on so many levels and not for one second did it disappoint. When Jane Seyton arrives at Stormclyffe desperate to discover its secrets, Sebastian Carlisle, ninth Earl of Weymouth is far from impressed; the last thing he needs is a nosy American woman prying into his family history when he is trying to restore his home to it's former glory. The Carlisle name may have been plagued by tragedy, however he doesn't believe it to be anything more sinister than devastating bad luck. But Jane unleashes something from deep within the castle walls and from Bastian, and it soon becomes apparent that there is more to the bloody history of his home than he could've imagined. The past and the present collide. "...the place was shrouded in tragedy and its stones soaked with innocent blood." This book is like nothing I've ever read. Lauren Smith has written an enthralling modern paranormal romance with a historical atmosphere and twist. Her words captivate, transporting you to idyllic Southwest England and to a castle which is as eerie and haunting as it is bewitching and beautiful. Every image and scene set is so visually descriptive that the reader will live and breathe Jane and Bastian's journey. They have a chemistry which is magnetic, and both were characters I adored. "I've had the most wicked thoughts about you. I'm betting a few of them are illegal in some countries." The romance seduced me, the paranormal spooked me and with flashbacks to the 1800's detailing the story of Bastian's ancestor Richard and his love Isabelle, the history and happenings of Stormclyffe Hall bewitched me. It's an extraordinary start to the Dark Seductions series and I can't wait to see where Lauren takes it next. Reviewed for Read Your Writes Book Reviews. Copy received courtesy of Entangled Publishing via NetGalley for an honest and unbiased opinion.
-Aimee22- More than 1 year ago
Wow! It's been a while since I read an awesome Gothic romance like this! It's almost like a PNR and Historical wrapped up in one pretty thrilling package. A family curse, a haunted man, a broken woman, ghosts . . . or are they? Fantastic. I sat on the edge, waiting and watching to see what would happen at the next turn. This isn't just a modern day love story but one that spans centuries--one that breeds from tragedy. Ugh! Slay my heart! I seriously get goosebumps thinking about it. Bastian, makes for one super hot and dominant hero. He is an Earl after all. I loved him one minute and wanted to throttle him the next, but don't get me wrong I fell for him every second along the way. There's just something about him and I craved more. Sometimes, he even took me by surprise and well *fans myself* . . . you have to read it for yourself. ;) I loved Jane too. She was real with natural flaws. However, she was still determined, intelligent, and strong willed. But, the way they found out the secrets to Stormclyffe . . . well, let's just say it's quite eerie and brutally steamy at the same time. ;) The author really managed to pull that together well. I'm so excited that this will be a series. The incredible writing combined with the beautiful prose was very moving. Awesome! Can't wait to read the next.
Mirabelle8 More than 1 year ago
My review: Spellbinding! 6 stars OMG I just finished, a modern Gothic romance, The Shadows of Stormclyffe Hall, written by Lauren Smith, her first book in the Dark Seductions series. This novel completely captivated me! Even, if, it's a dark novel, tenderness and seduction were still very present. It's a real page turner, couldn't stop myself from reading it, I'm still mesmerized and under the spell of the dark and sensual chemistry of her characters, Sebastian and Jane. The words that this author used were so poetic that I fell under its spell. The pacing was at the right rhythm to get me in the right atmosphere, gradually pulling me in and getting me sitting at the edge of my seat. I read it in one day! A young woman, named Jane had a fascination or obsession about the Weymouth family's ancestors. So she decides to meet Sebastian Carlisle, the ninth Earl of Weymouth to write a dissertation about the strange events that occurred at his castle. As soon as she meets him, a strange feeling of déjà-vu haunts her! Sebastian is a strange man hiding dark secrets that he doesn't want to share, not, even with Jane. The man, is dark, sexy and fascinating! While researching his family, she discovers that the unexplained occurrences seemed only related to the women who had married into the Weymouth family. Where these brave souls cursed? Was there evil lurking in his castle or was her mind playing tricks on her? Her obsession grew to the point; she had to find the answers about Sebastian's dark secrets. But, was she falling for him? Was he falling for her too? Can she save him from evil? Does she really have a connection with him? If you love a modern Gothic romance with a touch of paranormal, then this book is perfect for you! I can't wait to read Ms. Smith's next book in this new series. I strongly recommend The Shadows of Stormclyffe Hall for having me discover what modern Gothic romance is really about. Even, if it's a dark novel, tenderness and seduction were still very present. I can't wait to read Ms. Smith's next book in this new series.Thank you Lauren Smith for your excellent novel!
2_PMVH More than 1 year ago
In the early 1800s, Richard Carlisle, the Earl of Weymouth, shocked all when he married an innkeeper's daughter, Isabelle, & a local woman, Cordelia, was insanely jealous & felt scorned, so she cursed all Carlisle males. Their pure love was so powerful, all encompassing & unbreakable, but after Isabelle gave birth to their only child, she mysteriously jumped over the cliff & Richard felt his heart ripped out his chest, drank 24/7 & then he disappeared with only a shattered left in his place. For 6 long years, sassy southern grad student Jane Seton has lived, breathed, ate & slept all the things Stormclyffe Hall. She has study the tragic history of Stormclyffe Hall & how it affected the village of Weymouth for her PhD dissertation. Once she looked at an old photo of Stormclyffe Hall, she felt this invisible pull & became so obsessed with it, that her fiancé ditched her & her nightly terrors started. Now all she has to do is get the Earl of Weymouth to open the Hall & family history to her! Sebastian, Bastian, Carlisle, the Earl of Weymouth, hides behind his scandalous rogue reputation for fast cars & even faster women, but he's actually lonely, super intelligent & over the last 6 years has felt compelled to bring the Hall back to it's original glory. He is also honoring his dead grandma's words, "What once was broken must be mended!" & no more so called family accidents. So that is why he is living in absolutely REMOLDING HADES & everything that could go wrong has gone wrong, so when an American historian shows up uninvited, he gets PISSED & can't wait to toss her back across he Atlantic! As Bastian walks into the drawing room, he sees the portrait of Isabelle & when Jane turns around, it like looking at Isabelle's twin & Jane seems just as shocked at the resemblance. Bastian has no time for her nonsense & he refuses her request to stay, but Jane pleads with him & offers to help in any way she can. As they stare at 1 other, a strange blinding light fills the room & they just attack each other, like they are on a powerful aphrodisiac on steriods, as Bastian slams her against the wall, his pantie dropping kisses make her girlie parts explode, as his strokes her to ecstasy & the next thing they know they wake up on he floor. Bastian & Jane felt possessed, helpless & living out someone else memories, so instead of a sexual harassment case, Jane is welcomed into his cursed home, but the family archives are off limits, so when Richard's mystical dairy seems to mysteriously FINDS her, her lips are sealed. Supernatural mayhem erupts, as the restless spirits seem to influence the shadows that invade the eerie Hall, otherworldly happenings go on overdrive, Jane's nightmares seem to be saying something & Richard's mysterious dairy acts like a dusty Fairy Godthingie, as it continues to pop open & change its locations. Destiny gives them both a much needed beotch slap, their self-restraint crumbles, Jane wants to lick Bastian like a lollipop & Bastian keeps igniting an uncontrollable forest fire between her legs! Can they solve the curse before it's to late? Will Jane's nightmares hold the key? When will Bastian accept that Jane is his 1 & only? Can they keep their clothes on long enough to drop kick evil's a$$? Is their love strong enough to banish the evil in Stormclyffe Hall? Most importantly, can I kick the witch's bootie back to hell? I have been a huge fan of Ms. Smith since I read the 1st book from her League of Rogues series, Wicked Designs. She hook me with that hilarious historical romance, so I was scared that this gothic read wouldn't work for me, but she still made me leap before I looked with this paranormal ride. Jane was a true southern girl with her sassiness, determination & her need to take each challenge by the horns, until it submitted to her will. Jane did have an inner BAD GIRL, but the inner Jane finally got to play with sex-on-a-yummy-stick Bastian. Bastian had an inner Knight-in-shining-armor that was tarnished due to lack of use, but Jane made him want to whipped out the Brasso (with a lot of help from Randolph) & polish it until it shined! I also love the dusty Fairy Godthingie, Richard's dairy, & I mean is that a original, kooky & strange character, but also adorable on so many levels! This book also had my 1st ghostly possession pantie dropping scene, so thanks for popping that cherry for me, Ms. Smith! The utterly decadent, hard up against many walls & passions erupting like a geyser made my tablet spark, sizzle & I am so glad I restocked my FIRE EXTINGUISHERS, before I cracked open this romance of NAUGHTINESS! Bastian & Jane were COMPELLED to go to Stormclyffe Hall & didn't know why, but they had to go there so they could freely breath! Ms. Smith also made me insanely obsessed, while I read this tale & I couldn't put it down, so no potty or snack breaks! Ms. Smith can weave a spooky tale filled with things that go bumping down the castle halls, creepy shadows so real (my nightlight was on, but rat me out) that send chills down my spine, dragged me (out from under my blanket) into the ghostly quest! Ms. Smith totally earns my top score of 5 fingers up & 10 toes for a paranormal ride filled with intrigue mysteries, some evil a$$ kicking, many orgasmic moans galore & I so WANT more of these Dark Seduction books, ASAP! This ARC given for my honest review.
Asiandra More than 1 year ago
I have to tell you guys, I'm pretty pumped about this new release. Lauren was nice enough to shoot me an advance copy of her new paranormal gothic romance and I knocked in back in just a little over twenty-four hours. (Probably would have been less if real life would have cooperated. Alas, my boss and my family aren't always as understand of my need to keep my nose buried in a book. :) ) What's great about this story is the way Lauren took her exceptional historical romance skills and fold them nicely into paranormal, contemporary, and suspense. It's a romance, no doubt. (Complete with steamy chemistry between the hero and heroine.) But it's also got a delicious darkness to it. She does an amazing job of ensuring you experience every setting as though you're there. The snapping winds of the cliffs, the whispers of history in the estate's rooms... Yeah, Lauren doesn't skimp with the details. Highly recommend this book, especially if you like things that go bump in the night. (And yes, you can take that pun whichever way you like it, they both apply.)
MoniqueD More than 1 year ago
It all started in the 19th century, when the Earl of Weymouth, Richard Carlisle married a commoner, Isabelle Braxton. Both died under mysterious circumstances and it is said that the ghost of Isabelle still haunts the castle. Jane Seyton is writing her Ph.D. dissertation on Stormclyffe Hall; besides her academic interest, the whole story fascinates her personally. She’s asked the current Earl, Bastian Carlisle, to have a look at his personal documents. He’s very much reticent, but upon seeing Jayne – who is not the bookish nerd he expected – he agrees to let her have a look and stay at his castle for a short time.  Jane had been having nightmares, which are getting worse once she’s at Stormclyffe Hall, but she soon discovers they’re much more than that! THE SHADOWS OF STORMCLYFFE HALL is the first book in the Dark Seductions series, it definitely qualifies as a modern Gothic novel and it’s superb! At times, I literally had goose bumps! And it’s so, so, so beautifully written! The writing is fluid, elegant, and modern at the same time, the characters are well developed, and there are twists and turns that will make your head spin – in a good way! Excellent! I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story was exactly what I love to read: old English countryside romance with a present day ghost story!!! Lauren Smith did a great job! Can't wait for her next book!!!!!
ToryMichaels More than 1 year ago
This was a book that, for me, hit just about every single high point a book can. There was paranormal elements (ghosts-both good and bad, along with witches and magic), a romance between characters you can actually root for, and a beautiful, ancient castle as the backdrop. The bad: It ended. BUT...it ended in absolutely the right spot. All plots were resolved, all characters who needed a happy ending got them, and I left the story on an upbeat note. The good: Pretty much every danged thing. I remember a faint disbelief point early in the book, but it wasn't enough to knock me out of the world, and I don't remember WHAT dinged at me at this point. Jane's cool and absolutely devoted to finishing her PhD, which brings her to the Hall (that pesky need for primary sources that historians have such trouble finding at times). This puts her in direct conflict with Bastian, who has only recently returned to the Hall and is hoping to pretty much bury the castle's (and his family's) reputation as being cursed, so he's not really thrilled with anyone (but particularly an American who has no big grasp on the whole member of the nobility thing) digging around in his family's home. The secondary plot (non-romance plot) was pretty great as well. I loved the diary that kept moving around and it was heartbreaking at some points to see the original cursed earl and his response to the loss of his beloved wife (it's in the prologue, so it's not a spoiler that his wife suicides). I simply cannot think up enough good words for this book. 5 gargoyles for me and I want more from Ms. Smith! Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
KimberlyDawn55 More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I have read by Lauren Smith. This was one of those hard to put down books. Bastian Carlisle is determined to restore Stormclyffe Hall. Jane Seyton wants to learn the truth about the history of Stormclyffe Hall. They both realize there is something evil in this castle, and it is targeting them. As they work to get rid of the ghosts, they are fighting their attraction to each other. Truly enjoyed reading as they work together. Excellent book!
Mennina1 More than 1 year ago
Jane is determined to figure out the ancestry of Stormclyffe Hall. She is drawn to the place, even though she can't describe why. Bastian is doing everything he can to stop someone from finding the family secrets, and saving his own life. Someone is after him and his ancestors and nobody can explain why. There is a family story where his ancestors lost their lives and nothing has been the same sense. If his male ancestors live in the walls of Stormclyffe Hall they will meet an untimely fate. Jane seems to be the key to unlocking the mystery but will Bastian trust her to look into the family secrets? I did like this book. I always like a little mystery thrown in with some good romance. The author did a great job of weaving the tale. I was provided a copy of this book for my honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the mix of mystery and romance. Great entertaining book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Spellbinding tale of love. This was the first Gothic romance I've ever read, and I can say it won't be my last. Ms. Smith with her words painted a richly, deep story that pulls the reader in from the first page not letting go until the final sentence. Highly recommend for an enjoyable yet unique romantic read.
bouncyberthaCR More than 1 year ago
3.5 - "What once was broken must be mended." Stars. Entangled Publishing seems to have hit a rich and diverse seam of talent lately with regards to their current PNR releases. The last couple of months have been a veritable buffet of tempting treats for the discerning reader! The Shadows of Stormclyffe Hall is no exception, and what makes it even more appealing to me is that it is the start of a new series (Dark Seductions) as well. Lauren Smith is a new author to me, but after finishing this book I would happily pick up anything else she has written without any worry about its contents or the quality contained therein. ”Any woman who dares to love a man of Carlisle blood has met a bloody end.” I loved this story, in the modern day you have Bastian Carlisle, current Earl of Weymouth, and Jane Seyton, the American Graduate Student who is trying to access his private family archive in order to finish off her dissertation. Bastian is disinclined to allow Jane the access she requires and even more reluctant to let her spend time at Stormclyffe Hall, in view of the rumors circulating about everything that may or may not have gone on there in the past and currently. It becomes clear very quickly that the Hall itself and the spirits and secrets contained in its walls and grounds have very different ideas for Bastian and Jane. ”I’ve lived my life on bad ideas, and it hasn’t failed me yet.” There is a concurrent running love story and familial mystery running through Bastian and Jane’s tale, and we are transported back to the early eighteen hundreds regularly, to follow the coming together and falling in love of the previous Earl; Richard Carlisle and his Isabelle, their story is one of death, witch-craft and tragedy, and it had this reader sniffling into a tissue a couple of times as well. I loved how the past and the present comingled to produce this unique and absorbing book. I haven’t read anything quite like it before. ”Surrender to me, love. Ease this ache of mine, my broken heart.” If you are looking for a love story, with a little intrigue, a lot of emotion, and you aren’t afraid of the dark, things that go bump in the night and some general hocus pocus. Then I urge you to give The Shadows of Stormclyffe Hall a try. ”Brave little bookworm.” ARC generously provided via Netgalley, in exchange for the above honest review.
BookReview4you 4 days ago
'The Shadows of Stormclyffe Hall' by Lauren Smith is the story of Sebastian 'Bastian' Carlisle, the Earl of Weymouth and Jane Seyton. Jane is an American Historical Student who besides needing to finish a paper about Stormclyffe Hall also wants to do research for her on personal reasons. Jane has been taking with the Stormclyfee Hall for about six years. The dreams she has of Stormclyfee Hall have also caused a broken engagement for her. So she goes forward with getting close to Stormclyfee for her research. But Bastian is adamant about not having her look at the families personal papers. Bastian has come to Stormclyffe Hall a few months ago to start trying to fix the home back up after such a long time of it being left alone. Bastian has been thinking of the Hall for several years but didn't move forward with going there until now. The town's people swear the house is haunted and Bastian has seen strange things happening there. When he learns that Jane is coming he set his mind to dismissing her and keeping the family personal things off limit to her. But from the start he finds he is drawn to her but still tries to keep with his plan. The Hall is surrounded with mystery at what caused the death of Isabelle and Richard the original owners and family members. This was such an exciting story from the start...I couldn't put it down. Loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was such a spellbinding story. Spirits haunting the castle, evil ones and long ago lovers separated for all time. This was such a entertaining love story through it all. I hope there is a second book in this series soon. It was great.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why buy the book when these stupid reviews ruin it for the reader? Why does this continue?
WatchMeSetAfire More than 1 year ago
I received a free copy for my honest review thru Lovers of Paranormal. It was a sad but beautiful dark paranormal romance. In this story Jane wants to know more about the castle & history of Bastian Carlisle (the current earl of Weymouth) but the darkness surrounded both in & around the castle don't like her doing so. I love how we were transformed back into the 1800's throughout this story. There is mystery, suspense & romance. I loved the plot & characters. This dark paranormal was a great read and I would like to Thank Lauren Smith for letting me read & review her awesome story I loved it & can't wait to read more of your books...
shibby More than 1 year ago
An Engaging Gothic Romance ***I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the Goodreads group Lovers of Paranormal, or LOP.*** A haunted castle on a cliff in England, a family curse, and a beautiful man with a British accent.  Yep, this book has everything I'm looking for.  Jane is an American graduate student inexplicably drawn to Stormclyffe Hall and its dark history.  She needs to visit the castle in order to find documents to support her doctoral thesis, and she's not going to let anyone stand in the way of her solving the mystery surrounding the apparently cursed family.  Bastian is determined to finish his father's work of restoring his home to its former glory.  He is protective of its past and the secrets hidden within its walls.  The chemistry between the two is great, and there are legitimately creepy scenes throughout the book.  I loved this one and will definitely check out more of the author's work.
hanras More than 1 year ago
A very intriging read! The mystery pulls you in, starting with Isabelle and her disappearence on the cliffs. Then Jane is dead set on solving the mystery many years later. But the current Lord of Weymouth has other ideas and feeling, and some not of his own. The shadows have their own agenda. Can Bastian and Jane tackle the shadows and find out the truth? Great read!
DPonder More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of Stormclyffe Hall in exchange for an honest review. I have to say I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. I don't typically read romantic suspense but this was a delightful blend of romance, paranormal, and suspense. I devoured it in one day. I truly did not want to put it down. The main characters were believable and their motivation was thought out. The paranormal elements were not over the top and kept my interest and there was just enough suspense to raise the hair on my arms a couple of times. I would definitely recommend this book!
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greekgoddess422 More than 1 year ago
not enough stars for this it is beyond 10 starts this story has you hooked from the first page. actually the first paragraph. it is about an earl that his family is cursed for 200 yrs It tells of a story that has a castle haunted by evil, a ghost , mysterious happing's. A witch that has put a curse on the castle and the male heir. It tells about a lady that killed the earl and but a spell on the earls wife in the 1800 a saying in the story is and it keeps on repeating itself is " what is broken must be fixed". both the Earl Robert and the countess Isabella come back to present day to help the hero and h
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
Bastian Carlisle, the present Earl of Weymouth, is restoring Stormclyffe Hall. He's doing this in honor of his father and all his ancestors. Their family is cursed. Death and heartbreak have been their constant companion. When American graduate student, Jane Seyton, approaches Bastian about researching the family records for her dissertation. He hates the idea and wants her gone. Why does he feel such a strong connection to Jane? How will the ghosts and the evil that reside at Stormclyffe react? This is a compelling gothic romance. Bastian and Jane are an intense couple. Their love-hate relationship is powerful and sensual. Lauren Smith handles the interwoven story lines of the past and present with a deft touch. I was drawn to the romance of Richard Carlisle and his true love, Isabelle. Their murders in the early 1800s were the beginning of the curse. This book has it all revenge, romance and unspeakable evil. I couldn't put this book down. It's a roller coaster ride filled with the paranormal and many frightening occurrences. I enjoyed The Shadows of Stormclyffe Hall. A perfect Halloween treat.
LoriH-6 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book by Lauren Smith. It was my first time reading anything by this author and I look forward to reading more from her. It was an interesting mix of mystery, suspense, paranormal and modern day settings with a historical feel to it. Our Heroine investigates a historical home with which she has an unusual connection to. It is there she meets the owner and the Hero of the book which she also has a strong connection to. I will not give away any spoilers to any who haven't read it yet. This was a good book and I would recommend it to any who likes a fast paced book with a Happily Ever After.