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Posted June 28, 2012
What a quirky and hilarious story. I couldnt stop laughing and cheering. Sebastian and Kailyn were rich full characters and had great chemistry. Even the ghosts were well written and showed personality. My favorite scene involved a "runaway carnival seat" it was a great scene. I loved the story and can't wait to read more by Margaret Breashears and Donna Helmedag.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 2, 2012
Crazy Ghosts and Peanut Butter!
The main premise of this book is that Spencer Markham has one week to convince Kailyn Baker to marry him. There is a ghost that wants them to be married (Lady Anne) and a ghost that doesn’t (Lady Desdemona). The future of the estate and all the families connected to it depend on Spencer marrying the girl that Lady Anne picks for him. If he chooses the girl Lady Desdemona picks for him, his estate will fall to ruins and bad luck will follow all those associated with him.
Kailyn doesn’t believe in ghosts, but she cannot disprove Spencer’s account of the mysterious things happening. She is also not looking to get married anytime in the near future, especially to someone she doesn’t know or love. The ghosts keep doing strange things to her, so she decides to dive in and fight them.
I had a difficult time fighting with the believability factor in this book. Kailyn is an educated woman who is on a job interview for an engineering position. She is trapped into staying a week, dressing in old gowns, and playing along with Spencer if she wants the job. That is the first big problem I had. Why in the world would she do that? It’s not like his job is the only job in the world and if he is being bizarre before she gets the job, can you imagine what is in store for her after she gets it? When it came to the actual fighting of the ghosts, I thought she would come up with some really cool electronic type thing. Instead, they search the internet and come up with fighting ghosts with such things like peanut butter and honey.
Although I didn’t find this book intellectually stimulating, the authors may have been going for the wacky, crazy crowd that like fighting ghosts with cell phones and slime.
** Note **
I received this book free from LibraryThing early Reviewers program and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I received no chocolate or any other compensation in exchange for my review.
Posted May 29, 2012
Kooky ghost story. Spencer Markham has a problem. Actually two problems—warring spirits who inhabit his castle and will determine his future. If he marries the right woman, the one chosen by ghostly Lady Anne, he'll have good fortune and a happy life. If he does not choose wisely, Lady Anne's nemesis, Desdemona, will make sure his fortune fails, bad things happen and then he'll die young.
Enter Kailyn Baker who thinks she's on an engineering job interview. Little does she know that her best friend set her up. Unbeknownst to Kailyn, she's really at Spencer's castle to enter into a competition to be his bride. Spencer tries to convince her she's Lady Anne's choice. Since Kailyn doesn't believe in ghosts, she makes a deal. She'll compete, but if she disproves the ghosts' existence, she gets the restoration gig. Lady Anne and Desdemona have other ideas.
The story has an interesting premise. At times, it is funny and a little wacky. Some of the competitors are particularly nasty—either their nature or aided by Desdemona. The pacing was a little slow. I thought Spencer should have just stopped the competition and made his choice instead of letting the trials go on and on and endangering Kailyn as well as himself. The ending is satisfying if somewhat unconventional.
Posted May 15, 2012
Things Kailyn and Spencer had in common: both stubborn as hell, both talented in their engineering and both too ornery to give up. She was lead to England on an interview for historic restoration. He
needs a wife and quick plus he will die if he picks the wrong woman. No pressure.
Kailyn is set up for the interview by a friend, Spencer really does need someone to help restore Ryne Castle, although it wasn’t supposed to be his problem. However, older brother Sebastian picked the
WRONG GIRL and wrapped his car around a tree. Ghost involvement has been part of the castle’s history since Desdemona pushed Lady Anne off the turret about 300 years ago. Lady Anne brings a calming green light to things, Desdemona is a vibrant red because she’s always mad as hell.
No one bothered to mention to Kailyn that the entire week is filled with tasks, parties, riding, dancing and all things Medieval so that Spencer can choose his bride. Actually, Lady Anne is the chooser but
Most don’t know that part. A competition between women is never pretty but this one is nastier than most with the help of the resident ghostesses. There is also a “buried” treasure to be found that
has been missing for decades.
A fun novel by two excellent ladies: Margaret Breashears and Donna Helmdag. I got it in e-book form and it could be the perfect camping tale what with the ghosts and stuff. An excellent plot and very believable characters!
Posted May 12, 2012
I won this book from LibraryThing’s giveaway. This was such a fun story. I found myself laughing at all the antics going on and rooting for Spencer and Kailyn. Kailyn Baker is in London on a job interview for the company she works for. She’s an engineer and will do about anything to get this new position. Spencer Markham is an architect that owns his own company, and the Earl of Ryne. He has to find a bride to break the curse that is haunting his family, literally. Twenty women have been brought to his castle to choose from and Kailyn has been picked by Lady Anne, a ghost of the family, to be his wife. Desdemona is an evil ghost that wants what she feels is hers and will continue to make things tough for all those around her. But, will Kailyn agree to marry Spencer and help to break the curse? Does Spencer even know how to love? This really was a treat to read. This was wonderfully written.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 10, 2012
I have to admit up front that had I not been asked to review this book, I probably would have overlooked it completely. I'm not big on ghost stories, but I fell in love with this story right off the bat.
Kailyn is tricked by her best friend to go to Ryne for a job interview with a prestigious architecture firm. Unfortunately, Spencer Markham isn't looking for an architect, he's looking for a bride. One that Lady Anne, one of two ghosts who live in Ryne Castle, approves of for him. Kailyn doesn't believe in ghosts and is determined to prove that Markham is messing around, so she agrees to stay for a week.
The story is a great mix of paranormal and romance with more emphasis on the romance with the paranormal being a secondary feature. I think that if you like romance, even if you don't care for the paranormal, you'll still enjoy this book.
<i>This book was provided in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own and have not been influenced by the author or publisher</i>
Posted May 7, 2012