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Vexed
     

Vexed

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by Ava Stone, Erica Ridley, Elizabeth Essex
 
The Haunting of Castle Keyvnor, Book #1 Greetings,
In regards to the Matter of the un-entailed Estate of the late-Jonathan Hambly, 10th Earl of Banfield, be advised that your attendance is urgently required at the reading of his lordship's Last Will & Testament, to take place on November 1st of this year at Castle Keyvnor in Bocka Morrow, Cornwall.
Regards,

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The Haunting of Castle Keyvnor, Book #1 Greetings,
In regards to the Matter of the un-entailed Estate of the late-Jonathan Hambly, 10th Earl of Banfield, be advised that your attendance is urgently required at the reading of his lordship's Last Will & Testament, to take place on November 1st of this year at Castle Keyvnor in Bocka Morrow, Cornwall.
Regards,
Mr. Timothy Hunt, Esq.

When the late-Earl of Banfield's distant relations descend upon Bocka Morrow, they'll find gypsies, witches, pixies, smugglers, and one very haunted castle. And if they're lucky, they might just fall in love while they're there.

VEXED, The Haunting of Castle Keyvnor includes:

Erica Ridley's Romancing the Rogue
When the new earl inherits, poor relation Miss Rebecca Bond must wed immediately or be out on her ear. The only man she's ever loved is summoned to hear the will--but he already rejected her so soundly that they haven't spoken in years. Yet who better than a rakish Viscount to teach her how to snare a gentleman who appreciates her charms?

Ava Stone's Once Upon a Moonlit Path
Lady Cassandra Priske sees dead people...not all the time, but occasionally. When her family is summoned to Castle Keyvnor for the reading of her great uncle's will, Cassy is more than terrified. After all, the castle is famous for its hauntings. But the very last person, dead or alive, she expects to find there is the rakish Lord. St. Giles. After all, she spent the last season hiding from that very man.

Elizabeth Essex's Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
Nessa Teague has never believed in the magic that swirls around her village like a fine Cornish mist. She's never had need of it. Until the day Lord Harry Beck returns to Bocka Morrow and Nessa realizes there is nothing, including the blackest of magic, she won't do to have him for her own.

The Haunting of Castle Keyvnor includes twelve Regency romance novellas. Don't miss the anthologies Bedeviled, Mystified, and Spellbound.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940158496394
Publisher:
Night Shift Publishing
Publication date:
09/20/2016
Series:
the Haunting of Castle Keyvnor , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
29,255
File size:
570 KB

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Vexed 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
McM0mmy-PW More than 1 year ago
The first story was about Daniel and Rebecca. They had known each other in the past and he had hurt her badly with his rejection. Daniel is going to have to step quickly and work hard to earn her forgiveness! She constantly surprises him with what she's capable of... The second story was about Cassy and Jack. She can feel and see the spirits of the castle and sadly, they can feel her! No one believes that she's being "stalked" by an angry spirit and Jack even goes so far as to thing she's mad. I at first though Cassy was a wimpy heroine, but the more you get to know her, the more you realize how strong she actually is! Their outcome wasn't where I thought it was going! The last story was about Harry and Nessa. Nessa didn't have a mean bone in her body and put everyone before herself. She had pined for Harry for 12 years and when he came home, he was hers! The twist and turns they had to go through were highly entertaining! Loved all 3 stories written and can't wait to continue the series to possibly catch up on anyone! I was given this book for an honest review, and Loved it!!
Sodapop74 More than 1 year ago
This is the first book in The Haunting of Castle Keyvnor series. Each story is revolves around the reading of a will, but each story is a different set of circumstances, a different story. They are novellas, but they are not rushed. They are well written and funny at times. Perfect for someone who loves Regency romance. My favorite was Erica Ridley's story about Rebecca who needs help learning the art of flirtation and who better to ask then the man who rejected her years ago, Daniel. This book is full of surprises! ***Copy gifted by publisher in exchange for an honest review.***
JulieD2 More than 1 year ago
Three enjoyable romances in this anthology. Romancing The Rogue, is a nice second chance romance. Daniel and Rebecca never thought they would meet again. Rebecca is pleased and mortified, Daniel knows he has a lot of apologizing to do. Once Upon a Moonlit Path, You could say that Lady Cassandra was gifted, she occasionally see's dead people, she doesn't agree. And when she arrives at castle Keyvnor of cause there's a ghost, and also Jack St. Giles. Between the Devil and Deep Blue Sea, was personally my favourite. This story was full of action, had smuggling, intrigue and finally treason. A very enjoyable short read, that was well written. Good reads, all three, lots of fun.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love reading books that have several authors in them. It's a treat that these happen concurrent. Wonderful book! I received this book in exchange for a HONEST review.
JuliaAD More than 1 year ago
Romancing the Rogue: Rebecca has lived at the castle for the past 5 years. No one remembers that she is there. She helps out when she can, but just pretty much exists. When the new Earl tells her that she must marry within the month, she panics. The only man she ever loved had rejected her. Daniel shows up for the reading of the will and is determined that he will apologize to Rebecca for his behavior and hope that they are still friends. Once he sees her, he feels differently. He knows he will never be able to be just friends with her. The question is whether she will feel the same. Once Upon a Moonlit Path: Lady Cassandra doesn't want to go to the castle. She really doesn't like the ghost infested castle. She sees ghosts from the moment she gets there and no one believes her. Jack has wanted Cassandra for a while and found a way to get invited to the castle. Jack worries that maybe Cassandra isn't quite sane, but he loves her and is willing to overlook that. His biggest obstacle is her father. Her father doesn't approve of him and he will have to get around that. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea: Nessa has loved Harry since they were children. Harry has been gone to sea for the last 12 years. He has come to town for the reading of the will at the castle and runs into Nessa. Harry realizes that he has loved Nessa for many years, but is her family mixed up in smuggling secrets to the French. He needs to be sure before he declares himself.
Hfowler More than 1 year ago
Ava Stone's story is part of a trilogy book. I have not read the other two pieces in it. I received this copy in exchange for an honest review (of Ava Stone's piece only). A cute spooky ghost story about Lord St.Giles who has loved Cassy for more than a year. He has invited himself along with his friend Michael to the reading of her Great Uncle's will just so he can see and woo her. She is a woman who is intimidated by his reputation and has tried a avoid him. St. Giles scheme to catch her at the spooky and haunted castle succeeds and he sets out to finally win her hand. The relationship blossoms but there is a problem, she can see ghosts and when she sees one very foreboding ghost she can't help but scream. Everyone there, including her parents and St. Giles, believe that she has gone mad. At first, he tries to believe her, but her ability to see ghosts that he cannot see causes him to wonder if maybe she isn't the wife for him. Will he throw caution to the wind and realize that life with her is worth a ghost or two? It was cute, sweet, and romantic. I enjoyed the chemistry between the two main characters and the struggle they face concerning her ability to see (or not see) ghosts.
Robindpdx More than 1 year ago
These 3 novellas are part of a series of 4 books containing 12 novellas that have related characters, who are all attending the reading of a will at the estate of the deceased Earl of Banfield. Each novella can be read as a standalone story. Erica Ridley’s Romancing the Rogue: The new earl tells poor relation Miss Rebecca Bond that she must wed immediately. The man she loved, a Viscount who rejected her, is summoned to the reading of the will. Rebecca decides the Viscount owes it to her to help her find a husband. Their story was sweet and fun. Ava Stone’s Once Upon a Moonlit Path: Lady Cassandra Priske can see ghosts, and it terrifies her. But the last person, dead or alive, she expects to see at the estate of the late earl is the rakish Lord, St. Giles, who she spent the last season hiding from! This story was vividly described and had not only ghosts, but love and romance too. It was well-written and enjoyable. Elizabeth Essex’s Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea: Nessa Teague has lived in the village near the earl's estate all her life. When Lord Harry Beck returns, Nessa decides she will do anything, including buying a magic potion from a witch in the village, to make him feel the same love for her that she feels for him. This was an imaginative, fun story. Copy gifted by the Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
Book 1 of 4 in The Haunting of Castle Keyvnor (4 Book Series) by Erica Ridley, Ava Stone and Elizabeth Essex. Amazing, simply amazing! "The Haunting of Castle Keyvnor includes twelve Regency romance novellas. Don’t miss the anthologies Bedeviled, Mystified and Spellbound", coming soon! "Greetings, In regards to the Matter of the un-entailed Estate of the late-Jonathan Hambly, 10th Earl of Banfield, be advised that your attendance is urgently required at the reading of his lordship’s Last Will & Testament, to take place on November 1st of this year at Castle Keyvnor in Bocka Morrow, Cornwall. Regards, Mr. Timothy Hunt, Esq." This collection includes..... Erica Ridley’s Romancing the Rogue, Ava Stone’s Once Upon a Moonlit Path, and Elizabeth Essex’s Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea.... Each story in this collection is simply amazing! I found them all to be well researched, masterfully written with well-developed characters and a uniquely intriguing and captivating tale of the reading of the late---Jonathan Hambly, 10th Earl of Banfield's will and testament ---and the story of his relatives, included in said will. A Regency Historical Romance, set against the backdrop of the Castle Keyvnor, Bocka Morrow, Cornwall. Oh, yes, did I mention, it also involves smugglers, romance, gypsies, witches, hauntings, secrets, passion, treason, action and of course, finding love and a HEA, of they can each survive? While I read this entire collection, and I might add, I thoroughly enjoyed each and every story. I highly recommend this collection to fans who enjoy Regency Romance, a collection of amazing stories and "Vexed" is a thrilling collection! I can't wait to read the other three in this series of Anthologies, "Bedeviled", "Mystified" and "Spellbound". What promises to be, some intriguing and utterly fascinating Anthologies! This review is for... "Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea" by Elizabeth Essex. Lord Harry Beck (Captain) returns to Bocka Morrow and meets Nessa Teague, after twelve years on the sea. Nessa has loved him from afar, but can she make him fall in love with her? Filled with adventure, possible treason, magic, danger, love, action and romance, with twists and turns, makes a very delightful tale. Well written with captivating characters and a ghostly haunting of Castle Keyvnor or is it really being haunted? An absolutely wicked tale, that's enticing as well as, captivating! Ms. Essex is an amazing storyteller, who writes masterfully and brilliantly! As is Ava Stone and Erica Ridley, as well. Received for an honest review. However, all opinions, insights and thoughts are my own personal opinions. Rating: 4.5 Heat rating: Mild Reviewed by: AprilR
NanatoAS More than 1 year ago
The Haunting of Castle Keyvnor is a collection of 4 books, each containing three novellas by different authors, the stories all taking place in and around the notoriously haunted Castle Keyvnor during the gathering of the family and friends of the recently deceased Jonathan Hambly, the Earl of Banfield, for the reading of his will. The books can be read in any order, as all the stories take place concurrently. It's a charming device because while each story is a standalone complete unto itself, many of the same characters appear and reappear in each of the novellas, so we get to observe them in different circumstances. All the stories have a little (or a lot) of supernatural flavor, with ghosts, pixies, demons and the like either aiding, thwarting or trying to murder the main characters. Having a collection like this is as delightful as going to a Tapas bar and sampling fabulously prepared tidbits of food—the tastings make you want more! I definitely plan to seek out more works by some of the authors who I'd never read before. I thoroughly enjoyed each of the collections. Erica Ridley’s "Romancing the Rogue" Miss Rebecca Bond has been living unnoticed under the roof of Johathan Hambly since the death of her parents 5 years ago. Upon Hambly's death, his son and heir, determined to be rid of the inconvenient girl, demands that she be married off as quickly as possible. Unfortunately the only man she has ever loved, Daniel Goodenham, Lord North Barrows, rejected her publicly and humiliatingly years earlier. Knowing she must make an acceptable match of her own before the new earl chooses a husband for her, she begs Daniel to give her lessons in coquetry so that she can attract a suitable mate. Well written and enjoyable. Ava Stone’s "Once Upon a Moonlit Path" The self described scoundrel, Lord St. Giles, accompanies his friend to the reading of the Earl of Banfield's will with the express purpose of wooing the Lady Cassandra Priske, a woman he has been in love with for years. But when she alone appears to see ghosts in the notoriously haunted Castle Keyvnor, he fears for her sanity. And she is saddened that he doesn't believe in the ghosts she sees. The path to their HEA is a pleasurable romp filled with witty dialogue and beautiful descriptive passages. Elizabeth Essex’s "Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea" Lord Harry Beck returns to Bocka Morrow to uncover a traitor amongst the smugglers rampant in the town. The local Vicar's daughter, Nessa Teague, the first girl he ever kissed and the one girl he can't forget, is desperate to make him her very own, even going so far as to resort to magic charms, which go strangely awry. But when Harry suspects the Vicar to be the traitor, a wedge is driven between the fated lovers, leading to an explosive, and satisfying HEA. There are enough twists and turns in the story to intrigue any reader. Copy gifted by the Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
dfosterbooks More than 1 year ago
Romancing the Rogue–Erica Ridley Miss Rebecca Bond had been through much in her short life–rejected by the only man she’s ever loved, having her first season completely ruined, losing her parents, and being thrust into living in a haunted castle with an old great uncle. She’s become so adept at not making a nuisance of herself she has basically been forgotten. Until the old earl dies and the new earl learns she is there. Given a choice of finding a husband immediately or the new earl will find one for her Rebecca sets out to learn the art of flirtation. Who better to help? Why the man who shunned her years ago. But can she protect her heart while learning how to attract a man? Daniel Goodenham, Lord North Barrows, has done many things in his life but the stupidest was giving the one friend who cared for him and not his title the cut direct years ago. For reasons unknown, Daniel is summoned to the old castle for the reading of the old earl’s will. Can Daniel convince Rebecca how sorry he is? Can he honor her request to teach her how to flirt so she can find a husband? I usually do not care for novellas–they can seem rushed in trying to get everything in in a short amount of time. This is NOT the case with Erica Ridley’s Romancing the Rogue. Very well written without seeming rushed. Absolutely love!! On a Moonlit Pat–Ava Stone Lady Cassandra Priske has spent most of her life trying to hide the fact she’s see has seen ghosts; after all no one in her family believes her and the past year avoiding a rake. Summoned to the haunted castle of her late great-uncle’s for the reading of his will has Cassandra on edge. A menacing shadow and the rake she’s avoided for a year only add to her nervousness. Lord Jack St. Giles has spent a year trying to become acquainted with the only woman who has affected him beyond meaningless flings. Having invited himself to accompany his best friend to a will reading he may now get his chance. However, when strange things start happening will he continue to believe she’s the one for him? Menacing ghosts, uncaring parents, a rapscallion of a brother, and a family challenged hero who doesn’t know what to believe make up the always entertaining Ava Stone’s story. o me, novella’s can seem rushed; however this is NOT the case with Ava Stone. She has a wonderful ability to tell her story without overwhelming the reader. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea-Elizabeth Essex From the time she studied alongside him while he was under her father’s tutelage Nessa Teague has been in love with Lord Harry Becks. Now twelve long years later and he has returned, more handsome than ever. Determined to get him to fall in love with her she plans to take advantage of the lore surrounding the local festival. When things don’t go as planned she delves a little deeper into the magic surrounding the area. Lord Harry Becks would much rather be known as Captain Harry Becks not as Lord Harry Becks, his father’s spare heir. He much rather be at sea than locked on land much less in a drafty old castle for the reading of his great uncle’s will. A simple walk for fresh air reacquaints Harry with someone from his past and embroils him in the hunt for someone committing treason. When things point in a direction that Harry can’t believe will he be able to separate fact from fiction? The first Elizabeth Essex story I have read and am completely hooked. Action, adventure, magic and mystery (not to mention love) abound in this novella.
gypsyluna More than 1 year ago
This is one of four books about Castle Keyvnor. Each book contains three romantic stories set against the spooky background of the Castle. The stories are slightly intertwined, yet each can be read as a stand-alone story. Erica Ridley’s Romancing the Rogue: Miss Rebecca Bond finds herself in need of a husband (and a new home)! The only problem: after years of being alone with no one to talk to, she needs to practice her flirting before she searches for true love. What better man to start with than the rake who broke her heart years before? Daniel Goodenham, Viscount North Barrows, knows this is finally his chance to apologize for his past behavior, but is surprised when Rebecca only wants him to teach her how to snag a husband. As the story progresses, Daniel finds that he wants to be the man she marries. But can she overcome the hurt he has caused in the past? Ava Stone’s Once Upon a Moonlit Path: What happens when you see ghosts, but no one else does? Lady Cassandra "Cassy" cannot wait to leave Castle Keyvnor. The ghostly man in black is not helping her reputation of being a sane woman. Jack Hazelwood, Lord St. Giles, finds himself falling in love with Cassy. However, she keeps having visions no one else does. Can he get past this (and the fact that her father hates him), or will these factors keep them apart? Elizabeth Essex’s Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea: Nessa Teague never stopped thinking of Lord Harry Beck, and she is delighted to see he has returned to Bocka Morrow. She attempts to enchant him, but her plan goes awry. Not only does she think of delving deeper into magic by contacting a local witch, but Harry finds himself in a mystery as well as he searches for smugglers. This one had more action that the other two, but still was a good read. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
DianeD141 More than 1 year ago
Vexed: The haunting of Castle Keyvnor is a one in a series of 4 collections of novellas – all taking place at Castle Keyvnor and its neighboring area when a collection of relatives come to the Castle for the reading of the will of the deceased Earl of Banfield. Vexed contains stories by Erica Ridley, Ava Stone, and Elizabeth Essex. The first story in the book is written by Erica Ridley. In it Rebecca Bond the Earl’s great-niece seems to float through the castle unnoticed by anyone. At first I thought she might be a ghost that didn’t realize she was dead. With the death of the Earl, Rebecca is left with no money and soon no place to live. The new Earl has given her an ultimatum, get married or he will choose a husband for her himself. One of the people invited to the reading of the will is Daniel Goodenham, Viscount North Barrows. Daniel and Rebecca had been childhood friends but once he became a viscount at the age of 17 he had ignored her. He came to the Castle early to see her again and to apologize for the way he treated her. Once they are together old feelings come back but he lives in London and she loves the country. There is no way she would make a suitable Viscountess. Erica Ridley uses the Castle as a backdrop for finding lost love. The story is a sweet tale of how women have little choice in their future but how a man in love recognizes her independence and gives her the options to choose her life – whether she would choose him or not. Ava Stone’s contribution is more ghostly. Lady Cassandra Priske has come to the reading of the will with her family. From the moment she arrives, she keeps seeing a dark man who seems to get more and more threatening. Jack Hazelwood, Lord St Giles isn’t there for the will but for the girl. He accompanies his friend Michael (who is a family member). He’s had his eye on Cassy for 2 seasons and is hoping to take advantage of this time at Castle Keyvnor to get closer to her. She has been avoiding him because of his rakish reputation. While Jack loves Cassy, he begins to wonder about her sanity. She keeps seeing the man in black and Jack has been present at a few occasions when she has screamed and collapsed after a sighting. Will Jack be able to put aside his worry of her sanity in order to be with the woman he loves. Additionally, will Cassy’s parents overlook Jack’s reputation – is the prospect of a dukedom enough to overlook bad behavior? Ava Stone writes amazing well-rounded characters – one of the best in this story is a secondary character, Toby, Cassy’s younger brother who does a remarkable job as a troublesome baby brother. This is another fun story. The third story in this book doesn’t take place at the castle at all. Elizabeth Exxex had provided a charming tale about young love and finding each other after years apart – will they still have feelings for each other. Captain Harry Beck is at the Castle for the reading of the will but he once was tutored by the Vicar in Bocka Morrow. The vicar’s daughter Nessa would help him with his lessons. Now, she decides to try to spell Harry into loving her. Bocka Morrow is a haven of smugglers and Harry inadvertently gets involved in trying to uncover a treasonous plan among the smugglers/villagers. He uses Nessa as a cover to visit the shore but he also enjoys her company. Will he fall in love with her? Will they be able to thwart the treasonous plans and find the spy? Elizabeth keeps us hanging until the last minut