Will a centuries-old broken heart ruin the promise of new love?
Dominic Ashworth is descended from a long line of witches, although the family practice of witchcraft died out generations ago. Forever connected to a dark history, the house he grew up in remained in the Ashworth family for generations until his estranged father sold it.
On a mission to check out the new owners, Dominic runs into Caleb Jones and gives the gorgeous man his phone number—but getting a date should be the last thing on Dominic’s agenda.
Caleb and his best friend, Zach Briceworth, are oblivious to the heartache and magic tied to the foundations of their new home. When strange things start to happen, the truth emerges and surprises them both, especially as everything revolves around Caleb’s new love interest.
After a shaky start, Caleb and Dominic settle into an easy relationship, falling faster than either of them expected. But with Halloween approaching, the possibility of danger increases. The past is not always as it seems, and the ripples of a tragic event threaten to put an end to everything between them.
I almost passed this story up and that would have been most unfortunate. I was afraid it might be too scary, twisted or nightmare haunting. Although it does revolve around a haunting, it’s far from terrifying. Jacobs creates a tender tale which is a little spooky, a whole lot of sweet, with a touch of melancholy.
The prologue takes us two hundred years into the past. We are introduced to a family of power, magical power that is. Something horrific has happened and a man pays the ultimate price. He is cursed to a life of banishment and solitude. Fast forward to the present and we have another broken family. Dominic and Alice have lost their mother but vow to keep her memory alive and maintain her quaint bookstore. When they receive word that their father has sold their childhood home, they are crushed. Passed along through many generations, their precious farmhouse held countless memories. Unbeknownst to them, it may contain secrets that have been waiting for just the right person to discover them.
Dom volunteers to collect information on the new owners. It’s a beautiful day when he strolls past his old house, yet he is struck with something akin to heat lightning when he meets Caleb. Their connection is swift and strong. He is instantly smitten. Despite his sister’s warnings, he dives in head first. He doesn’t know how to explain his marking and why Caleb’s best friend and roommate bears the same ink. He should explain his history and how it involves Zach but he’s panicked it will be the end for them. He can’t risk his blossoming relationship just yet. He’ll come clean…soon. Good intentions are just that and this one may shatter his fresh love before he has a chance to strengthen it.
The sense of foreboding is strong and paves the road for the impending events. It’s clear both Dom and Caleb are perfectly matched but is it just fate? Or could history have a hand in their union? I liked the magic and the wiccan elements and the mystery tied everything together. I wasn’t tricked but I very much liked the treats.
I wasn’t expecting the full compass of emotional zings. Hence the timing of the story, I assumed creepy would be a factor. Pain and sorrow filled moments came as a surprise. However, we are given a beautiful love story amidst the backdrop of suspense and a dose of sexy sweetened the deal. Strong writing with lovely characters delivered an enjoyable read.
The most successful ghosts are those stricken with grief and fueled with rage. Be prepared for a sneaky spirit on a warpath of revenge.
If you’re a scaredy-cat like me but are seeking a supernatural romance without the terror or horror, this is sure to strike your fancy. And yes, a black cat will cross your path. 🙂