Sunday, April 22, 2018

*Review* Damned by Alexandrea Weis and Lucas Astor

Genre: Romantic Suspense
Published: October 3, 2017
Pages: 352

Over a hundred years after the death of Magnus Blackwell, Altmover Manor sits abandoned. Determined to rescue the neglected Mount Desert Island landmark, a well-known architect purchases the once grand home.

Will Bennet and his fiancĂ©e—the quirky and stubborn Lexie Arden—want to make Altmover Manor their showplace. But Magnus has other plans. 

A spirit bound to his former residence, Magnus finds himself inexplicably drawn to the young woman. She has a supernatural gift; a gift Magnus wants to exploit to end his purgatory.

As Lexie and Will settle in, secrets from Magnus’s past begin to surface. Compelled to learn all she can about the former owner, Lexie finds herself drawn into a world of voodoo, curses, and the whereabouts of a mysterious dragon cane.

It soon becomes clear Magnus’s sins won’t be so easily forgotten. What Lexie unearths about his road to redemption is going to change the future … for both of them.

I was hired to proofread this book. The only aspects of the story that I influenced were the spelling and grammar. If you feel that my connection to the book makes my review untrustworthy, so be it, but this is my honest review.

I did not enjoy this book as much as I enjoyed Blackwell, however that is due almost entirely to the fact that this is contemporary and Blackwell is historical. Historical fiction will win out with me pretty much any day of the week. I was actually a little sad when I started reading this manuscript and realized that it wouldn't be another historical fiction. In spite of that, I still enjoyed the ride, and what a ride it was. 

What started out as a story about a creepy, haunted, rundown mansion turned into a quest for a missing cane with a lot of power. The mystery involved in finding the missing cane kept me flipping pages just to see how things would turn out. I got a few more glimpses into the past, which pleased me. Overall, this was a fun journey with a bit of spice thrown in for good measure. 

I'd give Damned 4.87654321 stars. - Katie 

Alexandrea Weis is an advanced practice registered nurse who was born and raised in New Orleans. Having been brought up in the motion picture industry, she learned to tell stories from a different perspective and began writing at the age of eight. Infusing the rich tapestry of her hometown into her award-winning novels, she believes that creating vivid characters makes a story memorable. A permitted/certified wildlife rehabber with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries, Weis rescues orphaned and injured wildlife. She lives with her husband and pets in New Orleans. 
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