I was provided with an advance reader copy by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Any and all opinions expressed in this review are mine alone. I received no financial incentives to review this book.
Published by Escape Publishing on June 1, 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Romantic Suspense
Source: the publisher
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His search for her has been timeless, eternal, and ultimately thwarted. Until now…
Seth Almose has spent countless lives trying to break the curse that robs him of his soul mate. Each time the cycle begins anew, he meets it with hope, and each time he is left with heartbreak. But as the cycle dawns again, with yet another incarnation, Seth can't help himself. She is extraordinary; is she the one?
Julia Morrow has reason to be wary of men. After restarting her life to escape an increasingly dangerous stalker, she has no reason to believe Seth and his stories of reincarnation and curses. But his face haunts her dreams, and her canvasses. He claims that it is a matter of life and death — her death. Can she find it in herself to trust again, or will the cycle turn once again, leaving them both broken and alone?
There is something about Egyptian history and the time of the pharaohs that is so wildly fascinating. The drama, the intensity, the talk of curses – all perfect material for suspenseful and romantic fiction alike.
Jennifer Brassel’s The Curse blends these elements of drama, suspense and romance, and despite my lack of experience reading fantasy romance, I very much enjoyed reading it.
Here are my thoughts about The Curse:
I wasn’t entirely sure how this was going to sit with my tastes, as I have not read many reincarnation-themed romances. However, I need not have worried – I only stopped reading it this morning because I had to drive into the real-world job, or otherwise it would have been read in one fell swoop.
The connection that exists between Julia and Seth is electric. I love that even though Seth sees that she is the soulmate he has been searching for, he doesn’t go straight up and say “woman, you mine. Come with”. He allows Julia to come to terms with her dreams, and gives her the chance to open up as to what she’s felt. Yes, there is a touch of the alpha-man take-charge character about him, but that comes with his wealth and place in the world. Julia has been through the ringer with her past stalker, and has had to re-establish her life far away from her Australian home. I liked that she didn’t want to live her new life in fear, and didn’t close herself off from human contact.
The intimate scenes that happen between Julia and Seth are sensual and sexy, without being gratuitous, and fit the vibe of the story really well.
While I think I would have enjoyed reading a little more of the past history that Seth and Julia shared, the hints that Jennifer Brassel gives as to this connection were excellent – so I don’t feel as if the story lacked in that department at all. On the flip side, I am also really glad there was no info dumping either.
There was a strong suspense and mystery thread surrounding the curse, and while I had one of the villains pegged, I didn’t guess his role in the mystery and I most certainly wasn’t expecting some of the other characters’ involvement in the mystery. So, bravo Jennifer for maintaining the suspense throughout.
A fascinating and absorbing read, I can recommend The Curse to those of you who love a strong alpha hero, a dash of intrigue and suspense, and a glimpse back into history.