Shadows Over Sea View & Midnight in His Garden by Susan M. Sailors

Torrid Teaser Volume 13

Whiskey Creek Press Torrid

Paranormal, Fantasy

ISBN: 978-1-59374-669-8

Reviewed by Patrice F.

   

 

“Shadows Over Sea View”

When Victoria inherits her grandmother’s beautiful Gothic mansion, she never dreamed that the resident ghost in the east wing could be real.  At first, he appears in her dreams and sensually tempts her with bold kisses and caresses.  Later, Victoria learns that Quentin is no ghost but a vampire!  Dare she risk her heart and life by helping him?

“Shadows Over Sea View” is a neatly done modern Gothic romance with a plucky heroine that’s more than willing to succumb to Quentin’s ghostly seductions.  Although I’ve never favored vampires when they’re presented as tragic, Quentin is quaint and likeable.  The brief history behind Sea View brings the plot nicely together.

 

“Midnight in His Garden”

Emily has never felt as if she was a part of her unhappy family.   Her yearning to escape becomes so intense that Garron, King of the Goblins and Faeries, propositions her first before sweeping her away to his realm.  At first, Emily is upset at what she perceives as high-handed tactics until she learns that she has a choice.  When the time comes, Garron has a question to pose to her.  Emily’s answer will determine their future.

When Garron first approaches Emily, it reminded me of Jareth, the Goblin King in Labyrinth.  Of course, Garron is kinder, gentler and far more romantic than the cruel ruler portrayed by David Bowie.  I enjoyed Emily’s assertive and loyal character, which made her a good match for Garron.  She’s keen witted and that also kept the dynamic interesting.  “Midnight in His Garden” is a delightful tale of fantasy, love and reconciliation that radiates with a delicate tenderness and wonderful-get-away-for-two vibe.

Torrid Teasers Volume 13: Shadows Over Sea View & Midnight in His Garden are a complimentary mixture of savory and sweet loaded with romance.  The characters are pleasant and fit well together within each paranormal setting.  Overall, I liked the compact plot and the satisfyingly tidy HEAs.

     

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