“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.