her mother’s memory, Samantha Lancaster vacations at The
Chateaux du Beauchamp, which is rumored to be haunted by the
Count de Beauchamp. From the moment she arrives, she is
taken by the opulent décor and estate. Samantha is looking
for paranormal adventure, and from the time that she first
arrives and stumbles upon Gerard, she gets her monies’
aristocrat Gerard Beauchamp was known as a ruthless,
powerful warlock. A scorned lover cursed him centuries ago,
and now he’s forced into an existence worse than anything
imagined. Is the Samantha part of the key to saving him?
Or is she merely there to add to his torment?
stories are the best when the setting lives up to my
expectations. Ms. McBride has inspired my need to look for a
place similar to The Chateaux and stay there for the
ambience and history. My hope is that such a place exists
and with all the details, I’m sure that Ms. McBride has done
her fair share of traveling and research. That’s the best
part of reading any story with historical connections.
retains her self-respect when she is confronted by Gerard’s
arrogance and high-handed antics. She refuses to let
herself be used, no matter how drool worthy the user is.
Gerard has no other choice but to value her, and is driven
to act and acknowledge his own feelings. At times,
Samantha’s encounters with Gerard are slyly humorous, and
there is a smooth progression where she comes to understand
him better through his loss. The best part is how very
much alike the pair are even though they are miles away in
status and time. The ending offered me a neat little
surprise, and felt very true to the characters.
Dark One takes me back to those Harlequin novels
where the spirited, smart heroine ventures out to meet the
brooding, sexy hero who seduces every woman until Fate kicks
him where it hurts. The best part is that The Dark
One has an overall contemporary flavor (without the
cliché “no-no’s” of those earlier books) and just enough
nostalgia to haunt me with a few pleasant memories of past
The Dark One is a NCP fantasy romance reissue.