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Kate Pearce was born into a large family of girls in England, and spent much of her childhood living very happily in a dream world. Despite being told that she really needed to ‘get with the program’, she graduated from the University College of Wales with an honors degree in history.
After graduation, real life did intervene and she ended up working in finance which was not the greatest career choice for a would-be writer!
A move to the USA finally allowed her to fulfill her dreams and sit down and write that novel. Along with being a voracious reader, Kate loves trail riding with her family, ‘western style’ in the regional parks of Northern California
Kate writes in several different romance sub-genres under different names. She is a member of RWA and is published by Kensington Aphrodisia, Ellora’s Cave and Virgin Black Lace/Cheek.
on Oct. 14, 2016 :
Delightful blend of Regency romance and a spooky gothic castle. Perfect for Halloween.
This is a boxed set of 3 novellas, and it is part of a series of four boxed sets released at same time. For all of these boxed sets, the backstory is the same: a group of British nobility descend on a haunted castle on the shore of Cornwall to hear the reading of a will and perhaps find some husbands and wives. Then love and supernatural stuff ensue. Each of the individual novellas explores what is happening to 2 or 4 of these people.
I love how the authors of the different stories refer to characters from the other stories. Even if you were only interested in only one of these 3 authors, I recommend reading the whole boxed set because it leads to a more enriching and fun experience. I got the book primarily to read Deb Marlowe's novella, but I was also extremely pleased with Michelle Willingham's story. Now I will separately review the three novellas.
1.) "A Dance with the Devil" by Michelle Willingham: 5 stars! Utterly charming! I loved this story; it was a perfect Halloween read. The main characters were intelligent and loveable. They had some fun and spooky Gothic-style adventure. FYI, it starts off very chaste but gets really steamy toward the end.
2.) "Lady Tamsyn and the Pixie's Curse" by Deb Marlowe. 5 stars! Delightful! Cornish pixies, a nice ghost, and an evil sorcerer all set in a haunted castle on a windswept coast. I absolutely adore this story. I love the honest Gryff and his intrepid heroine Lady Tamsyn. FYI, this story was more sweet than steamy; there was one vague love scene that was not graphic. This novella was filled with a magic of the Cornish coast. It had a good bit of fantasy. The characters of Tuft the pixie and Jump, his animal friend, were totally cool. I have been a fan of Deb Marlowe's work for a while, and this is now one of my favorite stories by her.
3.) "Ghost of a Chance" by Kate Pierce. 3 stars. This had a stupid, farcical, cliched plot that was barely livened up by throwing in a nice ghost. Violet is a smart young woman but her naivety really got on my nerves. She and Charlie have nothing to talk about and he is clearly intellectually inferior, but she pines to become his wife. However, she doesn't recognize that her best friend Edwin, who is Charlie's older brother, is strong, attractive, intelligent, and has been longing for her for years. Violet persists in her stupidity way too long in the story, and I got fed up. The ghost was the best character, and the romance fell flat.
(reviewed 25 days after purchase)