Author: Elizabeth Coldwell
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Pages/Word Count: 162 Pages
At a Glance: For those who like the Lionheart series, this book offers a detailed look at the elusive Jean-Luc.
Reviewed By: Jennifer
Blurb: He doesn’t believe in the paranormal. Can a gorgeous shifter prove him wrong?
Ethan Wayne is a paranormal investigator for the hottest reality show on TV, Spirit Seekers, but his love life is decidedly lukewarm. Reeling from a sudden break-up, he finds himself heading for France, where his team will be exploring the Château LeBlanc, searching for the ghost of a murdered kitchen maid. When he meets the château’s reclusive owner, Jean-Luc LeBlanc, the attraction is fierce and instant—but Jean-Luc is keeping secrets the skeptical Ethan could never have imagined.
Jean-Luc’s world collapsed with the death of his beloved Benoît. He no longer cares about producing his award-winning Champagne and even his closest family members can’t rouse him from his self-imposed solitude. The last thing he wants is a team of ghost hunters intruding on his privacy and discovering the truth of his nature. The realization that one of these brash Americans is destined to be his new mate seems like a sick joke. But soon Jean-Luc has bigger things to worry about than his distrust of humans. His home and family are under threat—can he do what it takes to save all he holds dear, and let Ethan into his heart in the process?
Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of violence, mild BDSM and references to multiple partners.
Review: Having read the second book in this series, Taming the Lion, which I reviewed previously, I enjoyed seeing Jean-Luc. After the last book I had a feeling he would be the star of this story, and I wasn’t disappointed. I enjoyed seeing him and Ethan get together. What was even better was the paranormal aspect. I love ghost hunting shows, so with that as an element of the novel, it just really worked for me.
Jean-Luc is still mourning the loss of his mate Benoît, and Ethan has no idea what he’s walking into when the ghost-hunting skeptic shows up at the chateau. But the two men are drawn to each other by destiny, and they can’t fight it.
It’s true things do happen pretty quickly, but given the circumstances (Ethan will be leaving soon, they’re destined mates, etc.), I was able to look past that. The one disappointment I had was at the end of the book. Like the previous novel, Vintage Pride could have gone on longer. I wanted to see more of what happened. For this one, I wanted to know how the rest of the crew would react when Ethan told them he would be staying behind with Jean-Luc to work on his book. How would they reveal their relationship to the crew? How would the crew react? It would have been great to see this, but it’s sadly left out.
Despite that, I continue to enjoy this series and would read more books if they were to come out. I recommend it to fans of shifters and novels with ghost-hunting.
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