Hundreds of Years to Reform a Rake

When Leigh of Sourcebooks contacted me to ask if I would be interested in reviewing this new paranormal romance from Laurie Brown, I didn’t hesitate at all.

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The synopsis of the book was every bit as intriguing as the story arc — that of a modern day paranormal investigator being hurtled Hundreds of Years back to uncover a hoax and perhaps Reform a Rake in the process. It sounded too exciting and curiosity piqued, I simply have to ask for the book.While I wasn’t expecting to be bowled over by this newcomer’s work, I must admit that this novel has wide ranging appeal.

The romance fan will find the emotions that bestir heroine, Josie’s heart, when faced with the choice of choosing the Deverell of the past and the ghost of his future a well-loved plot angle. While those who love humour in their romance will find the puns and double entendre a delight, especially the deliberate wordplay on popular culture and customs in the context of the 18th (?) century which I appreciate.

Time travel and paranormal readers will find the author’s imagination in explaining the ghostly presence of Lord Thornton and the slightly cloak and dagger game of uncovering a fake medium quite entertaining.

I like how Ms Brown left the climatic scene in which Josie was given a choice of returning to the future or staying in the past dangling quite riveting. You’re left trying to second guess if she chose the man or the ghost, and hoping against hope that it is the ending you’re hoping for the heroine. I won’t give the plot away here, so you’ll have to read it to find out what happened.

All in all, this is a not-bad effort from Ms Laurie Brown. The cover is a great piece of art. The torso in silhouette catches the eye readily, and the play of light on the face gives the book a hint of mystery and exceitment.

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