A Curse of Forever by Tessa McFionn

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Only true love can break the solitude of eternity.

Laurel Holgrave never believed her grandfather's campfire tales. Haunted houses didn't happen in her Lanchester, Maine hometown. However, twenty years later she now stands face to face with the sexiest man she's ever seen. Drawn to him like filings to a magnet, he claims to be the ghost of Black Bay Lighthouse. The rational reporter in her champs at the possible story, hungry for the respect and prestige. Too bad her heart has other plans.

Over three hundred years have crawled by for Nathaniel Myles Fairfax, cursed to exist in his lighthouse prison until the end of days. When a mysterious and beautiful late-night visitor slips into his secluded tower, he steps out of the shadows, the urge to sample her soft lips consuming him. Her vibrant light warms his fragmented soul, yet he knows he cannot tie her to his doomed fate.

Now his tomorrows hinge upon her yesterdays. But can love break the spell or will time torch their dreams?

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4 out of 5 (very good)

A CURSE OF FOREVER tells you the story of a man cursed within the confines of a lighthouse until his heart returns to him. Nathaniel has paid dearly for loving the wrong woman. Will Laurel be the one to change all that?

This is a fast-paced story that gives you insight into Laurel and her delightful mother and sister. I was so pleased to find out others in her family were not the same! She is estranged from her beloved grandfather through actions not of her own. When he dies, she is the one to organise the funeral. The paper she works for gives her the time off, but asks her to write a piece about the haunted lighthouse too. When she goes there, she sees -- and can talk to -- Nathaniel.

I thoroughly enjoyed this story. The only part I couldn't quite understand was Jacob and Carrie. I didn't feel that he added much to the story, or his obsession with Laurel. Yes, I know he had to be there for a certain part but that was it. As for Carrie, she was one way for the whole of the book, just changing at the end. Was it because the curse had been broken? I'm honestly not sure.

This was a steamy read, with instant attraction between our main characters. Laurel and Nathaniel were supported by great characters who helped to keep the story moving along.

Anyway, on the whole, this was a great contemporary read by an author I have come to associate with science fiction. I would say she has successfully moved to other genres. Thoroughly enjoyed and definitely recommended.

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* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *


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Tessa McFionn is a very native Californian and has called Southern California home for most of her life, growing up in San Diego and attending college in Northern California and Orange County, only to return to San Diego to work as a teacher. Insatiably curious and imaginative, she loves to learn and discover, making her wicked knowledge of trivial facts an unwelcomed guest at many Trivial Pursuit boards. When not writing, she can be found at the movies or at Disneyland with her husband, as well as family, friends or anyone who wants to play at the Happiest Place on Earth. She also finds her artistic soul fed through her passions for theatre, dance and music. A proud parent of far too many high school seniors and two still living house plants, she also enjoys hockey, reading and playing Words With Friends to keep her vocabulary sharp. She is currently the treasurer of the San Diego chapter of Romance Writers of America and loves spending time working with such amazingly intelligent and creative writers.

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