I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
When lonely artist Siôn Ruston retreats to the seaside village of Rosewick Bay, Yorkshire, to recover from a suicide attempt, he doesn’t expect to encounter any ghosts, let alone the one who appears in his bedroom every morning at dawn. He also doesn’t expect to meet his ghost’s gorgeous, flirty descendant working at the local museum… and the village pub, and as a lifeboat volunteer. But Mattie’s great-great-grandfather isn’t the only specter in Rosewick Bay, and as Siôn and Mattie investigate an ill-fated love affair from a bygone era, they begin a romance of their own, one that will hopefully escape the tragedy Mattie’s ancestor suffered.
But the ghosts aren’t the only ones with secrets, and the things Siôn and Mattie are keeping from each other threaten to tear them apart. And all the while, the dead are biding their time, because the curse of Rosewick Bay has never been broken. If the ghosts are seen on the streets, local tradition foretells a man will drown before the summer’s end.
This was bit of a letdown for me. I absolutely loved A Frost of Cares. It was spooky, amazing, and damn near erotic to me. I know every book can’t be the same. I was really betting on the same formula in fact. It did take a bit of getting into the ghost/mystery aspect. I felt like it took to long to put the pieces together. I did enjoy Sion and Mattie as a couple overall. I liked them, and wish that the epilogue could have been them longer together.
I’m annoyed with Sion the most. **Rolls eyes** The amount of times he mentions him being older was over the top. 30 isn’t that older in the grand scheme of things, and yeah you are experienced more, but if his age bothered him that much then he would have cut off all ties to Mattie. Yeah eventually he got over the issue, but it was already drilled into my head about his excessive wining. Sion came to Rosewick Bay to escape his demons in London. He’s recovering from a suicide attempt. Scion is a lonely person, and I couldn’t image being so lonely and to himself that suicide is the answer. I did feel for him. He had no one and that is a hard pill to swallow. I liked Mattie for him. Mattie was a breath of fresh air to a sullen Sion. He was exuberant and larger then life at times. I love the aura that he had about himself. He is a happy person and his character made the story for me. Mattie has his secrets as well, and when they are revealed I want to protect him. I want to call it naivety about being the situation, but his explanation and reasoning was spot on.
I did enjoy the ghost story, and I do feel like the author did a good job with the imagery of the story. It was told in a way that I can picture it with my eyes closed. I liked the history of the ghost, and found that part of the story was solid.
I didn’t like the fade to black in the romance department. I didn’t understand why, not for nothing but if it was in here then I would have rated it higher. I do feel like the story was missing some heat. I would have liked to read about it.
I do look forward to more from this author. She has a proper way with words, and her characters are always amazing!