Tuesday, January 11, 2022

LURED BY THE GHOST RAKE by Author Marianna Green **REVIEW** **GIVEAWAY**

Today we welcome author Marianna Green to the Notes From a Romantic's Heart to introduce her newest novel, Lured by the Ghost Rake, a paranormal romance. You can find all the stops on this tour at Goddess Fish Promotions. Also, please remember to enter the giveaway. The entry form is at the end of this post.

When Elda Elwood goes on a visit to her actor lover Jake Reynolds’ ancestral home, she is drawn by a portrait of his ancestor, eighteenth century rake Lord Lucas Lovegrove.

She learns the tragic story behind the viscount’s marriage to the innocent young heiress Rose Ashworth.

Elda senses that the portrait has strange powers, and that the house is haunted by Lovegrove’s predatory and sexual ghost...

And what is the secret of the sinister pagoda in the grounds?

Get your copy of Lured by the Ghost Rake on Amazon
The book is on sale for 99 cents during the tour.

‘Come, my charmer.’ Fingers like icicles caressed Elda’s left hand.

She tried to pull it back under the warmth of the covers, but whoever it was kept a tight hold on it. That cold didn’t jerk her into wakefulness; she knew she was still half dreaming, and that was why she wasn’t put out that another man was in the bedroom.

Now she knew who he was. Though he had been dead for two-and-a-quarter centuries, she wasn’t alarmed. Still, she wanted to sleep, and grunted a protest.

She had been dreaming about moving through the grounds in a magical silver gilt light, and she wanted to try and drift back into that dream. Still, the melodious voice lured, though not much louder than the murmur of a rising wind rushing through a bamboo plantation.

‘You do not fear me, my sweet? Come and be mine.’

She could see him through her closed lids, seemingly both in her half-waking dream and here. This Lovegrove was like the one in the vision she had seen in the conservatory, still youthful despite his excesses.

He wore some embroidered robe of either a deep blue or bluish crimson, his form not being material enough for her to tell which. She knew it soon would be. The robe, loosely tied, was falling open, so that she could see that he was naked underneath, his bare chest revealed, the muscular definition as fine as Jake’s, the golden hairs glinting in the moonlight...

3.5 Stars

Lured by the Ghost Rake is a fun, creepy romp through an ancestral home, complete with resident ghost. The story reminded me of Portrait of a Lady by Henry James. Of course, in this case, the portrait was of a man... the infamous rake Lord Lucas Lovegrove.

While the story itself held all the markings of a gothic romance, I didn't quite connect with the characters. I couldn't get a firm grip on any of their true personalities. That didn't keep me from enjoying the over-all ambiance and the setting of the story. If you're a fan of spooky ghost romances, you will enjoy Lured by the Ghost Rake.

A Mermaid by John William Waterhouse

Marianna Green lives in the UK, has a geekish fascination with English Literature and History, and an irrepressible sense of humour.

Marianna Green will be awarding a $20 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

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  1. I would read this just based on the title!

  2. Thank you for the review.
    Thanks for the lovely comments, everyone.

  3. Sounds like a great book for me to read, thanks for sharing it with me! Thanks, Nancy, for sharing your review! Have a sunshiny day!