Penmort Castle by Kristen Ashley

Penmort Castle by Kristen AshleyPenmort Castle by Kristen Ashley
Series: Ghosts and Reincarnation #1
on December 7, 2013
Pages: 496 pages
Source: Purchased
three-stars

Cash Fraser is planning revenge and to get it he needs the perfect woman. So he hires her. Abigail Butler has lost nearly everything in her life and she’s about to lose the home she loves.

Cash meets Abby, who is posing as a paid escort, and the minute he does he knows he’s willing to pay for more than Abby being his pretend girlfriend. A lot more. Abby needs the money or the last thing that links her to her dead family and husband will be gone. The deal is struck but both Cash and Abby get more than they bargained for.

Cash realises very quickly that Abby isn’t what she seems and while he changes strategies, Abby discovers that Cash’s legacy, Penmort Castle, is like all the tales say – very, very haunted. Making matters worse, the ghost in residence wants her dead.

Abby’s found herself in the battle of her life so she enlists Mrs. Truman, her nosy neighbour; Jenny, her no-nonsense friend; Cassandra McNabb, white witch and clairvoyant with a penchant for wearing scarves (and lots of them); and Angus McPherson, dyed-in-the-wool Scot (which means he hunts ghosts in a kilt) to fight the vicious ghost who has vowed that she will rest at nothing to kill the true, abiding love of the master of Penmort.

I don’t know what it is about the first books in Kristen Ashley’s series, but wth almost each one I have had mediocre thoughts about the book and Penmort Castle was no exception.

On the heels of a book that I really wished that I hadn’t been introduced to I decided that what I needed was a good Kristen Ashley book, and since I didn’t want to go back in time and re-read some of my faves I chose to move forward with a new-to-me series. But it was in the beginning of Penmort Castle where warning bells were going off in my head. I was so not feeling the vibe that was coming from the hero and the heroine of this story for many reasons, but mostly because they were entering into an arrangement that I knew was going to back fire in the worst way possible.

To my heart’s benefit Kristen Ashley started to reveal the secrets that each character was keeping from the other bit by bit as the story progressed which I was extremely grateful for, but even with this amazing element within Penmort Castle there were many things that I found puzzling about it. One of the main things that I just couldn’t get over was the fantasy element interspersed throughout Penmort Castle.

I’m not sure if it was because of how those who didn’t live or had worked in Penmort Castle were skeptical of the existence of a ghost and therefore resistant to the need to exorcise it from the castle or what, but the way Ashley introduced the horrific moments when the ghost would do something to the heroine or had done something to the previous wives and had spooked previous workers I just couldn’t jive with it.

The mystery behind the ghost, and the conflict that the hero had with his uncle, were really the two aspects that held my attention throughout Penmort Castle. Sad to say that the relationship between the hero and the heroine wasn’t all that exciting or appealing to my senses, maybe because of how they were portrayed in the beginning or maybe it was because of how the conflicts they faced both within and from each other were easily avoidable if they had open communication and hadn’t been looking out for themselves.

I have a feeling that book 2 will be more up to par with what I love to read from Kristen Ashley, so I can’t wait to crack open its pages.

About Kristen Ashley

Kristen Ashley was born in Gary, Indiana, USA. She nearly killed her mother and herself making it into the world, seeing as she had the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck (already attempting to accessorise and she hadn’t taken her first breath!).

Kristen grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana but has lived in Denver, Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus she has been blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her posse is loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write.

Kristen was raised in a house with a large and multi-generational family. They lived on a very small farm in a small town in the heartland and existed amongst the strains of Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon and Whitesnake (and the wardrobes that matched).

Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music, clothes and love was a good way to grow up.

And as she keeps growing up, it keeps getting better.

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