Wednesday, June 4, 2014

The Curse Keepers by Denise Grover Swank


Life is always filled with mystery when you live on the same island as the missing colony of Roanoke that disappeared in 1590.

For years Ellie Lancaster had ignored the ramblings of her father about a curse that her family could trace all the way back to Ananias Dare. Until the handsome young man entered the restaurant and changed her life forever with a simple touch. As the mark spread across her hand something was unleashed that was meant to be kept contained for all eternity. And it was angry, and hungry, and looking for Ellie. 

Collin Dailey had always known about the curse, and it infuriated him that Ellie wasn't taking it seriously even as he marked her doors and windows every night to keep her safe. Feeling himself becoming more and more attracted to the strong woman struggling to wrap her head around something she had always thought of as a fairy tale. He only hoped that at the end she would forgive all his secrets as he joined his soul to hers. 

I love this book. The female lead is strong even when confused and trying to find her way through the issue. She doesn't get lost in her attraction for the delicious Collin Dailey but tries to see him how he genuinely is. The book is wicked and you can tell the author really spent a lot of time researching the subject and getting to know the lay of the land. There is one scene where the author describes Ellie feeling the spirit of the animals of the sea all around her and it's beautiful. She has such a way with words that just lets you picture everything.

I had heard of the Lost Colony of Roanoke, I think most people have, but I loved Mrs. Swank's take on the mystery. It was engrossing and captured your imagination in a way that lingers with you long after the book is done. It makes you want to google and learn more. 

You can find it for under $6 on Amazon right now and I definitely would grab it. It's an urban fantasy and I can't wait for the conclusion of this series to see how things end up!