Jan 22, 2018

Book Review: Mesmerized





The only way to fight a powerful darkness is with a powerful love

Olivia Moreland prides herself on discrediting charlatans, particularly the false mediums that flock to London. But when Lord Stephen St. Leger requests her help in investigating an alleged psychic’s claims, she can’t deny the ominous feeling she has within the walls of his ancient estate—or the intimately familiar connection she has with Stephen himself.

The last time he’d called Blackhope Hall home, Stephen had watched as his elder brother claimed both the family title and the woman he loved. Now, in the wake of his brother’s murder, Stephen has reluctantly returned to find his family ensconced in scandal. Who is responsible for his brother’s untimely death? And what is it about investigator Olivia Moreland that so thoroughly draws him in, reigniting a passion he hasn’t felt in years?


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I have always enjoyed stories sent in the time of the Spiritualism movement.  There is always such chicanery involved with convincing the ones left behind that they can really communicate with their loved ones.   I especially enjoy the stories about the people who debunk these con artists.  Olivia is one such debunker.

Another thing that drew me to this book is that Olivia is part of the 'mad Morelands' who are not mad at all.  They just happen to believe in education for all and women's rights.  Olivia is an independent thinker who enjoys exposing the con men or women.  She gets to know Stephen when he hires her to expose a spiritualist who has attached herself to his mother.

I really enjoyed MESMERIZED. It is a blend with the just right balance of historical romance with a touch of the paranormal and mystery.  I think that any of my readers who enjoy historical romances will love this book and author.

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.

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