Raines’ blazingly passionate ghost story titillates with ancient curses and tugs at the heartstrings with a tale of lost love. Though the explicit use of modern language is sometimes jarring, and the finer details of the budding relationship are glossed over in favor of steam, Raines is able to sustain suspense over the fate of her main characters with surprising success. The curse of Forest Manor and its town is a cleverly conceived plot twist and lends an interesting, unexpected depth to an enjoyably sultry story.

Joanna Montgomery has made a very successful career out of restoring old, occasionally haunted homes. But when she arrives at Forest Manor, a grand antebellum estate, she finds ghosts unlike any she’s previously encountered. Trevor Powell III, Forest Manor’s former owner, and his lover, Rutherford Jackson, were murdered and cursed to spend eternity in the crumbling mansion and unable to touch each other. They have frightened off any previous potential owners, but Joanna awakens desires neither can explain or deny. Can the wrongs of the past be redeemed by their passion for a very modern woman? (SIRENPUBLISHING.COM, dl $4.99)
Reviewed by: 
Bridget Keown