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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Whispering Lake by Jessica Coulter Smith

Whispering Lake by Jessica Coulter Smith
Publisher: Wild Horse Press
Genre: Contemporary; Paranormal
Length: Full (359 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 3.5 books
Reviewed by Calla Lily

Cassie is a young Druid with a special gift, the ability to communicate with spirits. Having the ability to see ghosts has created havoc with her love life. Needing a change of pace and a new outlook on life, she travels to Whispering Lake with two friends. She figures the time away will help her get over the hottest guy she’s ever known, who just happens to be a ghost. After all, how can you have a relationship with someone who’s already dead?

I love reading books about the paranormal, my favorite being witchcraft. In Whispering Lake by Jessica Coulter Smith, you not only get a book about a witch, but you also get ghosts and even werewolves.

Whispering Lake is about a young college girl named Cassie. Cassie and her two friends decided to go on a vacation to Whispering Lake for a week. Cassie and her friend Kari are both Wiccans and Amber is an empath. Not only is Cassie a Wiccan, but she has an unique ability ~ she can not only see and talk to ghosts, she can also touch them. This ability makes her feel like a freak, like something she needs to hide. She did find one good thing though; she met a ghost named Matt who became one of her closest friends. Cassie actually secretly wishes she could date Matt.

When the girls leave for their trip, Cassie has a hard time leaving her friend Matt behind. Since he is a ghost, he cannot leave Cassie’s hometown of Ashton Grove. Due to late scheduling, Cassie has to bunk in a separate cabin from her friends. When she got to her cabin, she quickly found out that she will be bunking with 3 hot guys ~ Gabrielle, Michael and Cole. Cassie, unlike her normal shy self, quickly falls for Cole. They became very close, very quickly, having some passionate make out sessions. During this time, Cassie feels torn between Cole and Matt. She knows there is no chance to be with Matt, but cannot get over feeling like she is cheating.

Not only is she dealing with that conflict, but she also has some major issues with her friend Kari. Kari is a guy magnet and cannot get over Cole falling for Cassie. With Kari being into witchcraft, she can sure stir up trouble. Plus Cole and his brothers have a secret.

If that isn’t enough, during a hot and heavy session with Cole, Matt pops into the room. Will Cassie have to choose between Cole and Matt. How did Matt get in her room? How will Cole and his brothers handle it?

I enjoyed Whispering Lake and Cassie’s story very much, but I have to give it a rating of 3.5, because I found that there was a lot of repetitive writing. For instance, when Cole broke up with his last girlfriend he fell into a slump. Cassie was the first girl he really paid attention to and quickly was out of his slump which made his brothers happy. This was mentioned over and over. In a few of the parts it was necessary, but the rest it was un-needed.

Whispering Lake does have a great story line with interesting characters. I loved all the paranormal elements in the book. The romance itself was worth a higher rating with some great love scenes.