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Friday, June 27, 2008

A Spirited Liason

A Spirited Liason by Carol McPhee
Publisher: Champagne Books
Genre: Contemporary; Paranormal
Length: Full
Heat: Sensual
Rating: 5 books
Reviewed by Camellia

Erin O'Malley marches to the beat of her own drummer. With an 18th century privateer running interference, CEO Lance Dalton suffers the consequences.

Erin Parker clashes with arrogant businessman Lance Dalton in her desperate attempt to save her father's company from bankruptcy. If not for the mystical influence of an 18th century privateer, neither would learn that their destinies are intertwined in history.

The title A Spirited Liason gives a special clue about how the lives of Erin Parker and Lance Dalton become joined. In modern day Halifax,events are set in motion to create a spellbinding story that gives the reader a glimpse of eighteenth century happenings that influence present time events.

Ms. McPhee mingles genetics and environment to create memorable characters. Erin and Lance are beset at every turn as they each search for closure to miseries endured during their growing up years and for a true feeling of self-worth.

The “sins” of the parents do seem to be visited upon their children as this story of love weaves its way through deception, fear, fraud, death, despair, and discovery.

The storms, full of thunder and lightening, along the Halifax coast have nothing on the storms Erin and Lance create for themselves as they viefor a position of power in their dealings with each other. However, the love scenes create a very different storm. They touch the heart and warm the blood. Oh, yes!

The secondary characters,both alive and the ones long dead,play strong roles in propelling this delightful and intriguing story to its happy-ever-after. The spirit of Ben O’Malley looms big as life as he works to bring to fruition a union that will let him sail away and cross over to his rest.

Carol McPhee’s descriptions transported me from dry West Texas and set me down in a world of wheeling and dealing then to a magical island and a historical coastline of the northeast letting me experience the fog, storms, and natural beauty there. In this unique environment she introduced me to characters that I did so enjoy getting to know.

A Spirited Liason is a well-written treat to read.