Title: The Selkie’s Curse
Author: Helen Louise Caroll
Genre: Fantasy/ Shapeshifter/ Paranormal
Length: Novella (123 Pages)
Publisher: Amber Allure, Amber Quill Press (May 25th, 2014)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥4.75Hearts
Blurb: Boy billionaire Evan Munro has been having a rough time. He’s estranged from his family. His art instructor hates him. And his grandfather is babbling about Selkies and ancient curses. Things start to look up, though, when Evan meets Lorne Guthrie, the hot model in his life-drawing class. The two have sexual chemistry, and don’t waste time acting on it.
But there’s something strange about Lorne. At times, he acts like two different people. And what’s with that Scottish accent that comes and goes?
Could Evan’s grandfather be right? Is Lorne a Selkie? And where does that leave them?
Product Link: http://www.amberquill.com/store/p/1971-The-Selkie-s-Curse.aspx
Review: Evan Monro, boy billionaire, is attending SC4. After the professor criticizes his artwork, he leaves class doubting his work. While sitting under a tree he meets a handsome man named Lorne Guthrie who he is immediately attracted to, and realizes Lorne is the model they were sketching in class. Lorne is charming and sexy and immediately asks Evan out. Evan accepts and they find themselves in Lorne’s loft having passionate sex.
The next day Evan gets a mysterious phone call from his grandfather Math requesting that he return home immediately. Fearing the worst he tells Lorne he would like to see him when he gets back and heads for home. Upon arrival, his grandfather sets him down and tells him the story of the Selkie’s curse. The first Monro stole the Selkie’s coat after watching it transform into a human after it left the water. Monro hid the coat from the Selkie. The Selkie was never able to transform back without its coat. So it stayed, got married, and had children. On its deathbed, he requested Monro’s presence. After ordering everyone out but Monro, the Selkie cursed him and all future generations, saying none will ever find happiness.
Math explains that as long as someone had the coat they’d be rich. But that with each generation the Selkie would come back and try to get it back. Not believing, Evan leaves and heads back to Lorne. He starts to notice that it seems like Lorne is actually two people. Lorne knows that he’s had what he calls the other Lorne inside him all his life. The other Lorne does things he would never be able to do. When Evan tells him about the Selkie’s curse, he gets frightened. Could that be the other half inside, possessing him?
This story was fascinating to read. Mystery, paranormal, possession a family curse, and intrigue are all in this wonderful story. It intrigued me from the start. The story of the first Monro and the Selkie’s coat was very good. It did sadden me to learn of the different Selkie’s death and how none of them was able to persuade the owners of it at the time to give it back. Beautifully written. I will be checking out this author’s other stories, as this was the first one I read and loved.