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So when I picked up Lacybourne Manor, I started reading with this mindset . . . I have to say it was not what I was expecting.
Basically this story is about a pair of star crossed lovers from 1522. They were murdered on their wedding night and a good witch, who saw their True Love, bound their souls together so they could be reincarnated and find each other again. This happens in the form or Colin and Sibyl, who then go on to fight the evil threatening to tear them apart and consummate their love.
For the main characters, Colin and Sibyl, I have to say I was sadly underwhelmed. Its not to say that they were not likable, because they were. Colin is a strong alpha male with money to burn and trust issues, while Sibyl is a sweet heroine who would give you the shirt of her back. When I first started reading I actually really liked them, but as I continued reading I just felt it was a repeating performance of the same misunderstanding and drama. As the story progressed they hit a plateau and you don't really see their emotions develop after a certain point. Not to say their love isn't sweet in its way, but I prefer more substance. And to be quite honest, I started wanting to slap Colin's ruthless alpha rear around, and then start in on Sibyl for being so easy. The secondary characters were also ok, but they just didn't have the same impact as characters from other Kristen Ashley series.
I think the plot was a bit slow, which is not bad if you like that, however I was expecting more action. It had its funny moments to be sure, and it had a few twists and bumps interspersed through the romance, but I struggled to read to the end. I had to restrain myself from just flipping to the last few pages to see how it ends and get it over with. The absence of a flesh and blood bad guy until the last ten pages or so irritated me. The antagonist really had no effect on the plot other than to bring in the magic element and present a few (minor) obstacles for the star crossed lovers. I'm sorry to say this, but it just felt the story had no depth.
The writing itself was good, but at times the sentences were a bit jumbled, so I actually had to go back and reread. There were a few words that were misspelled as well, but overall it was well written. I think the sheer length of the story is a point against the book. A lot of Kristen Ashley's books are long, and when you're really liking the story that's great because you don't want it to end, but in this case 433 pages was just to much.
But, I have to reiterate that I am comparing this book to her other series, particularly the Rock Chick series, so my views is biased. Its just not my cup of tea, so in saying this, I would recommend Lacybourne Manor to anyone who likes steady romance with not a lot of action, a bit of magic, and reincarnated star crossed lovers.
These two (to some) are destined to meet, but when the meeting actually does happen, things don't exactly go well. Colin misunderstands things, and Sibyl thinks he's just nuts.
But when they make an arrangement for them to have an affair for two months, things start to get a little strange for both of them. And when someone seems to be out to hurt them both, they have to figure out what is going on and how to fight this horrible curse before it is too late.
This book was very interesting, and had wonderful characters in the story. I really did like it, and loved the characters. However, it was a little bit hard to get into at first, and then towards the end it seemed to just drag a little bit. Other then that I really enjoyed the alpha hero, and the sweet hearted heroine, especially together.
This book was intriguing with it's ghostly side, and very good with the characters. I look forward to reading the next book in this series.