Book Review: THE GHOSTS OF CRAGERA BAY by Dawn Brown (Harlequin E Shivers)

GhostsCollageSeries: Harlequin E Shivers (Box Set, Volume 3)
Publisher: Harlequin E
Release Date: July 7, 2014
Source: Review copy from NetGalley
Rating: ★★★★½

Declan James is the reluctant heir to a crumbling Welsh estate with a deadly history. He’ll never sell Stonecliff with a parapsychologist poking around fueling ghostly rumors. But his truce with beautiful Dr. Carly Evans is destined to end in bloodshed.

I’ve read three out of the four books from the Harlequin E Shivers Box Set, Volume 3, and THE GHOSTS OF CRAGERA BAY is definitely the darkest and spookiest. It gave me chills! After his biological father dies, Declan James/Meyers inherits his family’s dreary estate on the Isle of Anglesey, Wales. All he wants to do is sell the dank place known as Stonecliff as soon as possible and return to his life in Seattle.

Unfortunately, there are two major problems interfering with Declan’s plan. First, the creepy bog on the property called The Devil’s Eye has been a hub of evil over the past few decades, including numerous murders and hauntings, and no one knows why. Secondly, persistent parapsychologist Dr. Carly Evans wants to investigate Stonecliff’s unexplained paranormal activity, and she has an idea about why evil is drawn to The Devil’s Eye. If she can prove her theory, it will make selling the place all the more difficult.

THE GHOSTS OF CRAGERA BAY was a fast-paced, creepy-good Gothic romance that I really enjoyed. I was intrigued by the complex and gruesome history of Stonecliff and the mysterious bog. Declan was the consummate Gothic hero – brooding, tortured, sexy, and needing a good woman to save his soul. Carly was a likable heroine, with smarts, determination, and a fearless streak a mile long.

While reading this, I didn’t realize there were two previous books connected to it — THE DEVIL’S EYE and THE WITCH OF STONECLIFF. You don’t need to read them in order to enjoy, but I would like to go back and find out more back story details, especially about Declan’s half-sisters, Brynn and Eleri.

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

11 thoughts on “Book Review: THE GHOSTS OF CRAGERA BAY by Dawn Brown (Harlequin E Shivers)

  1. I think I would like this new line of Harlequin. I think of them as just those quick, short romance novels you see in used book shops bu they have come a long way. I used to read mainly gothic novels when a teen and I want to try the genre again. If you think of any more current books (in last few years) that you could recommend as a great one to try, I would love it, thanks. 🙂

    • I used to read the older Gothic romances years ago, and I’m just getting back to them now. So far, the books from the new Shivers series have been very good.

  2. I think this new line has some great potential. I love Gothic Romance (when done right) and I think it actually works better in shorter reads.It is the one type of story that I enjoy that way 🙂

  3. I don’t read a lot of gothic romance, although at one time read a lot of books from Victoria Holt – when I couldn’t get anything else. This one sounds good, so long as I wouldn’t have to sleep with the light on after reading it!

  4. Oh my gosh. That sounds good but I’d totally freak myself out with it too. lol

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