Thursday, May 24, 2012

Review: The Deepest Cut by J.A. Templeton

The Deepest Cut (MacKinnon Curse, #1)
The Deepest Cut (MacKinnon Curse #1) by J.A. Templeton
Sixteen-year-old Riley Williams has been able to see ghosts since the car crash that took her mother’s life and shattered her family. Guilt-ridden over the belief that she’s somehow responsible for her mom’s death, Riley is desperate to see her mother’s elusive spirit to gain her forgiveness.
When her father moves the family to Scotland so they can all start over, Riley believes her life couldn’t get worse––that is until the ghost of nineteen-year-old Ian MacKinnon catches her purposely cutting herself. An uneasy truce quickly turns into friendship, and soon Riley’s falling hard for Ian.
Riley believes her gift could help Ian end the curse that has kept him tied to the land for centuries, but that would mean letting him go forever and she’s not sure she is strong enough to do that. As if her life wasn’t complicated enough, the spirit of the woman who killed Ian returns and she’ll stop at nothing to keep Riley from helping Ian find eternal peace.
Published Oct 2011
1st in MacKinnon Curse series, 2nd The Haunted published Jan 2012, 3rd The Departed published Apr 2012

My Review:

   I was honored when Julia Templeton asked me to review The Deepest Cut, it combines the factors of contemp that I love, the tough issues (Riley's mom dying and her guilt at being in the car with her, and the cutting) right with the paranormal aspects that I love. The paranormal, the ghosts one woven into a love story and the other downright evil and creepy are very well written.
   I flew through this book. The characters grabbed and held my interest, the plot is fast moving always having me wonder what would happen next while still processing what just happened, and the emotions are so well written.
   Riley is easy to relate to, and her pain jumps off the page. I also really admire her love for her dad and her brother. Her brother Shane is balanced between a good friend and awesome brother with just enough annoying to make it believable.
   Ian really is swoon worthy and I love how dogged he was at first with her to get and keep her attention. He got mine too. The backstory with Laria is good, and I was always wondering what it was just below the surface and what it would finally take to deal with her.
   And I totally wasn't expecting the ending, I can't wait to get my hands on the next one to find out how this all ties together and what happens with Riley.
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  1. This was actually one of the first books I bought for my Kindle but for some reason I haven't gotten around to reading it yet! I'll have to bump it up my to-read list now. Great review!

  2. I love this book too, Brandi :) I've read the second book in this series,and it's sooooo good! you're going to love it! Thanks for the great review! :)

  3. Glad to read you enjoyed this, thanks for the recommendation.

  4. Yay I'm glad you enjoyed this one too! Riley is a great character and I agree super easy to relate to. I also thought it was super creepy!!

  5. +JMJ+

    What intrigues me is the idea that this may be a love story with a built-in sad ending . . . Not that there's anything wrong with that! =)

  6. Wow! New book for me. Thanks for the review, excuse me while I dash off to add to my wishlist.

  7. This review actually makes me want to read the book. Although I'm not usually one for paranormal romance, this one does seem to be interesting. I'll have to see if my library has the book!

  8. This sounds like a hauntingly beautiful read; just the sort of book I enjoy. :) Thanks for reviewing it.


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