Sunday, September 28, 2014

Review 'The Shadows of Stormclyffe Hall' by Lauren Smith thrilling gothic romance from Entangled’s Otherworld imprint…

To defeat a dark evil, they must face his family’s past…

Bastian Carlisle, the Earl of Weymouth, doesn’t believe in ghosts. Even though tragedy and mysterious hauntings have driven his family away from his ancestral home, Stormclyffe Hall, he is determined to restore the castle to its former glory. His plans are disrupted when a stubborn American shows up on his doorstep hoping to pry into his family’s tragic history.

Jane Seyton, an American graduate student, is convinced there’s more to the tragedy of Stormclyffe Hall than history claims. Ever the scholar, she is determined to discover the truth, even if it means putting up with the arrogant, yet sexy, Bastian.

Although Bastian wants nothing to do with the pushy American, it soon becomes clear that something evil is in the house—and that something is targeting both Jane and Bastian. The two must join forces to purge the ghosts of Stormclyffe Hall once and for all—even as they try to fight a physical attraction between them that grows more and more impossible to deny.

My Review:


After I read ‘Wicked Designs’ I put Lauren Smith immediately on my favorite author’s list. After I became a member of her street team on Facebook and learned about her new upcoming book ‘The Shadows of Stormclyffe Hall’ I couldn’t wait to start reading. I became even more excited when I learned that this book would be a ‘Gothic Romance’ novel. This just sounded so exciting. So when I finally was able to start reading this book, I dropped everything and I started reading.

In ‘The Shadows of Stormclyffe Hall’ we meet Jane Seyton, an American graduate who’s desperate in finding out more about the history of the castle Stormclyffe hall. When Jane meets Bastian Carlisle, the Earl of Weymouth, she gets even more intrigued. Bastian is gorgeous, arrogant and sexy and he doesn’t seem to believe in the ghost stories regarding his home. Jane is determined to find out everything there is to know about the castle and all the horrible accidents that seem to happen to Bastian’s family. And soon she is in way over her head.

From the moment I started reading this book I enjoyed it immensely. This book is very unique and I couldn’t stop reading it. Lauren Smith definitely did an amazing job on writing this story. On the one hand this book was very intense and scary, on the other hand this book was very passionate and full of romance. I loved the way Jane and Bastian found each other through terrifying circumstances and how there was this amazing connection between them. And I loved the ghosts, and the diary entries from the past.

The character I loved the most was Bastian. I just really liked the guy even though he seemed very arrogant in the beginning. I enjoyed reading about his struggles and how he wanted to protect Jane. And off course the castle he owned wasn’t a bad thing either. I would love to be able to read in the private library of an beautiful castle. I can totally see myself strolling through the halls… SIGH!!

Yes, this book was definitely worth reading. I loved it and I couldn’t get enough. It’s another favorite for me and I would recommend it to all the romance novel readers out there. ‘The Shadows of Stormclyffe Hall’ is really worth the sleepless hours!!

About the Author:

Born and raised in Tulsa, Lauren Smith spent the first twenty-two years of her life in Oklahoma, bridging the worlds between urban girl and cowgirl. After high school she attended Oklahoma State University where she earned Bachelor of Art degrees in history and political science. Drawn to paintings in museums and obsessed with antiques, she has satisfied her fascination with history by writing and exploring exotic, ancient lands.
Picture by Jamie Alsobrook!

Over the years, Lauren’s studies have opened doors throughout the world. From spending two summers at Cambridge to attending classes at such divergent places as Ireland and Chengdu, China, she has discovered fascinating opportunities for enrichment wherever she goes. After completing college, Lauren moved to Michigan to attend law school at the University of Detroit-Mercy and University of Windsor in Ontario, Canada. Armed with two Juris Doctorate degrees from both countries, she returned to Tulsa and became an intellectual property attorney.

Since third grade when her English teacher proposed that all students should craft a story for a young writers’ conference, Lauren has been hooked on writing. Her first self-illustrated manuscript described the mysterious disappearance of rare brown bats that were being captured by scientists bent on using them as carriers for an incurable disease. The immense sense of joy in sharing that story with others, and discussing plots and characters, made it clear to Lauren that writing was her true passio

For more information about Lauren Smith and ‘The Shadows of Stormclyffe Hall’ please visit her website, her blog, Goodreads and Amazon. Or look for Lauren on Twitter and Facebook.


  1. Great review Maureen!
    I really liked Bastian as well.
    Loved Lauren's writing style and The last few chapters were so exciting!

    1. Thank you so much.
      I loved how different this book was. Truly exciting ;) I couldn't get enough!


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