Thursday, February 23, 2012

Review: The Cursed Clan: Callum by Melissa Schroeder

Will desire be the answer or the ruin of an entire clan.
The Cursed Clan, Book 1

As Laird, Callum Lennon feels he has always failed to protect his cousins. Callum's impulsiveness caused the death of his father and the experience has scarred not only his body, but his soul. From that point on, he made sure to always go with the more logical choice in every matter. When his younger cousin Angus finds clues that might help break the curse, Callum begrudgingly hires Phoebe Chilton to investigate. Callum doesn't like bringing outsiders into their family affairs. Their life would become fodder for the tabloids if anyone were to find out about the curse. It doesn't help that the instant he meets Dr. Chilton he's attracted. But, he doesn't really have a choice because she might be their last hope.

An expert in archeology, Phoebe has always been dwarfed by her parents' shadow. Their high standards had her in college by thirteen and earning a second PhD by twenty-two. But her career and her broken marriage have left her needing something more than just diplomas and degrees. She wants to prove that her interest in legends, especially Celtic legends, is as important as her parents' work. When the Lennon family contacts her, she sees the opportunity to win a massive research grant. With a long-time rival breathing down her back, she jumps at the Lennons' offer her, hoping it will ensure her the grant. But uncovering the Lennon family secrets, and her attraction to Callum, could prove more than she can handle.

Forces outside the family are determined to ensure that they fail. When an old enemy threatens both the well being of the clan and the fragile new love, Callum will have to choose between believing his mind or his heart.
Reviewed by Lynelle:

Callum is a very pretty closed off, wealthy business man. He’s the head of his clan so he is filled with responsibility, very serious, and very protective of what is his. His family was cursed in the 1700s that has caused him and his 4 cousins to be immortal and they have been spent a long time trying to figure out how to break the curse. In comes Dr. Phoebe Chilton who has been hired by the family to help translate an old diary that may disclose how to reverse the curse. Phoebe is a very intelligent archeologist who entered college at age 13 and fluent in 5 languages.They are both instantly attracted to each other but both fight it so hard until they just can’t anymore.

This is the first of Melissa’s books that I’ve read and I really liked it. By the time I got to the 2nd half of the story, oh man that’s when the sh*t hit the fan! There’s deception, gun fights, kidnapping and the passion between Callum and Phoebe blows up. Now I might have missed something and I’m not completely sure exactly what the curse on Callum’s family entails or if it will become more clear in the following books. The details that is discovered for the cousins to break their curse sets up great for a series and I will be looking forward to the 2nd book about Callum’s cousin Angus.

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