Written in the Stars by Sherrill Bodine & Patricia Rosemoor

Written in the StarsSherrill Bodine & Patricia RosemoorParanormal RomanceEntangled Publishing, LLCAugust 12, 2013eBook208

Chased by evil, two women discover their own magic to fight a villain’s curse on the Posey rings that draw them to the men they are destined to love…

In 1601, Lady Elizabeth York’s star-shaped birthmark proclaims her a child of magic.

When she arrives at Dunham Castle to marry Carlyle, heir to the Duke of Lennox, she finds enchantment in the eyes and touch of Will Grey, the Duke’s bastard son. Bewitched by Elizabeth, Will defies all for their love, and his jilted half-brother places a curse on them both.

Searching for a treasure ship sunk long ago, present-day marine archeologist Cordelia Ward is pursued romantically by both salvager Innis Foley and treasure hunter Morgan Murphy. She is haunted by a
murderous nightmare where one man is the killer and the other the victim.

But which man is her enemy – which one her soul mate?

Can a journal that belonged to her ancestress, Lady Elizabeth York show her the answers… in time to save her true love?

Where do I start with this book? I stayed up way to late to read this from “cover to cover” (I put that in quotes because I received an early copy PDF from the publisher in exchange for an honest review, and therefore the book didn’t have actual covers). This novel sucked me in so completely, into both the past and present.

I can’t talk too much about the actual reading experiences without spoiling the book, but I can talk a bit about what’s hinted at in the book description.

Regarding the jilting… it involves sex… and it is HOT. There are definitely books I’ve read where I skim the sex scene, but this was not one of them. It was tasteful, but no one would be able to call it chaste, either.
​And the question about “which man is her enemy—which one her soul mate?” had me going for a while. I am very good at figuring out mysteries in novels, but I didn’t get this one immediately. And that was nice for a change. But once I did get it, my knowing earlier than the official reveal didn’t ruin the reading experience. The authors made it obvious in retrospect, but not in the moment, which I think is a perfect way to write a mystery.

So… what’s my final verdict?

​I loved this story very much. Always a fan of epic and tragic love stories (think Romeo & Juliet), this was my perfect cup of tea. What was even better was this book had historical and contemporary components (which were woven together flawlessly, in my opinion). Written in the Stars had magic and a compelling love triangle (both great bonuses in my book, when done right-and they were). I recommend this novel for lovers of suspense, magical realism and fate, and handsome swoon-worthy men.

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