Publisher: Ellora's Cave
Genre: Historical Romance
Heat Rating: 1
Book 4 in The Ghost and Romance series. These events precede those in Jenna’s Eternal Lover, published in Cotillion Christmas Spirits.
In 1806, Roman Trent proposed to Serena. When told to go away, he went all the way to India. His years there didn’t dilute his love for Serena, however, nor his interest in her theories of education. Now Serena has fulfilled her dream, establishing a school, and at last Roman has the opportunity to start his own—right next door to Serena’s, on property willed him by the late Lord Everston.
Now the ghost of Roman’s benefactor—along with Jenna, the ghost’s earthly love—must ensure things go right for Roman and Serena. Unfortunately, their efforts to bring about true love are complicated by another woman’s determination to marry Roman…and made nearly impossible by Serena’s vow to never marry anyone.
I had some difficulty accepting the conceit of the Ghost and his relationship with Jenna. I have no difficulty accepting werewolves and vampires as heroes, so why ghosts? The more I thought about it, the more it made sense. Who doesn't want to be able to control what happens with their assets after their death. By surviving in a spectral form, the ghost is able to influence what happens and try to help his heirs find their H.E.A.s.
I really enjoyed the story between Roman and Serena. He's been in love with her for years, and she was never really sure of her feelings for him. Serena has vowed never to marry anyone, and this makes Roman's position really impossible. I enjoyed the inner struggle Serena faced in attempting to reconcile her feelings for Roman. Not that I enjoyed her struggle, but that I enjoyed the descriptions of the obstacles and stepping stones in her path to change her inner viewpoint.
If you like Regency Romance novels, or even if you don't but like stories of independent women finding their HEAs, then you should read this book.
3 Tea Cups!