Senara agrees to work as a lady’s maid at Castle of Park to help ease the financial burden of her beloved family. She does not expect to have such a wicked mistress any more than she expects to find a handsome laird… or a ghost with a burning need for retribution. Gavin vowed on his father’s death bed to watch over his aunt, and regrets it every day. Especially when her new maid arrives.
The woman is extraordinarily fascinating which stirs his cruel aunt’s ire. Can he protect the woman from his aunt? Even more important, can he keep himself from giving into his longing for the country lass? Theirs is a journey of treacherous pasts, painful loss, hidden longing and vengeance.
Previously released in Once Upon a Haunted Castle and Romantic Legends
This is the first book I have read by Ms Martin, and I have been interested in her work for a while now and I can absolutely say that this will not be the last I will read by her. Her writing is faultless, it’s new and fresh, intelligently written and above all as romantic as you can get. I love the plot of this it’s so different and hugely enjoyable to read.
The story opens with Senara – isn’t that a lovely name? on the road travelling to her new job as a maid in the household of the Laird of Castle of the Park, after some unfortunate events her family aren’t in a position where Senara can keep living with them even though like any parent her’s would never admit to it, but they are struggling financially. So, Senara chose to take on a position as maid she wants to earn enough money to purchase a Knighthood for her brother; Geordie. While making her way there she is attacked by bandit’s who are trying to steal her beloved horse; Norbert. Well Senara is a plucky little thing she is more than ready with her own sword and dirk to look after herself, and she does even after a scorchingly handsome man turns up.
Her hands pressed to her small bosom and she gave a smile which parted her full, pink lips and revealed perfect teeth. “Love is too special to be bought no matter how much wealth ye have.”She shrugged her slender shoulders again. “Besides, it doesna matter.”He frowned. “Why is that?”Her grin turned playful. “Because I’ve no’ anything to my name but Norbert and a sword. They’re worth the weight of my heart, but I know my fortune. No man will marry me for anything but love.”
What she doesn’t realise is that the devilishly attractive man she had met on the road is in fact her new employer. Grant McDuff needs to marry, he needs to produce an heir otherwise his estates and title would revert to the King of England, which for a Scottish Laird is the worst thing that could ever happen. He knows that the best marriage he could have is with the daughter of the other Laird in the area, the McDuff’s and the MacKintosh’s have been at logger heads for so many years and sooner or later it will become all-out war between the two clans, so a marriage agreement would bring the peace. But Grant having been refused on numerous occasions to ask for MacKintosh’s daughter, he is very reluctant to put his self on the line again especially after meeting fiery Senara.
As soon as Senara gets into the castle she knows that there is something about the place that unsettles her, it’s like there is a darkness hanging over the entire castle a big cloud that is threatening rain and the only light that come through the glum and darkness of the castle is the laird himself – who she is entirely too taken with. Then on her very first night she comes face to face with the very thing that had unsettled her so much. She finds out a secret that could not only destroy her life but that of Grant’s too, but due to a twist of fate this secret has no intention’s of staying quiet and makes sure that he makes his presence very well known.
Senara is a romantic through and through she has her heart and mind set on only ever marrying for love, she has seen too many arranged marriages which are full of unhappiness and she doesn’t want that. She want’s a man who will respect her and treat her like an equal, which living during the 1600’s that is a big thing to ask for. I do like Senara she has such a kind heart and firm, intelligent head on her shoulders. What I particularly like about Senara is how she treats people, whether they are stable boys or the Laird himself she is kindness incarnate and this is probably why the mysterious Balthazar is taken with her and shows himself only to her – you need to read it to find out who Balthazar is, let me just say that their mutual respect is a real twist in the tale.
He pressed his mouth to the chill of hers. Her lips parted and the tip of her tongue grazed his. His body went hot with a fire of lust and he returned her kiss with a passion, which left them both trembling with need.
The chemistry between Grant and Senara is pure and honest, there is a real sizzle in the air whenever they are in the same scene, Grant is a fabulous character, he has a heart of pure gold, he is a genuinely good man he treats his staff with absolute respect and the way he immediately trusts and believes Senara is very sweet. Ms Martin has written their first tentative step’s and then their full-blown passion beautifully, it is endearing and atmospheric and just such a great read.
The presence of Balthazar is haunting and yet gives this story an intriguing twist and catches your attention as to what happened to him and why is it that Senara seems to be the one that he reaches out to? I absolutely love this twist, it is so different to what you usually expect from an Historical Romance. I did hugely enjoy A Ghostly Tale of Forbidden Love is such a great story at love at first sight, and I will definitely be reading more from Ms Martin, I found her work to be fresh, fun and highly recommended.
This was a complimentary copy via the author in exchange for an honest review.
A Ghostly Tale of Forbidden Love can be purchased from Amazon.