Book Summery (Via Goodreads):Grieving the death of her godfather and haunted by her cousin Cassie’s betrayal, Barrie returns from a trip to San Francisco to find the Watson plantation under siege. Ghost-hunters hope to glimpse the ancient spirit who sets the river on fire each night, and reporters chase rumors of a stolen shipment of Civil War gold that may be hidden at Colesworth Place. The chaos turns dangerous as Cassie hires a team of archeologists to excavate beneath the mansion ruins. Because more is buried there than treasure.
A stranger filled with magic arrives at Watson’s Landing claiming that the key to the Watson and Beaufort gifts—and the Colesworth curse—also lies beneath the mansion. With a mix of threats and promises, the man convinces Barrie and Cassie to cast a spell there at midnight. But what he conjures may have deadly consequences.
While Barrie struggles to make sense of the escalating peril and her growing and forbidden feelings for Eight Beaufort, it’s impossible to know whom to trust and what to fight for—Eight or herself. Millions of dollars and the fate of the founding families is at stake. Now Barrie must choose between what she feels deep in her heart and what will keep Watson’s Landing safe in this stunning addition to a series filled with “decadent settings, mysterious magic, and family histories rife with debauchery” (Kirkus Reviews, on Compulsion).
Reading this book was like coming home. I absolutely adored Complusion. It's something about those Southern settings that I just love. The rich culture and history just adds so much to the overall story arc. The continuation of the Watson's, Beaufort's, and Colesworth's tale is just captivating. Eight and Barrie's relationship heats up, but is also under a lot of stress. Barrie is keeping a lot of secrets from her family and loved ones which separates her from the rest of the characters. While I enjoyed the overall story, it didn't feel complete. There are a lot of unanswered questions and the plot doesn't feel fully fleshed out. There is a mystery man who adds a lot of color and intrigue, but his purpose isn't fully explained. Also, Eight and Barrie have some serious decisions to make regarding their relationship, but nothing is ever fully decided. This seems like a book to stretch the story into another book, but I don't see one in the makings yet. I hope this is just an oversight. I adore this series and am looking forward to the continuation of the story!
Thanks to Simon Pulse for this copy.
Published October 27, 2015
This is my honest review.
Cover Art Commentary:
I loooove this cover. First off, purple is my favorite color, period. So bonus points for that! Also I just love the design and Eight and Barrie on the cover!