Friday, January 5, 2018

#Review: MESMERIZED by Candance Camp



3 of 5 stars

I loved the premise of this book--investigating the paranormal and mediums in 1876--and I was looking forward to reading it. It started out great with Lord Stephen St. Leger meeting Lady Olivia Moreland during a seance. With his accusing her of being the medium's assistant, Olivia sets the record straight when they are both escorted out of the medium's parlor. Stephen is desperate for his mother to come out under the influence of another medium and he invites Olivia to his home to help him expose the medium as a fraud before his mother gives the woman any more money. This was well done, but it didn't hold true for the rest of the book.

What I didn't like was the constant rehashing of the same "evidence" between Stephen and Olivia of the medium's tactics while neither of them was willing to discuss their own connection and what was happening. Olivia's self doubt about Stephen's feelings got tiresome after a while and despite the fact that there was much more going on in the story than a fake medium, there was nothing to keep the two apart except Olivia's doubt. I don't want to say any more because it would spoil the book for others.

I would have rated the book higher if the story was tightened up more. All in all, I think fans of the paranormal and historical romances will enjoy this book.

I received a copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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