FREE BOOK Review: The Deepest Cut (The MacKinnon Curse Book 1) by J.A. Templeton

Book Blurb

Sixteen-year-old Riley Williams has been able to see ghosts since the car crash that took her mother's life and shattered her family. Guilt-ridden over the belief that she's somehow responsible for her mom's death, Riley is desperate to see her mother's elusive spirit to gain her forgiveness.

When her father moves the family to Scotland so they can all start over, Riley believes her life couldn't get worse––that is until the ghost of nineteen-year-old Ian MacKinnon catches her purposely cutting herself. An uneasy truce quickly turns into friendship, and soon Riley's falling hard for Ian.

Riley believes her gift could help Ian end the curse that has kept him tied to the land for centuries, but that would mean letting him go forever and she's not sure she is strong enough to do that. As if her life wasn't complicated enough, the malevolent spirit of the woman who killed Ian returns and she'll stop at nothing to keep Riley from helping Ian find eternal peace.

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Toot's Review by Stacy Sabala

In this MacKinnon Curse novel, Riley moves to Scotland with her dad and brother Shane.  Her mother died in a car accident that Riley, herself just recently physically healed from.  However she blames herself for her mother’s death.  She secretly cuts herself to ease her pain.  Moving to Scotland was her dad’s way of starting fresh and changing scenery.  He has been worried about Riley.  She has been pulling away and claiming she sees ghosts.  Riley know hides that ability from the others, afraid her father will send her to more doctors.
Her first day in her new home and she sees Ian.  He is a ghost and cursed.  The storyline unfolds as Riley wants to help Ian.  They grow closer and Riley gains confidence.  However the one that cursed Ian, Laris, is still ther and won’t let Riley succeed.  The author has created a crazy character with no real morals.

As Riley tries to settle in, she meets those that can help her and thise that may harm her.  Laris becomes more dangerous as she threatens Shane.  Riley is toyed with psychologically by Laris.  The reader isn’t sure to what extent Ian and Laris had a relationship until later in the book.  She also loses her heart to a ghost,  I an brings her back from her own dark place.  It is great to see Riley fight her way back but sad knowing that Ian can’t stay.  There are some pretty sad parts in the book that make you tear up.  It was a great story.  Riley was a complex character that fought her compulsions.  It was easy and the author made sure the reader knew that.  I give it a 4 out of 5.

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