I was given the ARC for Windswept By Sabrina Jeffries this book is being reprinted because she originally wrote it under the name Deborah Martin. Now it’s no secret that I am huge fan of this author and was super excited to receive the ARC.
Catrin Price comes from a long line of women who are cursed, they must drink from an ancient Druid chalice but it was sold long ago by one her relatives and in turn the mend in her family start to die within three years of marriage, her own husband didn’t make it past the wedding night. Which if you love a good Virgin widow story, this is for you! Anyway Catrin goes to London to buy back the chalice from some guy named Justin who gets murdered after he sells it to her, Catrin on the other hand has most likely Been watching investigation discovery and decides something bad is going to happen s o she leaves out the back just be safe, which apparently was the right thing to do! She makes it home but all the while in london Justin’s friends mainly Evan Newcome who is scholar, is going to find his friends’ killer which he sure is Catrin that is until he sees her swimming in a lake which of course causes pants feelings for him. When he asks Catrin about the Chalice she lies to him and tells him she doesn’t have it, But Evan tells her he’s researching a book and needs her help on writing a book so they are both hiding things from the other. While Catrin starts to have feelings for Evan there are two problems one the schoolmaster David wants to marry her but he’s a major jerk ( think Gaston from beauty and beast) and he’s also working with some guy name Blackheart who wants the chalice and Problem two is Evan just wants to be Friends with benefits I honestly see on problem there but that is just me. Eventually Catrin find out the real reason Evan is in town but forgives him. Then after they have sex Evan finds the Chalice he basically throws a fit about being lied to.. hello double standard hell bent on bringing her to justice and just being a little bit of an asshole he drags her off to catch up with a detective that he chased off. Along the way David finds out what happened and chases after them shoots Evan grabs the Chalice and runs off. Evan and Catrin take refuge at friends house which is conveniently near by. Blackheart kills David and goes after Catrin because he’s going marry her and have perfect Druid babies…. I am not kidding, the guy was bit of a wackadoodle. Once Evan and Catrin reconcile it’s all good until she runs off because she needs that darn Chalice only to get kidnapped by Blackheart.. and Lets just say Blackheart does not get his HEA but Evan and Catrin do and rightly so!
Overall the book was good you can definitely see the rakishness in Evan that we have come to in the Hero’s that Jeffries creates, I liked Catrin to a point but I found her whiny toward the end of the book But I was happy with how the ending turned out. It did lag a bit after Evan was shot but picked back up after Justin’s Killer was revealed and while yes it was Blackheart, Blackheart was not the person’s real name and the real person was kind of a shock. The mystery set the perfect tone to book as did the conflict with the hero who thought he would become abusive like his father and Catrin who thought because she was cursed she couldn’t have what she wanted. But she proved that you should fight for what you want curse or no. I gave it 4 stars on goodreads and think this was well worth the read.