If you listen hard enough, you’ll hear their whispered warnings…
When she escaped Diablo Springs years ago, Gracie Beck swore she’d never return. But all that changes on the night of her grandmother’s tragic death when Diablo Springs lures Gracie’s teenage daughter to its treacherous border. Fearing the threat of that haunted place and the danger it poses to her daughter, Gracie races to the rescue—only to find herself trapped in the turbulent current of a hundred year old curse and the menacing spirits that have terrorized the town’s dusty streets for a century.
Author Reilly Alexander has ghosts of his own in Diablo Springs—ghosts he needs to lay to rest before he can move on. Tempted by the promise of a bestselling story, he reluctantly returns to Diablo Springs only to find Gracie Beck waiting there. At first, Gracie wants nothing to do with the man who betrayed her years ago, but feelings she thought long gone spark to life when she sees Reilly again. She is drawn to his quiet strength and the burning desire he ignites within her. Reilly is determined to help save Gracie’s daughter and prove his to love the woman he’s never forgotten, but they’ve come to a dangerous place where even the dark waters are sinister and every lurking shadow should be feared….
I purchased Diablo Springs by Erin Quinn on a lark around Halloween in a pack of books called Seductive Supernaturals: 12 Tales of Shapeshifters, Vampires, and Sexy Spirits because it was $0.99 for twelve books, and I can’t resist a bargain. Plus, it’s good for my scary books selections to overlap with my sexy book selections if only for time management purposes. (If you don’t believe that it’s possible, check out my reviews of Kate L. Mary’s Broken World Series! Book 1, Book 2, Book 3.)
Alas, Diablo Springs was not for me. Quinn’s writing style was full of the terrible similes and metaphors which are all too common in romance novels (and high school/college essays). My grandmother loves romance novels and passed several of them on to me in my late teenage years, so I came to know (not by any means love) the lousy analogies and comparisons which are seemingly obligatory to some writers in the romance genre, regardless of the branch. The book overall felt more like a supernatural soap opera than your standard horror or romance book, so I do think that it should gain some points for originality if not in its performance.
Honestly, this book was fairly unconvincing as a romance novel and as a horror book. There was more silly than either sexy or scary, and I didn’t sign up for that!
I’ll be reviewing more of the Seductive Supernaturals compilation as I complete them. The other books are by different writers with the same publisher, so I’m hoping I’ll find a book that sticks! If you’d like to read along with me, click the image below to check out the book collection.