Monday, June 20, 2011

Jana DeLeon: The Secret of Cypriere Bayou

I made a foray this weekend into Kindle for PC and into a new romance novel brand I've never read that I remember: Harlequin Intrigue. I picked DeLeon's The Secret of Cypriere Bayou because I was curious about how these are written, and she had dubbed it "Gothic lite," citing Barbara Michaels as an inspiration. I was also psyched to find out there are a few of these "Shivers" in the Intrigue line. They are short and sweet. Another now popular gothic thriller author, Amanda Stevens, also wrote for this line until just a few years ago.

Olivia Markham goes to LaMalediction, an old haunted house in Louisiana, to spend time writing. The caretaker, John Landry, is hunky and has secrets of his own. Strange noises and happenings in the house escalate into danger. Will Olivia and John figure out the secrets of the house and find love?

I enjoyed some of the thrills and chills in the novel. Secret tunnels, old letters, and atmosphere were spooky elements. Overall, I give it 4 stars for a category romance with Gothic atmosphere and trappings.


Kristi Lyn Glass said...

I also just finished reading this on my Kindle. I was impressed by the many gothic elements in this novel. I think the romance seemed a bit forced--evolving too quickly--but that seems to be de rigueur in romance novels these days, esp. in this rather short format. Those looking for a classic gothic novel in a contemporary setting will be pleased with this work.

Lisa said...

Yes, it was a short novel, and I know the structure for them is pretty rigid. By the way, Kristi, I'm so glad the Gothic Journal author profiles are going to be online for easy purchase etc. soon. I can't wait! :)

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