Friday, March 2, 2012

Callum by Melissa Schroeder

Title:  Callum
Author: Melissa Schroeder
My Rating: B-

Genre: Paranormal Romance 
Series: The Cursed Clan #1
Main Characters: Callum & Phoebe
Release Date: February 2012
Publisher: self-pubbed  

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Sexual Intensity: Hot

I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

Story Overview:
Will desire be the answer or the ruin of an entire clan.
The Cursed Clan, Book 1

As Laird, Callum Lennon feels he has always failed to protect his cousins. Callum's impulsiveness caused the death of his father and the experience has scarred not only his body, but his soul. From that point on, he made sure to always go with the more logical choice in every matter. When his younger cousin Angus finds clues that might help break the curse, Callum begrudgingly hires Phoebe Chilton to investigate. Callum doesn't like bringing outsiders into their family affairs. Their life would become fodder for the tabloids if anyone were to find out about the curse. It doesn't help that the instant he meets Dr. Chilton he's attracted. But, he doesn't really have a choice because she might be their last hope.

An expert in archeology, Phoebe has always been dwarfed by her parents' shadow. Their high standards had her in college by thirteen and earning a second PhD by twenty-two. But her career and her broken marriage have left her needing something more than just diplomas and degrees. She wants to prove that her interest in legends, especially Celtic legends, is as important as her parents' work. When the Lennon family contacts her, she sees the opportunity to win a massive research grant. With a long-time rival breathing down her back, she jumps at the Lennons' offer her, hoping it will ensure her the grant. But uncovering the Lennon family secrets, and her attraction to Callum, could prove more than she can handle.

Forces outside the family are determined to ensure that they fail. When an old enemy threatens both the well being of the clan and the fragile new love, Callum will have to choose between believing his mind or his heart.

This is a paranormal sensual romance, approx 65000 words. It is the first book of The Cursed Clan.

My Review:

Five days. That's how long it took me to read this book. You all know that is completely NOT normal for me and I honestly have no good reason why. This book just never grabbed me. I enjoyed the story and the premise for the series. I just didn't fall in love with either Callum or Phoebe as characters.

That being said though, this is the start of what could be a really promising new series. While this particular story wasn't my favorite, I think that overall I am going to enjoy the story and the books to come in the series.

Warning: the next little bit of this review will have story spoilers. I don't think that they will ruin the book for you because I felt like it was fairly obvious from the beginning, but this is something which wasn't revealed until about halfway through the book.

The premise of this story is that the Lennon cousins are immortal. They are searching for a cure to that immortality (i.e. the curse that they have lived with for the last 250+ years.) They want to live a normal life and death. They bring in Phoebe who is an archaeologist to translate a diary they believe belonged to the witches who issued the original curse.

From the very beginning, there is a strain between Callum and Phoebe. He's harsh and dictatorial. She is competant, but feeling guilty about her true reasons for being there. Nevertheless, she does stand up to Callum on the issues that she feels that she needs to. Phoebe has an awful history...a single love affair (her dead husband) which was degrading, a childhood never lived, overbearing parents. Everything about her history would point to a personality that should be cowed, but that isn't her character. After the death of her husband, she decided to stand up for herself....but still something about her personality didn't sit right to me. Callum is the perfect Mr. Darcy type- cold, but that cold exterior is hiding true passion. He's been the one holding the cousins together all this time and is tired of the responsibility. He wants to lose himself in Phoebe.

Like I said, I honestly have no idea why this book didn't strike that certain chord with me. The story was there and was very well developed. I didn't connect with the characters, but usually I can get past that.  I can promise you though that won't keep me from looking forward to the next installments in the series. I want to know how all this plays out for all the cousins.

1 comment:

Vanessa theJeepDiva said...

Great review. I'm may have to add this to that crazy TBR pile of mine. Thanks for sharing.