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Damned (A Magnus Blackwell Novel, Book 1) by Alexandrea Weis & Lucas Astor

Damned (A Magnus Blackwell Novel, Book 1)
by Alexandrea Weis & Lucas Astor
October 3, 2017

Pages: 427

Over a hundred years after the death of Magnus Blackwell, Altmover Manor sits abandoned.

Lexie Arden and her fiancé, Will Bennet, are determined to rescue the neglected Mount Desert Island landmark. They want to make Altmover Manor their home. But Magnus has other plans.

A spirit bound to his former residence, Magnus finds himself inexplicably drawn to the young woman. She has a supernatural gift; a gift Magnus wants to exploit.

As Lexie and Will settle in, secrets from Magnus’s past begin to surface. Compelled to learn all she can about the former owner, Lexie becomes immersed in a world of voodoo, curses, and the whereabouts of a mysterious dragon cane.

Magnus’s crimes won’t be so easily forgotten, and what Lexie unearths is going to change the future … for everyone.

I was blown away by the writing in this book. The characters were well developed and easy to visualize, the story was detailed with a clear beginning, middle, and end. The story was original, unique and amazing.

Lexie is a pure-hearted woman who wants to believe the best in everyone. Will, her fiance’ buys a home in Maine that needs lots of work and she moves from Boston with him to begin the process. The minute she sees the manor her gift comes to life. She has always known she has special gifts but the events in her life are about to prove to her and others just how strong her gift really is. Lexie is special. You can tell from the moment you meet her. She is one of those people that you want to be friends with because you know she will be there, no matter what.

Magnus is a hundred-plus-year-old spirit who haunts his abandoned house, Altmover Manor. When Magnus meets Lexie he is drawn to her and feels her power. He believes he can use her to gain the one thing he wants most. Magnus was fantastic. You knew that he had dark secrets and seemed to have a personal agenda but you wanted to like him anyway. Even when all his secrets are revealed it was hard to hate him.

Will was not a character I liked. I didn’t trust him and could not see how they could possibly have a happy marriage. He is controlling and I kept thinking that he was going to betray Lexie around every corner. I am also not a fan of the term “baby” so that didn’t help his case any. Towards the end, I started to thaw slightly, so time will tell if he can win me over in the next book.

If you are looking for a well-written story that is not lacking in imagination, complexity or romance check out this series.

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Denise B

About the Author:
Born and raised in New Orleans, Alexandrea Weis grew up in the motion picture industry and began writing at the age of eight. After finishing her Ph.D. in Nursing, Alexandrea decided to pick up the pen again. She has published a number of award-winning novels, and won countless national awards for fiction. A certified/permitted wildlife rehabber with the La. Wildlife and Fisheries, when not writing, Alexandrea rescues orphaned and injured wildlife. She and her husband live in New Orleans.

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