Title: All Hallows’ Eve
Author: Annabell Jacobs
Release Date: October 7, 2016
Genre(s): Paranormal Romance
Page Count: 248
Reviewed by: Vallie
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
Will a centuries-old broken heart ruin the promise of new love?
Dominic Ashworth is descended from a long line of witches, although the family practice of witchcraft died out generations ago. Forever connected to a dark history, the house he grew up in remained in the Ashworth family for generations until his estranged father sold it.
On a mission to check out the new owners, Dominic runs into Caleb Jones and gives the gorgeous man his phone number—but getting a date should be the last thing on Dominic’s agenda.
Caleb and his best friend, Zach Briceworth, are oblivious to the heartache and magic tied to the foundations of their new home. When strange things start to happen, the truth emerges and surprises them both, especially as everything revolves around Caleb’s new love interest.
After a shaky start, Caleb and Dominic settle into an easy relationship, falling faster than either of them expected. But with Halloween approaching, the possibility of danger increases. The past is not always as it seems, and the ripples of a tragic event threaten to put an end to everything between them.
Lovely read, perfect for Halloween, if you enjoy slightly creepy stories of haunted houses, evil spirits (or are they?) and some smex in the middle, because why not?
A good part of the book is dedicated to explaining the witchcraft background of Dominic’s family. Weird coincidences lead Zack, a distant family relation, to move into Dominic’s old family house with his friend Caleb. Old spells at risk of being broken force Dominic to investigate and there the romance starts.
Dominic and Caleb are hot together but them always being interrupted by a bell ringing or shop duties or whatever else was frustrating. Real life was in the way, I guess, but it seemed a bit contrived to keep the tension high, which wasn’t really necessary as the creepy factor made up for that.
I wasn’t really scared but I liked the thrill of discovery as we find out about the tragic story of Alexander and Liam and how the house came to be haunted. The HEA was lovely and all scares were dealt with. I did skim a bit towards the end as there were pages that could have been edited more, but overall, I was a happy camper.
Perfect time of year to read this.