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Mysterious Desires, Book 1
Jasmine Lace
Paranormal, Multicultural, Romance
Amazon Digital Services LLC
May 21, 2019

“I don’t believe in scary bedtime stories like the boogeyman!

I’ve always found that there is an explanation for everything. At least until I moved here.

Here, there is something about this place that doesn’t make sense. It has to make sense. I have to know the answer why.”

Chanel Carter moves to Northern Spain to get away from her ex-husband and to earn enough money to start a new life with her young son.

But when she arrives to teach English at a summer camp in La Casa de Asturias, things don’t seem to add up. Nightly sounds of nails scratching the walls, a false image of a dead girl in the fountain, and constant disappearances of strange characters are only a few of the many odd things that have been occurring at this country manor.

Chanel is determined to find a rational explanation for all these peculiar incidents. Can her attraction to the handsome and mysterious Professor Rodrigo Garcia Perez distract her from finding out why things there aren’t what they appear to be?

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Reviewed by Linda Tonis

Member of the Paranormal Romance Review Team

Chanel Carter is taking a job in Northern Spain to teach English. The job is at a summer camp and is only for a month but it will give her enough money to finally be able to move back to Philadelphia instead of living in the same house as her ex-husband in England. With her nine year old son she gets to the quaint village of Grado where she and Amari will be living in a huge estate now a school for the summer.

The man who is running the program is Professor Rodrigo Garcia Perez a man that immediately sends Chanel’s heart pounding and apparently he feels the same by the way he is flirting. The only problem is that he had no idea she was bringing her son along and she failed to mention it. Since it was a camp for kids she had no idea that bringing Amari would be a problem.

Rodrigo immediately eases her mind when he gladly welcomes Amari, a young boy who is both shy and awkward and doesn’t make friends easily, hopefully this trip will change that. A lot of strange things happen, a man she assumes to be the butler appears at all hours and no one acknowledges his existence, two female instructors seems to have a close relationship with Rodrigo putting any thoughts of a relationship out of Chanel’s mind. Then there is a huge hairy thing with claws that she sees but who disappears, a girl drowning in a pond who isn’t there and a problem dealing with her students since she doesn’t speak a word of Spanish and Amari who thanks to TV only speaks Spanish curse words.

My problem with this book was the ending, or lack thereof since there was no ending just a cliffhanger and too many questions that needed answering and no idea when those answers will come. I did enjoy the story until I found myself searching for answers that weren’t there but saying that, I would look forward to the next book to get some of those answers.