Sunday, October 13, 2013

ARC Review: Northern Light by E.J. Russell

Northern LightFrom the blurb:

Nothing gives art fraud investigator Luke Morganstern a bigger rush than busting forgers, the low-life criminals who dare victimize true artists. But when his latest job sends him to a remote cabin in the Oregon Coast Range, he’s stunned to discover the alleged forger is his former lover, Stefan Cobbe, the most gifted painter Luke has ever known.

Stefan, left homeless and destitute after the death of his wealthy partner, doesn’t exactly deny the forgery -- he claims he doesn’t remember, an excuse Luke can’t accept.

But Luke’s elderly client suggests Stefan may be telling the truth and presents another possibility – a dark presence in the woods, a supernatural fury simmering for decades. Luke must face down his fear of the uncanny – and admit his feelings for Stefan – if either of them is to survive.

Heather's rating:

**2.5 stars**

While this book was not a bad book, it certainly didn't live up to its potential.

I'll start with some positives. I think that the author created a nice connection between the two main characters, which is impressive given the length of the book. I felt like I got why they wanted to be together and the reasons that drove them apart. It made sense to me. I liked the idea of a second-chance romance and I even liked the art forger premise of the story in the beginning.

I may be in the minority, but I wish this story had been a contemporary romance instead of a ghost paranormal. I think that when the book started having the paranormal elements introduced, it began trying to do too much. The story kind of got derailed and I found myself lost in a rushed plot. I would have liked the focus to remain on Luke and Stefan and the intricacies of their relationship, not with some outside paranormal, mystery elements.

All in all, a pleasant, short read but not one that I would return to.

**Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review**

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