Brought to you by OBS reviewer Dawn
Mystery, Murder, and Manolo Blahnik….
A devoted fashionata and practical New Yorker, Skylar Blackwell doesn’t believe in the supernatural–until she inherits Summerwind Mansion. . . .
When her uncle is brutally murdered, and the cops seem uninterested in following up the case, Skylar journeys to California to seek answers. Her search for clues is soon overshadowed by haunting nightmares of a young woman also murdered in the house.
Now the inhabitants of Summerwind are mysteriously dying, leaving no evidence as to how or why, and Skylar finds herself in a deadly race against time to expose the killer–before they strike again.
The problem is . . . whoever it is may not be human.
Armed with only wit and Pradas, Skylar begins questioning the servants, but the growing list of suspects includes the sexy and brooding caretaker, Dorian, a man desperately trying to forget his tragic past. And a major distraction for Skylar.
Determined to play detective–instead of the fashion police–and unravel the dark history of the mansion, Skylar is plunged into an otherworldly mystery that not even she can explain away. As the boundaries between reality and dreams blur, Skylar’s greatest challenge is to stay alive long enough to learn the truth.
Skylar’s uncle has died suddenly. He left her his estate Summerwind. She is abruptly fired from her job and decides she should take a break at Summerwind until she decides how best to go forward with her life. Skylar is also left an interesting but mysterious amulet.
On the way to Summerwind, Skylar is in a car accident. It is at this point she begins meeting the “staff” who take care of Summerwind. The estate has a large staff that counts on the income. Shortly after arriving, mysterious deaths begin occurring.
Weird things keep happening: Skylar thinks she hears chanting. She begins having dreams about someone who looks just like her. Skylar is confused; she’s sad about the deaths, but she is also determined to find out what is going on.
Next we come to Dorian. Hot, hot hot. I want him to be my literary boyfriend lol. Talk about mysterious, Dorian gives new meaning to the word. He is cryptic, he won’t share much about himself but there’s an instant connection between he and Skylar. I enjoyed their back and forth banter as they get to know one another. Dorian tries everything to deny his developing feelings. He fights it with every breath until he realizes it is a losing battle.
Immortal Eclipse has many things: intrigue, mystery, memorable characters, sexual tension, and so much more.
Skylar becomes close with one of the staff, Emma. They form a friendship. To be honest, I would love to have Skylar as a friend. I was sorry when the book ended because I want more!!!! (said in a very whiny tone.)
I misjudged this book from the start. As soon as I saw the word FASHION, I wanted to gouge my eyeballs out with a fork. I don’t care for fashion, make-up, shoes etc……but I like how Soule presented Skylar. She’s not a fashion whore. She uses fashion to make herself feel more confident. It adds depth to Skylar’s character. She is not an empty-headed or prissy main character. Instead, Skylar is a talented photographer. She has courage, intelligence, compassion.
I rarely rate books 5 stars. It has to be damn good to deserve that rating in my book. Immortal Eclipse is considered an adult book but it’s not very graphic. I think a young adult as well as women would enjoy this read.