Callum: The Cursed Clan

Melissa Schroeder
Callum: The Cursed Clan
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Melissa Schroeder
Release Date
February 2012
Book 1 of The Cursed Clan
Paranormal Romance

Will desire be the answer or the ruin of an entire clan?
The Cursed Clan, Book 1

As Laird, Callum Lennon feels he has always failed to protect his cousins. Callum's impulsiveness caused the death of his father and the experience has scarred not only his body, but his soul. From that point on, he made sure to always go with the more logical choice in every matter. When his younger cousin Angus finds clues that might help break the curse, Callum begrudgingly hires Phoebe Chilton to investigate. Callum doesn't like bringing outsiders into their family affairs. Their life would become fodder for the tabloids if anyone were to find out about the curse. It doesn't help that the instant he meets Dr. Chilton he's attracted. But, he doesn't really have a choice because she might be their last hope.

An expert in archeology, Phoebe has always been dwarfed by her parents' shadow. Their high standards had her in college by thirteen and earning a second PhD by twenty-two. But her career and her broken marriage have left her needing something more than just diplomas and degrees. She wants to prove that her interest in legends, especially Celtic legends, is as important as her parents' work. When the Lennon family contacts her, she sees the opportunity to win a massive research grant. With a long-time rival breathing down her back, she jumps at the Lennons' offer her, hoping it will ensure her the grant. But uncovering the Lennon family secrets, and her attraction to Callum, could prove more than she can handle.

Forces outside the family are determined to ensure that they fail. When an old enemy threatens both the well being of the clan and the fragile new love, Callum will have to choose between believing his mind or his heart.

Book Review by Rho (reviewer)
Feb 15, 2012   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
176 people found the following review helpful
I have to be admit, when I found out that one of my favorite erotic authors, Melissa Schroeder, was starting a new series that was NOT erotic, I was a bit skeptical. But I shouldn't have been worried for a minute because CALLUM, the first book in Ms. Schroeder's Cursed Clan series, is a fantastic paranormal romance. And although it's a departure from her usual erotic romances, I was still thoroughly entertained and I have fallen just a little bit in love with the Lennon family that she has created.

Callum Lennon is used to being in charge. As the head of the family as well as the family business, he's made it his mission to protect his younger cousins and make up for the mistakes he's made in the past where his family is concerned. So, when his cousin Angus tells him that he's hired someone to help them figure out how to break the curse that's plagued their family for centuries, he's concerned that opening their hidden lives up to an outsider could expose their closely guarded secrets. However, when Callum meets Dr. Phoebe Chilton, he can't control his attraction--and that may be more dangerous than anything.

Phoebe Chilton has dealt with insufferable men like Callum Lennon her whole life. But none of them had made her body burn like him. As an expert in archeology, she wants the opportunity to explore the artifact that the Lennons want her to decipher for them, but she's got her secrets as well. However, she soon learns there is more at stake than she ever imagined. Finding the information to break the curse may be hard, but not falling in love with Callum may be the most difficult challenge yet.

I loved this book. The story was fantastic. It's based about Callum and Phoebe, yet, but we get a whole back story about the five Lennon cousins and their life that sets the basis for the whole series. The premise is fantastic, and I can't wait to see where the series is going.

As I stated before, this story is not the erotic romance we are used to from Melissa Schroeder, but it's no less hot. The chemistry between Callum and Phoebe is sizzlin'. From the moment they meet each other in the book, their sexual tension is palpable. I knew it was inevitable for them to get together, but watching the build-up was definitely intense.

CALLUM is the first book in The Cursed Clan series, and I loved it so much, I can't wait for the next book in the series. Callum's cousin Angus is going to get his story next in the series, and if what we've seen of him in CALLUM is anything go by, we're going to be in for a real treat.

So, I must say big "Bravo!" so Melissa Schroeder for taking a departure from the world of erotic romance to venture into the paranormal world. I look forward to going on this journey with her.
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