Author: Chris Quinton, R.J. Scott, and Sue Brown
Publisher: Silver Publishing
Genre: Gay Paranormal Romance and Mystery
ISBN 13: 9781614952862
The Psychic’s Tale by Chris Quinton
“I curse you and your children’s children, that you shall all live out your allotted years, and that those years shall be filled with grief and loss and betrayal, even as you have betrayed and bereaved me.”
Four hundred years ago in rural England, a mob burned two men to death, but not before one of them, Jonathan Curtess, hurled a dreadful curse at the mob’s leader, Sir Belvedere Fitzwarren. The curse has followed the family through the centuries, bringing grief and loss to each generation.
Mark Renfrew is a closeted psychic and openly gay. When his grandmother discovers a family link to a 17th century feud and a still-potent curse, she insists he investigates and do his best to end it. When he travels to the village of Steeple Westford, he meets and falls for Jack Faulkner, an archaeologist. He also meets the Fitzwarrens, who are facing yet another tragedy.
Then Mark learns that the man who cursed them had twisted the knife by leaving three cryptic conditions that would lift the curse, and he knows he has to try to break the curse his ancestor had set.
The Soldier’s Tale by RJ Scott
Corporal Daniel Francis has returned to his childhood home in England to heal; the only one of his unit that survived a roadside bomb. His reasons for skipping medication are based on a stubborn refusal to become an addict, and he is overwhelmed with survivor’s guilt.
Doctor Sean Lester has joined his father’s surgery and when he is held at knife point by a patient high on drugs it is Daniel that leaps to his rescue-much to his horror.
When Sean nearly runs Daniel down in the dark he finds a man who needs help, and resolves to be the person to show Daniel that it is possible to live through guilt and find happiness.
Set against the backdrop of the Fitzwarren family curse, The Soldiers Tale is a story of one man’s fight to find his place in a new world outside of the Army.
The Lord’s Tale by Sue Brown
Surrounded by the tragedy of his family’s history, the last thing Phil expects is to be picked up by a gorgeous guy twenty feet up a climbing wall. What scares him even more is the way Lee fits into his life, the final piece to break the Fitzwarren curse.
The Psychic’s Tale by Chris Quinton 3.5 hearts
I thought this story was an excellent start into the trilogy. I got to understand what the curse was all about although it wasn’t something I’d read on a daily basis. I enjoyed from beginning to near end. I was disappointed at how the author ended the book as it felt too abrupt and didn’t give me a chance to grasp onto the characters and the mystery behind the curse enough. It left me confused and it wasn’t a clean type of cliffhanger hence the 1.5 hearts being taken out. The characters on other hand were likable and realistic. How they react to the scenarios felt real to me. To think about it, I read the blurb before I started reading The Psychic’s Tale and expected to see how Mark would handle himself around people since he’d been in closet as a psychic. Throughout the story, I didn’t think he actually was in closet. He wasn’t afraid to be in the area where he knew he’d get affected by the curse in front of people. I think that specific area was a bit weak to describe how terrified Mark felt when he had to use his psychic abilities to seek the curse. The connection between Mark and Jack was a bit too fast, but it didn’t bother me much. So, I don’t really consider The Psychic’s Tale a romance story, but more on the paranormal and mystery side. I still recommend you to read this one before you start the next two books because if you do, you’ll feel lost. Trilogy did have three different authors and they still are hundred percent connected to each other.
The Soldier’s Tale by R.J. Scott 4.5 hearts
I liked this one best of three. The real reason why I liked this one better was because the relationship between Daniel and Sean was done at a slower pace. I got a chance to see how their relationship had grown from the beginning to the ending. Daniel had a severe PTSD but he wouldn’t admit it. It was pretty much a story of how Sean helped Daniel face his own issues. I even got to see the characters that were introduced in the first book in the second book. Daniel was one of my favorite characters in the trilogy because of the of his rawness emotions. He had the deepest scars inside him. Throughout the story, it was really nice to see how Daniel had been improving with his own reactions to situations with some help from Sean. It didn’t really concentrate on the curse, just a soft touch of them. I have to be honest, I didn’t like Sean at the beginning and fortunately, I had grown a fond of Sean toward the middle of the story. It was interesting to see how Daniel and Sean were connected to the curse itself. That was making me enjoying the curse much more. Highly recommended, but please read The Psychic’s Tale first before you start this one. You’ll love Daniel.
The Lord’s Tale by Sue Brown 4 hearts
This book wrapped up the trilogy pretty well. The way they finally overcame the curse was kind of weak and ended a bit too abruptly. I guess for me to appreciate how the curse was beaten, I would have expected it wouldn’t be that easy. I’d expect there would be some hell of scarification of sort. I’m not too sure what kind solution I’d rather to read as an alternative, but still the author did put a good solution in to beat the curse. It still did make sense why it was necessary to do this stuff. The thing I really enjoyed a lot about this book was the relationship development between Phil and Lee. I liked Lee very much when he knew how he’d get his way even though he was younger than Phil. It was an interesting how the author decided what kind relationship they would be having. Phil, on other hand, was a bit odd man. I wasn’t sure if I should like him at all. The way he’d been bad-mouthing Daniel and Daniel happened to be my favorite character of trilogy, so I didn’t like anyone badmouthing my man. LOL. Also, to compare Phil from book one to three, his mood really changed from friendly to mean pretty often. Of course, I kept hoping he’d get his happy ending and he sure earned it in this book. For that, I’m glad. I just wished the curse would be more challenging to break. It’s partly the fault of myself having really high expectations because I love to see authors’ creativity when the book involves curses that can be broken.
Overall, the trilogy was done really well and I’d recommend anyone easily. The writing style was done well and an easy read for me. I wasn’t confused with anything from the trilogy. It probably would be better of each book is in novel-length because it’d give us a chance to be emotionally connect to every single character in the trilogy. All in all, I recommend you to check this one out.