Aspiring author, Nate Wilson wants some space from his overbearing family and a job he doesn’t like. A week on the Oregon coast sounds like paradise and just what he needs to get the creative juices flowing. Unfortunately, his plans are derailed when a storm moves in and a ghostly figure flashes in his headlights, sending him skidding off the road and into a tree. Lucky for him, he ends up in front of a Bed and Breakfast, and the beautiful owner may do more to spur his creativity than any beach could.
Hesitant witch and inn owner, Haylee Clark is cursed. Well, not her exactly—at least not yet—but all of the women in her family have suffered the same fate. They fell in love, only to have that passion turn sour and their husbands die tragically, leaving them brokenhearted. So far, Haylee has done well to avoid that destiny, but when the captivating Nate Wilson crashes into her life, he awakens something within her that she never thought to feel.
When the pair stumbles upon a hidden room where Haylee’s grandmother used to conduct her rituals, they unknowingly unleash a dark entity hell-bent on destruction, and discover that a family heirloom is the source of the Clark family curse. Despite the spell, they can’t deny their attraction, and give in to the magic between them. But the closer Haylee and Nate get, the more the curse tries to tear them apart. If they don’t find a way to defeat the evil, they may lose more than their hearts.
My Rating: 3½/5 stars
Nate Wilson wants out of his current life. He doesn’t enjoy his job, his family is two foot up his butt most of the time, and he has a novel that isn’t writing itself. With every intention of running away for a week and sorting out his life, Nate hits the road for the Oregon coast. And then he hits a tree . . . Well, if you’re going to have to hit a tree in the middle of the night in the pouring rain it may as well be right across the street from a bed and breakfast. That is exactly where Nate ends up and as luck would have it, his soul mate owns the B & B.
Haylee Clark is one in long line of witches but unlike her ancestors, Haylee rarely practices the craft. Another thing Haylee rarely does, get involved with a man. For generations, the women of Haylee’s family have been cursed. Each and every man, loved by a Clark woman has met a far-too-soon end. With no intention of dooming some poor man to an early death and risking her own severe heartbreak, Haylee has found it easier to just avoid entanglements. Then the dumbass hits the tree right across the street from her B & B and, as fate would have it, he’s her soul mate. Well, balls!
For the better part of every month, Constantine spends his time frozen in stone. For three nights out of every month, he is freed from his stone prison and allowed to search for the cure to his own interminable curse. When he wakes each month, Constantine is thrown into a different location and until this month, his search for an answer has been for naught. This month, Constantine finds himself in the cemetery across from a lovely little B & B in Oregon. As fate (or something far different!) would have it, Constantine encounters Haylee and Nate and is able to help them understand the forces that are in play related to their budding relationship and the curse that has plagued Haylee’s family. With information from Constantine, digging into her family history, and being able to open herself up to loving Nate, Haylee is able to break the curse. However, breaking the curse brings about a great many other questions which, when answered may help Constantine break his own curse.
The Bottom Line: Novellas are tricksy creatures that truly test an author’s ability to cover a lot of ground in a very limited number of pages. At just barely 60 pages, Sunstone’s Fire has a lot of ground to cover in what amounts to too few pages. With that being said, once I accepted this story was going to move forward at beyond lightning speed, I was better able to enjoy the read. Nate and Haylee are good together and I truly hope they will play a part in the later installments of this series. It would be nice to see how they develop over time since they certainly didn’t have that opportunity in this read. There simply isn’t enough space in this read to do more than quite briefly introduce Constantine but clearly, his story is far, far from over.
About the author and where to find her:
In 2008, Lia Davis ventured into the world of writing and publishing and never looked back. She has published more than twenty books, including the bestselling A Tiger’s Claim, book one in her fan favorite Ashwood Falls series. Her novels feature compassionate yet strong alpha heroes who know how to please their women and her leading ladies are each strong in their own way. No matter what obstacle she throws at them, they come out better in the end.
While writing was initially a way escape from real world drama, Lia now makes her living creating worlds filled with magic, mystery, romance, and adventure so that others can leave real life behind for a few hours at a time.
Lia’s favorite things are spending time with family, traveling, reading, writing, chocolate, coffee, nature and hanging out with her kitties. She and her family live in Northeast Florida battling hurricanes and very humid summers, but it’s her home and she loves it! Sign up for her newsletter, become a member of her fan club, and follow her on Twitter @NovelsByLia.