Sir Nicodemus Wulfson has a serious problem, his castle and brother Roydon are being haunted by belligerent ghosts! Now Nico himself might not really believe in ghosts but he's not prepared to stand by and watch his brother suffer so he travels to London to find a ghost hunter. Lady Philomena Radcliff has the ability to both see and talk to ghosts. Phil is an independent sort and not easily fazed by anything so happily accepts Nico's offer but Grimspell castle has many secrets. Nico is a werewolf and the villagers believe he is a dangerous one but will Phil be in any danger from him? His blatant pursuit of her is not appropriate and yet he's a very tempting beast indeed. Phil's about to discover things within the castle walls that put them all in danger and murder is dogging their footsteps.
Set in an alternative almost regency era in England, Enchanting the Beast seems to incorporate so many ideas that it took me a little while to actually just enjoy this story. Its a crazy mixture of magical legends , shape shifters, ghosts and even a "couger"! There is so much to digest in this wide storyline that at times it seemed a little too implausible to me. I do love escaping into fantasy and a world of imagination but the world building here felt too much. Whilst Ms Kennedy is clearly a gifted storyteller, I needed to believe in the situation in which the characters found themselves. It just took me a little while to immerse myself fully.
I loved the romance between the two lead characters and it made a pleasant change from so many paranormal romances available. The ghostly goings on added tension to the story but I felt the Baskerville type plot appeared far too late in the storyline. Supporting characters, in particular Sarah and Tup, are an amazing touch and help bring humour to the proceedings but I was left feeling a little dissatisfied as there was very little about the Relic actually in the storyline.
If you fancy an alternative type of historical romance that's almost certainly inspired by Beauty and the Beast with an alpha male hero and an exceptional heroine. then this could well tick all your boxes. It's truly magical storytelling and very well written. For me, perhaps just too many elements which felt distracting. I've never before read a book with so many types of shifters and magical creatures! This is a paranormal romance though, so anything goes and Ms Kennedy certainly has a very vivid imagination. I'd happily read more from her as it was fun, fast paced, and full of unexpected twists and turns.
Enchanting the Beast is available at Amazon as a paperback for $7.19 and the Kindle edition is $6.15. The Nook book is $7.49