I confess that I like all types of paranormal romance including the old tried and true ones with our beloved vamps and weres, but once in a while I want a read that’s something not in the ordinary way. When I read the blurb on this one, I thought aha, this might fit the bill. And I really couldn’t resist those teaser references to yoga and The Philadelphia Experiment tying in with this story.
The story opens with Clara and her canine pal on vacation and discovering the serene lake and rental cottages that just drew her in from the beginning. She encounters the quirky landlady and the other cottage inhabitants that are a young couple who commute to the city for work and an older sorrow-filled man. Clara settles in, but soon odd things start to happen that raises the hairs on her arms and runs chills down her spine even Tony her dog is affected. Did she get too much wine at the party she wonders?
During an excursion into town, Clara has a reunion of sorts with her high-school crush, Collin. She was really into him and he seemed a bit into her, but things didn’t work out then. Now they are adults and have their careers as writer and journalist. It seems their timing is now because they are immediately attracted and comfortable with each other. Clara tells Collin of her unnerving experiences and instead of scoffing, he keeps an open mind. It is while he comes to stay with her that something else happens to convince them both that they have had an up close and personal with the paranormal.
Collin has always cared for Clara and was disappointed never to get his chance with her in the past, but he grabs this opportunity with open arms. Now that odd things are happening around Clara and the cottage by the lake he plans to be right there with her all the way until they solve the mystery.
From the beginning, this story had a certain tone that was different and a pacing that was relaxed. For lack of a better way of describing it, it has an esoteric quality and is philosophical. There are discussions of the spiritual which is not unrelated since the deeper forms of yoga are a huge part of the plot. The longer discussion passages may or may not hold appeal. I didn’t mind since I find that stuff interesting, but it does slow down the pace of the story to a crawl. There are no sharp spikes of action though Clara and Collin do give us some action between the sheets and things get moving when they start investigating their mystery.
Speaking of Clara and Collin, I feel conflicted about them. On the one hand, I’m not a fan of flinging the love word around after only a day or two together, but on the other hand I really like them together and there is the fact that they knew each other in the past. I should point out that this is a short story so it has to develop quickly whether it’s the romance or the other storyline. Then, I can’t not mention two unusual secondary characters, Tony and Morris. Tony is Clara’s dog and Morris is Collin’s cat. They were the comic relief. My favorite scene was most definitely the epilogue. It was so adorable. I’m glad it was tagged on to tie things up so neatly.
All in all, I enjoyed this unique shorter story and would recommend it to those who enjoy their paranormal romances spicy with a touch of mystery.