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Douglas Ashton is the cold and unfeeling owner of the gothic Victorian Mansion, Sommersgate House. Julia Fairfax is his stubborn American sister-in-law. After tragedy strikes, Douglas and Julia are forced to live together at Sommersgate and raise their newly orphaned nieces and nephew. Douglas has no desire to raise his dead sister’s children nor does he want the distractiDouglas Ashton is the cold and unfeeling owner of the gothic Victorian Mansion, Sommersgate House. Julia Fairfax is his stubborn American sister-in-law. After tragedy strikes, Douglas and Julia are forced to live together at Sommersgate and raise their newly orphaned nieces and nephew. Douglas has no desire to raise his dead sister’s children nor does he want the distraction of the tempting Julia living under his roof. Julia is struggling with grief and trying to make a go in a new country without much help from impossibly handsome but even more impossibly remote Douglas. Not to mention, she has to deal with the active hostility of Douglas’s frosty, Attila-the-Hun-in-a-skirt mother, Monique. Douglas decides the best way to give the children what they need, get his mother to behave and give himself what he wants is to marry Julia. When he tells her (yes, tells her) she will be his wife, Julia thinks Douglas is (probably) insane. And anyway, she’s decided if she ever has another husband (since the last one wasn’t so great), he was going to be short, balding, have a paunch and worship the ground she walks on (none of these characteristics define Douglas in the slightest). One more thing, Sommersgate House is haunted by the ghosts of the man who built the house and the woman who was the love of his life. They both died mysteriously at Sommersgate months after it was finished. When they did, a curse settled on the house making it seem strangely alive. And the only way for the beautiful but frightening house to rid itself of this curse is for its owner to find true love....

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sommersgate house Reviews

  • Lisa
    2018-12-06 04:43

    Sommersgate House was a most unhappy place indeed.And that didn’t even take into account the hauntings.Two lovers separated for eternity by a curse....Their only hopes lies in the master of the house....He must find true love....Lord Douglas Ashton is a sexy, devilishly handsome, mysterious Englishman who, along with his sister, Tamsin, was raised in Sommersgate House by two sorry excuses of human beings. Needless to say, both Douglas and Tamsin never received any nurturing or caring from their parents in their upbringing. Douglas’ only example of love came from his sister who essentially loved him unconditionally and always supported him. Upon the death of his father, Douglas inherited Sommersgate House. So here we have a thirty-eight year old Baron who is a man of few words with a cool demeanour and composed emotions. When tragedy strikes and Tamsin and her husband, Gavin, are killed in a car accident, their three children are left in Douglas’ care at Sommersgate House. The only catch is that the responsibility of rearing the children is to be a shared venture with Gavin’s sister, Julia Fairfax.Julia Fairfax was absolutely devastated by the death of her brother and his wife. She had agreed to co-parent the children with Douglas in the past when she was approached by Gavin and Tamsin never thinking that a time would come where she would actually have to care for their children. Upon the tragic deaths of Gavin and Tamsin, Julia immediately quits her job and relocates to England from Indiana to live at Sommersgate House along with Douglas and the children. Julia is familiar with Sommersgate House as she had many times in the past been there on holidays. Julia now begins the difficult task of attempting to make a “home” for the children with her and Douglas at the dark and haunted mansion. Definitely a challenging feat especially with not only one, but two, ghosts who are quite annoying.Julia makes her way as the lady of the mansion and begins to care for the children while dealing with Douglas’ mother from hell. Douglas soon decides that he wants Julia as his wife. Yes, he simply decides that Julia will be his wife. When Douglas informs Julia of his decision to marry her, she rightfully refuses and proceeds to fight his many attempts to win her over. Julia was married previously to a man who she loved but ended up hurting her tremendously. She is in no rush to marry again and she will definitely never settle for anything but love. That is the one thing that Douglas is not offering her...his love. What both Julia and Douglas are unaware of is that only their love can bring about the lifting of the curse that is upon our two ghostie lovers. You remember, right? The annoying ghosts mentioned above. ;)This story was wonderfully heart-warming and there were quite a few scenes that had me tearing up or flat-out crying. This family has suffered a devastating loss and Julia and Douglas are left to pick up the pieces and provide the children with a loving home in hopes that their nieces and nephew can commence coping with the loss of their parents. I really loved how Douglas slowly warmed up to the children and eventually became a loving father figure. There were some tender and heart-wrenching scenes with the children. Seriously, KA is a master at writing touching moments like these.The love story between Douglas and Julia is slowly drawn out. It definitely does not happen overnight. Douglas has his work cut out for him in endeavoring to convince the lovely Julia that he could make her happy. The pair have known each other for fifteen years and there has always been a simmering attraction that was left unattended. When the two finally do come together you definitely have some sparks and fireworks. Would we expect anything less from KA? Absolutely not. Eventually, Julia and Douglas admit to the depth of their feelings and we are provided with an amazing HEA and a superb epilogue that we all know and love KA for.Once again, I am left wondering why I did not read this series sooner. I really need to smack myself. I am loving it and there should have never been any doubt on my part that it would be nothing less than awesome considering the author. I loved Sommersgate House and am very much looking forward to reading the next book.Some favourite quotes/lines:Dragging her to bed on her first night and seducing her while she was displaying symptoms of temporary insanity was most likely not the best way to welcome her to Sommersgate House.**He wanted her.Yes, the problem of Julia was definitely becoming quite intriguing.**“Good. Let the games begin,” she declared sarcastically.**“You’re impossible,” she hissed in return.“And you’re adorable,” he replied instantly, his tone warm and teasing.Julia gaped because Douglas Ashton had just called her adorable.**“Julia, I intend to be your lover.” With Julia’s soft warmth pressed so close, he could smell her. Both the feel of her and her scent made his body begin to tighten in an intensely pleasant way so that, when he spoke, his voice deepened, became hungry, as he, again, made his intentions clear but this time, he made them clearer. “I intend to sleep in sheets that smell of tangerines and jasmine. I intend to have your naked body squirming under mine. I intend to touch you everywhere with my hands and my mouth. I intend to memorise the taste of you, to make you call my name while I’m moving inside you, to make you so excited you beg me to let you come...”**And what he wanted was for Julia to lose herself with him.He wanted this stubborn, tempestuous Julia Fairfax to disappear and an acquiescent, but still tempestuous, Julia Ashton to take her place. He wanted to brand her with his name and shackle her with his ring.**She wasn’t innately damaged.She was destroyed.**She wasn’t falling in love with Douglas Ashton. Julia was in love with him. In fact, there was a very good possibility she’d been in love with him for fifteen years.**“If you ever leave,” his voice had changed from soft to harsh, “I’ll find you and bring you back.”**“Bloody hell, he loved her.”**He had not needed to put her back together. He had needed her to do it for him.**“God, I love you.”**“I didn’t want to spend my life not telling you how I feel. I love you, Douglas.” Then she tilted her head back, her throat arching and he lifted his head to watch in amazement as she shouted proudly, “Love you, love you, love you. I love Douglas Ashton!”**“Douglas, Julia, thank you. We wish you...” Then they were fading, still embracing but slowly fading until they were completely out of sight. “...love.” It was a whisper and Douglas felt Julia’s tremble communicate itself through his body.**"If I could," he whispered into her neck one dark night, "I'd have the world watch me make you mine."

  • Mo
    2018-11-22 23:57

    I have had this series on my kindle for over two years. When I first discovered KA, I downloaded everything that she had (well everything expect the Rock Chick series.)Those few who had actually met her thought she was rather lovely indeed, for an American...But…. There are the words “ghosts and reincarnations” in the title and it totally put me off. So never read them.Was given Penmort in a Challenge group that I am in and read it. I loved it.Douglas ignored her look, determined to move to the next phase in his strategy and went on. “Julia, I intend to be your lover.” With Julia’s soft warmth pressed so close, he could smell her. Both the feel of her and her scent made his body begin to tighten in an intensely pleasant way so that, when he spoke, his voice deepened, became hungry, as he, again, made his intentions clear but this time, he made them clearer. “I intend to sleep in sheets that smell of tangerines and jasmine. I intend to have your naked body squirming under mine. I intend to touch you everywhere with my hands and my mouth. I intend to memorise the taste of you, to make you call my name while I’m moving inside you, to make you so excited you beg me to let you come…”The British aristocracy are a funny bunch. Here in Belgium I have lived next door to a Baron for over 10 years and he is as down to earth as the next person.The Dutch Royal family are totally personable. Something about the British where the “class” system still exists.Loved seeing Douglas unraveling and beginning to understand family and love.As soon as I finished this one, jumped straight onto the next one and I am really enjoying it.“There had been very little in Douglas Ashton’s life that he ever wanted. Most of it he could obtain, the rest of it, a loving mother and father, his sister back from the dead, was unobtainable.At that moment, he found himself wanting something.And what he wanted was for Julia to lose herself with him.He wanted this stubborn, tempestuous Julia Fairfax to disappear and an acquiescent, but still tempestuous, Julia Ashton to take her place. He wanted to brand her with his name and shackle her with his ring.Did she not understand that was a good thing?”...”Douglas,” she used words that stung, “what do you know of making anyone happy?”

  • Catarina
    2018-12-01 23:51

    5 Cursed StarsWelcome to Sommersgate House. A house that was made for love, but now only hides dark secrets. A house that was made to have happiness in it… but it only has grief. A house that one man built to live happily ever after with the woman of his dreams, until a tragedy torn them apart leaving them curse forever, until true love can unite them again. Douglas, the actual Baron of the house had a hard past in a house without love. The only person he truly loved was his sister, Tamsyn. Until the day she and her husband die in a car accident leaving him and Tamsyn’s sister in law with the custody of the children and a will that says that the kids should grow up in the house. Julia loved his brother and loved her sister-in-law like a true sister, so when they died, despite being broken she was willing to move to England to fulfill their last wish: raise their children in Sommersgate. And that means, living in the same house as the sexy and mysterious Douglas when everyone knows (except those two) that there were always something between them.They say love is a hard battle, so when the equation adds three broken children, a grandmother from hell, two souls that are lost for centuries and feelings that both of them are to scare to admit, they are getting ready for the hardest battle of their lives.Rating:5 Stars. Storyline:I really don’t know why I haven’t read this series before. As basically all Kristen Ashley series, these books are effing amazing. This one was (my only complaint) a little too slow burn for me. I wish they had sorted their stuff sooner, but other than that, another epic romance story with KA’s signature. Writing Style:Third person. Dual POV. Heartwarming, steamy and addictive. Character Development:Julia was an amazing heroine. I love how strong and loving she was. Douglas was a great and sexy alpha-male. I love how decided he was and how he was with Julia and the kids. And those two as a couple were amazing, two broken souls healing each other. As always in KA’s books, an awesomely crazy group of supportive characters. Steam:Hot. HEA: (view spoiler)[Yes. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads
    2018-12-01 05:47

    3.5 starsHmm . . . Not my favorite KA book, but still KA, so better than most. VERY much looking forward to moving on to the next one.RTC.10/23/15: ANOTHER Buddy (Re)Read withRobinandJoanita !

  • UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish
    2018-12-07 23:29

    WONDERFUL! I saved this story 'cuz I knew it'd be awesome and I knew there'd come a time I'd need a guaranteed awesome read...and I got one! So much poignancy, so much romance, and sooooo much passion! LOVED IT!!!!!DescriptionDouglas Ashton is the cold and unfeeling owner of the gothic Victorian Mansion, Sommersgate House. Julia Fairfax is his stubborn American sister-in-law. After tragedy strikes, Douglas and Julia are forced to live together at Sommersgate and raise their newly orphaned nieces and nephew.Douglas has no desire to raise his dead sister’s children nor does he want the distraction of the tempting Julia living under his roof. Julia is struggling with grief and trying to make a go in a new country without much help from impossibly handsome but even more impossibly remote Douglas. Not to mention, she has to deal with the active hostility of Douglas’s frosty, Attila-the-Hun-in-a-skirt mother, Monique.Douglas decides the best way to give the children what they need, get his mother to behave and give himself what he wants is to marry Julia. When he tells her (yes, tells her) she will be his wife, Julia thinks Douglas is (probably) insane. And anyway, she’s decided if she ever has another husband (since the last one wasn’t so great), he was going to be short, balding, have a paunch and worship the ground she walks on (none of these characteristics define Douglas in the slightest).One more thing, Sommersgate House is haunted by the ghosts of the man who built the house and the woman who was the love of his life. They both died mysteriously at Sommersgate months after it was finished. When they did, a curse settled on the house making it seem strangely alive. And the only way for the beautiful but frightening house to rid itself of this curse is for its owner to find true love.

  • ~ Becs ~
    2018-12-17 02:55

    This was definitely better than Penmort Castle but I still don’t like the hocus pocus stuff interrupting the beautiful romances that KA has been giving us. While we don’t have the turbo-charged banshee totally jumping the shark the way we did in the first book, we still have a bit of a screamer for a spook and there’s really no need for it. I know that’s the whole point of this series but KA really does give us good enough stories and issues that all the ghost mumbo jumbo really does seem a bit superfluous. Anyway, this time we have three young children orphaned when their parents were killed in a car crash and are left in the care of Julia & Douglas, their paternal aunt and maternal uncle, in their parents’ will. Julia is an American divorcee and has given up everything to come to live in Sommersgate House in England and raise her brother’s children along with Douglas, heir to the stately pile, and the children’s mother’s brother. Still with me??This had all the hallmarks of a classic gothic Victorian melodrama – it even felt a little like Jane Eyre with Julia taking on Jane’s role, Douglas as Rochester, Mrs Kilpatrick as Mrs Fairfax and even little Ruby as Adele. Of course, Jane is not a governess and Douglas goes to great lengths to make sure that no one sees her as a hired help but very much as part of the family.So Douglas – he’s a bit of a cold fish to begin with and his story is actually quite heartbreaking and slowly revealed to us during the novel. We begin to understand his cold demeanour and I loved how he very slowly warmed up towards the children. He decides very early on that he and Julia should get married but Julia fights it all the way. She’s been married before and is in no rush to have another go and feels she can marry for nothing less than love. Douglas does love her but it will take him just about the whole novel to realise it.Julia herself is a wonderfully warm character. She’s been raised with love and wants nothing less for her nieces and nephew despite their terrible loss. Some of the scenes with Julia and the children were beautiful – there was one particular scene, on Christmas Day, which I felt so deeply, my vision blurred from tears. Beautifully written.While I enjoyed it, there were a few things I felt were totally unnecessary. Monique, Douglas’ mother really had a starring role as a Monster-in-Law and she drags up Julia’s ex husband who appeared for a fairly extraneous scene that really didn’t contribute to the overall plot. Douglas has some kind of sneaky beaky MI6 role and had disappeared for 2 years in the past and returned scarred and this is never explained. But, these were minor gripes, and I mostly enjoyed the romance and tension between Julia and Douglas. I did wonder why the heroines are always American and not English when this series is set exclusively in England but have decided that this could be something to do with the fact that KA herself is an American living in England and she’s sharing those experiences through her heroines.So, a good 4 star contemporary romance, with a brief ghostly interlude.

  • Jacqueline
    2018-12-02 06:39

    This has been my favourite of this series so far. The paranormal plot was secondary to the romance in this one, it was much more of a classic KA with the guy determined to get the gal, but the gal too damaged by a toxic ex to want to try again. The addition of the orphaned children and the way they become a new family was sensitively handled, it could easily have turned to sentimental mush, but no, it felt genuine.Douglas, the alpha male m/c is a Baron and at the beginning of the story is remote and inscrutable, but we get the odd flash of protective, tender behaviour from him, just to reassure us he's a good guy under that austere, aristocratic exterior. I loved the way he gradually becomes more and more demonstrative, although without ever becoming a sap. We even got some dirty talk from him during the smut scenes so that was me happy.I loved this, recommended.

  • Robin (Bridge Four)
    2018-12-01 01:31

    Why? Cuz it is October and something haunty is required and we can.Also....cuz My Enabler Jessica and fellow KA lover Joanita said they would buddy read the entire series with me.#impromptubuddyreadsforlife #imighthaveaproblem #KAjustgetsme3.5 The House Doesn't Like Strangers StarsHave you ever walked into a house or room and it has a ‘feel’ about it? Whether it is good or bad there is just something that surrounds you and makes your emotions shift a certain way. Well Sommersgate house has that definite feel to it to all those who live there and it is unmistakable what the house is feeling. Worst of all, the house was tense and make no mistake about it, even though it was simply mortar and stone (albeit grand mortar and stone), Sommersgate could most definitely be tense.The house it seems is haunted by two lovers who were killed shortly after they were married and a horrific way and over the years they are made to relive their deaths time and time again. The curse will only be broken when the master of the house finds true love. But that it seems is hard to come by and so hundreds of years have passed.While I was immediately drawn into the first book of this series, this one takes some time. The beginning is a little slow at it is being set up and I will say that this is one of the few times I’ve felt like KA is guilty of info dumping. But, once we get the first few chapters in everything starts to pick-up.Douglas it seems is a broken man and a man of mystery. No one seems to know what he does, he is gone most of the time and once disappeared for two years. Julia had a bad marriage that totally broke her confidence and she hasn’t trusted a man since. When both her husband and father basically abandoned her she decided that she would never let someone that close again…then her brother died.Julia and Douglas are thrown together to raise the two children left behind when their parents died. It was Douglas’s sister Tamsin’s last wish that he and Julia raise the children together at Sommersgate. It is quickly clear that they are clashing over what each expects from the other and Douglas isn’t used to anyone standing up against him let alone a beautiful woman…..so let the sparks fly.“As for Tamsin’s wishes, I intend to carry them out to the letter. There was a reason she wanted you here, you and your delectable body and your enticing perfume and your legs that go on forever.”She was stunned by his words and could barely process them before he went on. “My sister was a romantic and she cared for us both. She had very specific intentions for this little arrangement she created and I’ve no doubt she talked Gavin around to her way of thinking.”The story might start out a little slow but that is the feel of coming into a house of morning and trying to bring back 3 children from the depths of despair that is left when both of your parents die. I loved the tender moments that we get as this family starts to put themselves back together. Sometimes it was so incredibly heartbreaking as each child comes to terms with it in different ways. Douglas is bound and determined that Julia will be his wife and they will raise the children together. But Julia after her horrendous last marriage keeps putting him off and saying no. Seriously even I was starting to get more and more disgruntled with her reluctance because it was taking sooo long. Douglas was definitely playing the long game on this one.Clearly, Douglas realised what Julia had officially termed (in her own mind) “The Tender Onslaught Strategy (with Vague Tendencies Toward Arrogance)” was working beautifully so he kept right on using it.Overall though this is one of the more drawn out of KA’s love stories and loved all the small gestures that Douglas makes not only with Julia but also with the children as he learns how to love a family and receive their love in return. There are always some hiccups along the way and the culmination of the story that will release the ghosts was interesting and really good. But for me one of the best parts of the story was the epilogue that gave little snippets of what all the characters did in the future. It was so interesting to see what sort of future they all had.

  • Georgia ♥ Team Dex ♥
    2018-12-07 01:42

    4 KA Dreams, Ghosts and Fairytales Stars“If I could ... I’d have the world watch me make you mine.” Once again Kristen Ashley proves that fairytales and happily ever afters aren't just Disney movies and they aren't over because we just stopped being kids. With great emotion, her usual flair for the dramatic, attention to the detail and a huge imagination she narrates a ghost story about eternal love, family bonds and hope. That the power of love will thaw a cold-hearted man and set free two souls eternally in love and break the curse that haunts the castle.It was sweet, magical and sassy just like I LOVE KA books!

  • Melanie
    2018-12-14 06:31

    After having read 'Penmort Castle', I was all ready to sit down and read a pleasantly entertaining 'Sommersgate House'... but instead of treating myself to a good book, I got a great book! (WOOT - I love when that happens!!) Seriously, 'Sommersgate House' (IMO) can hold its own against the many phenomenal KA books I've had the fortune to read.Julia and Douglas have been thrust into the role of guardians to their two young nieces and nephew after their parents (Julia's brother and Douglas' sister) tragically die in a car accident. In addition to naming them as guardians, the will also stipulates that the children are to be brought up in Douglas' gothicly morose ancestral home, Sommersgate House... which just happens to be haunted by relatively benign but cursed ghosts. After Julia, an American, leaves everything behind and moves to the UK to help raise the children she and Douglas have to deal their attraction to one another - she's determined to keep things platonic, but he's decided Julia will make the perfect wife and, in typical KA alpha-male action, Douglas pulls out all the stops to make her his. The result is an amazing and emotionally-charged story - and the emotionally-handicapped but determined Douglas has been added to my "notable KA heroes" list!On a side note I do wish we could have gotten a bit more insight into Douglas' dangerous "job" (I assume he was an agent of sorts), and the elusive "Nick" but this bit of omission didn't detract too much from the overall story...

  • Lady Heather
    2018-12-16 06:56

    I really liked this story!The writing, characters and story were typical 'Kristen Ashley'.Douglas and Julia are amazing together, as well as Will, Lizzie, and Ruby.... absolutely ADORED Ruby!

  • Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘
    2018-12-20 03:50

    To be honest, I didn't feel all that much from this book. Sure it had its moments, but I couldn't really get into it. It is, perhaps, because I was doing other stuff while reading, like... re-watching Once Upon A Time with Mom. Oh well. The characters were nice. Julia Fairfax (36) had some spark, backbone, heartbroken, and broken, yet so kind and loving. “No one knows the real story,” Mrs. K began. “Some say he killed her, some say someone else killed them both. The truth is, they found his body outside, dead from exposure and looking like he’d been trying to get in. They found The Mistress in the house and she’d been strangled.”Just as Julia, Douglas Ashton (38) had his demons (I wish we had gotten to know more about him; his job), was commanding, sexy, knew what he wanted; took it, and dangerous. He was hot, but far from my favorite KA alpha male. The rest of the family; Ruby (4), William (10) and Elizabeth (12), even Veronika (17) was adorable, though I wished we had gotten a chance to know them more. I almost felt like a person looking from the outside... Overall, it's a alright story, but not for me. I was a bit disappointed in this book, to be frankly honest.“If you ever leave,” his voice had changed from soft to harsh, “I’ll find you and bring you back.”Quick basic facts:Genre: - (Adult) Paranormal RomanceSeries: - Series, Book TwoLove triangle? - (view spoiler)[No. (hide spoiler)]Cheating? - (view spoiler)[No. (hide spoiler)]HEA? - (view spoiler)[Yes. (hide spoiler)]Favorite character? - Douglas AshtonWould I read more by this author/or of series? - Yes.Would I recommend this book/series? - Sure.Will I read this again in the future? - No.Rating - 2.5 stars.

  • Karen
    2018-12-13 04:57

    4 STARS [image error]Another sweet romance from our girl! I really liked it, although it started out a bit slower than some of her other books, and was just a wee bit more predictable. This is the second book of Kristen Ashley’s Ghosts and Reincarnation series. And while I’m a huge fan of paranormal romance, I don’t normally go for ghost stories. This one however was what I would consider very MILD in spook factor, leaning more to the sweet than to the creepy. At least that is how is felt to me.[image error]What I liked most in this one was the hero of the story… Lord Douglas Ashton, Baron Blackbourne. Your typical tortured soul, devastatingly handsome, immeasurably wealthy, infuriatingly rakish and completely irresistible. On the outside, he seems cold and indifferent, but there are things going on in his head that are completely unpredictable. He is a complete alpha who is used to getting his way, and luck for Julia, he has patience, and lots of it… “If I could ... I’d have the world watch me make you mine.” [image error]Because Julia Fairfax, is going to test him down to his last shred of it. She has been hurt before, not only by her mentally abusive ex-husband, but also by a father that abandoned her and her family at a young age, and continued to ignore them as he started a new family. Not to mention, it had been a long time for her, a dry spell, an enormous dry spell and it was like not eating for months and then being shown to a five-star gourmet banquet.Then when Julia and Douglas both lose their most beloved siblings and are entrusted in the rearing of their mutual nieces and nephew, they must come together in Douglas’ family home to fulfill the dying wishes of the children’s parents. A home that is not only daunting, and cold, but is apparently haunted by a family curse.[image error]For some reason, I didn't get into this story as much as the first book in the series, Penmort Castle. What I did love though, was the family dynamics present in the story. I loved Douglas.. Julia, not so much. She was just a bit too timid at times, and had a tendency to make stupid decisions. She did improve in the end, when she finally stopped being a idiot, but it was a painful process. The kids were fantastic as usual. Little Ruby… just a gem, and I loved how the kids were always pulling for their Uncle Douglas, and scheming to help him get his girl. [image error]There were some really sweet romantic scenes between Douglas and Julia, how she could ever say no to that man was beyond me. I loved all of the friends and family that all seemed to be pulling for them. “Well, well, well,” she said, “the beast awakens. About bloody time.”I found the ghost story a bit un-needed, and glossed over. It was just accepted by the family, and dismissed as either Ruby’s imaginary friend or just family folklore. It was as if they all knew about the hauntings, but either didn’t care, or just accepted them as routine. No one made a big deal about the ghosts or the curse. It was just kind of ignored. Even when Julia started seeing and feeling things, they all just dismissed her claims, while all knowing that she was truly seeing them. They just went on letting her think she was just crazy. [image error] “I saw her… she formed from a mist, right in my room!”He looked over his shoulder then back at her. “No ghost and no mist,” he declared.“I swear I saw her…” “You’re drunk.”“I’m not drunk!” (even though she kind of was)“The Mistress doesn’t show herself anyway. She’s always just there.”Her eyes rounded at his words. “You know about this… the draughts, the whispers, the screams?” she asked him, her tone accusatory, as it bloody well should be.“Of course, I’ve lived here all my life,” Douglas answered. “I’ve never seen it, felt it, or heard it, but I know about it.”“That first night I was here, you made me think I was a crazy person.”“If you believe in ghosts you are a crazy person,” he replied.[image error]Anyway, lots of great quotes, superb romantic intrigue, and a fabulous male lead. I’m looking forward to the next book in the series… Lacybourne Manor.[image error]“I’ll make you happy.”

  • Erika
    2018-12-14 23:53

    4.75 stars!!I absolutely and completely adored this book! In fact, I am sad to say goodbye to the characters. :-( Having read 4 other KA books prior to this, I knew that I loved her writing style, but some of the content was not to my personal liking. IN this book? Not so! I really loved all of: all the characters and everything that happened.First of all, I adored Douglas. Man, my heart really went out to this guy. He was cold and unemotional at first, but inside (though he wouldn't have verbalized it) he really just needed a family and needed love. Despite his coldness at times, he was very good to Julia. Throughout the book, we see him, page by page, experience more and more emotion, and warm to everyone around him: Julia, the kids, and the wonderful (family-like) staff at Sommersgate House.The kids were adorable and believable. I loved their little personalities, and oh but I felt so sad for them. It is just such a devastating thing to imagine young children losing BOTH of their parents. There is a scene that happens at Christmas, that just broke my heart!!A word about Tamsin (deceased sister of Douglas) and Gavin (deceased brother of Julia): these two really came alive for me in this book, especially Gavin. I REALLY wanted to meet this man, who clearly was such an incredible brother, father, husband and son. I wished he was alive!The paranormal part of this story was small, but it was fun, and I enjoyed the way the story of the ghost lovers played out.There is only one thing I didn't like in this book, and unfortunately it is rather commonplace in romance novels, and that is the repeated references to Douglas having been a manwhore. It is mentioned that he has had women sleep in his room and that he has been with tens, maybe 100s of women. We are lead to believe that he never really connected emotionally with these women (which I am sure he didn't), but still, he clearly connected physically and enjoyed them enough to have some of them spend the night in his arms. Just the mentioning of them makes me picture another woman laying there with him doing everything Julia was. Anyway, this is a pet peeve of mine that unfortunately is run-of-the-mill for KA -- and many many authors as well. I believe ALL of her heroes are manwhores. Thankfully, I believed that he never really developed any kind of emotional connection to those women, and therefore I was able to get past these little references in the book.The epilogue was lovely. Just lovely. Everyone always mentions KA's epilogues and I must say that, she definitely knows how to leave you with a happy, fulfilled feeling.

  • Leslie
    2018-11-26 05:46

    Wonderful book by Kristen Ashley! Although, I must warn you, it was 1,085 pages, (according to my Nook), and patience is a MUST while reading this story.Lord Douglas Ashton is a wealthy, tall, dark and handsome Englishman who, years ago, inherited the mansion that is Sommersgate House. He and his sister, Tamsin, were raised in the house, by parents who probably should never have had children, and who also mentally or verbally abused them. Douglas's only glint of happiness was that brought on by his sister, who adored and admired him relentlessly. Because their parents were detached and very cold towards Douglas, especially, his demeanor understandably changes throughout the years, leaving a 38 year old, very handsome man who demonstrates authority with very little emotion, and very few words. Unfortunately for him, tragedy strikes as Tamsin and her husband, Gavin, are killed in a horrific car accident, leaving three children behind; all under the age of 12.Julia Fairfax is Gavin's sister and equally devastated by the death of her beloved brother and his wife. When news of Gavin and Tamsin's will is revealed, Julia immediately quits her job, sells her house and leaves her family in Indiana to co-parent the children with the elusive Lord Douglas Ashton at Sommersgate mansion. Fortunately for Julia, she has visited the mansion as a guest many times for holidays and family gatherings, and always felt an attraction towards Lord Douglas. Although, never really knowing how he feels about her, she carries on and attempts to make a home in a far away place that is nothing like "home."This is the first book by Kristen Ashley that I have read and the writing alone was lovely. She is VERY descriptive and (at least in this book), drags events, situations and feelings out over time. Nothing is quick, nothing is fast and quite frankly, when I saw that the book was so long, I thought to myself, "this better be a great freaking book!" And what a great book it was! I can honestly say that I never became bored or wished we could "move it along," however, I was irritated by Julia's indecisiveness and non-combative characteristics. Thankfully, she would surprise me, though, and I found myself almost clapping my hands for her! This is a very romantic story about two extremely damaged indiviuals who find love, but have no idea what to do next. It was genuine, it was unpredictable and it is one of my favorite books to date. Simply wonderful.

  • Pam Nelson
    2018-11-19 04:31

    4.5 Sommersgate House Stars - ❤ Audible Review HERE ❤Ok so I liked book one but I enjoyed book two just a little bit more. The dynamic in which these characters come together is sad and heartbreaking. But also so very needed for all of them to heal. The children needed a home, and the house needed a family. Douglas needed love and family who cared. And Julia needed to heal. I didn't not like Douglas in the beginning I would call it cautious. I wondered why he was so stand offish and you learn why that is and your heart goes out to him. I think I felt most for Julia just because she cared her grief on the outside and it was hard for her to be brave. Plus her past is kind of sad but for the most part she doesn't or I should say tries really hard to put it in the past but sometimes the past is just so painful it stays with you for a lot longer then you wish it would.I love the interaction between the staff and the children, just all of it is refreshing, I have read a lot of books with kids but I like when they are so intertwined in the story that you couldn't image it without them. Last but not least having a glimpse into Douglas and Julia falling in love was precious and I am so glad I listened to this audio, Abby does a great job with this narration. I enjoyed all her character voice. Worth the credit for sure.*You don't have to like my review but its 100% my opinion, and I am allowed to have it.*

  • AJ
    2018-12-01 07:58

    I LOVE KRISTEN ASHLEY! I’ve said it before, but with each book of hers I read, I adore her more and more. I went into this book suffering from a massive book funk, and I knew pretty much instantly that this would be the book to drag me back into the land of happy readers. When in doubt – leave it to KA to pull you through. She never lets me down, and she did it again with this beautiful story of love, family, and healing from tragedy. Upon the tragic and untimely death of Gavin and Tamsin Fairfax, their three children are left orphaned and in the care of Gavin’s sister, Julia, and Tamsin’s brother, Douglas, with the stipulation that the children must be raised in Tamsin’s family home – Sommersgate House. Wanting nothing more than to be there for the nephew and two nieces that she adores, Julia packs up her life in the US, giving up everything to move to England to honour the wishes of her beloved brother and his wife. On arrival, she finds three grieving children living in a miserable, spooky old house with downtrodden house staff, all under the control of Douglas and Tamsin’s evil witch of a mother. Still struggling with her own grief, Julia is also dealing with being in a new country, leaving her mother and friends behind, and being without a job or any real support from the barely present Douglas. But, being the strong, stubborn and feisty girl that she is, Julia gets straight on with unreservedly giving the children the love and attention they have been missing, and bringing life back into the house. And then there are the ghosts. Sommersgate House is haunted by the spirit of two tormented lovers from centuries ago who are cursed to remain separated for all eternity and trapped at Sommersgate unless the master of the house finds true love, and somebody to love him back. The two ghosts make their presence felt throughout the story, and while they initially freak Julia right out, she comes to accept them, and her story becomes unknowingly interwoven with theirs as things start to get interesting between her and Douglas. Douglas is a fantastic character! Arrogant, standoffish, work obsessed and also a bit of a womaniser, he has never had a real relationship. He is very mysterious, closed off and while unenthusiastic about his new responsibilities, he is determined to provide for his beloved sister’s children. Julia has crushed on him from the moment she met him 15 years ago, but in the intervening years, she married a man who treated her awfully, verbally abusing her and leaving her crushed and very wary of men. But she and Douglas are obviously attracted to each other, and the angry/flirty behaviour between them is awesome. But the fireworks really start when Douglas decides (yes, decides) that the best way to manage their raging attraction, and their situation with the children, is for he and Julia to marry. But as much as Julia may still feel for him, she refuses to marry without love, and that is the one thing that Douglas has never offered her. But he offers her a whole lot more, and when his seductive, sexy side comes out… holy hell! “Julia, I intend to be your lover.” With Julia’s soft warmth pressed so close, he could smell her. Both the feel of her and her scent made his body begin to tighten in an intensely pleasant way so that, when he spoke, his voice deepened, became hungry, as he, again, made his intentions clear but this time, he made them clearer. “I intend to sleep in sheets that smell of tangerines and jasmine. I intend to have your naked body squirming under mine. I intend to touch you everywhere with my hands and my mouth. I intend to memorise the taste of you, to make you call my name while I’m moving inside you, to make you so excited you beg me to let you come…”*fans self*The ‘thing’ between them becomes a game, and the back and forth is fantastic as Douglas does his best to convince Julia around to his way of thinking, while Julia tries to keep him at arm’s length (sort of). And while they are busy acclimatising to their new roles in life, living as a family with the children, and being around each other constantly, the emotion between them unintentionally starts to run deeper. And it’s pure awesome! In typical KA fashion, we get lots of beautiful little moments between them - the teasing, the playing, the arguments, the sweet and tender moments, and the hotness. Oh yes, there is hotness! The best part of it though, for me, were the times with the children. Watching Julia bring the kids back to life, and, in turn, watching them all bring Douglas back to life, was absolutely sensational!The book is written in multiple POV, and I loved getting inside of Douglas’ head. Particularly as their love story is not a conventional one, and Douglas really had no idea what he was feeling. I loved watching his thought processes as he sorted through what was happening between him and Julia.“Bloody hell, he loved her.”KA always writes brilliantly for families, and I love the family that she created for Julia and Douglas. The way she showed Lizzie, Will and Ruby dealing with their parent’s death, accepting their new reality and starting to move on was absolutely beautiful. And again, the little family moments - from Christmas morning, to an afternoon of horseback riding, or a game of monopoly – all add so much depth to the story, and it’s genius.I loved this story! KA does a fantastic job at building the anticipation, and the UST is sizzling as Julia and Douglas dance around each other for a lot of the book. The state of things between them is up and down for a lot of the story, and I loved watching them fight their way to their HEA. The story ends beautifully, with each individual plotline finished off with great detail, and I finished this book with a massive smile on my face. “If I could ... I’d have the world watch me make you mine.”KA weaves her magic yet again, and I loved it. 4.5 stars.

  • Lady Gabriella of Awesomeness
    2018-11-25 07:40

    3 sad Disappointing stars .. :/ only because i wish the story had a bit more of both Lord Archie and Lady Ruby involved you know ? ( that was seriously the real reason i picked up the book it the first place.) i DONT think my expectations were initially high for this book , but guess the ghostly reference in the summery and the absence of the good spirits ( until the climax) made it a bit hard to swallow.... otherwise it was a pretty sweet (view spoiler)[Christmas(hide spoiler)] read.i think my favorites were the Christmas scenes and Tamsin’s (charity ) ball.....if the ghostly climax is excluded.. :) Though of course..this book did have its moments !RECOMMENDATION:if you guys LOVED this..im pretty sure THIS one would BLOW YOUR MIND ! =====>http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/... check it out ! u might find it interesting !["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • CC
    2018-11-21 00:43

    4.5 starsLoved it! Ending and epilogue was a little weak for KA. But otherwise I loved this story! The ghost story was poignant and 1000 times better than the first book in the series. There are so many great reviews I do not think I can add anything of value. But to add my thumbs up for this one!

  • Gina
    2018-12-11 06:48

    Another KA hit! I was up to 3 am reading this book last night, I just had to finish! Julia is appointed guardian to her brother's kids after he and his wife are killed. Part of the request is she has to move to England and live at Sommersgate House. And she has to share guardianship with her brother in law Douglas. So Julia upended her life and moves to Sommersgate house. The house is haunted by the man and woman who built the house, forever doomed to haunt the house until the owner of the house finds true love (Ok I am a romantic sap, because I loved that part). I also thought the story had just enough paranormal to make me happy. The haunted house part didn't take over, it was just a nice ingredient to make a good story. Douglas is the owner of the house and he is your typical KA hero, alpha, hot, first appearance is cold and distant. I loved how the romance between these two people grew. Julia was very resistant to Douglas and i totally understood why, only occasionally did that get on my nerves. And i understood Douglas resistance to love and emotions, growing up the way he did. My heart went out to both of these characters, both wounded but together they healed one another. *sigh"And I really loved the secondary characters, I absolutely loved the kids, especially Ruby-girl, and Charlotte was a hoot! And I absolutely hated Douglas's mother Monique, what a witch! Overall, this was exactly what I look for in a book, excitement, romance, hot steamy sex and a story that keeps my attention to the end! I am happy!

  • Stacie
    2018-12-04 03:52

    Reread/Audio Review February 11, 20174 1/2 "Douglas and Julia" Stars!!Love, love, love! I mostly just listened to it this time around. The narrator was very good. Douglas was absolutely swooney. Julia was a quirky KA heroin, but not stupid or annoying. She was quite likeable actually. The children were simply precious. I do love a story with children and the children are actually a real part of the story. This was well done here. Also the secondary adult characters were all very likeable too. Overall very, very good. I think the only reason this was not 5 Stars for me is because the ghost were not very present in the story. They seemed a bit of an afterthought. Happy reading!!Original Review April 7, 2014Another fantastic read from KA. I love the way she clearly loves clothes! Julia and Douglas are great and all the children are wonderful. This book has a really wonderful cast of characters. Douglas making the toast... I got vey teary eyed. William... oh, my, what an absolutely charming, thoughtful and mature young man. His future wife is a very lucky girl. I'm not all surprised at how the girls turned out. Especially Ruby. She is adorable. The ending was so touching. It was perfect. I only wish the ghost had more of an appearance in the story. I highly recommend this book, as I do all KA books I have read so far.

  •  B.E.Love
    2018-12-04 04:29

    *Another re-read* The epilogue on this book gets me every time.Julia's brother and wife died leaving Julia and Douglas(who's sister died) to take care of their 3 children in Douglas and his late sisters castle. Sommergate castle is haunted by the original owners and they won't be set free till true love is once again in Sommergate. As Julia and Douglas raise there nieces and nephew together they can't help but grow closer together and realize that there's more to there relationship than just friendship. But past hurts from those who were supposed to love them has made them both scared to love, even though they've been in love for 15 years when they first met. This was another great Kristen Ashley story not only are Douglas and Julia great but the entire cast is wonderful I loved every single one of them(with the exception of 3). The relationships in this book were so touching and just as riveting as the main characters. Douglas was another great hero from KA and I loved his persistence in this story. The epilogue had me in tears and I loved that we got glimpses into everyones lives in the future. This book was beautiful, engrossing, heartfelt and hot!

  • Ally
    2018-11-25 01:33

    I like friends named Charlie So, don't disturb me while I'm reading, ok? As in who wants to go to work when we could be reading this book?Setting / Time / Genre: CurrentLength: KA length (read: long but not too long)Series: It looks like it is, and I guess I need to go back and find the first in the series? Sexy times: Yea, but seriously? This was tame for a Kristen Ashley. As in I was surprised at how tame it seemed. Either that or I'm just hardened. Pun not intended. Plan on reading more by the author:IndeedSynopsis: Parents of three children die leaving the care of said children in the hands of the brother in law (stick in the mud, British stiff upper lip and all that) and sister in law (exquisite dresser as this IS a KA book, American, all around good time, level headed woman. That last part not necessarily being run of the mill, in my experience KA action). Note: the two are NOT related. Enter evil mother of stiff upper lip and the house slavers, er, servants, and you get a good tale. Oh, wait, there are a couple of ghosts, but they come and go. Oh, and the friend Charlie and her hubs, Oliver. Typical cast of characters, hmmm?Douglas, the brother type, decides marrying Julia, the sister type, is the best way to move forward raising the kids and giving him opportunities to get off while he's at it. Efficient, no? Well, of course, there are Issues with a capital I, that have to be worked through. And the curse which chains the ghosts to the house. Mind blown? Well, yea. Heroine: Julia. So likable. I mean once you get through pages and pages of descriptions of what she is wearing (hint: skim once KA starts in on the clothes. Except for the sweater dress. That one, I'd like to wear) you find a resourceful and dedicated sister and aunt. This woman does not cave. Until she does. But don't worry, she un-caves!Hero: Douglas. Sorta typical KA hero material, sorta not. Not too over the top alpha. Must be his stiff upper lip stuff or something. Definitely likable. Why it did or didn't work for me: It worked. I pretty much read it word for word, sans the house descriptions and clothing descriptions. Too much. The first three chapters were a little slow and I started doubting if I wanted to keep on going. But keep on I did. Worth it. Was I overwhelmed and in love with the book the way most KA's are for me? No. But I think it might be me. Like most of what I'm reading these days is meh meh. That could also be my book choices or it could be that I'm just bored. But whatever. Persevere shall I. That last chapter and wrap up was pretty meh meh. I skimmed most of the wedding scene.Peace!

  • SamJ ★Needs a HEA★
    2018-11-21 23:46

    ★Book Basics★ Genre: - Contemporary Paranormal Romance Series: - Second in the series - can be read as a stand alone.Writing - Third person dual POVMain Characters:Douglas Ashton is the owner of Sommersgate House. He is seen as a cold and unfeeling man, but he adored his sister and has now been tasked with caring for her three children after her death.Julia Fairfax loved her brother and his wife and upon being given shared custody with Douglas, immediately moves to the UK, to start a new life and to be able to look after the children. Love triangle? - (view spoiler)[No (hide spoiler)]Cheating? - (view spoiler)[No (hide spoiler)]HEA? - (view spoiler)[Yes (hide spoiler)]Would I read more by this author? - YesRating - 5★Review★Once again, an excellent story by Kristen Ashley.This time, the paranormal element comes from 2 ghosts, who with a tragic passing, found themselves eternally separated by the house that was built to celebrate their love. Only if true love can come to Sommersgate will they be reunited.And again, the paranormal element was not over done. It was expertly woven into the story of Douglas, Julia and the children. Ofc, there is trials and tribulations to overcome, even despite the ghosts. How Julia, Douglas and the children manage to blend together and become a loving family is a lovely heart-warming tale. Douglas loved his nieces and nephew but in a very distant way, never having expected to have the care for them. Julia is determined to shower her brothers children with love and give them a warm family centred upbringing.The tale of how they manage to come together and create a loving family is hugely enjoyable.A great 5 stars.

  • Searock
    2018-11-29 01:43

    3.73 stars.Gah, it is so difficult for me to review some KA books, especially her earlier ones. I'm obsessed with her characterization and certain elements of her writing, but some plot devices in this one were kind of corny. Julia, the heroine, nicknamed Jewel (what a great nickname, btw! There's always a nickname with a KA and I particularly loved this one, but strangely I don't think the H, Douglas, ever used it. If he did, it wasn't nearly enough, imo). Anyway, I thought the development of the relationship was fun, but Jewel was resistant to Douglas for so long that I wanted to give her a love tap in the hiney with my foot. Highly recommended for fans of this author. There's some really good stuff in here, but like I said, there's other stuff that will probably make you groan.Still totally worth it.

  • Mindy Lou's Book Reviews
    2018-12-15 23:56

    Narrator review: LOVE this narrator. I have no complaints.Story review: I'm really enjoying this series. So far, the alpha's in this series are my favorite from Kristen Ashley. My only complaint on this one is the couple is hardly together and there is a little too much protesting from Julia. I need more couple time in my books...still a very good read.

  • Jo
    2018-12-10 01:29

    I adored this book. It had the typical KA awesomeness, but it was also more romantic, and a lot less dramatic than her usual books. Douglas came across as a very cold man, and as the story progressed and his childhood was revealed, I finally understood his emotionless façade. This was a man who didn’t understand care and love, the only person who had ever loved him and cared for him was his sister Tamsin. His mother is a bitch of epic proportions, and his father continuously abused Douglas emotionally. Because I always adore KA’s broken heroes, I totally loved Douglas and his iceman personality. What woman doesn’t imagine melting such a man ;-) Julia has her own personal fears and insecurities. She has a wonderful mother, and she and her brother, Gavin, was very close, so his death was a staggering devastation. Her father was more a sperm donor than anything else, and a real piece of work. Her ex-husband was an emotional abuser, who loved nothing more than tearing her down. So even though Julia was a very caring and loving person, she never wanted to marry again, especially not Douglas whom reminded her too much of her ex-husband. Luckily she was very wrong in her opinion of Douglas, and I think she knew it all along, but because she didn’t want to risk her heart again, she kept trying to push Douglas away.I loved how relentlessly Douglas pursued Julia, slowly mending the insecurities and hurts created by her asshole father and ex-husband. I sometimes got frustrated with Julia and her continuous efforts in pushing Douglas away, but this did lead to a sweet and very sexy courtship.When he was going to have his fill of her, he didn’t know and he was beginning to doubt he ever would. Every time he had her, he wanted more, needed more, she was like a fucking drug. I really enjoyed how Julia and the kids slowly thawed Douglas’ ice persona, making him experience happiness and love. And I especially loved how caring he became towards the children. The romance was a very slow burn, and it was almost only at the half mark that they finally gave into their chemistry (which is quite unusual for a KA book, her books are usually steamy from the get-go, but I still enjoyed the slowness).“I intend to sleep in sheets that smell of tangerines and jasmine. I intend to have your naked body squirming under mine. I intend to touch you everywhere with my hands and my mouth. I intend to memorise the taste of you, to make you call my name while I’m moving inside you, to make you so excited you beg me to let you come…”*swoon* Typical KA sexiness. I just love how her heroes talks to their women;-)“No one knows the real story,” Mrs. K began. “Some say he killed her, some say someone else killed them both. The truth is, they found his body outside, dead from exposure and looking like he’d been trying to get in. They found The Mistress in the house and she’d been strangled.” I love romance and a good mystery. And I loved the mystery in this book. A house built in love, but whose lovers were mysteriously killed and has haunted it ever since. I loved how KA wrote Sommersgate House, it felt like a live being, lost and sad. There was a lot of sadness and loss in this book. The original owners, now ghosts, who are unable to be with each other and who can’t move on to the next plane; Gavin and Tamsin, who loved their children so much but whose lives were tragically cut short ; and the 3 adorable children, who lost both their parents at once. And then Julia and Douglas, who has both lost their beloved siblings (something which I can’t even begin imagine surviving), and now has to create a family for the children. I love how KA wrote the children, and their loss and heart-ache broke my heart. There was a scene with little Ruby, which just had me in tears. How do you explain to a four-year old, that her parents were never coming back….? This was a beautiful and very touching love story, not just because of the romance between the main characters, but also because of the haunted house and it’s ghosts, the love that Gavin and Tamsin had for their adorable children and the 3 children, who was heartbroken and so needful of love and a home. Another fantastic KA book that I will definitely read again and again. A must read for all romance lovers!

  • Shari Kay
    2018-11-29 04:40

    3.75 ✭This was a solid four star read...until the end. She lost me a bit there.This was a heart wrenching story at times. Ashley is so good at characterization...all those little details that authors can be afraid to take the time with for fear of boring their readers, she includes them all. But it is all the minutiae that connects us to the story...makes us feel. I cried for a character that was dead when the book started...and a couple times more before the book was done. I liked that the h...though half in love with our H even in the beginning...didn't just wave the white flag. She made him work for it throughout most of the book. She was guarding her heart...and for very good reasons.The romance and relationship progressed at a lovely pace. I believed in it! I believed she got to him...that she truly broke through his shields and found love. And those shields were solid rock. This author knows how to write an Alpha male. Douglas was yummy. I lurved him. He's the typical tortured H with a past that leaves him thinking he is unable to love. He's gorgeous. Rich. Possessive. Sexy as hell. Stubborn. Aloof. He has hidden depths that you know when our h finally cracks them...she would have the dream life. The dream man. Douglas was all that...and a bag of chips!So why not a higher rating? The ending mostly. I was all in. I was loving it and then the end. K.A. fell back onto her too OTT scenarios. Too silly. All of a sudden Julia's mother is nutty. I didn't get that impression at all in the beginning. From the Valentines day scene, to the Russian climax, and even the dorkiness of Julia at the alter...it was too much. It kind of ruined the epic-ness that was going on up until that point. If she'd just left it a bit more realistic(and I'm not talking about the ghosts) it would have been an almost perfect romance. *sigh* (view spoiler)[and why couldn't Julia tell Douglas she loved him before he told her first? Once she'd accepted she would roll the dice and take a risk on marrying him, knowing his background it could only help her cause. Especially knowing he needed to be loved. Why just rely on 'showing' him. I got why at first...but not at the end. And Charlie...really? Julia was just suppose to settle and hope she got a few good years with him before he grew bored and left her? Pfft! Stupid. (hide spoiler)]Don't get me wrong. I still really enjoyed this book. The sex scenes were more tame than what she's putting out now. And I have to say--I think I like them more this way. They are more sensual than erotic, and all the feels are there. Sometimes I don't need to read about every suck and swallow and slurp. This was pure sexy romance. It. Was. Awesome.K.A.'s new stuff is becoming "iffy" for me lately...but damn the woman can, and did, write some stellar romances. I may end up just revisiting the old stuff rather than buying the new and Sommergates may be one of those rereads.

  • Emily
    2018-11-19 00:32

    Julia Fairfax has given up her life in Indiana to become the co-guardian to her nieces and nephews after they are left orphaned. She wishes she could just take them home with her but the guidelines of the will state she needs to co-parent with Douglas Ashton at Sommersgate House. Sommersgate House has a story behind it and rumor has it there are ghosts of the couple who died their shortly after building it. Julia is ready for the challenge though and moves in quickly deciding the cool demeanor of Douglas is unchanged and wonders why he just doesn't let her have the kids.Douglas knows he is not a warm fuzzy type of person, Julia exudes comfort and warmth and he is entranced with her. When he feels the sting of Julia's temper though Douglas decides that she is the woman for him but Julia is pushing back stating she is not interested in him, or is she. Can Julia trust Douglas and her heart?This was fantastic, I liked this couple together and the spirit of the story only magnified that. Kristen Ashley is one of those authors that does not disappoint, she always knocks the story out of the park. Loved Douglas, he is a bit of a mystery but you are charmed by him. Julia is delightful and I thought the children in the story were wonderful. Excellent read.

  • Luv My Books ♡
    2018-12-11 03:31

    Sommersgate House was a lively, fun, spooky, romance book from Kristen Ashley. I love this series!Sommersgate House needed the curse removed and the love it had been built to represent restored. For that to happen, the Baron needed to find true love which wasn't very likely in his case. When the Baron's nieces and nephew lost their parents through tragedy, they came to live in Sommersgate House with their Uncle Douglas, the Baron. Their Aunty Jewel also came to live there. I loved the family they became and the love shared despite a cold, meddling mother in law!Kristen Ashley always gives lots of brilliant details and twists and great side character stories. The paranormal happenings were light but well done. I loved the slow build and tension between Douglas and Julia, especially Douglas' newfound determination to win over Julia. They were a great couple and I loved them both. Great story!