Illusions of Grandeur by Kathryn Ann Kingsley
Hello, little rabbit…And who’re you?
The Strande Mansion is known for its collections of beautiful artifacts, mysterious accidents, and MAGIC. Oh, and of course the Impossible Julian Strande- famous illusionist and accomplished magician. When an ad for a job at the mansion comes across Alice Monroe’s path, she decides to take a chance and interview for the position of caretaker. What she doesn’t know is that the mansion is haunted by the very playful, very devious Julian Strande.
MAN OH MAN. This book was so much fun. I read it all in one sitting and did NOT want to put it down. The house gives me some Haunting of Hill House and Haunted Mansion vibes. I loved the mystery of the story, and the sort of spooky feel to it. Kat did a great job of creating tension and building anticipation. The characters were all interesting and the twist was really great. I cannot WAIT to read the next one! It was such an interesting story to read, and I had a blast.
What I liked:
Alice is one of my favorite heroines that Kat has written. She is so likable, different, and relatable. While there isn’t a ton of personal character development, she has some really great moments.
I loved Charles. He is fun, charismatic, and extremely charming. The scenes between him and Alice are so playful and yummy. They have wonderful chemistry together!
The haunted house setting was just awesome. I loved the scenes of her traveling through the rooms and uncovering clues to the mystery. Like I said earlier, I really couldn’t put it down.
Julian Strande is mysterious, sexy, and oh so devious. I don’t know how else to describe him other than to say he is the master of tricks. I was on the edge of my seat every time he and Alice were together. I would read 10 books about him and his life. He is definitely a contender for favorite Kat villain.
What I didn’t like:
So there isn’t a lot to say here, but if I had to choose something – there is a little time jump in the end that I wish wasn’t there. The rest of the book feels so in the moment and spooky, and the time jump takes away from that a little bit for me.
Gosh, I loved it. I can’t wait to read the next book and see what happens. There are a lot of secrets to unravel!
Illusions of Grandeur by Kathryn Ann Kingsley [Limitless Publishing]
Publication Date: May 12, 2020
Genre: Romance, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Heat Level: 3 / HOT
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To learn more about the Author, visit Kathryn Ann Kingsley’s website here.
I received the ARC of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.