Dual Review: The Master of Whitehall and Lexi’s Legacy by Rick Veal

1569848318176624Ok, first of all, I’m sorry this review took so long to be posted, but I wanted to review both books in the series at the same time.

Before I give my review, here are the descriptions of each book.

The Master of Whitehall

After the brutal murder of her parents in a robbery, Katelyn Corbin, a thoroughly modern 21 year old college senior, finds herself attempting to re-start her life in Charleston, SC, where she finds love, healing and a brand new life in a most unexpected avenue.

This story follows Katelyn from her hometown just outside Atlanta to her new school in Charleston. There she meets James and is deeply intrigued by him from their first meeting; feeling as if he has touched her very soul. The more she considers him, the more intense her interest becomes. He is a wealthy patron of the arts, especially at her school. He is tall and handsome with a strong persona; a young widower, living alone in a huge, but beautifully restored old plantation house called ‘Whitehall’. Their friendship soon becomes serious, becoming a full on relationship as Katelyn falls madly in love with him. James soon makes his love for her just as obvious. Their lives begin to blend, twisting and turning, as they continue to grow closer.

After several strange incidents, Katelyn begins to develop a series of unsettling questions about her new love. However, she knows that after facing the catastrophe of her parent’s deaths, she can face anything life throws at her. She begins looking at the questions, searching her own soul. Finally deciding that she must know the answers, she confronts him. She soon discovers James’ true nature; confirming her fears that he was indeed not the man she thought, but the man she feared him to be. The confirmation of her suspicions are shocking to her, turning her world view on its side. She is forced to acknowledge things about herself and her world that she never thought possible. With her new found knowledge, Katelyn realizes she must make a choice to live with or without James. She quickly decides to adapt her life and adjust her beliefs in order to continue to be with James.

Their love for each other develops and continues to grow as he assists her to close the gaping wounds left by the tragedy of her parent’s murders. Katelyn continues to uncover other secrets, discovering another existence, as she begins her new life with James. The story reaches a highly emotional and completely unexpected ending that fully illustrates Katelyn’s personality of love and care for those around her.

The Master of Whitehall, a paranormal romance novel is complete at 104,000 words. The story unfolds over the course of nearly a year, and features flashbacks that more fully develop each of the characters, offering insights into their personal histories. The story is narrated in first person perspective by Katelyn as she offers a window into the world of possibilities of love between mortal and immortal.

The Master of Whitehall will be very appealing to readers of Rachel Caine’s ‘Morganville Vampires’, Charlaine Harris’ ‘True Blood’ series, and Anne Rice’s ‘Vampire Chronicles’.

Lexi’s Legacy

Lexi’s Legacy, a contemporary adventure romance set in Charleston, SC and Savannah, GA., is the second book in the continuing saga of The Master of Whitehall.
After being diagnosed with terminal cancer, Lexi discovers an unexpected cure from an unlikely source and two best friends become eternal friends. Lexi tells her tale of life, lost and found, relating her experiences as she leaves behind her human life and begins her journey into a new immortal life.
She recounts the changes that take place as she enters a supernatural world she never knew existed, joining Katelyn and James at Whitehall Plantation.
Lexi has much to learn about her new world as she grows and matures into the life of a vampire. Join her as she takes you on an adventure of life changing proportions. Let her tell you about how her life changes, about love … found … lost … and found again.
Lexi’s Legacy is an exciting and enjoyable adventure in the on-going epic of The Master of Whitehall.

Ok, now on to my review…

Sigh, I wanted to love these books, I really did, because the unique use of Paranormal was refreshing… However, I found several moments during my reading that I just wanted to skip ahead, because I was so bored. I’m not really sure of the reason, to be honest, because they are well written books-though, to be honest, I enjoyed book 2 much more than book 1- but unfortunately it was hard to get past those moments. I feel that the author, especially after book 2, has great potential, but these books just didn’t do it for me. Of course, it’s possible that that was just my opinion, because we all like different things. It’s hard for me to give specifics without giving too much away, so I’ll leave you with this… While it wasn’t my interest, for the most part, don’t ignore these books and the author. No matter how many negative reviews you see, if you are interested in the book, go for it. Like I said, it is well written, and has a unique twist on vampires…Because of this fact, both books get an average rating of a B (4 stars) together.

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