- Heir to a Curse, by Lissa Kasey
Heir to a Curse, by Lissa Kasey
After losing a friend and inheriting her million-dollar home riddled with repair issues, Zach has his hands full. As a construction contractor he plans to make it the home she always wanted it to be. Except every time he fixes one thing, something else happens: fire, damage to the garden, and even mysterious lights making the staff whisper about ghosts. All linked to a historic Chinese shrine on the property.
When Zach catches a glimpse of a mystery man near the shrine, then dreams of monsters, he wonders if grief has driven him mad. But when a kiss awakens him to his past lives with an exiled lover, he begins to realize the only way out is to break the curse.
Jun Xiang was an amazing character. As the ghost, he was mysterious and kept leaving little hints that we could follow, along with Zach. It took 28% for him to make his first appearance, but what an entrance! It was really nicely done.
I loved the side characters. Sofia was probably the biggest, despite never being on page. I could feel the bond between her and Zach clearly, even though she was dead when the story began. As a cancer survivor myself, I found her story touching, realistic, and understood Zach's grief well.
Addy was brilliant. She was a real support for Zach, even spotting his grief, his anxiety and depression and being supporting without shaming or guilting him. She even supported his whole reincarnation/curse ideas, without shooting them down or mocking him. The rest of the secondary cast were great too, and I particularly loved Mr Yamamoto and Montana, who I hope appear again in later stories. Though I'm seriously looking forward to Montana getting his own story in Book 2.
I'm impressed with the first book in the series and can't wait to start Book 2 tomorrow. As soon as I finish catching up on my reviews for this month, I'll be delving straight into more books by Kasey.
“They were losing the battle, and so was I, only my battle was being fought with myself over my heart, instead of on blood-soaked plains.”
“Life was a series of choices. Some of them how to live, others how to die. Most people didn’t realize they were one and the same.”