Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Lightning Struck (Brothers Maledetti #3) by Nichole Van {Review}

Lightning Struck (Brothers Maledetti #3) 
by Nichole Van
Kindle Edition, 330 pages
Published January 4th 2018 by Fiorenza Publishing 
Source: I received a copy through eBooks for Review, which had no influence on my thoughts and opinions.

Chiara doesn’t like Jack. Jack doesn’t like Chiara.
The story should end there.
Except . . . maybe Chiara finds herself daydreaming far too often about Jack. And maybe Jack finds Chiara aggravating in an adorable sorta way.
Maybe Jack and Chiara find themselves falling in love.
The problem, of course, remains.
Jack is a ghost.
And Chiara is not.

Jack Knight-Snow has had a bad year for losing things. So far he has lost a ship full of ancient treasure, his family, his friends, his title, his lands and money, his fianc√©, the century into which he was born . . . oh, and his physical body. Worse, feisty Chiara D’Angelo might just finish the job and make him lose his mind.

For her part, Chiara simply wants to help Jack get his body back and move on with his life. She doesn’t want to like his snarky humor or his gorgeous eyes or the way he accepts her exactly as she is. She’s a hot mess when it comes to romantic relationships. Case in point . . . she’s developing feelings for a ghost.

But tackling the problem of Jack’s ghostliness is not straightforward. Soon, Jack and Chiara find themselves embroiled in a mystery which creates more questions about the D’Angelo brothers’ gifts of Second Sight. Set against the backdrop of Tuscany, Italy, Jack and Chiara race to uncover answers about the past before becoming history themselves.

Though the third book in the Brothers Maledetti series, Lightning Struck is a full-length, standalone novel.

My Review: 4.5 Stars
I love these brothers and their little sister, Chiara, and love that each book focuses on one of them. Their family has a curse that leads to some interesting, tricky, and confusing situations. It's so entertaining to try and figure things out, right alone with the characters, but I honestly can't wrap my head around some of it....yet. This series doesn't necessarily have to be read in order, but I think it's fun to so do. Everything makes a little more sense as the series builds.

What would you do if you fell in love with a ghost? Just ask Chiara, although she's probably going to deny it. She is feisty, small, impulsive, and snoopy, but the perfect match for Jack. I love the bantering that went on between them and as the sparks started to fly, I just knew this match had to somehow work out or my heart was going to tragically break in two.

There are some intense moments, due mainly to three things: Chiara is in danger; there is something threatening Jack; and some swoony chemistry is smoldering. I really enjoyed it and love Nichole Van's style, but I've got to read the next book to see if I can finally make sense of everything--especially the paranormal aspects. I can't wait to dive into Italy with this family once again.

Content: mild, swoony romance; mild language, but lots of it; mild violence.

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