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Heir to a Curse

Sunday, February 28, 2021

Heir to a Curse (2020) Lissa Kasey (Romancing a Curse)

Heir to a CurseThis story is set during the pandemic.

Zach Frank is struggling with inheriting a cursed house. Not just–or even mostly–because of the curse, but because of the loss of the woman who left the house to him. The woman who was to all intents and purposes the only mother he ever had.

Now the section of her tree that should have ended had a branch extending from it, with my name scrawled beneath it.

Not that the curse is a small thing.

Mr. Yamamoto opened the side door to the kitchen. The damage was worse than I thought. Fire had eaten away a lot of the sidewall, all the cabinets and appliances, and a good portion of underlayment of the floor, leaving it all unstable and dangerous to walk on. We all huddled just inside the doorway.

“Wow. I thought they said it only burned twenty minutes or so,” Jerry said.

“Yes,” Mr. Yamamoto agreed. “However, the fire chief said it burned really hot.”

Sofia wanted the mansion to be a place of love and happiness, but her family curse kept it from being either a home or a business.

At the start of the story, most of the fantasy happens in dreams, and Zach has dreams that feel more like memories, and the people in those dreams start bleeding over into the waking world.

One thing I particularly liked was how the story dealt with both the pandemic and Zach’s grief. I’ll be honest, having the pandemic in the story was jarring–especially in a fantasy. But the pandemic was part of what made Zach’s grief complicated, since he was unable to be near Sofia in her final days.

Perhaps my head was broken from the grief. If so, I’d seek out a therapist and see if talking it out could fix it.

The major problem I had with the story was the editing. There were a couple bits that appeared twice in the story, which threw me completely out as I was trying to figure out what was happening.

The other issue was that Zach kept calling himself an asshole, when every action we saw him take as the opposite of that. It’s possible he believed himself to be an asshole because of his buried memories of his past lives, or because he’d been abandoned both by his birth parents and his first foster family. But in his actions he was anything but an asshole.

So an interesting story, even with the editing issues.

Publisher : Layer Kake Publishing, LLC
Rating: 7/10

Categories: 7/10, Asian, Fantasy, LGBT, Romance, Sexual Content, Supernatural     Comments (0)    

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