The Cursed Clan: Callum by Melissa Schroeder
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A very enjoyable start to a new series.
Callum Lennon is an enigmatic leader of his family’s business and also the Laird of his clan. He works closely with several cousins to oversee the welfare of the family. Phoebe Chilton is an expert on archeology and languages that is hired by the Lennon family to help with an unnamed artifact.
Callum and family are hesitant to trust Phoebe with the artifact without her signing a contract and Phoebe insists she never signs contracts, so a stalemate seems to doom the project before it has started. Finally Phoebe convinces Callum that even though she is unwilling to sign anything, she can help the family with what is needed. Callum reveals that the artifact is an old diary believed to be owned by witches several centuries ago.
Phoebe has taken this job as a sideline to what she normally does, which is work with her parents (and in the past, her deceased husband) traveling all around the world on various archeological digs. She has decided to break free from her parents, much to their dismay, and follow a passion she has for Celtic legends. She has been promised a chance at an impressive grant from a Kenneth McWalter, a man she has never met. While dealing with McWalter, Phoebe gets an uneasy feeling and tries to find more information about him through her former assistant, Izzy.
As she translates the diary, Phoebe finds herself in close quarters with Callum. The initial attraction they felt only intensifies as they struggle to ignore and resist their feelings. As she learns the secrets of the diary she is also learning the secrets the Lennon family has been keeping for years, the curse that could one day destroy them or set them free.
An old enemy threatens the clan from outside and dishonesty threatens the clan from inside as Callum finds it hard to trust Phoebe. Twists and turns keep you guessing until the end and sets things up for future books involving the rest of the cousins.
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