Book Review: Passion of Sleepy Hollow by Lexi Post

20693124Synopsis:

Recluse Braeden Van Brunt is not happy to be the Headless Horseman…until he meets Katrina Van Tassel, owner of the Sleepy Hollow Inn, whose allure bewitches him from the front desk into the bedroom. When he discovers Kat and the village of Sleepy Hollow are cursed to exist in the present day for only one weekend a year, he realizes the sacrifice he must make if he wants to keep her.

Katrina Van Tassel lives between slivers of time. She thought she was through grieving her betrothed’s death, but her dreams flare to life when his mirror image arrives, requesting a room. Drawn to Braeden, she is taken to more erotic heights of intimacy than she ever imagined, but she can’t be sure if her heart is with him or the love from her past.

Knowing he must conquer both time and ghosts to keep the only woman he’s ever loved, Braeden must put the past to rest. But the dead may not rest in Sleepy Hollow.

About the Author:

Lexi Post spent years in higher education taking and teaching courses about the classical literature she loved. From the Medieval work “The Pearl” to the 20th century American epic The Grapes of Wrath, from War and Peace to the Bhagavad Gita, she’s read, studied, and taught wonderful classics.
But Lexi’s first love is romance novels. In an effort to marry her two first loves, she started writing erotic romance inspired by the classics and found she loved it. Lexi feels there is no end to the romantic inspiration she can find in great literature.
Lexi lives with her husband and cat in the beautiful Virgin Islands where gorgeous sunsets, warm weather, and driving on the left are the norm.

My Review:

Another little gem from Ellora’s Cave of delights. I was pretty much already sold on the concept, as I loved the original ‘Legend of Sleepy Hollow’ when I was a little girl and had kind of felt betrayed by the recent TV series of the same name (good looking guy, disjointed and crappy plot!) So it was lovely to read something that lived up to the romantic notions I associate with this legend.

Kat felt very true to the original, and I was overjoyed with this. It’s pretty obvious that there was some research put into the story that went beyond watching the Johnny Depp movie, although any excuse to see a good looking guy in a frock coat! It would have been far too easy to simply create a new Kat, and in doing so would have lost much of its appeal.

From a writer’s perspective, the whole concept of ghosts out of time and a relationship that can break a curse is lovely and really does justify the saucy scenes. I can’t say this enough that a real story has to be behind an erotic romance – it’s really what separates lovely books, such as this one, from Playboy reader letters!

The front cover is pretty and has a six pack attention grabber, however I’d have really liked to have seen more of a period dress on there, after all it’s an intricate part of the story and, I don’t know about you, but I find it sexier for a man to be sporting a strategically opened flowing white shirt and an old fashioned hat than to be completely naked.

Overall I’d give The Passion of Sleepy Hollow 4 out 5 stars – If only Lexi had written the TV series!

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