The Curse Breakers (Curse Keepers Series, Book 2) by Denise Grover Swank
**I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for my honest review**
Broken in two – that’s how Ellie Lancaster feels after her fellow Curse Keeper and lover Collin Dailey deceives her and her Daddy offers himself as a sacrifice to close the Gates of Hell that Collin opened. And now, she’s without her Daddy’s guidance on how to return Spirits and Gods that got out during Collin’s deception – and without the comforting presence that Collin once was as well. She can’t forgive him for lying to and betraying her.
So she does the only other thing she can think of for help – she seeks help out from scholars…and one in particular, Dr. David Preston – who’s head of the American Studies Department at the University of North Carolina. With nightly visits in her dreams from animals begging for help and evil spirits wanting to hurt her or worse, broken hearted and grieving, Ellie sets out to ask for Dr. Preston’s help. She figures that the “old-timer” professor will have nothing better to do, but when she comes face to face with the beautiful 30-something British professor, he won’t give her the time of day. Out of options, she tries to handle things on her own – but with the spirits gaining their strength and Collin still unwilling to help her return them to hell, Ellie worries that the world is doomed. Until out of sheer luck, she runs into Dr. Preston at her family’s Bed and Breakfast, and it’s like fate he was meant to help her.
As they decide to have a professional “partnership” – purely on a business level – the attraction is still there between them. But seeing as she is still pretty ruined by Collin and his betrayal, she tries to hold it off for Dr. Preston, or David as he’s asked her to call him, to concentrate on the task at hand. But can they do it – save the work in time with only a half of the Curse Keep team and keep their mutual attraction at bay?
While a lot of the beginning of the book was a bit of re-telling some of what happened in the first book, it was also a lot of growth and learning on Ellie’s part – she finally begins to believe in the trust herself and her power as a Curse Keeper. And the addition of a certain hot British professor didn’t hurt either! I am seriously on the edge of my seat with anticipation to see what the final book will bring for Ellie, David, and Collin.