Review ~ Beacon of Love by Allie Boniface


Synopsis

Welcome to Lindsey Point, Connecticut: suspicious of outsiders, loyal to tradition, and absolutely devoted to its local legends.

Enter Sophie Smithwaite, travel show host, in town to film an episode about Lindsey Point’s haunted lighthouse. But digging into the story of a tragic murder-suicide and love gone wrong reveals startling connections to Sophie’s own past. When a gorgeous local handyman fills in behind the camera, Sophie’s life gets complicated by more than just her family history.

Part-time paramedic, handyman, seasonal Santa… Lucas Oakes does it all–except get attached. He’s still reeling from the death of his best friend ten years ago and the more recent infidelity of his ex-fiancee. Yet despite Sophie’s big-city nosiness and her insistence on chasing long-dead ghosts, he’s drawn to her.

But mixing with an outsider means questioning people and traditions Lucas has always defended. When a series of attacks seem to be connected to Sophie’s investigation, both Sophie and Lucas must decide if they are willing to risk everything to uncover the town’s secrets…and their own.

CONTENT WARNING: Contains one barb-slinging travel show host, one hunky handyman who knows exactly how to use his tools, and a small town brimming with secrets …

My Review

Sophie Smithwaite has traveled with her producer and film crew to Lindsey Point, CT. Lindsey Point’s famous lighthouse, along with its ghost stories, is the topic of their next show. Shortly after arriving their cameraman becomes ill. Sophie takes it upon herself to convince the locally talented Lucas Oakes to help fill in. There’s immediate sexual tension between Sophie and Lucas, but Lucas is hung up on the letter “s” bringing bad karma. Sophie Smithwaite must be doubly bad news. Plus, there’s a big mystery to solve, along with some minor ones.
I immediately felt the mystery upon starting the book. It was gripping right from the start. There’s a good smooth pace, and the characters were well-developed. I didn’t like the rush to the physical relationship between Sophie and Lucas. At times it seemed like that was all Sophie and Lucas had going for them. Let me note here that there’s only one sex scene, and it’s not very descriptive. I didn’t want to give the wrong impression about that. Also, let me add here that there’s some strong language used throughout, but it’s used sparingly.
There are some very powerful scenes. When Sophie learned about the town’s tragedy and all involved, it was a bit touching. Several twists in the plot really kept me intrigued. Where the romance fell flat for me (just a matter of personal preference), the mystery of the plot made up for it. I’d rate it a low 4 stars. It wasn’t a favorite, but it was enjoyable, nonetheless. I’d definitely read more from Allie Boniface.
*I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.*

About the Author


Allie was born and raised in a very small town in upstate New York, which probably explains her fascination with the magic of small town life.

She earned her B.A. in English, with a minor in Education, from the University of Rochester in New York and then moved to Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, where she earned her M.A. in English Literature.

Since 1997, Allie has enjoyed life in the northern NYC suburbs, where she lives with her husband and teaches English and Education full-time to high school students.

She loves hearing from readers and is busy at work on her next novel. Happy reading!
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