Cursed- A Spellbound Regency Novel


By Lucy Leroux

Publisher : Lucy Leroux Books

ABOUT Lucy Leroux

Lucy Leroux
Lucy Leroux chose love. Lucy moved to France for a one-year research contract. Six months later she was living with a handsome Frenchman and six years later is happily married to him…and still in France. When her last employment contract ended Lucy turned to writing. Frustrated by the  More...



Isobel Sterling is a governess with many secrets—including an uncanny ability she's been hiding her whole life, until the day arrives when she has to use it to save herself from a madman. But first she has to master it. Fast. 

Governess Isobel Sterling feels fortunate to have found a safe haven in the Montgomery household. The children are kind and the lord and lady of the house leave her alone. Just when her life seems as good as it can get, mysterious visitors arrive from abroad.

At first Isobel is flattered by the single-minded attention she receives from their handsome young guest, Matteo Garibaldi. But when girls in the village go missing, Isobel has a terrible suspicion the disappearances are linked to the darkness she can see growing behind Matteo's eyes. Filled with dread, she tries to avoid his company—until she is locked in with him for the night.

Reviewed by Michelle Mollohan for Readers' Favorite

In Cursed: A Spellbound Regency Novel by Lucy Leroux, Isobel Sterling has settled in as governess to the Montgomery household children, grateful for a quiet, if boring existence. She has managed to keep her secret well hidden and feels safe in her role where she is largely ignored by the lord and lady of the house. Everything changes when the Garibaldis come to visit. Matteo Garibaldi is very focused on her and his attentions place her in danger. There is something amiss about Matteo that she can sense, which makes her wary. Isobel attempts to avoid his presence, but manners dictate she must accept his invitation to dinner. At dinner, it is clear that Matteo's father disapproves of his obvious attraction to her. Isobel is uncomfortable with the attention and longs to retreat to the anonymity of her life. Isobel sees the darkness surrounding his aura and wonders if he has anything to do with the recent string of missing women. Isobel finds the answer when she is locked in a room with Matteo one night. She must use her hidden skills to protect herself, but doing so changes her life forever.

Cursed: A Spellbound Regency Novel by Lucy Leroux is a historical romance chock full of magic, curses and drama. Cursed is the second novel I have read by this author. I enjoy her characters, who differ from the typical dynamic of the damsel in distress scenarios found in most romances. She writes vivid lovemaking scenes that fit well into the pace of the story. The added twist of curses and magic made Cursed fun to read from start to finish.