Secret Reflection by Jennifer Brassel
Kelly Reid doesn’t believe in ghosts, even when one appears in front of her. She’s sure the man in her bedroom mirror is a hoax, all she has to do is prove it. But it’s hard to concentrate on hidden cameras and tiny microphones when he seems so real, so engaging, so sad.
Accused of a heinous crime, John Tarrant has been trapped in the mirror for 140 years, neither living nor dead. His only chance at escape is convincing the skeptical woman in front of him that he’s real and desperately needs her help.
Working together to solve a centuries-old crime, Kelly and John race to find the key to his release – and fear what will happen if they succeed. Will their unlikely relationship finally have a chance , or will John’s spirit vanish forever?
The clock chimed for the twelfth time.
‘Go away,’ she murmured.
‘Kelly. It is time to wake.’
Lightning flashed, flaring brightly. Eyes still closed, she groped about until her hand came upon another pillow. She dragged it over her head as the thunder rattled the small square panes of the window. ‘Go away,’ she murmured again as she hugged the pillow tighter.
He chuckled softly. ‘Kelly. You must awaken.’
She groaned as her head slowly emerged from its warm haven, her dark hair all tangled and her pale face almost aglow in the dim light.
‘What time is it?’ Her head dropped back onto the pillow and she sighed.
‘Midnight,’ he whispered.
Her head rose and she peered into the darkness as if totally disoriented.
‘No – not Frank.’
For a few seconds she just lay there, then something must have registered in her mind because she shot upright and clutched the pillow to herself as if it could somehow shield her from danger.
‘Wh– who’s there?’ she asked in a tiny voice as she stretched one arm toward the small lamp on the table beside the bed. ‘Who’s there?’
‘Do not be frightened,’ he said in his most reassuring tone. ‘My name is John.’
Following his voice she glanced into the mirror. The instant she saw him her eyes widened and a frenzied scream burst from her throat. She flung herself off the side of the bed and scrambled across the floor to take refuge beside the cello.
Cursing his own eagerness, he stepped out of her direct view.
Less than a minute later, the door slammed open, rattling everything like another peal of thunder.
‘Kel?’ Tom rushed into the room and switched on the main lights.
Nancy followed a split second later. ‘There,’ she pointed to the niche where the cello sat.
‘Kelly – what happened?’
Stupendous, John thought, now there will be two hysterical women!
Tom helped her to stand. ‘What happened, Kel?’
Still white-faced, Kelly’s eyes scanned the room. ‘I thought … I …’ Lightning flashed, then the whole room began to shake as the accompanying thunder rolled through the manor. Her hands shook as she gripped Tom’s arm.
She stared into the mirror for several seconds then began to laugh. ‘God, it’s just a storm! I feel like such an idiot.’
Breaking away from Tom’s supportive hold she sat on the side of the bed and scrubbed her face with her hands. ‘I must have been dreaming. The shadows … the lightning – I thought I heard Fra— someone calling me … but it’s just the storm.’
From his hiding place, John saw the glance that the couple exchanged. He was willing to wager that they thought their ghost had made an entrance already.
Little did they know.
Q: Tell our readers why you think they’ll enjoy Secret Reflection
A: What do you do when you fall in love with a sexy Victorian rake who happens to be a ghost? Or is he a ghost? He says he’s a murderer but how can that be when is seems so sad? If you’re a fan of modern gothics, haunted houses and dark, sexy heroes then Secret Reflection is perfect for a stormy weekend on the couch.
Q: You may have noticed we like to include our favorite quote in our reviews of the books we read. What is your favorite quote from Secret Reflection?
A: My favorite quote from Secret Reflection is:
Stunned, her eyes darted to his and she recognised not only his yearning but the utter futility of such desire. ‘I’m so sorry … I shouldn’t have—’
Slowly turning his back, he said, ‘While it is a torture to look upon you, Kelly, it is a delicious torture.’
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