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Peek Inside The Shadows of Stormclyffe Hall

Despite its mysterious hauntings, Bastian Carlisle is determined to restore his ancestral home, Stormclyffe Hall, to its former glory. His plans are disrupted when stubborn American grad student Jane Seyton shows up, prying into his family’s dark history. Jane is determined to uncover Stormclyffe Hall's secrets, even if it means putting up with the arrogant, yet sexy, Bastian. But something evil is in the house...and it's targeting Jane and Bastian. Now they must purge the ghosts of Stormclyffe Hall, even as they try to fight the attraction growing between them...

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A 2015 New England Reader’s Choice Award for 1st place the paranormal category.
A 2015 GDRWA Book Seller’s Best Award finalist for the paranormal romance category.

To defeat a dark evil, they must face his family’s past…

Bastian Carlisle, the Earl of Weymouth, doesn’t believe in ghosts. Even though tragedy and mysterious hauntings have driven his family away from his ancestral home, Stormclyffe Hall, he is determined to restore the castle to its former glory. His plans are disrupted when a stubborn American shows up on his doorstep hoping to pry into his family’s tragic history.

Jane Seyton, an American graduate student, is convinced there’s more to the tragedy of Stormclyffe Hall than history claims. Ever the scholar, she is determined to discover the truth, even if it means putting up with the arrogant, yet sexy, Bastian.

Although Bastian wants nothing to do with the pushy American, it soon becomes clear that something evil is in the house—and that something is targeting both Jane and Bastian. The two must join forces to purge the ghosts of Stormclyffe Hall once and for all—even as they try to fight a physical attraction between them that grows more and more impossible to deny.



"Thrilling and mysterious, it draws you in and holds you captivewhile you experience the dangers and excitement right alongside the hero andheroine. Other, supporting characters lend to the overall eerie feel of thestory in ways that will having you considering a night light."- Fresh Fiction
"Yousimply must read it! Highly recommended to all those who adore ghoststories, the paranormal, and historical romance as well as romance. Thank youLauren Smith for another winner!" - Booktalk with Eileen

"The book is excellently written.It gives us so many twists and turns." - Book Nook Nuts

"Gothic Romance lovers will love this modern tale, as it also has morethan a few scenes that flashback to days of old. Not a dull moment, nor a wasted pageThe Shadows of StormclyffeHall is a true must read."- Gothic Mom Reviews
"This book is like nothing I've ever read. Lauren Smith has writtenan enthralling modern paranormal romance with a historical atmosphere andtwist. Her words captivate, transporting you to idyllic Southwest England andto a castle which is as eerie and haunting as it is bewitching and beautiful."- Nicola, Goodreads
"I LOVED this book. It's so exciting when you find a new author toread and you love all their work. Lauren Smith is so talented at weaving a wellwritten story, full of outstanding characters, settings and plot." -kiltsandswords.com
"The past, the present and even the future collide is this rivetinggothic romance and the author has created a fascinating setting and set theperfect pace that gradually builds to an electrifying conclusion." - EvaMillien, Goodreads
"This is simply not your ordinary gothic novel...it's so much better!...This story contains smart characters and a plot so twisted and realistic it'struly scary." - Chris McFarland, Goodreads
"It's the perfect blend of romance and gothic,with just enough twists and turns to keep you hopping along with thecharacters, rushing to solve their mystery before they do." - A.I. Pereira, ammysspaceontheblogosphere.wordpress.com
"The Shadows of StormclyffeHall made me cry and laugh, frustrated meand made me yell, and it freaked me out and gave me the heebie-jeebies!...Forreal though, this was a spectacular bookand I loved it!!" - A Hopeless Romantic's Booklandia, Goodreads
"Thisbook has it all revenge, romance and unspeakable evil. I couldn't put this book down." -Rosemary K, Goodreads
"Thisbook is beautifully written.It pulled me in from the start. The hero & heroine are believable people.With a wonderful bit of historical romance, Gothic mystery, ghosts, and brokenhearts, this book just begs to be read as quickly as you can." - AngelaWithrow, Goodreads

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633751040
Series: Dark Seductions, Book 1
Release Date: Sep 29, 2014
Page Count: 280
Imprint: select otherworld
Genre: paranormal
Tropes: overcoming odds

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By Nicola September 23, 2014

Reviewed for Read Your Writes Book Reviews.

"Evil rules the castle. Stalks the halls and torments those who dare to live inside."


I was drawn to The Shadows of Stormclyffe Hall from the moment I read the synopsis. The mystery, the history, the ghostly happenings, the noble gent and the scholar -... ...more

By Claire June 06, 2016

3.5 - "What once was broken must be mended." Stars.

Entangled Publishing seems to have hit a rich and diverse seam of talent lately with regards to their current PNR releases. The last couple of months have been a veritable buffet of tempting treats for the discerning reader!

The Shadows of Stormcl... ...more

'The Shadows of Stormclyffe Hall' by Lauren Smith is the story of Sebastian 'Bastian' Carlisle, the Earl of Weymouth and Jane Seyton.
Jane is an American Historical Student who besides needing to finish a paper about Stormclyffe Hall also wants to do research for her on personal reasons. Jane has... ...more

By Sara September 18, 2014

Like the mist off of the sea this book is a breath of fresh air, I love the blending of the regency with the paranormal, this one was deliciously intense, not only with the romantic story but the creepiness factor. Without giving away too much because the finding out the plot twists is half the t... ...more

By Nicole September 07, 2014

My review: Spellbinding! 6 stars
OMG I just finished, a modern Gothic romance, The Shadows of Stormclyffe Hall, written by Lauren Smith, her first book in the Dark Seductions series. This novel completely captivated me! Even, if, it's a dark novel, tenderness and seduction were still very present... ...more

By Patty November 15, 2014

In the early 1800s, Richard Carlisle, the Earl of Weymouth, shocked all when he married an innkeeper's daughter, Isabelle, & a local woman, Cordelia, was insanely jealous & felt scorned, so she cursed all Carlisle males. Their pure love was so powerful, all encompassing & unbreakable,... ...more

By Aimee September 22, 2014

Wow! It's been a while since I read an awesome Gothic romance like this! A family curse, a haunted man, a broken woman, ghosts . . . or are they? Fantastic. I sat on the edge, waiting and watching. This isn't just a modern day love story but one that spans centuries--one that breeds from tragedy.... ...more

By Tracey November 30, 2014

This is a cleverly intertwined romance of today, but also set in the past too.

Bastian comes from a weathy family his an earl, unfortunately his family has a lot of bad luck, some say his family is cursed........

Jane is a major in History, she is drawn to a country house in Weymouth to do some ex... ...more

By Julie December 16, 2014

The Shadows of Stormclyffe Hall by Lauren Smith- (Dark Seductions#1) is a 2014 Entangled Select Otherworld publication. I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Jane is hard at work on her dissertation which requires she study the Weymouth family history, a family riddl... ...more

By Nancy September 18, 2014

Jayne Seyton, in her quest to become Doctor Seyton, PhD History/Cambridge, embarked on a sojourn to Weymouth England. She will do her dissertation on the myths, or was it curse, surrounding Stormclyffe Hall, family home of the Earl of Weymouth. She was introduced to this particular subject matter... ...more

By Lesia September 14, 2014

This is an amazing love story that expands time. Yes, most of the story takes place in this century, but it really does NOT feel like it. It is about romance, timeless love, tragedy, mystery, and yes a ghost or two! Take it from a die-hard historical romance reader and just try this book out. I a... ...more

By Susan September 22, 2014

Gothic story with a sweet, sexy romance

The story starts out in 1811 Weymouth, England on a stormy night. Richard, Earl of Weymouth was awoken by a crash of thunder and realized his wife, Isabelle, Countess of Weymouth was not in bed. She was still recovering from giving birth to their son, Edward... ...more

By T.M. September 14, 2014

Book: The Shadows of Stormclyffe Hall (Dark Seductions #1)
Author: Lauren Smith
Publication Date: 9/29/2014
Reviewed by: Tammy Payne- Book Nook Nuts
My Rating: 5 Stars

This book is by a new to me author.

The book is excellently written. It gives us so many twists and turns.
Ghosts oh yes we ha... ...more

By Kahea July 31, 2017

Received from NetGalley for an honest review

A curse that has plagued the Weymouth’s for centuries has drawn Jane to Stormclyffe Hall, despite Bastian Carlisle’s, the Earl of Weymouth, efforts to keep her away, and what starts out as a research trip soon turns into a battle to save their lives.

Thi... ...more

By Maria September 30, 2014

Bastian Carlisle, the Earl of Weymouth has been renovating his ancestral home, which has been plagued by tragedy. This has been since Richard and Isabelle's tragic story at Stormclyffe Hall. Bastian is determined to restore the castle to its former glory, but now he has to contend with a beautifu... ...more

By Monique September 29, 2014

It all started in the 19th century, when the Earl of Weymouth, Richard Carlisle married a commoner, Isabelle Braxton. Both died under mysterious circumstances and it is said that the ghost of Isabelle still haunts the castle.

Jane Seyton is writing her Ph.D. dissertation on Stormclyffe Hall; besid... ...more

By meghann January 20, 2015

***I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the Goodreads group Lovers of Paranormal, or LOP.***

A haunted castle on a cliff in England, a family curse, and a beautiful man with a British accent. Yep, this book has everything I'm looking for. Jane is an American graduate student... ...more

By Kim September 22, 2014

I received an ARC of The Shadows of Stormclyffe Hall in return for an honest review, and loved it.

The story captivated me from page one. I fell in love with the h/h and couldn't wait to see how, or if, they got a happily ever after. As is typical for me, I loved Bastien one minute and then was to... ...more

By Brittany September 10, 2014

I received this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I loved it! This story was a great mixture of romance and a ghost story. I just loved everything about it. ...more

By Kiltsandswords October 02, 2014

The Shadows of Stormclyffe Hall (A Dark Seductions Novel) by Lauren Smith
Overview by Amazon:
A thrilling gothic romance from Entangled’s Otherworld imprint…
To defeat a dark evil, they must face his family’s past…
Bastian Carlisle, the Earl of Weymouth, doesn’t believe in ghosts. Even though tragedy... ...more

Book Review For: The Shadows of Stormclyffe Hall by Lauren Smith 'The Shadows of Stormclyffe Hall' by Lauren Smith is the story of Sebastian 'Bastian' Carlisle, the Earl of Weymouth and Jane Seyton. Jane is an American Historical Student who besides needing to finish a paper about Stormclyffe Hal... ...more

By Eileen September 18, 2014

My Thoughts: Bastian Carlisle was driven to repair his ancestor’s home. It had long been neglected by the family, because they were scared for their lives and the place was haunted, or so the story goes. Accidents occurred to those who ventured to live in the castle, suicides took place--it was a... ...more

By Amy September 30, 2014

Originally posted at Vampire Book Club

Bastian Carlisle is trying to put the curse that has hovered over his family’s past to rest once and for all. It all began with his ancestors Richard and Isabelle. Upon Isabelle’s unfortunate and mysterious death, and the subsequent death of her husband Richa... ...more

By Brandy September 28, 2014

I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

The Shadows of StormClyffe Hall is a modern day and a refleflection on a historical romance with a mystery intertwined. A dark and haunting history had consumed Stormclyffe Hall and the present day Earl, Sebastian Carlisle, and his family, th... ...more

By Miriam October 08, 2014

Just in time for Halloween comes a tale of ghosts, mysterious deaths, curses, and love. *smiles crookedly* After all, what's a great ghost story if there isn't a little bit of romance in there, right?

Jane's soul deep desire to see Stormclyffe Hall couldn't be explained. A look at one picture spa... ...more

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Lauren Smith

About the author

Lauren Smith

Lauren Smith is an attorney by day, author by night, who pens adventurous and edgy romance stories by the light of her smart phone flashlight app. She is a native Oklahoman who lives with her three pets: a feisty chinchilla, sophisticated cat and dapper little schnauzer. She has won multiple awards in several romance subgenres including being an Amazon.com Breakthrough Novel Award Quarter-Finalist and a Semi-Finalist for the Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Award.

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