Three plantations. Two wishes. One ancient curse.
All her life, Barrie Watson has been a virtual prisoner in the house where she lives with her shut-in mother. When her mother dies, Barrie promises to put some mileage on her stiletto heels. But she finds a new kind of prison at her aunt’s South Carolina plantation instead–a prison guarded by an ancient spirit who long ago cursed one of the three founding families of Watson Island and gave the others magical gifts that became compulsions.
Stuck with the ghosts of a generations-old feud and hunted by forces she cannot see, Barrie must find a way to break free of the family legacy. With the help of handsome Eight Beaufort, who seems to know what Barrie wants before she knows herself, the last Watson heir starts to unravel her family’s twisted secrets.
What she finds is dangerous: a love she never expected, a river that turns to fire at midnight, a gorgeous cousin who isn’t what she seems, and very real enemies who want both Eight and Barrie dead.
Praise for Compulsion:
A star-crossed romance, lush gothic plantations, and an island full of intrigue—Compulsion was a heart-pounding race to the finish! A thrilling debut!
A shivery, delicious Southern Gothic with feuding families, dark spirits, ancient curses… and caught up in the middle, a young girl learning to live and love for the first time. Atmospheric and suspenseful, Compulsionwill draw you in and hold you until the very last page.
A fresh twist on the Southern Gothic — haunting, atmospheric, and absorbing.
Even the villains and not-likable characters were just so engrossing. I have to say I’ve already put the sequel on my TBR shelf.
Mixes dark spirits, romance, feuding families and ancient curses into the perfect potion.
A stunningly magical debut with a delicious slow burn to be savored. I want to live in this story world!
The perfect southern family saga, charming and steamy on the surface, with cold-blooded secrets buried down deep. What more do you want? More time to read it, that’s what.
Ancient spirits, mystery, and Southern charm—Compulsion mixes dark magic with darker family secrets in a way that’ll make you relieved there are two more books. I can’t wait to continue reading about Barrie and the rest of Watson island!
Boone’s southern gothic certainly delivers a compelling mystery about feuding families and buried secrets, not to mention a steamy romance.
Eight Beaufort is so swoon-worthy that it’s ridiculous. Move over Four, Eight is here to stay!
Darkly romantic and steeped in Southern Gothic charm, you’ll be compelled to get lost in the Heirs of Watson Island series.
There’s rarely a book that I connect with as fully as I connected with this one. Rarely a book that I want to read over and over. This is that book.
Skillfully blends rich magic and folklore with adventure, sweeping romance, and hidden treasure . . . An impressive start to the Heirs of Watson Island series.
Beautifully written, with vivid characters, a generations-old feud, and romance that leaps off the page, this Southern ghost story left me lingering over every word, and yet wanting to race to the compelling finish. Compulsion is not to be missed.
A paranormal Southern gothic with decadent settings, mysterious magic and family histories rife with debauchery.
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HEIRS OF WATSON ISLAND, BOOK 1