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:

  • Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance Okra Pick
  • Edgar Award Nominee
  • SIBA Book Award Nominee
  • Goodreads Best Books of the Month
  • Goodreads YA Best Books of the Month
  • RT Book Reviews, Editors Best Books of 2014
  • USA Today Must-Read Paranormal
  • Kansas State Reading Circle Selection
  • Missouri State Teachers Reading Circle Selection


Boone’s southern gothic certainly delivers a compelling mystery about feuding families and buried secrets, not to mention a steamy romance.



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Hardcover, ISBN: 18732883

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