The Curse Keepers by Denise Grover Swank





The wall between our world and that of vengeful spirits has protected humanity for more than 400 years. It’s about to come crashing down.

Ellie Lancaster has lived her whole life by the site of the mysterious Lost Colony of Roanoke, the Virginia settlement that vanished without a trace around 1590. Only the descendants of the two men who banished the spirits of an enemy tribe from the material realm know what really happened to the colony. Ellie is one of those descendants—a Curse Keeper. Her father took pains to teach her what he knew of the curse and the responsibilities of its guardians. He taught her that if the two Curse Keepers ever meet, the curse will be lifted, the gate will open, and the raging Native American spirits will be unleashed to seek their revenge.

Despite her father’s seriousness, Ellie has always taken the legend for a harmless fairy tale. Until she meets the darkly handsome, but downright infuriating, Collin Dailey and realizes everything she was told is true. For when they meet, it’s like the air is sucked from the room. Collin’s presence is electrifying… and it’s not just attraction Ellie feels, but the inexorable pull toward her destiny. The prophecy is real, and now Ellie and Collin must battle supernatural forces and their loathing—and passion—for each other to set things right.

The Curse Keepers are all that stand between the world and its destruction.


I was a very lucky person and got to read this book well in advance of it’s release.  I have been pining for this book for so long!! I was not disappointed!! I LOVE Denise Grover Swank and all her books and knew that this one was going to be be great.  I had high hopes for this book and it exceeded my expectations.

Ellie is a Curse Keeper in denial.  She has spent years trying to forget the curse and any responsibility she has in regards to it.  She’s working as a waitress and she’s helping out at her parents bed & breakfast.  Her father has Alzheimer’s and she tries to spend as much time with him as she can.  She lives in Manteo, North Carolina where the famed Lost Colony of Roanoke disappeared.  Ellie was told at a young age that it disappeared because of the curse.  Yeah, right.  There is no such thing as the curse.  Or is there?

When Collin Dailey walks into Ellie’s diner, she can’t breathe and it’s not because he’s totally the hottest guy ever.  She is having a physical reaction to him and she thinks that he is a dangerous person to be around.  Collin is intrigued with her and shakes her hand before he leaves.  It leaves a burn mark on her hand and she realizes that he IS dangerous.  But she can’t stop thinking about him and he keeps coming around.  He tells her that he is the other Curse Keeper and they have only 7 days to fulfill their duty.  She thinks that he is crazy and doesn’t want anything to do with the curse or with anything supernatural.  However, the supernatural doesn’t play by the same rules.

This book starts out with immediate action and hooks you in so fast!! I was only to Chapter 2 and I had to message and Denise and tell her that I was hooked and couldn’t stop reading!! I wanted to read and read and read and not stop until I was done with the whole thing.  Unfortunately, life gets in the way and I couldn’t.  But, I did read it relatively quick because I couldn’t stop reading it.  There is so much action and drama and sexiness that it is practically non-stop.  I am desperate for the next installment and I know that it’s going to be awhile before it is out.  I also must say that if every romance author wrote their sex scenes like Denise, then I would read a hell of a lot more romance!! HOT HOT HOT without being cliche.  There was enough description without going overboard to the point where you would skip over it.  I don’t reread books often, but this is definitely one that I will reread.  I give this book 5 books (and I’d give it all of them if I could!).

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