by Carla Caruso
Is love really written in the stars?
Fledgling romance author Simona Gemella is hoping the rugged wilderness of South Australia’s Kangaroo Island will help reignite her creative spark after her husband walked out.
She’s joined her best friend, Nessie, on a health and wellness retreat at a mysterious old manor on the island, run by an astrology guru.
Though Simona’s sworn off men, she can’t help being distracted by a dangerously handsome man with a scorpion tattoo – Denham Cobalt – who’s also staying at the manor. Then strange things start to happen, including uncanny accidents and even a possible murder.
It all culminates at a masquerade party on the night of a total lunar eclipse. Will Simona survive – with her heart intact?
Truth to be told, I am not really into horoscopes or astrology. The only thing I know about star signs is that I am an Aquarius and I was born in the year of the Sheep. I don’t have idea about the planets that are supposed to be compatible with my star or the constellations that approve my sign.
When Starcrossed came upon my lap, I was kind of surprised how little I know about star signs. I have somehow related with Simona the novelist, because at first she wasn’t also keen into those types of astrology readings. As the story progressed, I myself got curious especially when something fishy and bloody happened in the manor. Plus the Blood Moon eclipse storyline was also intriguing, so I was glued to my seat until I finished reading the whole book.
Absorbing and enlightening, that’s how I can describe my experience with Starcrossed. The characters were a hoot, especially Nessie and Astrid, they really kept me up with my reading. Denham, I thought he was really mysterious and Leo was menacing and baleful. The whole vibe of the book gave me chills and frills. A perfect afternoon read!
Carla Caruso was born in Adelaide, grew up amid a boisterous extended Italian family – yet somehow managed to become a bookworm…
Carla always wanted to be a novelist, annoying the kindergarten teachers by dictating long, detailed stories to them. It just took her a while to realise her childhood dream – journalism seemed a more practical course. Her media career has included stints as a newspaper and magazine journalist, government PR and fashion stylist.
These days, she works as a freelance journalist and copywriter. She began seriously writing fiction three years ago when she went freelance full-time.
The romance genre appeals as she is a sucker for rom-coms (especially if Channing Tatum is in the mix) and likes to think her Italian ancestry means she lives with passion. Hobbies include watching trashy TV shows, fashion (her mum named her after Carla Zampatti!), astrology and running