Persuasion by Martina Boone Review

PersuasionTitle: Persuasion

Author: Martina Boone

Publisher:  Simon Pulse

Format: eBook

Publication Date: October 27, 2015

Overall: 3.5 out of 5

Source: Edelweiss

Grieving the death of her godfather and haunted by her cousin Cassie’s betrayal, Barrie returns from a trip to San Francisco to find the Watson plantation under siege. Ghost hunters hope to glimpse the ancient spirit who sets the river on fire each night, and reporters chase rumors of a stolen shipment of Civil War gold that may be hidden at Colesworth Place. The chaos turns dangerous as Cassie hires a team of archeologists to excavate beneath the mansion ruins, because more is buried there than treasure.

A stranger filled with magic arrives at Watson’s Landing claiming that the key to the Watson and Beaufort gifts—and the Colesworth curse—also lies beneath the mansion. With a mix of threats and promises, the man convinces Barrie and Cassie to cast a spell there at midnight. But what he conjures may have deadly consequences.

While Barrie struggles to make sense of the escalating peril and her growing and forbidden feelings for Eight Beaufort, it’s impossible to know whom to trust and what to fight for. Millions of dollars and the fate of the founding families is at stake. Now Barrie must choose between what she feels deep in her heart and what will keep Watson’s Landing safe.


This book was a really great follow up to Compulsion. The things that made the first book great are still present here in the second one. What I love most is the interaction between Eight and Barrie. What I love most about her is that she is a truly flawed individual that is always trying to do the right thing. She made some questionable decisions in this book, and it really frustrated me, but the whole time her grief over Mark was present. I think anyone who has lost someone close to them can understand the poor decision making that comes with that kind of grief. Barrie needed to get her shit together as quickly as possible and she just didn’t. There were some side plots going on in regards to the Beaufort, Watson, and Colesworth gifts, and through it all I was just so frustrated because honesty was clearly the best course of action and Barrie just didn’t want to be the one to share the bad news. However, it ended up causing problems between her and everyone she cared about. And Barrie lies, all the time. And it’s horribly frustrating because she wants everyone to be honest with her, and even though she has the best intentions she doesn’t pay everyone else the same respect. If she wants honesty, then she should be honest too.

This installment expanded on the gifts that the 3 families share, and in a way it almost detracted from the first book. It left me on a cliffhanger in a way, wondering how these gifts fit in, and what’s going to happen next. (I can’t say any more because SPOILERS!) but honestly this book was disappointing to me. However, I will definitely be picking up the 3rd book in the series Illusion in hopes that it can redeem this middle book. 3.5 out of 5 stars for Persuasion. 


3.5/5 – A Great Read, Well-Written

**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**

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