Blog Hop: Review of Must Love Ghosts

Today in our blog hop, we post our reviews of each other’s books. I was given Must Love Ghosts, by Ani Gonzalez, and a nice little read it was. My review follows:


Seducing the Rational Skeptic…

Abby Reed believes in folk songs, faery tales, and ghosts, but she doesn’t believe in love. She lost her soulmate when her fiancé died while deployed in Afghanistan, but she still has her music, her crazy spectre-filled town, and her pen-pal-slash-best-friend, Mike Stone. It’s a good life and she’s happy, but when Mike arrives in Banshee Creek after his last tour of duty in Afghanistan, Abby starts to have doubts, about music, ghosts and, most importantly…love.

Like a good soldier, Mike Stone follows the rules, and Rule #1 is: Don’t Fall For Your Buddy’s Fiancée. His relationship with Abby has been strictly platonic, and will remain that way, if he has anything to say about it. But when he arrives in Banshee Creek, a town where the impossible is an everyday occurrence, he’ll find out that sometimes rules are meant to be broken.

My review:

This is a nice little contemporary romance dressed up as paranormal. Mike and Abby are both human beings (no falling in love with a vampire here!) and the paranormal part comes from the ghost-obsessed town, Banshee Creek. The town’s economy is in the toilet, so the local ghost hunters are trying to make it a tourist attraction. First order of the day–either debunking Mothman, or finding a real one out in the woods. It’s such fun to see Abby’s embracing of the paranormal, and Mike’s logical arguments against it.

The writing and characterization are top-notch. Abby, Mike, and the oddballs running around town (like Caine) are just like people you might meet anywhere, who obsess about Mothman and UFOs. There’s a couple of smoking hot sex scenes, too.

My one complaint is that the book is too short. But it’s part of a series! Hopefully we get a few more glimpses of Abby and Mike, just to check in and see how they’re doing, as the paranormal weirdness really gets rolling.

Other sites in the blog hop:

1) Marilyn Vix Website/Blog

2) J. A. Armitage Website

3) Kessie Carroll (You Are Here)

4) Sara C. Roethle Website

5) Ani Gonzalez Website

6) Sherry Soule’s Website

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