"A good ghost story and romance with a little mystery"
Eve Abernathy is at the end of her rope. Eve has unwanted
guests that Lucian Thorpe specializes in convincing to
leave -- a pair of rather amorous ghosts by the names of
Alistair and Viola Stamper who have been trapped in Eve's
home for the last thirty years. Eve documents the
activities of paranormal investigators, but she is not one
herself, and all the investigators she WOULD have chosen
are unavailable. It's Lucian or no one.
Lucian is a lovable type. Imagine the absent-minded
professor melded with the kid from Sixth Sense. He never
meant to hurt Eve and he has regretted it for the past two
years, but like that professor, the time just got away
from him, with the same disastrous results. Eve is
understandably mistrusting of him and slow to admit that
she loves him again, but Lucian is determined to prove
that she still loves him.
The romance is great, both between the Stampers and the
main characters, and the sex is tender and heartfelt. The
handling of the very uneducated Eve and the easy-blushing
Lucian getting glimpses of the more experienced lovers is
downright amusing. The fantasy elements about how one
interacts with a ghost are well-planned and executed in
There is also a wonderful little murder mystery involved
in this story that was very well thought out. I did figure
out who the bad guys were fairly early, but there was one
unexpected twist that I hadn't counted on. That is always
a good thing to hear, considering I rarely make it to the
end of any book with a mystery without figuring out the
hidden villain long before the end and having no surprises
left for me but the pure enjoyment of getting there.
This is an excellent read. I highly recommend it to anyone
who likes a good ghost story and a good romance.
Reviewed for PNR Reviews by Brenna
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted June 6, 2003