Tuesday, March 18, 2014

[Pat's Review]: "Spirited"

Spirited by Mary Behre
Publisher: Berkley (March 4, 2014)   
Series: Tidewater, 1
Genre: Paranormal Romance

She’s running from who she is…...

 All Jules Scott wants is to live a normal, quiet life—preferably one that doesn’t include ghosts. Jules’s talent for communicating with the dead has brought her nothing but trouble. Despite her best efforts, needy spirits always find her and draw her into their otherworldly drama. When one implicates her in a series of deadly crimes, she may need to entrust her secrets to the person least likely to believe her.…

He’ll do whatever it takes to catch her.

 Detective Seth English can’t get distracted from the big case he’s working on, not even by his alluring new neighbor. He doesn’t believe that Jules had anything to do with the string of robberies-turned-murders that he’s investigating, but when she keeps showing up in all the wrong places, his gut tells him she knows more than she’s letting on. To solve his case, he’ll need to expose what the sexy redhead is hiding—no matter how impossible the truth may be….

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Pat's Review:

This novel was featured on Herding Cats and Burning Soup's blog, and after reading the review, I had to read it.  It is a debut novel and the first of a series.  The heroine is a little quirky, but she has her reasons, and the hero is a cop trying to build his career. Together they are trying to hide their secrets and solve a crime.

Juliana Stone ( Jules) was headed home after attending a masquerade party. She had just won first place in the Pimp and Ho category and was quite pleased with herself.  Except for the difficulties trying to breathe in her leather bustier, walking in stiletto heels and losing her keys and cell phone somewhere.  Jules decides to climb up the fire escape and climb in the apartment window.  Except, even though it is unlocked, it won't open.  She is suddenly compelled to her neighbors window, scents and visions push her, and she falls head first.

Detective Seth English is asleep for the first time in a week, when he hears someone breaking in, or rather falling in. He grabs his gun and handcuffs, and confronts this intruder .....hooker, it's a hooker!  Jules recovers her feet, and faces a large, very handsome man in yellow pajamas with lambs on them, a gun and he is yelling she is under arrest. Despite the yelling and gun her first thought was that this man belonged in a condum commercial. Jules explanations of her identity  are confirmed by the landlord who lives next door, who happens to be her adoptive father.

Jules has a huge secret she tries very hard to keep. She sees, and has conversations with dead people. She has had very difficult times in the past from her "crift" (curse/gift), but somehow this particular vision has landed her in the middle of Seth's robbery investigation.

This novel is a perfect mix of humor, paranormal and romance.  Some moments are suspenseful, and others will make you laugh out loud. There is a secondary story of the search for Jules sisters. They were separated when they were very young, and sent to different foster homes, Jules is desperate to reunite with them. I highly recommend this novel, and I'm looking forward to the next in the series, Guarded.

    4 STARS!

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Pat purchased this book.

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Meet Pat:

Hi I'm Pat Fordyce. I am a retired pediatric nurse living in coastal North Carolina. Being retired I get to do one of my favorite things .....READ..... I love to read and talk about books, and my reviews are my voice. I also volunteer at our Public Library a few days a week. So glad to be joining The Book Queen's group of guest reviewers.

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Thanks for the review, Pat! :) This book came on my radar, too, when Anna reviewed it. I'm so glad you liked it -- love the cover! 

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Red Iza said...

Added it to my list, thanks for the review :)

Anna@herding cats&burning soup said...

Aw yay! Glad you enjoyed this one Pat! I'm with ya. Can't wait to read Guarded!

Tanya Davis said...

Oh this one sounds really good! I love it when they have a lot of humor! This is going on the TBR!