Welcome to my stop on the blog tour of Must Love Ghosts by Ani Gonzalez. I am reviewing it today for my post.
Title : Must Love Ghosts
Author : Ani Gonzalez
Series : Banshee Creek Book 1
Genre : Paranormal Romance
Source : Free copy from the author for an honest review
Abby Reed believes in folk songs, faery tales, and ghosts, but she doesn’t believe in love. Her fiancé died while deployed in Afghanistan, but she still has her music, her crazy ghost-filled town, and her pen-pal-slash-best-friend, Mike Stone. But when Mike arrives in Banshee Creek after his last tour of duty, Abby starts to have doubts, about music, ghosts and, most importantly...love.
A steadfast soldier, Mike Stone follows the rules, and Rule #1 is: Don't Fall For Your Dead 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 Musings :
This book was fun in certain aspects while it was a bit disappointing in some.
I liked the fact that Abby didn't spend much time thinking of her past. She did have some time to grieve and the book starts at the tail end of it. So I didn't see much grief on her side except for some twinges here and there. I was dreading that it was going to be one big pity party but the author had handled the delicate situation well.
If Abby stole one half of my heart with her courage and sassy personality, Mike blew me away with his loyalty, passion and secret love for Abby. I was literally gaga over his feelings. I felt so bad and then they got together and their happiness made me smile big! Among the eccentric characters I met in the book, Caine stood out the most with his love for other worldly stuff.
The setting was quaint. The small town feel was authentic and suited their love story well. The description and the language conveys the feelings and emotions well and I was able to connect well with the characters as a result of it. It was an easy read, not too heavy and at the same time, not too fluffy. There was the right amount of depth to catch my attention and keep it till the end.
The romance was very heavy and it was pretty obvious to everyone that they were in love with each other before they themselves knew about it. There were a few explicit sex scenes which kind of unbalanced me. I so wasn't expecting them! Another thing which didn't mesh for me was the paranormal aspect. I was expecting ghosts because of the book name and the storyline but Cole didn't crop up as a ghost but... there's a but because his life was the ghost which kept Mike away from Abby trying to honour his friendship. Otherwise, there were very few scenes which actually presents paranormal activities. There was only one scene I believe. So I couldn't reconcile with the paranormal label to the book.
Overall, though, the book was an enjoyable read. I might pick up the following books in the series to read more about the interesting characters associated with Banshee Creek.
My one line review : A romance which tugs on your heartstrings and makes you smile at the end.
My rating : 3.5/5
My reread factor : 3/5
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