Genre: Paranormal, romance
Rating: 3.5/5 stars
Cover: It’s your usual romance-cover.
Trigger warnings: making out under alcholic influence, slight dub-con feeling
Description: 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.
Review: I really enjoyed this book’s writing style as it is very fluent. I enjoyed as well that you read both POVs but the male one seems to get a little bit more attention, which I found to be nice.
The story itself isn’t overly complicated, but I didn’t expect that. The paranormal side was interesting to read and it wouldn’t have bothered me if there would have been more about ghosts and myths. And the hints at Welcome to Night Vale (a rather popular podcast, which you can listen to for free) were very welcome.
The romance between Abby and Mike was nothing special but it wasn’t done badly. There was just one thing which I found a little bit disturbing: They’re both drunk and Mike ties her hands behind her back without asking first. And then later the reader and Abby learn he has no way to get her out of it. Don’t try this at home! That being said their sex scenes were… nice, but they didn’t do anything for me because mostly there weren’t enough details. But since this book is not an erotic romance….
The end is rather fast and the drama is solved with absolutely no problem. The ending makes sense as Must love ghosts is the first installment in a series, but the undramatic drama? I would have liked if there would have been more about it.
Disclaimer: I won a copy at Librarything’s Member Giveaway and was asked to write an honest review of it.