{Review} Spirited by Mary Behre

{Review} Spirited by Mary BehreSpirited by Mary Behre
Also by this author: Energized
Series: Tidewater #1
Also in this series: Energized
Published by Berkley on March 4, 2014
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 294
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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….


Sandi: First, let me tell you that the chemistry in this one is off the blinking charts. Sizzling, sexy, insta-lust.

Not insta-love, but it happens pretty darned quick, believe me.

I really enjoyed the snark, the humor, the give-and-take in this book. Our Hero, Seth, is sharp and quick with the come-backs. Our Heroine, Jules, is smart, practical, but has to try to maneuver her conversations with the world of the spirits—hang on, I’m getting there—with the mundane world and make it work.

A neat balancing trick!

Yes, Jules can communicate with the dead. This is not an easy ability for her to juggle, but she does it with aplomb. Even when she doesn’t want to, even when it terrifies her, she perseveres. But the spirits aren’t always very nice to her. They apparently mislead her, confuse her and put her in circumstances she would not have chosen for herself.

Which is how she meets Our Hero.

Ohmigawd, he’s a walking condom commercial.

This was her first thought upon meeting the gorgeous hunk of law enforcement officer that is Seth English.

She doesn’t filter well in her own mind, sometimes…

The story weaves between the explosive romance between Seth and Jules (yes, “The Hero/Heroine is the suspect in a crime” trope does come into play) and the development of the jewel thieving and murder mystery that make up the other part of the plot. Mary Behre does a good job keeping the two balanced as the reader moves forward. Seth wants to protect Jules, Jules wants to keep the ghost stuff away from Seth.

Reasonable, right?

As a cop’s kid myself, I felt an affinity for both of them and this was a good thing.

As a matter of fact, the only aspect of this book I didn’t really like was the initial obsession with sexual fantasies each had about the other. One or two, okay. But I felt as if the author was trying to “make up” for the lack of actual sex by providing fantasy sex that totally wasn’t needed. The two have enough chemistry to explode the entire town even before they actually make it to a bedroom.

Is all smooth in the course of fighting crime? Of course not. Do we have feats of high heroism? Of course we do. And there are poignant backstory references to Times Before which I enjoyed, as well.

This was an interesting, suspenseful, steamy romance, overall. Will I read it again? Likely not. But it was entertaining.

I recommend it for readers of contemporary romance who like it hot and a little bit complicated!

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Overall: 4

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