|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.
Jules is hard not to like right from the start when she’s coming home from a pimp and ho party (her college reunion) dressed in her first place prize costume when a ghost appears. Her crift (curse/gift) is seeing and communicating with the dead and after a horrible experience in her past, she’s wary of this crift and tries not to engage any ghosts that appear to her. But when a ghost does show up, they have a way of making Jules’s reality fade away and she can lose track of time and location by moving around in the ghosts past – she can sometimes sense how the ghost died or be put in scenes that the ghost projects to her. It’s a little confusing at first, but as the story progresses and we see Jules around a couple of ghosts that make their presence known, it’s easier to get a handle on how they impact Jules life. But right off the bat, Jules has to sneak into her neighbor’s apartment because she lost her keys, only her neighbor ends up being a police detective who doesn’t take kindly to a “ho” falling through his bedroom window in the early morning hours. This is how Jules and Seth meet. From there begins a hate-love relationship until their feelings become too strong and hate turns into lust that moves into love. But surrounding their new relationship is a murder mystery that Jules is in the middle of and it’s a case that’s Seth working. It provides plenty of suspense for the story and some obstacles for Jules and Seth to overcome.
The suspense storyline follows a string of jewelry store robberies that escalates into multiple murders and connects both Jules, unknowingly, and Seth as the lead detective on the case. Jules happens to be at the wrong place at the wrong time, plus she keeps getting visited by Amiee-Lynn, one of the murder victims and now ghost, who needs Jules help in getting the right information to the right people so she can be at peace and cross over. The trouble is for many ghosts, their memories are spotty, some not even remembering their names, so the clues Aimee-Lynn gives Jules don’t make much sense and it takes some investigating on her part to put everything together.
I really enjoyed the suspense storyline, which is more of a who-done-it as Seth, his partner Dev (love this man) and Jules try to put the clues together to figure out who stole the jewels and is now murdering his or her partners in crime. There are a few things related to this that weren’t so suspenseful, including the fate of one man that Jules befriends via his dead wife’s ghost, but even with the writing on the wall, it was still interesting to see how everything was going to play out and what seemingly “good” character is actually the bad guy.
The romance between Seth and Jules was sweet and for the most part I enjoyed it. It does take place over the course of only a few days which is normally a big pet peeve of mine. But I think because I was so caught up in the murder storyline, it didn’t feel like the romance was as rushed as it was, so in that sense it worked for me. Jules is also very hesitant to tell Seth about her crift. She did this once with a man she loved and he turned on her so fast, ruining her life that she can’t handle the thought of Seth looking at her like she’s crazy. This is where Dev comes in. He has a tie to someone in Jules’s past, one of her missing sisters that she’s been trying to find who also has a certain crift that Dev’s witnessed first-hand, so he understands what Jules can do when she explains and helps bridge the gap between her telling Seth and how Seth reacts. Plus, it sets up Dev’s book nicely, coming next.
I really enjoyed Spirited and the start to this new series. The suspense was well done, I enjoyed all the characters that were introduced and the touch of paranormal, though Jules’s crift, was just enough to be interesting without going overboard. I was left looking forward to more and can’t wait to learn more about Jules’s sister, her gift and her connection to Dev.
Release Date: March 4, 2014
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