by Robin D. Owens
Series: Ghost Seer #1
Published by: Penguin
Genres: Paranormal Romance
There’s just something about Clare. Apart from the ghosts ... When her eccentric aunt passes away, no-nonsense accountant Clare Cermac inherits more than just a small fortune. She receives the gift of communicating with ghosts. While Clare may not believe in spirits, it’s hard to overlook the shadowy talking dog appearing on her bed or spectral cowboys tipping their hats to her in the streets of Denver. And when she locks eyes with sexy—and living—Zach Slade, there’s certainly no ignoring him either. A former deputy sheriff, Zach is leaving a painful past behind in Montana for a new life in Denver as a private investigator, a job that has him crossing paths with beautiful Clare. Not that she minds. After the restless ghost of a Wild West gunman demands her assistance, Clare finds herself needing Zach more and more—and not just for help.
Ghost Seer by Robin D. Owens is the first in a new urban fantasy series. Owens offered up a delightful start and I look forward to continuing the series. Mini review: A gift, talking ghost dog, ominous crows and manifestations with a side dish of romance kept me engaged.
Clare Cermanc’s eccentric aunt has passed away leaving her wealthy and the reluctant owner of a gift. She suddenly finds herself able to communicate with ghosts. She isn’t thrilled but the consequences of ignoring it could be deadly. It’s also pretty darn hard to ignore a ghost dog who talks incessantly and a cowboy who needs help crossing over. Zack Slade has just returned home to Denver, after being seriously injured as a deputy sheriff. When their paths cross, sparks fly but Clare may need more from him then hot kisses.
Clare is an accountant; she is a facts and figures kind of gal and she struggles to accept the gift bestowed upon her. Her struggles in the beginning made my connection to her rocky but the more Owens’ revealed, the more I began to like Clare. Zack is all cop from the way he enters a room to the way he assesses you. He is at a crossroads, and I liked getting to know him. Zack has the sight, although he refuses to acknowledge his gift. He refers to Clare’s ability as woo-woo and of course I now have a soft spot for him. The romance began as a heated attraction, cooled off and then slowly evolved. I am not a hundred percent behind it yet, but enjoyed their chemistry and the way they enhance each other. Secondary characters from Zack’s new boss to an eccentric old woman added to the tale. I have a feeling Owens’ has just scratched the surface with these characters and their abilities.
Ghost Seer was a wonderful beginning to a series full of possibilities. There are strict rules surrounding the gift bequeathed to Claire and some of them are not pleasant. Clare’s first case as a Seer had us exploring the Wild West as she helps a notorious outlaw. Enzo, the ghost dog, is a guide of sorts for Clare. I loved how he was both excited puppy and guide. Together Clare, Zack and Enzo make an interesting team and work well together. I liked the banter; suspense and twists Owens’ brought to the tale. The pacing was well done as she created the world, explained the gift and assembled our team. Little tidbits and foreshadowing of things to come left me tingling. The plot had a few twists, and a few over the top moments but I liked the flow, and potential. While there is still more I want to know, I am excited to continue the series.
Ghost Seer was a solid beginning to a new paranormal romance with a fantastic premise. Ghost Layer the next book in the Ghost Seer series and releases in September 2014.
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