Ghost Seer by Robin D. Owens

April 1st, 2014 Kimberly Review 66 Comments

1st Apr
Ghost Seer by Robin D. Owens
Ghost Seer
by Robin D. Owens
Series: Ghost Seer #1
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon
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Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star

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.

About Robin D. Owens

RITA® Award Winning novelist Robin D. Owens credits the telepathic cat with attitude in selling her first futuristic/fantasy romance, HeartMate, published in December 2001. Since then she has written thirteen books in the series, Heart Fortune the latest in August, 2011. Her five book Luna series included average American women Summoned into another dimension to save a world. Her Mystic Circle series is a mixture of contemporary urban and romantic fantasy set in Denver. And her newest stories, about an uptight accountant who sees Old West ghosts and helps them move on, will start with Ghost Seer in April of 2014. She is profoundly thankful to be recipient of the 2004 Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers’ Writer of the Year award as well as the 2011 Writer of the Year Award, the Colorado Romance Writers Lifetime Achievement Award and the 2010 Best Paranormal and Best of the Best Daphne Du Maurier Award…actually, after winning an award she tends to dance around bored cats.

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66 Responses to “Ghost Seer by Robin D. Owens”

  1. Jessica

    *snickers* I must meet Zack-who-refers-to-Clare’s-ability-as-woo woo. He sounds fun. And YAY! I’ve been on the lookout for a new UF series, and this looks like the most promising out of the most recent batch. I think I’d prefer Enzo to the “creepers” (I think they were called in Night Owls) anyway 😉

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Oh lord, Enzo is a guide of sorts and not at all like the creepers. I did like Night Owls my review posts this week.

  2. Lark

    Nice review! I’ve been wanting to try Robin Owens but my library has zip, zilch, nada. This sounds fun and as the beginning of a new series, it might be a good place for me to start.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I was pleased and excited about the possibilities for this series Lark 🙂

  3. Lindy

    I’m not sure I’d like this book! The whole talking dog aspect, isn’t my thing! However, I am very curious about her abilities and the rules behind her being a seer. Plus, the book cover is so pretty! Great Review Kim!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I loved the ghost dog, and the whole Seer ability was fascinating 🙂

  4. Lily B

    So glad you liked this one, I am excited about it. sounds kind of refreshing, and I do love that she is a seer. The setting is intriguing.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I really liked the whole “Seer” and mystery of this Lily!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      This was a solid start and I look forward to more 🙂

  5. Lupdilup

    This the second favorable review I’ve read, so on my TBR it goes. Who knows, I might be surprised and find it in audible soon.
    Thank you Kimba 🙂

  6. Braine Talk Supe

    I totally forgot this released this week so I just loafed around yesterday, tunnel vision on The King by J.R. Ward. I’m such a spaz!

    Anyway, I’m not a big wild west fan but throw in some paranormal element and I’m game. I read Carmel’s (rabid reads) review for this and she gave it the same rating. I’ll probably read this end of this week (fingers crossed). Thanks for the review, Kimba!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      LOL, It is set in Denver but we do investigate the past:)

  7. Michelle

    This sounds like a good start for a series! I might try to find a copy after I finish one/catch up with one of my other urban fantasy series. I’m glad you enjoyed it

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I hope you do Michelle, I am excited about the series.

  8. Ginny

    lol…I knew as soon as I read “woowoo” you had to have fallen in love with him. 🙂 This sounds like a good one and I have to say I am curious as to what a ghost dog would actually say. I’m sure any of my dogs would have a lot to talk about.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yep, he made me swoon, and the talking ghost dog has a lot to say 🙂 Owens nailed his personality.

  9. Jessica

    Ooh nice review! Just read another good review on this one. I admit to being curious about this one, but so hesitant to keep adding more to the TBR mountain. Still sounds like one I might have to check out eventually! Great review!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I understand, maybe you can grab it from the library 😉

  10. Candace

    Well this sounds right up my alley! I’ll have to check this one out because I love anything with ghosts (as long as it’s not too scary) and this sounds like one I would enjoy!

  11. Nicole

    You can’t go wrong with talking ghost dogs! I think I’ll have to check this one out!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Exactly Nichole and the humans will figure things out 🙂

  12. Melissa (Books and Things)

    This sounds perfect for me! Love that it is also UF! Plus, you know you had me at incessantly talking ghost dog. LOL Adding this one to my list! *shakes fist at you* 😉

    • kimbacaffeinate

      hehe..I love that dog 🙂 *hands you a cookie*

  13. miki

    i’m not fan of insta love but at the same it seem they need to work on it so it’s more instan attracttion that love and that i can lopve^^ and i must say i’m sold just because of enzo^^;;
    i will see if i can get it before book 2 is out;)

  14. Mary

    It cracked me up when he referred to her gift as woo-woo! I liked this — good start to a series. I did get a little frustrated with all the “I don’t like this; I didn’t ask for this” from both MCs but other than that, it was fun!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Agreed, but I am not sure how I would have handled it either..LOL

  15. Debbie Haupt

    Oh Kimba, nothing better than woo woo as far as I’m concerned 🙂 add in a talking ghost pooch and bam it’s right up my alley.
    Thanks for the review
    deb

  16. Jenny

    I think Enzo will be the highlight for me in this one Kim! I can never get enough of animal sidekicks, and a talking ghost dog is impossible for me to resist. I must get my hands on this one!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I loved Enzo and just think no drool, dog hair, etc.

  17. Nick

    Enzo, the talking ghost dog, would be the only reason I would read this book! How cool is that? 🙂
    I struggle with ghost books for some reason, so I don’t think I would enjoy this series much, but I’m glad that you liked this first book, Kim!
    Great review! 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I like the woo-woo elements in this Nick. Since it is more mystery as these entities are stuck. Enzo was cool.

  18. kindlemom1

    So very glad you reviewed this today Kim, I have been debating on whether or not to pick this one up today and now after reading this, I think I will. 🙂

  19. Faye

    I just saw a review of this one in another PNR/UF blog and they had the same comments as you. I was instantly interested in this as soon as I saw it involved GHOSTS. Ghosts (for me) are real and absolutely freaky (having experienced a couple of unpleasant episodes myself), but there are not much about them AT ALL, at least, decent ones. This one sounds so fun though so I’m so giving it a try! Awesome review <3 <3 <3

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Thanks Faye, I am excited about this series. Enjoy!!

  20. Felicia the Geeky Blogger

    I have the first one in this series (yes I probably got it because of the cover) and eventually I will try them. I am glad to hear that overall it was enjoyable.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      This is Urban Fantasy, so the romance is a side dish. It felt that way in the beginning but as I said it was more insta-attraction.

  21. Jennifer Bielman

    LOL, I just saw two other people review this. It’s really getting around. All good reviews so far. I love the different premise.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      the gift is pretty interesting, and I am excited to see how she proceeds with this 🙂

  22. blodeuedd

    I like the cover 😉 Sometimes that is enough for me, if they book does not totally suck of course

  23. Kimberly

    I hate insta-love in books so I’m glad you mentioned this one has it, I’ll give it a try since I also have the authors other series on my tbr list. Too bad you weren’t sold on the relationship though.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      It wasn’t bad, I am just not fully committed to them as a couple yet and to be honest neither are they..LOL

  24. Christy

    Just added it! You know what makes me happy? When I don’t have to wait so long between books. I see the 2nd book will be out in September, so now I’m more inclined to read this sooner.

      • Christy

        lol – Way to ruin the surprise! Seriously, it’s a good thing you told me because I was just looking at it on Amazon.

        • kimbacaffeinate

          I freaked out..I mailed it on Friday (won from Twitter party) and thought OMG she is gonna buy it she has eBook settlement money!! hehehe.

  25. Melliane

    I”m glad you liked it, for me it was inta-love and I confess I had some difficulties about it. But I loved the ideas of the stories and I’m curious to see what will have for the second novel.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      It was insta-love but then it kind of fizzled and then started back up..I am not sold on the relationship but willing to see where it goes. I like the Seer angle and other abilities.