Cemetery Tours by Jacqueline E. Smith

June 30th, 2014 Kimberly Review 69 Comments

30th Jun
Cemetery Tours by Jacqueline E. Smith
Cemetery Tours
by Jacqueline E. Smith
Series: Cemetery Tours #1
Genres: Paranormal
Source: Author
Purchase: Amazon
Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

Some secrets are best kept laid to rest. At least, that's as far as Michael Sinclair is concerned. At twenty-seven, he has spent his entire life pretending that the ghosts he encounters on a daily basis do not exist. Now, if only the dead would let him rest in peace.
Unfortunately, that doesn't seem likely, especially after Kate Avery and her ailing brother, Gavin, move in next door. Kate and Gavin are haunted, and not by a dearly departed loved one. This spirit is aggressive, menacing, and harboring a dark resentment toward Gavin. In spite of every instinct advising him to walk away, Michael finds himself seeking to uncover the mysteries of Gavin's past and falling for the bright and lovely Kate. Yet competing for her affection is Luke Rainer, television's hottest celebrity ghost hunter and the only (living) person to know Michael's secret. But the dead have secrets, too. Some will go to any length to withhold what should have gone with them to the grave, while others will risk everything to make their voices heard, even if that means putting another's life at stake. Now, for the sake of friends and strangers alike, Michael must choose between preserving his cherished anonymity and lending his aid to those for whom all hope seems lost.

When Jacqueline E. Smith approached me for a review of her novel Cemetery Tours the first in her paranormal romance series Cemetery Tours, I was immediately intrigued by the synopsis. Ghosts, a haunting involving a menacing spirit and celebrity ghost hunter? A side dish of romance? Hello summer read! Cemetery Tours delivered suspense, giggles, mystery, heart and a sweet romance. Cemetery Tours is a perfect read for a rainy summer afternoon.

The storyΒ takes place in a reportedly haunted apartment complex. Michael Sinclair, a librarian lives on the most haunted floor. Since childhood, he has been able to see ghosts, and his roommate just happens to be dead. He meets ghosts on a daily basis, but is sure never to make eye contact due to some bad experiences. When siblings Kate and Gavin move in next door, Michael helps unload their boxes. Gavin looks ill and Kate, well she looks hot. However, in their apartment he encounters a menacing entity who seems furious with Gavin. The tale that unfolds is suspenseful, cute and captivating as Michael breaks his own rules to help Kate.

Cemetery Tours had several story threads and Smith did an excellent job of giving them each weight and balancing the story. All of which resulted in a compelling read from the characters to the mysteries. Fans of Ghost Hunter shows will delight in the introduction of Luke Rainer a celebrity ghost hunter who has been trying for years to get Michael to join his crew. Kate was complex, and both Gavin and her parents are very protective of her. Her backstory was well done, and I love how the author added twists that kept me guessing as to why this entity was haunting Gavin. Micheal is shy, inexperienced with woman and an introvert due to his secret. I felt for him, and found him to be adorable. Woot for a good guy story. The paranormal woo-woo was fantastic from ghost-busting-gadgets to murdered brides haunting old barns. Despite the creep factor, the tale was light enough that even the biggest scaredy cat will enjoy the tale. The last part of the book notched up the suspense as the characters find themselves in danger. The romance while secondary developed slowly with Kate taking the lead. It was cute, clean and refreshing. While Cemetery Tours is adult fiction, it is one easily enjoyed by older young adult readers.

Cemetery Tours was a well-rounded engaging paranormal with fleshed out characters that I quickly consumed. I look forward to reading the next book in this series.

About Jacqueline E. Smith

Jacqueline Smith was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. She attended the University of Texas at Dallas, where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Art and Performance in 2010. Two years later, she earned her Master’s Degree in Humanities. Along with writing and publishing, Jacqueline loves photography, traveling, and nature.

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69 Responses to “Cemetery Tours by Jacqueline E. Smith”

  1. Siiri

    There’s something about cemeteries that just creeps me out. For obvious reasons lol. Ha! The synopsis totally seems like it could be up your alley and I’m glad it was πŸ™‚ The romance looks so freakin’ cute! And yay for a good suspense πŸ™‚

    Siiri @ Little Pieces of Imagination

  2. Melanie (YA Midnight Reads)

    Ooh so this sounds a little creepy but the looks of the title but actually reading the synopsis, sounds really promising. GLad that it worked fr you!

    Lovely review, Kimba! <33

    • kimbacaffeinate

      It had elements of creep, but was more mysterious and suspenseful with fun and romance woven in

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Thanks Nick, I liked how this blended elements

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Nope even wimps will be able to sleep with the lights off πŸ™‚

  3. Rita

    This sounds really good to me! My husband and son enjoy those ghost hunter shows and we once visited a supposedly haunted Southern cemetery that was the resting place for African Americans from a long time ago (when they had to have a segregated place) and it had been vandalized– therefore the reason for the unrest. It was an interesting trip, for sure.
    Thanks for showcasing a new to me title and author.

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      Oh that sounds like a fun trip, I have always wanted to stay at a haunted B&B πŸ™‚

    • kimbacaffeinate

      The romance balanced out the mystery/suspense perfectly Lori

  4. Silvia

    The synopsis is intriguing for sure, and so is your review, Kimberly! I haven’t heard of this one before, but since ghost stories are right up my alley and you sold it so well, I promptly noted down this title πŸ˜‰

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      Enjoy Silvia, I would love to hear your thoughts after you read it.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      This was a fun one Katherine and I quickly consumed it

    • kimbacaffeinate

      This was well balanced and light enough to make a great summer read Heidi.

  5. Tanja

    I haven’t heard of this one but it does sound really interesting. Only thing is that I somehow cannot connect with ghost stories. I have no idea why. I’m so glad you enjoyed this one and great review, Kim πŸ™‚

    • kimbacaffeinate

      This was clever, and the haunting made sense. I think you just need to find the right one Tanja πŸ™‚

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I liked that too Christy, it was well balanced

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yes Candace, this is safe for you. The ghostly part has more of a mystery/solve the case kind of a feel.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      This is perrrrfect for you, I promise you will still be able to sleep πŸ™‚

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I have just moved into a mystery/paranormal/UF/suspense reading mood myself Sophia!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Ya know Angela, this is a good one to try, since it is a blend of genres with different threads.

  6. Lupdilup

    How interesting! I think I’ve only read one other ghost story, The Grevayard Queen by Amanda Steven. Have you read that? I really enjoyed that, so I’m adding this to my TBR. Who says reviews are not important? I would have never guessed this was a romance by looking at that cover. I like that it has other stories going on too.
    Thank you Kimba πŸ™‚

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      LOL, we all have teetering tbr piles, but I hope this one finds its way on to yours Wendy

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Right, but the synopsis drew me in and I am so glad I read it

    • kimbacaffeinate

      LOL. Just call me your book pusher πŸ™‚

  7. Ginny

    This sounds awesome and I am trying so hard to be good since I just cleaned up my TBR list but I really am intrigued by this story. Especially since I just recently had a ghost encounter of my own. Okay….you convinced me this one is getting added to my Amazon wish list/future buy list. πŸ˜‰

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Add it to your wishlist, but buy it when you plan to read it πŸ™‚

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I love mixing ghosts in once in a while, enjoy Liz

    • kimbacaffeinate

      So glad to hear you liked it too April πŸ™‚

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Sweet Carrie. Book two will be out soon πŸ™‚