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
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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. Melliane

    I’m always curious about ghosts stories and I didn’t know this one but you’re right the synopsis is really intriguing, and your review even more. Thanks lady!

  2. Faye D'Social Potato

    This sounds pretty awesome! I really like reading about ghosts and horror, and I have a feeling this book and I will get along pretty well πŸ™‚ Also helps the fact that there is some sweet romance thrown into the mix!

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. Jenea

    I love a good ghost story, and Michael sounds like a great guy too. Wonderful review.

  6. Nick

    This sounds like a well-written paranormal story, Kim. I’m personally not a fan of ghosts stories, but I’m glad that this worked so well for you.
    Lovely review, Kim!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Thanks Nick, I liked how this blended elements

  7. Trish

    I love ghost stories and when you add in well fleshed out characters then it sounds like this one is a winner. Good to know it won’t overly scare me too! I am a bit of a wimp πŸ™‚

    • kimbacaffeinate

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

  8. kindlemom1

    I would have picked this up because of the cover and synopsis alone but to read your review, you definitely sold it. I really want to read this one now. Great summer/fall read!

  9. 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.

    • kimbacaffeinate

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

  10. Lori

    This sounds awesome! I love reading and watching anything to do with hauntings and if you throw in a little romance in the book I’m sold! I will definitely be adding this one to my TBR, thanks for sharing another winner Kimberly! πŸ™‚

    • kimbacaffeinate

      The romance balanced out the mystery/suspense perfectly Lori

  11. 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˜‰

    • kimbacaffeinate

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

  12. Katherine

    You had me at haunted apartment complex and librarian. This one sounds like it’s definitely got potential. I’ll have to check it out.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      This was a fun one Katherine and I quickly consumed it

  13. Heidi

    I think I would really like this one. I find ghosts and ghost hunting fascinating. I will have to check it out.

    • kimbacaffeinate

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

  14. 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™‚

  15. Christy

    I love when there are several story threads. It seems to keep me more interested. This sounds really good.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I liked that too Christy, it was well balanced

  16. Candace

    I think I might like this one! I love books with ghosts when they aren’t too scary and you add in mystery and even better! Thanks for bringing this one to my attention!

    • kimbacaffeinate

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

  17. Melissa (Books and Things)

    I’m a huge scaredy cat but for some reason I can handle it better in books. Still, glad to know that it is light enough. I’ve been enjoying these kind of stories and you found me another book! Darn you! πŸ˜‰

    • kimbacaffeinate

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

  18. Sophia

    Ghosts stories are always a joy to read – lately I’ve been after them like a moth to a light! LOL.

    Great review Kimba! ^o^

    • kimbacaffeinate

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

  19. Angela Adams

    I’m not a big paranormal reader. But, after reading this post, I find “Cemetery Tours” appealing. Thanks for the post.

    • kimbacaffeinate

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

  20. Cyn

    Ghost hunting librarian? This sounds like a fun read! Fleshed out characters are a definitely must too! Thanks for the review, Kim!

  21. 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™‚

  22. Wendy Darling

    Ooo, this sounds intriguing! I love ghost stories, and this one sounds complex and interesting. I will have to add it to my teetering TBR list. Thanks for the review, Kimba!

    • kimbacaffeinate

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

  23. Lily B

    with a name like that I wasn’t sure what to think, but oh ghosts! I love me some haunting, sounds like a great hit!

    • 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™‚

  24. 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™‚

  25. Liz

    Oh, this sounds good. I’ve not read a good ghost story in a bit. I’m off to look it up further. Terrific review!

    • kimbacaffeinate

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

    • kimbacaffeinate

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

  26. Carrie

    I’m in… I’m going to go download this one. LOL ~ It sounds like too much fun!

    • kimbacaffeinate

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