Published by: TKA Distribution
Publication Date: April 28th, 2015
Pages: 338 pages
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Allie Grant doesn’t believe in second chances. She does, however, believe in the power of a permanent paycheck. So when a tipster reports that the soon-to-be demolished senior center in her hometown is haunted, Allie hightails it to Whispering Bay to get the scoop that could secure her dream job at Florida! magazine. What she finds, though, is far scarier than any ghost. Cue her ex-boyfriend, sexy construction foreman Tom Donalan.
When Tom catches Allie poking around his construction site, he quickly realizes his former high school flame is just as feisty as ever. And, heaven help him, her irresistible, mile-high legs still take his breath away. But Tom isn’t about to delay the building’s demolition because of a silly ghost story.
With neither of the stubborn exes backing down from their opposing positions, sparks fly. And, underneath the surface, the fire of their old attraction burns as hot as ever. When strange things start happening with increasing frequency around town, even a tough skeptic like Tom is tested. The question is, can Allie and Tom stop fighting long enough to get to the bottom of Whispering Bay’s ghost problem—and the more important matter of mending their broken hearts?
I find myself in a bit of a conundrum over this one. I found it to be a sweet read with a great cast of interesting and quirky characters, but the romance aspect didn’t really make a huge impact on me and had me feeling like I was reading more a chick lit/women’s fiction novel rather than a true contemporary romance.
Allie is sassy and confident. Tom is the do the right thing golden boy. I can’t say that I didn’t like either of the, because I did, even when some of their decisions had me scratching my head, but I didn’t get caught up in their second chance at love journey. While there were sparks between them, nothing really caught on fire for me. It felt like things were about to happen, but would stall. I wish it did because after finding out just what tore them apart as teenagers I was looking forward to seeing how they pushed past it and worked to get to know each other again.
While the romance aspect of the book may not have done it for me, I do have to say that I really liked how the author brought that small town feel to life. Everyone may not know each other personally, they all find a way to know about what’s going on with each other one way or another. Nothing stays secret for long in a small town. Each character you meet along the way has their own unique personality and helps to draw you into the story, even if they are only in it for a moment or two. And though this isn’t a full blown urban fantasy/paranormal story in anyway, the little touch of it that does appear in the story is really sweet and done very well.
Overall: Even though the romance aspect of the story didn’t move me, I still found the overall story to be a fun read filled with well written characters throughout.
~ ARC provided by TKA Distribution via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review ~
Maria Geraci was born in Havana, Cuba, and raised on Florida’s Space Coast. Her love of books started with the classic, Little Women (a book she read so often growing up, she could probably quote). She writes contemporary romance and women’s fiction with a happy ending. The Portland Book Review called her novel, The Boyfriend of the Month Club, “immensely sexy, immensely satisfying and humorous.” Her fourth novel, A Girl Like You, was nominated for Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA ® award.
Her current addictions include watching the STARZ adaption of OUTLANDER to drool over Sam Heughan, hitting the beach on the weekends, and searching for the perfect key lime pie recipe (but not the kind they served on Dexter).