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  • Dead People on Dec. 27, 2010

    Cover- I really love the cover, to bad its not in paperback... Dead People is a delightful and romantic read that will stir your emotions. I had a good time reading this one and found myself laughing out loud at times. There is a mystery, danger, adventure and even some humor. I have to give Edie Ramer credit she adds a lot of sexual tension and the sex made me proud (even as a spicy romance reader), it was very well written. I am very impressed and can’t wait to read more by Ramer. Cassie is a ghost whisper, her parents no longer wants to be in her life, her love life is by a dildo named Hunk, and her best friend is a ghost named Joe, so you know she’s in need of a pick me up. She takes a job from a song writer to get rid of his ghost problem. Cassie never expected to find herself in danger and falling in love at this same time. The thing is Cassie wants a man that will take her whole package, freaky ghost hunter side and all. I liked reading Cassie, she is very strong, but yet hesitant to take a chance. Luke may take a bit to warm up to. You see he is not your typical hero that you like to read about, he doesn’t just pop in to save the day. He’s more of your everyday man that has been through a lot from his ex-wife and now he has a 10 year old girl that hates him. He has a hard time dealing with owning a haunted house, being a new dad then you throw a curvy ghost whisper that sparks his every need, so you know he is on overload. I did end up liking Luke and found I really felt for him at times. Erin is Luke’s 10 year old daughter. She use to live with her mom and had a rough life. At times Erin got on my nerves while reading, but it did smooth out. At the end of the book I felt she added a lot to the story.
  • The Demon of Annwn on Sep. 23, 2011

    Laurie Rating- 3 One Good Howl Sexual- Steamy I enjoyed the Celtic and Egyptian magic that was in the story. But I myself felt like there was to much added to the story that could have been left out, it just made the story drag. I also found this is more for urban fantasy readers that loves a good cliffhanger. I myself would have liked it to have been more on the romance side. WildAboutBones A pack howl Steamy WildAboutBones' Review: Ancient Celtic and Egyptian ritual magic; an ancient demon with an old grudge; a young woman coming into her powers and birthright; a misguided, greedy, foolish reverend and two romances fill the pages of this first in Aisling's Bariona, Queen of the Witches series. This is a paranormal romance filled with love, duty and heartbreak. Arian suddenly screams awake from the same vivid dream she has over and over. She "wakes with sexual energies running through her each time". She had moved some years ago to Boston to go to college and stayed to work there. She misses home and feels something is missing in her relationship with Tom. Tom, her current boyfriend and somewhat stuffy business man, feels he isn't in love with Arian but she looks good on his arm and she is "one of the most sensual, erotic and beautiful women he had ever been with" and would make the "perfect corporate wife". Arian is called back home when her grandmother is murdered. She immediately feels comforted by her home town and surroundings. She's glad to see Ian, her former boyfriend. However she is stunned to see that her father's student, Jean-Paul, is the man from her dreams. Jean-Paul has loved Arian since seeing her crowned Queen of Spring seven years ago. Ian had wanted to ask Arian to marry him before she left for college but was afraid she'd turn him down and he wanted to be there for her when she returned. Only she hadn't, until now. The murders don't stop and Arian's family seems to be the focus of the attacks. I laughed and I cried. This has a great story line and I'll make sure to read the sequel. Fans of the ritual magic and paranormal genres should like this as well. Warning Spoiler Alert!!! This ends with a cliffhanger. Nooksmom Rating- 3 One Good Howl Sexual- Steamy A very interesting story of magic. Arian learns a lot about herself, her family and her magic right along with the reader. It was fascinating reading about the links between Arian and ancient Egypt, along with all the many different practices of magic in respect to other countries and cultures. I would have liked for there to have been more romance between Arian and Jean Paul or Ian, so I would see this appealing to more Urban Fantasy readers. Be warned this book does end with quite a cliff hanger.