Nicki Styx has always known that the Devil's in the details. He's a tempter, and a liar, and when he appears in the flesh as Sammy Divine, hot new owner of Divinyls Records, no one is safe from his tricks, especially Nicki's boyfriend, Joe Bascombe.
Devious yet desperate, the world's first fallen angel has his own story to tell, one which Nicki finds as compelling as any other lost soul's. Torn between love and responsibility, beckoned and bedeviled, Nicki is tempted to give in and dance with the Devil... knowing that if she crosses to the dark side, she'll never come back.
Terri Garey's Nicki Styx series is by far one of the most entertaining I've ever read. Wild and witty, and with enough sarcasm and good-natured paranormal ribbing to make even the most serious reader grin, it tells the story of a second-hand clothes shop owner, her openly gay assistant and the endless stream of dead people who come into their lives. Nikki helps ghosts take care of any unfinished business they have, sometimes in less-than-orthodox ways. The whole ghost-whispering thing was new to her a few books back but now she's got her feet under her and talking to spirits isn't nearly as off-putting as it was in the past.
YOU'RE THE ONE THAT I HAUNT is incredible. From the first pages, where Nicki and Evan, her assistant, talk about his troubles with his boyfriend, I was hooked. I wanted to know why Evan's man had changed his email password. I couldn't wait to see who would make a ghostly entrance into Nicki's life. And I wondered if her boyfriend, Joe the doctor, would still be on the scene. Yes, I'm hooked on this series--but good. Fortunately I didn't have long to wait to find out what was in store for Nicki in this installment.
Possession, a ride with the Devil himself and an anorexic hurling accusations set the tone for what is a roller coaster ride. Nicki publicly accused Joe of killing Crystal, a woman whose diet-diminished medical condition made it impossible for Joe to save her. She blames him for her death and, with Satan's help, she plans to get revenge.
There isn't anything not to like about this book. Campy and well-written, with razor-sharp dialogue and a plot that speeds along, Terri Garey's YOU'RE THE ONE THAT I HAUNT is another hit! I look forward to reading more from this talented author.
Kay James --TOP PICK - Romance Readers At Heart, March 2009
Nicki Styx owns and runs Handbags and Gladrags, a shop selling vintage clothing and accessories, in partnership with her gay friend Evan. She just found out six months ago that she has a twin sister Kelly Charon, who is now staying with their grandfather Bijou Boudreaux, transvestite florist and southern belle extraordinaire. They never knew their mother Peaches Boudreaux, who made her living as a psychic before she died. Peaches gave them up for adoption and they were separated, not knowing the other twin existed. Both twins can see and hear the dead. Now Nicki has a big problem. Sammy or Samael as he is known to the legions of hell AKA the devil AKA Satan has opened up a business across the street from Handbags and Gladrags. He constantly pops up around Nicki, doing his best to tempt her into joining him as a lover, a partner and a soldier for his army, recruiting other souls for his army. Though he has tempted her, she has consistently told him no and since she has free will, he cannot force her. He also keeps trying to dissuade her from sending souls to the light. A case of heart failure in Nicki's past sent her to the afterlife. However, she was sent back and told to do to others, as she would have them do to her. It was at the hospital that she met her boyfriend Joe.
Joe Bascombe, a surgeon who runs the Emergency Room, is also Nicki's boyfriend. He met her when he saved her life. Though he has had problems coming to terms with the fact that his girlfriend sees and hears dead people, he is finally getting adjusted and is standing by her, no matter what. However, his love and devotion is put to the test when he comes close to losing his job and he could lose Nicki as well.
As Joe and Nicki have coffee at Moonbeams, she notices an extremely thin girl watching Joe with hatred in her eyes. The girl is a ghost named Crystal and she blames Joe for her death even though she was anorexic and too weak to be saved when she arrived at the hospital. It seems that the girl has made a deal with the devil. He has given her the power of possession. As Sammy does a TV commercial on the spot for his new business Divinyls, Crystal takes possession of Nicki's body. As Nicki, she accuses Joe of murder, claiming he killed Crystal Cowert. Crystal goes on to announce that dead people talk to Nicki, something Nicki does not usually let people know. She tells everyone that she will help them speak with their lost loved ones if they come on down to her business. This results in Joe's suspension from the hospital while the matter is investigated. People start showing up at Nicki's shop to speak with their loved ones or to find items they have lost, disrupting her workday. Then Lisa, the hospital attorney, offers to make Joe's problems go away if he will leave Nicki and stay with her. Will Joe take Lisa up on her offer? How can Nicki set everything right again?
YOU'RE THE ONE THAT I HAUNT, the third book of the NICKI STYX series, is a delightfully magical paranormal romance. Although this book has a satisfactory ending, you want to continue reading more. In this novel, Sammy keeps trying to tempt Nicki, but she does her best to use her abilities for good. It also seems as if Nicki may be starting to bond with her twin Kelly. Brimming with suspense, romance, paranormal, mystery, an irresistible plot, well developed characters and interspersed with ghosts, this book is a winner and sure to be a favorite for readers of many genres. The love and devotion between Joe and Nicki really adds appeal to this story. You will remember this tale long after you have read the last page. If you enjoy this book, you may want to read the first two books in this series, DEAD GIRLS ARE EASY and A MATCH MADE IN HELL. YOU'RE THE ONE I HAUNT is high on my `recommended read' list.