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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.



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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (February 24, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061582034
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061582035
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,499,872 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A Southern girl with an overactive imagination, Terri Garey writes award-winning and critically-acclaimed urban fantasy. Her novels have been described as "smoldering" by Publishers Weekly, and "sultry and upbeat" by Library Journal. Even though she's a big scaredy-cat who can't watch horror movies or visit haunted houses, she loves moonlit graveyards, moss-covered headstones and the idea that life goes on even after it's over. You can visit her on the web, friend her on Facebook and occasionally find her on Twitter.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rachel P. Smith on February 24, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Georgia is known for its sultry summers and provides the perfect backdrop to Ms. Garey's newest addition to the Nicki Styx series. Garey is getting a reputation for smart plotting, fast pacing and sassy characterization, and this book delivers a powerful three punch combo.

Nicki's humorous take on life, and the afterlife, continues to mature in the third book in the series. She's facing the questions we all tackle as we grow into a relationship, and as with everything else, Nicki does a full body tackle once she's made up her mind. She's also dealing with a whole new kind of teenage angst and taunting temptations when Sammy Devine, The Devil in Disguise, moves in across the street from her vintage clothing store. Sammy is no Devil in a Blue Dress; he's all man, all sex and once you've danced with him, you understand why The Bad Boys are oh so tempting. On the side of Good, Nicki's boyfriend, Joe Bascombe, is making a case for commitment. Unfortunately, Joe's plans are getting derailed by a vengeful teenage spirit.

The supporting cast doesn't let the reader down in this book, either. Ms. Garey's tackles some heavy subject matter in a respectful, light-hearted manner, sneaking a few good messages into the story. Nicki's long time best friend and business partner, Evan, deals with issues surrounding maintaining a loving relationship with his boyfriend, Butch. Nicki also turns to her "grandmother" for help; grandma just happens to be a cross dresser, but when she's in full drag, no one is the wiser. Grandma Bijou is a member of a ladies afternoon coven, and they come to town in full regalia to come to Nicki's aid. Ms. Garey addresses the touchy subject of religion and personal views in a very savvy manner.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Wendy C. on October 18, 2009
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After almost dying, Nicki Styx' came back to life with a new talent: the ability to see ghosts. Just when she is getting used to having them around, and having also having a new boyfriend, the ER doctor Joe Bascome, who saved her life, things go to hell - literally! -when The Devil shows up, with more than a little neighborly interest in Nicki. He moves next door and is determined to make her life a living hell until she agrees to be with him.

To make things even more complicated, Nicki founds out she's got a new relative. Which might be closer than she thought. And her boyfriend, Joe, wants to take their relationship to the next level, but between dealing with ghosts, the Devil, and this new relative, Nicki's may finally be over in her head.

You're the One I Haunt is the third installment in the Nicki Styx Series. All the wonderful characters are back and better than ever. Nicki's still her quirky self, and her best friend/co-owner of her store, Evan, is still as super funny as ever. Ms. Garey's writing is lively and and she takes us on a ghostly ride with all these fun twists and turns. While at first, things were a little slow, it definitely didn't stay that way. I thoroughly enjoyed You're The One I Haunt, it's an entertaining, funny story and look forward to the next book in the series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Enchanting Reviews on May 18, 2009
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YOU'RE THE ONE I HAUNT (Nicki Styx, Book 3)
Paranormal Romance
Sensuality Level: Sexy

Rating: 4.5 Enchantments

Nicki Styx can see dead people. But that's not her only problem. Sammy (aka The Devil) wants her to direct the spirits to the dark side--and he's not above playing dirty (like putting sexy images of the two of them together in her head) to get her to join his side. Nor is he above using a vengeful spirit in teenage Crystal to try and push her and her boyfriend apart.

A fun enjoyable paranormal read, YOU'RE THE ONE I HAUNT has quickly earned a spot on my keeper self and has me looking for the earlier two books in this series. The action starts right away with Nicki coming in contact with the wayward spirit of Crystal and the set up for trouble soon begins. The chemistry between Nicki and her ER doctor boyfriend Joe is sizzling all the way through the book. What I liked best about Nicki was her personality. She won't back down from her fight for staying away from Sammy, even when he goes out of his way for deliberately trying to provoke her. Some of the best scenes in the book were between Nicki and Sammy, like the time he shows up at her house and gets her to go for a ride with him.

Fans of fun paranormal would no doubt enjoy this tale. Look for the next in the series to release October 2009.

A Southern girl with an overactive imagination, Terri Garey grew up in Florida, always wondering why tropical prints and socks with sandals were considered a fashion statement. She survived the heat by reading in the shade, and watching cool shows like the The Twilight Zone and the classic gothic soap opera, Dark Shadows. Visit Terri Garey online at her website, [...]

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on February 25, 2009
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In her twenties in Atlanta, Nikki Styx suffered heart failure. However instead of passing on, she is sent back to earth to help those dead unwilling to move on. She co-owns Handbags and Gladrags with Evan, who is despondent because his lover Butch is cheating. Nikki has had commitment phobia issues until she met Joe six months ago when she nearly died and he was her ER surgeon; Joe is also her sister's ex husband.

At the Moon Beam Coffee Shop an angry ghost Crystal accuses Joe of killing her. Sammy the devil arrives to inform Nikki and Joe that Crystal is his apprentice unless Nikki wants the position as he wants her to go dark. Sammy has opened up an Indie music store Divinyls nearby. Crystal leaps inside Nikki taking control of her and shouting that Joe killed her; Sammy tapes her outcry. Nikki forces Crystal out of her body. Afterward, she asks her sister Kelly in Savannah for help. Kelly promises to research possession and their transvestite "grandma" Bijou heads to Atlanta with the Savannah Garden Club members. Meanwhile Crystal's mother encouraged by Preacher Jimmy Boyd sues Joe and Columbia Memorial Hospital for wrongful death. As Crystal refuses to move on encouraged by Sammy, she possesses her again; Nikki realizes the dead woman cannot depart until she is assured that her twelve year old sister is safe, but to persuade the mom seems impossible.

The strong relationship between the lead couple is terrific as Crystal's possession and a hospital lawyer causes problems for Nikki and Joe. The strong support cast enhances the plot especially the Savannah posse, Sammy, and Crystal. Although the plot is thin especially the climax, urban fantasy chick lit fans will enjoy Nikki's latest caper (see A MATCH MADE IN HELL and DEAD GIRLS ARE EASY).

Harriet Klausner
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