- Series: Ghosts and Reincarnation (Book 3)
- Paperback: 496 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 2, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1540467155
- ISBN-13: 978-1540467157
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 152 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #911,111 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Kristen Ashley is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. She grew up in Indiana, but has lived in Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus she’s been blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her posse is loopy (to say the least), but loopy is good when you want to write. Kristen was raised in a house with a large and multi-generational family. They lived on a very small farm in a small town in the heartland and existed amongst the strains of Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon and Whitesnake (and the wardrobes that matched). Needless to say, living in a house full of music, clothes and love was a good way to grow up. And as she keeps growing up, it keeps getting better.
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Abby is funny and quirky and loving and sweet. Her collection of friends and neighbors bring great, caring, funny moments. Abby and Cash's romance is a compelling and real relationship. Cash was one of the most controlling, pigheaded but sexy and irresistible guys you’ll ever come across. But he really comes to care for her quickly. He just needs to tell Abby. The scenes in this book makes the characters fully realized and wonderfully real.
The paranormal aspect of the book is not really used for the first half of the book. It does come into play in the end. It has a great end.
Having read everything else by Kristen Ashley whose books I greatly enjoy, I was willing to take a gamble on this novel. The first chapter was great, but ultimately the story descends into farce. The ghostly component of this story is beyond ludicrous. The main problem, though, is that neither of the two main characters are particularly appealing. Cash is overly arrogant and bossy -- even for a reader who enjoys alpha males. Abbie comes across as weak, needy, and shrill.
Ashley has the characters say what I was thinking as I read the book.
Abbie to Cash: "You really shouldn't swear so much." I have to agree. I have no problem with the f word to emphasize emotion, but started to wonder how often I had seen it in this book. 173 times according to my ebook word count. Add to that f-ing at 110 times and it is just too much.
Abbie repeatedly refers to herself as stupid. "... she mentally kicked herself for being stupid, stupid, stupid." "I know it sounds stupid, we've only known each other a short time and blah, blah, blah..." (blah, blah, blah are the author's own words) "...trying to cut through her stupid, stupid, stupid stupidity." It is hard not to agree.
Errors abound throughout the novel and are a definite distraction. I think there must have been a sale on capital letters as there are scattered inappropriately throughout as are hyphenated phrases. There is even a funny one referring to "just deserts".
Add to these issues, some pretty lame dialogue ("You're lying again." "I am not." "You are." "Am not!") and this just becomes too exhausting to enjoy
Broken Characters, I totally love them and KA seems to love to write about them. Add in a murderous ghost in a castle, a curse and some funny side characters and you can see why I enjoyed this book so much.
Cash needs an uncomplicated arrangement with a woman to let his Uncle know he is not going to marry one of his Step-Cousin’s just to have a familial Castle back in his line. Abby needs some money to restore her Grandmother’s dilapidated house and the only thing of her family she feels she has to hold on to. So Abby pretends to be a high priced Escort to help Cash out. What could possibly go wrong???
This isn’t by any means a scary book. It has some trippy moments and there is a ghost but on my creep factor it is about a 2. It is a love story with a ghost in it for the most part. A ghost that knows Abby is Cash’s true love and wants to kill her.
Cash is a typical KA alpha hero. He decided what he wanted from the moment he met Abby and he is going to get it from her no matter what. Abby on the other hand is a bit lonely and widowed and doesn’t believe that she can ever find anything close to what she had with her husband. She has a lot of guilt over feeling something for the charismatic, charming and oh-so-bossy Cash.
“There will never be another Ben. I’ll never have that again. Most women don’t get that kind of love even once in their life. I had it and now it’s gone and it hurts every day. Even after all this time it hurts every single day.
Even though I really like the romance of this book it is also the side characters that totally make the story. Mrs. Truman was my absolute favorite. She is the cantankerous old lady that lives next door and apparently she has adopted Abigail unbeknownst to her. She is really a force of nature and all her time on page was fantastic.
“Tell your man I won’t take any last minute excuses. I don’t care if he’s got fancy schmancy friends. If Marlon Brando himself asks him to dinner, he’s going to say no. Understood?”
“I think Marlon Brando is dead, Mrs. Truman,” Jenny, now standing (or, more accurately, huddling, protection in numbers as it were) beside Abby, informed the old woman.
“Is not,” Mrs. Truman shot back.
“I think he is,” Jenny, unwisely, pressed.
“He is not!” Mrs. Truman snapped loudly and Abby could hear Cash chuckling in her ear so she knew he could hear every word. “I would have heard,” Mrs. Truman went on.
“Maybe I’m wrong,” Jenny mumbled toward Abby (and Abby’s phone), and Cash’s chuckle became laughter.
Do not argue with your elders. But the way she looks after Abby and inserts herself into her life is really quite cute and I enjoyed all of it.
The only downfalls to the story as most KA stories is that she is really huge on details and extras. Extra details about the Castle, the décor of a house, outfits, shoes, throw pillows. She does this in a lot of her books which is how some of them end up so long. Sometimes I get a little bored with some of the detailing but I can totally imagine the entire setting so I think he mission is accomplished.
If you have never read a KA book well I think so far her heroes in this series are less Alpha than in some of the others and more tolerable so it might be a good place to start.
Abby figures going on a few dates and acting like Cash's girlfriend will be worth the money in order to fix her Grandmother's home. It is just pretend and she never has done anything like this before, but when Cash wants to add sex to the mix Abby doesn't know what to do.
Wowza, not sure why I did not pick this one up earlier. Normally ghost stories are not in my wheel house but loved this one, thought it was fantastic. Cash is pure alpha and Abby is a force, she is trying so hard to guard her feelings with Cash it is a downhill battle. Exceptional reading.
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