Series: Ghost Layer Series Book #1
Author: Robin D. Owens
Genre: Romance, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Blurb: There’s just something about Clare. Apart from the ghosts…When her eccentric aunt passes away, no-nonsense accountant Clare Cermac inherits more than just a small fortune. She receives the gift of communicating with ghosts. While Clare may not believe in spirits, it’s hard to overlook the shadowy talking dog appearing on her bed or spectral cowboys tipping their hats to her in the streets of Denver. And when she locks eyes with sexy—and living—Zach Slade, there’s certainly no ignoring him either. A former deputy sheriff, Zach is leaving a painful past behind in Montana for a new life in Denver as a private investigator, a job that has him crossing paths with beautiful Clare. Not that she minds. After the restless ghost of a Wild West gunman demands her assistance, Clare finds herself needing Zach more and more—and not just for help.
Thoughts: This book is just one that I thought would be right up my alley. Anything paranormal and I’m ready to read it – particularly if it sounds interesting and fresh. This one had a few twists that I thought might make it one of those stand out reads for me. Unfortunately, it fell far, far from the mark. There were so many things that bothered me about this one, but I’ll touch on the main ones here. The first thing that really, really turned me off to this book had to be the “talking” ghostly dog that acted like a guide to Clare. I found it really disturbing, annoying, and just plain weird. Part of the paranormal for me is to take some wild idea and totally draw me into it and make it believable. The dog – uhmm, no…just weird!
Then we come to the characters. Clare was just weak, whiny, and irritating for the most part. Everything around her was just inconsistent, too – not concerned about money, but quick to quit her job and move into a multi-million dollar house, etc. Zach was not quite as bad, but he was certainly not charismatic enough to carry this whole book by himself.
The storyline was slow moving, everything seemed forced along and stale, and it just didn’t work overall. This was also my first read from this author, but from what I understand her other series (the Celta Heartmate series) is much better, so I plan on reading that one and see how I make it with it instead.