The library classified Robin D. Owens' Ghost Seer as a romance. And, I'm not crazy about the cover of the book. I know the author is a RITA Award -winning author, so I'm sure she doesn't need my review. But, I think our classification and the cover will cause the book to miss an audience. I loved the book, but I'd call it urban fantasy with sex. I'd recommend it to fans of Kat Richardson's Greywalker series. Even the readers of Paige Shelton's Country Cooking School mysteries and Alice Kimberly's Haunted Bookshop series who long for relationships with the hot ghost might appreciate this book.
Clare Cermak inherits more than a fortune from her eccentric Aunt Sandra. When her aunt died, the by-the-book accountant inherited "a gift", the ability to communicate with ghosts, and a ghostly dog, Enzo. Enzo knows the rules, and Clare has to get over her disbelief or she'll die. She has to use her gift to help ghosts transition to the next world. She's convinced she's either crazy or has a disease, and she doesn't want to admit she sees the ghost of Jack Slade, a legendary bad guy who had been involved with the Pony Express. It seems Clare is sensitive to ghosts of the Old West, about 1850 to 1900.
Zack Slade's career as a cop is over. The Montana deputy sheriff was injured on the job. He knows he'll never work again in his field, and he's angry. Originally from Colorado, he ends up back in Denver with a job offer from Tony Rickman of Rickman Security and Investigations. He just never saw himself as a private eye. But, he can see himself teamed up with the gorgeous woman he sees at the restaurant when he mistakenly thinks she says "Zack" instead of "Jack".
Robin D. Owens brings together two damaged people, struggling to make sense of their new lives, in a hot relationship. At the same time, they're both struggling with the knowledge they have "the sight". It takes an understanding wealthy woman to push Zach in that direction, and Enzo to convince Clare. Enzo tells her "If you don't accept our gift that you can see ghosts then you will die. And if you accept that you can see them but don't help them, you can go crazy."
Ghost Seer is a terrific first book in a new series. Owens mixes legends of the Old West, ghosts, mystery, sexual attraction, and intriguing characters. I can't wait for the next in the series, Ghost Layer.
Robin D. Owens' is at www.robindowens.blogspot.com
Ghost Seer by Robin D. Owens. Berkley Sensation. 2014. ISBN 9780425268902 (paperback), 312p.
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