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Review: Ghost Layer by Robin D. Owens

ghost-layerTitle: Ghost Layer

Author: Robin D. Owens

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Series: Ghost Seer (Book #2)

Publication Date: September 2, 2014

Format: Paperback, 320 Pages

ISBN-10: 0425268918 (Berkley/Penguin)

ISBN-13: 978-0425268919 (Berkley/Penguin)

Reviewed by: Roxanne


Clare Cermak’s adjusting to a new man in her life—and a lot of ghosts. The passing of Clare’s aunt gave way to a sizeable inheritance of not only money, but also the ability to communicate with the dead. At the same time, she met Zach Slade, a private detective with a rough past, and just like Clare, he’s not yet ready to accept her gift—or his own.

But Clare has another matter to look into. A multimillionaire needs her help after relocating an old ghost town to his mountain estate. The bones of a murdered prospector are making nightly appearances in his guests’ beds. When the gold miner’s ghost contacts Clare, she promises to help find the name of his killer—but someone doesn’t want the past revealed and might find her first

Quick & Dirty: Romance and murder in the old West.

Opening Sentence: “Zach Slade’s new cane had been delivered when he was gone.”

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Clare and Zach are back in the second book of the Ghost Seer series. Clare is visited by the ghost of J. Dawson Hidgepath and he claims that he was murdered and he needs the truth in order to move on. J. Dawson was a prospector who had supposedly fell to his death. However, he informs Clare that he was pushed and so Zach and Clare set out to find out what the truth is. Zach and Clare are also figuring out their relationship along the way.

As the trail gets colder the heat between them gets hotter. When accidents start to happen to Clare, they know that J. Dawson is telling the truth and the race is on to find out who is so desperate to keep the past in the past. Will they be able to figure it out in time?

It’s so hard to write a review about a series that really has nothing wrong with it. I read the first book to prepare for the review and I actually have the next two books on my review list as well. I am intrigued by the concept. It is interesting and sort of fresh. Ghosts are totally overdone in paranormal books. I thought book 1 and this book were okay. I wasn’t blown away by them, but I didn’t dislike them either. So I find myself in the middle of the road. There is a ton of potential, these could be something I love. For now, I am not there. I did enjoy Ghost Layer, and I really like that the fact that her ghosts are all in the Old West era and the mysteries are interesting.

I just can’t put my finger on what it is that keeps me from loving them. Maybe, it is because they aren’t dark enough. I mean there is action and romance, but they have a light-hearted quality to them. That sounds horrible, but I do like my creatures a little darker, and the heroine a tad more capable of killing than Clare is. So really I should adjust my mindset, Clare is a capable and pretty well rounded main character. Zach is the protector, so they have almost a symbiotic relationship. Plus, I really do kind of love Enzo, although I have yet to figure out how the ghost dog communicates with humans…that kind of makes me wonder a lot.

Notable Scene:

“After she freshened her makeup she stared at the bulletproof vest, remembering how tight it fit, squashing her breasts. She hated it. But she’d promised Zach to wear it if she went out. So even if they’d already caught who they thought was the perpetrator of the assaults on her. She donned it. A couple of minutes later, she strode down the side corridor toward the small parking lot, filled with purpose.

With the help of a ghost, she’d figured out a past murder!”

Ghost Seer Series:

1. Ghost Seer

2. Ghost Layer

3. Ghost Killer

4. Ghost Talker

5. Ghost Maker


FTC Advisory: Berkley/Penguin provided me with a copy of Ghost Layer. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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