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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Dark & Disorderly by Bertina Harris

Dark & Disorderly by Bertina Harris
Publisher: Carina Press
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Full Length (262 pgs)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 4.5 books
Reviewed by Cholla

"I was standing there naked when my dead husband walked into my bathroom..."

Lillie St. Claire is a Talent, one of the rare few who can permanently dispatch the spirits of the dead that walk the earth. Her skills are in demand in a haunted country, where a plague of ghosts is becoming a civic nuisance.

Those skills bring her into conflict with frightened citizens who view Talents as near-demons. Her husband comes to see her as a Freak; so when Nathan dies after a car crash, she is relieved to be free of his increasingly vicious presence. Lillie expects to be haunted by Nathan's ghost, but not to become Suspect #1 for her husband's murder and reanimation.

But what's most surprising of all is the growing attraction between her and psi-crime detective John Thresher. He thinks that Lillie killed Nathan—and Nathan must agree, because his zombie is seeking revenge. Now she and Thresher must work together to solve her husband's murder—before his corpse kills her...

Cursed. That’s often how Lillie St. Claire feels about her Talent. While it’s often handy to be able to permanently dispatch wandering spirits from the earth, it also arouses suspicions in people around her, making life difficult at best. And this mistrust brings her to an odd sort of crossroads when Detective John Thresher walks into her life. Will he believe her innocence?

Lillie St. Claire is a wonderfully refreshing character. I’m not sure I’ve ever quite met a woman like her. She has a unique outlook on life and, while she often feels like her Talent is a curse, she also embraces her ‘defect’ and uses it as a point of pride. She has a great personality which is what helped her get through a rough marriage and see the mistakes she had made in the past. The simple fact that she was bound and determined not to make them over makes her a winner in my book.

Psi-Crime Detective John Thresher is one part hunky male, one part tough cop and one part mystery, making for one hot and exciting man. He’s in a tough position when he meets Lillie – he’s both instantly attracted to her and suspicious of her all at the same time. However, he’s withholding a secret of his own, which I believe clouded his judgment of her. In the end though, his training and instinct pay off for them both.

Dark and Disorderly is an exciting and engaging read. It takes off running from the very first paragraph, starting with a bang, and never looks back. The author has a knack for leading you down one path just long enough to make you think you know where she’s going, only to prove you wrong. And that’s a wonderful thing to have in a story. If you’re looking for an exciting and absorbing way to spend your weekend, then this is the book for you!