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Monday, December 1, 2008

You Had Me at Halo

You Had Me at Halo by Amanda Ashby
Publisher: New American Library
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Full
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 5 books
Review by Orchid

Holly Evans has just seen her body laid to rest. Now she would like to move onto the afterlife. But apparently she has some mortal baggage to unload first, starting with the matter of how she died. Her heavenly shrink isn't buying that she didn't kill herself and says she must return to earth to straighten things out. The thing is, she needs to borrow the body of computer geek Vince Murphy to do it. Oh, and although Vince was supposed to have vacated the premise, he apparently never got the memo.

Now, Holly has forty-eight hours to resolve her issues while sharing arms, legs, and...other things...with a guy she barely noticed while she was alive. But the real surprise is what life has to offer when you have only two days to live it.

Holly Evans may be dead, but she still has unresolved issues on earth, and the main one concerns her death. She knows how she died, but not why. Her heavenly shrink sends her back to earth, but she only has forty-eight hours to solve the problem!

Due to a breakdown in communication between heaven and earth, Vince Murphy becomes the host body for Holly’s spirit. He collapses at Holly’s funeral and she takes up residence, not realizing Vince is still in his body. Eventually Vince agrees to help Holly find her killer and in doing so falls in love with her.

Problems arise from a female spirit sharing a male body, especially as Holly wants to contact the man she believes was going to propose to her the night she died – and Vince can’t stand the guy! When she was alive Holly was a fun loving party girl, but she considered Vince to be a computer nerd. She likes Vince, but doesn’t see why he can’t drop everything and help her follow up the clues surrounding her death. Time is running out and Holly seems no closer to solving the mystery of her death.

This book had me grinning from the first few paragraphs where the heroine is watching her own funeral. It has all the ingredients of a good romance; hero, heroine, best friend, ex-boyfriend – there’s even an evil stepmother. When this is added to the impossibilities inherent with solving a mystery while inhabiting someone else’s body – the fun is just waiting to begin. Holly jumps to one conclusion after another, while Vince tries to make her think logically. Matters aren’t helped by the fact Holly keeps forgetting she’s in a man’s body, which becomes a problem when she approaches her former boyfriend. I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys a quirky, fun romance.

If you like your romance mixed with laughter, then this is a must read book.