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Thursday, November 5, 2009

Love Can Be Murder by Sierra Wolfe

Love Can Be Murder by Sierra Wolfe
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Paranormal
Length: Short (77 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Eglantine

Alexander Forsythe, a one hundred and three year old vampire, has an unwelcome house guest- a ghost by the name of Abbie Cowan. Not only does she throw temper tantrums on a regular basis, but she’s trashed his home and belongings. It’s time for her to be evicted.

Willow Cowan, the local witch, is a descendant of Abbie. Although Alex can’t stand witchcraft, he knows he needs Willow’s help to remove the spirit. Willow is not so sure she wants any part of a ghost hunt, until she sees a priceless family heirloom on display in Alex’s home. She agrees to help him in exchange for the necklace, though Alex is reluctant to part with the expensive jewelry.

Can they learn to work together and get past their differences? Or will Abbie be the one obstacle they can’t remove?

It’s refreshing to read a paranormal romance with something for everyone: mystery, detective work, witchcraft, and a vampire. What more could a reader want? Well, you could ask for rounded characters, compelling writing and good editing. The good news is, you’ll find all of those in this excellent novella from The Wild Rose Press.

The story is well laid out and developed at a pace that kept me clicking through the pages. Alex and Willow are both interesting characters, and I rooted for them to not only solve their problems in terms of the haunting, but also in their personal relationship. While there were a few niggles, in terms of some actions they take which I thought were perhaps exaggerated responses, I never felt anything they did was completely unmotivated. The love scenes are well written and a pleasure to read.

I’m really delighted to see such clean editing from an electronic publisher. That said, there were three or four errors I picked up (mostly plurals with an apostrophe S). If you’re rolling your eyes about what I just said, then you’re not as much of a pain grammar buff as I am and you’ll barely notice; so I can guarantee you a good read. If you are as much of a pain in the bum with that sort of thing as I am, don’t worry – there really are only those very few mistakes, and for the most part the editing was faultless.

An excellent offering from Sierra Wolfe, and from The Wild Rose Press. Well done.