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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Haunting Jordan by P.J. Alderman

Haunting Jordan by P.J. Alderman
Publisher: Bantam Books
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full (421 pages)
Heat: Sensual
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

Jordan Marsh left L.A. for the quaint Pacific Northwest town of Port Chatham in pursuit of some much-needed R & R. As the prime suspect in her cheating husband’s murder, she had been hoping to immerse herself in the restoration of the charming Victorian she’d just bought—and put all talk of homicide investigations behind her. But as she soon discovers, the coldest of cases cry out to be solved, too.

For this old house comes fully furnished—with two garrulous ghosts who have a century-old murder of their own they’d like her to look into. Now, if Jordan can keep the L.A. police at bay, and sort through a suspect list of shady characters circa 1890, she might just clear a wrongly accused man’s name—and her own.

Ever have one of those days when no matter what you do, everything goes wrong? And then when it seems like it can’t get worse, it does? Then you might be Jordan. If you’re a ghost, you might be Haunting Jordan.

Jordan’s suspected of killing her husband. Yikes! But there are a couple other things going on in this book. PJ Alderman keeps the reader on his or her toes with this story. Yes, trying to keep the interwoven storylines straight can be a bit tricky, but it’s worth it.

I like Jordan’s gutsy pluck. She may not know exactly what happened to her late husband, but she’s sure she didn’t do him in. She’s headstrong and willing to go the mile not only to prove her innocence, but to figure out who killed the ghosts in her house? Yep, you read that right—she’s got ghosts in her house with issues of their own, that only Jordan can solve.

Although the antagonist is a bit obscure at times, you still root for Jordan to win out and solve the cases. And when the bad person rears, you find yourself really disliking them and that helps boost the story.

Sometimes a story can have too many characters. Not so with this book. Yes, you need to keep them straight and yes, there’s sizzle between Jase and Jordan. Still, the mix of eccentricities adds color to this story. Though there could be a bit more between Jase and Jordan, the reader sides with her reluctance to get into a relationship—she’s just lost a husband she wasn’t too fond of. Why would she jump into another relationship?

If you want a sweet romance that will keep you on your toes and will enthrall you to the very end, then you need to read Haunting Jordan.