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Thursday, January 14, 2010

The Ghost Exterminator by Vivi Andrews

The Ghost Exterminator: A Love Story by Vivi Andrews
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Full (190 pages)
Heat: Hot
Rating: 5 Books
Reviewed by Holly

Rebel meets by-the-book businessman. Love doesn’t stand a ghost of a chance.

A Karmic Consultants story.

Jo Banks has been seeing ghosts since she was six, so normal was never really an option. Embracing the weird and shunning normalcy makes her the top Ghost Exterminator in her region. Then she meets Wyatt Haines, the uptight, materialistic and irritatingly sexy owner of a successful resort chain.

Wyatt’s new Victorian inn is extremely haunted and the Commando Barbie Ghost Exterminator is just the girl for the job. Except Wyatt doesn’t believe in ghosts, or Jo, or anything outside the norm. He’ll have to start believing fast, though, because Jo’s extermination goes awry and accidentally throws two prankster ghosts into Wyatt’s body to haunt him.

Every time he falls asleep, the mischievous ghosts take over, turning his perfectly ordered life into chaos. His waking hours are no less chaotic, with his thoughts possessed by Jo’s quirky appeal and Playmate physique.

Unfortunately, Jo’s ghost-exing mojo is on the fritz just when she needs it the most to unhaunt Wyatt and figure out why his inn is swarming with ghosts. Preferably before his spirit is permanently separated from his mouth-watering body.

And before her heart is permanently attached to the most sexy, frustrating, normal man she’s ever met.

Wyatt Haines buys old property and makes wonderful resorts. But he is convinced that the house he recently bought, on Elm Street no less, hates him. Every attempt to remodel has met with disaster, so he finally gives in to his secretary’s suggestion and hires Karmic Consultants to try and get to the root of the trouble. What he gets is Jo Banks, a woman with the body of a Playboy centerfold and the demeanor of a commando.

Jo has seen ghosts all of her life, and usually can send them on and clean up haunts. But Wyatt’s house is infested with so many spirits, it is impossible to do. There is more going on than meets the eye, and when one of Jo’s “ghost evictions” goes wrong, Wyatt becomes host to two young spirits. If Wyatt sleeps, they take over, causing all sorts of havoc. Can Jo discover a way to remove the ghosts from Wyatt without causing him harm? Can Jo and Wyatt discover what is causing the Victorian home on Elm Street to be a “ghost magnet”? Can a laid-back ghost hunter and a stick in the mud developer have a future together?

Vivi Andrews has subtitled this A Love Story, and it is definitely that. But it is so much more than just a love story. Jo and Wyatt are extreme opposites, but strangely enough, are perfect complements to each other. Jo doesn’t realize that what she sees as her individuality is, in fact, her way of hiding who she is. It takes a chance statement from Wyatt to open her eyes, and her mind. Jo is the “odd” one in her family; the only one who sees and hears strange things. Only one other person in the family has any “powers” and that is her cousin. I loved Jo, for her strength of will and also for her willingness to accept new ideas. And when she realizes that Wyatt is starting to mean something to her, she also accepts that with all the baggage that goes with it.

When the two of them discover what is causing the havoc at the old house, both are too stubborn to quit until the situation is resolved. There are several surprises in this one, and not all of them are pleasant. But Ms. Andrews has created a wonderful story line, with enchanting characters and lots of passion. I loved when Jo decided that she and Wyatt could no longer be intimate, because the “children” haunting him might see. The ways these two came up with to keep Wyatt awake and in charge of his body were inventive and very funny.

If you want a book that will keep you giggling and panting at the same time, with a marvelous happy ever after, this one is definitely for you.