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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

His to Possess by Su Halfwerk

His to Possess by Su Halfwerk
Publisher: Devine Destinies
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (102 pages)
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 3 books
Reviewed by Camellia

Stacy doesn’t know that a dashing ghost is in love with her, but when she conjures him one stormy night, he charms her to her core.

After weeks of watching Stacy turn the act of book appraising into a tantalizing experience, Jeremy—once untouchable and invisible—discovers that Stacy is more than just an infatuation. She’s all he wants, and she’s staring right at him, not through him.

A passionate kiss seals the deal and kindles their hearts with burning passion for each other. But if given the choice, will Jeremy selfishly have her join him in the realm of the dead, or allow fate to keep Stacy alive—and thus apart from him?

When Stacy searches deeper into their connection to discover the ultimate truth about their relationship, does she find out that this is another fateful blow to her heart or a new chance at love? As former lovers and thieves in the night attempt to tear them apart, their love is put to the ultimate test.

“The Chaos Theory” may have brought Jeremy and Stacy together, but they produce a special chaos all by themselves. Jeremy, seven years a lonely ghost trapped in his old mansion, and Stacy, the appraiser for his valuable books in the mansion, need to work out their destiny before it is too late.

Jeremy solidifies and becomes temporarily visible to Stacy when she has a seizure and almost dies. Their encounters after that become frequent as Jeremy frets over his inability to function in the “live” world to help as Stacy deals with a “used-to-be boyfriend Paul, copes with life-threatening health issues, and finally must deal with two would-be robbers. This last encounter gets scary and brings Jeremy to a new awareness about himself.

Su Halfwerk creates an intriguing modern ghost story. Some things about Paul and the robber scene stretch my imagination a little too much. Also, the use of ‘ground’ instead of ‘floor’ made me wonder if I had missed a change of location for the action. However, the way Stacy and Jeremy work out their need to be together is delightful and leaves the reader with that sought after happy-ever-after. I would have loved reading more about them and the special love they share.

His to Possess holds one’s attention and gives rise to some unique “what-ifs”.