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Friday, January 14, 2011

I Didn’t Hear Anything by Jenni Holbrook

I Didn’t Hear Anything by Jenni Holbrook
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary, Holiday (Halloween), Suspense/Mystery, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (95 pages)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 4.5 books
Reviewed by Orchid

Courtney Nash wants one thing and one thing only – her soul-mate. However, getting Chief Owen McNally’s attention isn’t is easy as she thought it would be. With a little help from her dead grandmother, a few love potions, and some pesky raccoons, Courtney sets out to get her man.
Owen isn’t overly fond of Halloween. Something bad always happens and this year would be no exception. But Owen isn’t prepared for the return of his high school sweet heart, or the voice in the back of his mind telling him Courtney is the woman of his dreams. Especially when that voice sounds hauntingly like Courtney’s late grandmother.

A comical, romantic story with misunderstanding and ghosts and well worth taking time out to read.

Courtney, recently returned to her home town, talks to the ghost of her dead grandmother all the time. Owen, the Chief of Police, lives opposite her. She believes him to be her soulmate. He ignores all her hints of a romantic get together, so she must use subterfuge to bring him to her bed.

Owen discovers the truth of her ruse and warns Courtney not to pull such a trick again. Then danger puts Courtney’s life at risk. Will Owen believe her and respond when she calls the emergency services?

The fun of this book comes from Courtney knowing the ghost of Lily, her grandmother, is trying to help her. Owen can also hear the voice but puts it down to his subconscious taking on the persona of Lily, a dear friend and neighbor.

Owen’s official demeanor hides a fun loving interior. Courtney is a bubbly, charismatic lady who is also an extremely good cook. This is not really essential for the story but the recipes made my mouth water when they were woven into the pages.

The first paragraph was fast, exciting and mischievous. This pace and content carried on throughout the book. Owen and Courtney’s conflict was normal but also exciting. I love small town America stories and this one packed more punch than usual. Halloween brought in warmth and laughter of family life but also provided Owen with a chance to remonstrate with Courtney about telling the children her ghost stories.

If you want a light read with fun and that little extra zing I would recommend I Didn’t Hear Anything as a book to curl up with on a lazy day. The characters are captivating. You have to keep reading until the end to find out what happens. Well done Ms. Holbrook. A thoroughly good story.