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Monday, September 19, 2011

A Ghostly Charm by M. J. Fredrick

A Ghostly Charm by M. J. Fredrick
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (124 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 5 Books
Reviewed by Poppy

An isolated island off the coast of South Carolina, a cursed Celtic symbol, a ghost tour led by a handsome charlatan, and a reporter determined to debunk anything supernatural come together in A Ghostly Charm.

Maddy Saunders has come to McDavid Island on assignment for a new magazine, wondering how she’ll ever rebuild her ruined reputation by writing about ghosts.

Mal Sheridan leads a ghost tour to bring business to the island for his sister’s New Age shop. Business is good as long as no one is looking too closely. When his creative stories start to come true, he has to figure out why there are ghosts where there weren’t before.

Maddy decides to help Mal figure out why this is happening, while fighting her attraction for this inappropriate man. She has to put her faith in Mal, in something she never thought she could believe, to break a curse.

I’m not a big reader of ghost stories, it's true, but with all the hullaballoo about Ghost Hunters I had to pick this book up, and I’m so glad I did. I do most of my reading before bed, but found that this book wasn’t conducive to peaceful sleep. It spooked me enough that I had to put it down and read it in the bright daylight.

Maddy Saunders is a writer who’s come to debunk a ghost hunting adventure. She doesn’t believe in ghosts, so looks for every trick that Ghost Hunters Mal and Justin cook up. Ironically, Mal doesn’t believe either ... so when real ghosts appear, things get a little crazy!

Sparks fly between Maddy and Mal anytime they’re near each other. Neither is particularly happy about the attraction nor are the ghost hunter groupies who have the hots for Mal (but then, who wouldn’t? He oozes sex appeal ala Han Solo – cocky, handsome, and well aware of his good looks but still a decent guy).

As things escalate (both with the ghosts and with Mal and Maddy’s relationship) things get crazy, passionate and the pages flew by. How would they fix their predicament? How could they exile the ghosts who had suddenly taken over the island? How would they ever build a solid, lasting relationship with all their differences (not to mention the fact they live so far apart)?

Ms. Fredrick does a stupendous job writing this fast-paced, spine-tingling story. I loved every moment of it from the newlywed ghost who wants a wedding night, to the ex-girlfriend to Justin (who I think needs his own story). Her writing is clear and concise and truly evocative and descriptive. Even better, if you’re looking for some heat in your story, she delivers that too, in spades. That’s not to say there isn’t heart as well, there certainly is, but it crackles with sexual tension first.

Ms. Fredrick, you’ve made me a fan of ghost stories. Write another one, and I’ll be first in line to pick it up.