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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

To Catch A Spirit by Carrie Pulkinen

To Catch A Spirit by Carrie Pulkinen
Publisher: Breathless Press
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (272 pages)
Heat Level: hot
Rating: 5 Books
Reviewed by Sunflower

Psychic Allison Dupuis has a soft spot for Logan Mitchell, even though she’s never met him. All it takes is one encounter for the millionaire’s true emotions to slip through Allison’s shields, and she is intrigued. He needs her help, but Allison soon discovers that the kind of help Logan needs is the kind she isn’t willing to give. Logan has a ghost, and Allison doesn’t work with spirits anymore.

But the ghost is the least of Logan’s problems. Born an empath, Logan is constantly barraged with human emotions. And while his talent has come in handy in the business world, it’s about to drive him insane. Literally. Logan has OCD, and his ability triggers unbearable attacks that have him counting and cleaning until he collapses from exhaustion.

Sex and money. That’s all anyone wants from him. Even worse, he’s plagued with recurring visions of his future wife’s death, so Logan has spent his entire life avoiding love. He’s given up hope of ever having a normal life, until he meets Allison. She’s everything he’s ever dreamed of, and now he has to decide if loving her is worth risking her life.

If she’ll even have him. Allison’s lost too much already - her mother to cancer, her father to suicide. But, Logan is so charming and so real, she can’t help but fall for him. Now she has to overcome her fear of commitment . . .and ghosts . . .or face spending the rest of her life alone.

She's a psychic who doesn't embrace her gift, and he's a man tormented by dreams and vision of a terrifying fate. The instant connection the two feel is intense, but the fears and doubts they both have could ruin a relationship before it even started.

The complexity of Allison and Logan's characters is strong. It leaves for plenty of inner and external conflict for the two to face. Allison keeps to herself, other than a few close friends, and has no living family. She doesn't want anything to do with the ghost aspect of her powers. But she still sees them everywhere. She even sees one the night she meets Logan. For the first few chapters of the story, every time Logan comes around, Allison shies away and doesn't want to speak to him. Her impressions of this rich and mysterious man aren't the best. Logan, however, is completely intrigued by Allison and almost instantly smitten, despite the fears and visions he has.

I could almost classify Logan as a tortured hero. He's got fears about settling down because of events from his past, and because of the haunting and frightning visions that keep repeating. He's even named Most Eligible Bachelor. He wants nothing to do with settling down or falling in love. Until he meets Alison, that is. He's drawn to her. Everything about her amazes him. She's also the first woman that doesn't throw herself all over him for his money or for sex. What the two of them have is real -- if only they'd embrace it and get past the things that could keep them apart.

Then there's the paranormal aspect -- yes, this story has ghosts in it and I have been wanting a good ghost story with a romantic plot for awhile. This book definitely fit the type of story I was looking for. All of the characters play such an important role, and they are all memorable and enjoyable. To Catch a Spirit is a thrilling paranormal love story that kept me turning the pages, eager for more. I got goosebumps quite a few times while reading this.

If you are a fan of ghosts in a romance book, then I suggest grabbing yourself a copy of To Catch a Spirit. Let the whirlwind of emotions and thrills of ghosts whisk you into a powerful grip that won't let go until the very last page.