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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Of Ghosts and Geeks by Molly Ringle

Of Ghosts and Geeks by Molly Ringle
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (105 pgs)
Heat Level: sensual
Rating: 4 books
Reviewed by Aloe

Gwen Walberg, literature teacher and self-professed geek, is thrilled to acquire a priceless antique book but soon learns why it came so cheap. The book contains the ghost of Violetta, its former owner, who spices up her boring afterlife by playing matchmaker. Gwen is her new target—and if she won't cooperate, Violetta is prepared to throw a storm of dangerous tantrums. Rather than give up the treasured book, Gwen reluctantly surrenders, and learns Violetta has already chosen the man for her: Gwen's gorgeous gardener and friend, Paul Chang.

Paul is stunned that a ghost wants to cast him as a romance hero but intrigued enough to cooperate. Step by awkward step, Paul and Gwen allow their weird voyeur to force them into compromising positions. But what if the unlikely couple starts enjoying their bizarre, steamy situation? Can they ever cultivate a healthy relationship with an unstable ghost tagging along?

She was so excited to find this really rare book on sale for $75. All she could think was that the seller didn’t realize its value. She didn’t know it housed a resident ghost…

If you enjoy comedy with a mix of romance, you’ll love this book. It’s a real hoot to read. Ms. Ringle makes her two main characters Gwen and Paul, attractive, available and quick witted. Her ghost is a Victorian era lady who died a virgin. Just the story of her death is enough to make you spit whatever you’re drinking all over your computer screen. And, while you know it’s all just a fantasy tale, it’s so much fun to read you suspend belief and just follow along to see what the ghost is going to demand next!

Gwen’s a literature professor at the local college; Paul is her hired gardener. Neither thought the other person would be interested in them. This author demonstrates what can happen if you actually take the time to talk to one other -- there is generally more to a person than what you see in front you. Violetta, our ghost, is determined to experience passion and love and she thinks these two are perfect for each other. It all starts with a small kiss…

The absolutely ridiculous things the ghost demands from the couple kept me chuckling. Especially as they keep trying to figure out how to get rid of her so they actually can get to know each other better. The author shows them embarrassing themselves, getting fretful about the ghost, and suddenly worrying about how natural being with each other feels. It sounds like some relationships I’ve been in but I didn’t have a ghost to worry about.

I love how Ms. Ringle creates one of the silliest ghosts you can imagine and then at the end turns Gwen’s Uncle into someone she’s not sure she even wants to know. You know, that TMI (too much information) thing. It’s all in good fun and made me laugh.

I like this one a lot and am buying my own copy of it to keep. Why don’t you get one, too? I bet you laugh through the whole story. I know I did.