Spirited by Mary Behre – a Review
She’s running from who she is…
All Jules Scott wants is to live a normal, quiet life–preferably one that doesn’t include ghosts. Jules’s ability for communicating with the dead has brought her nothing but trouble. Despite her best efforts, needy spirits always find her and draw her into their otherworldly drama. When one implicates her in a series of deadly crimes, she may need to entrust her secrets to the person least likely to believe her…
He’ll do whatever it takes to catch her.
Detective Seth English can’t get distracted from the big case he’s working on, not even by his alluring new neighbor. He doesn’t believe that Jules had anything to do with the string of robberies-turned-murders that he’s investigating, but when she keeps showing up in all the wrong places, his gut tells him she knows more than she’s letting on. To solve his case, he’ll need to expose what the sexy redhead is hiding–no matter how impossible the truth may be…
Spirited by Mary Behre is the 1st book in her new Tidewater series. We meet our heroine, Jules at the start as she seems to be running from something, as well as missing her cell phone and keys to get into her apartment. The fact that she ends up in our hero, Seth’s apartment sets the stage for a somewhat funny story, with mostly suspense and romantic elements throughout.
Seth is a detective, and when this strange women climbs through his window in a bustier, he threatens to arrest her, thinking she is a hooker. But Jules doesn’t really know how she ended up in Seth’s apartment, and tries to make him understand she went to a costume party, and lives in the same building. He did not believe her, until as he was taking her to the station, the owner of the building vouches for her, that she is his adopted daughter. Seth lets her go, and soon both of them become the romantic couple of this story.
Jules is keeping a major secret from Seth. She is psychic, having the ability to see the dead, with the spirits coming to her for help. Only her adopted parents know of this ability, and there was no way she could tell Seth that it was a spirit who led her to climb into his window. What follows is a cute sweet romance that develops with Seth and Jules, in the midst of a major suspense story of murder; with Jules life very much in danger. It seems that wherever she goes, Jules finds herself in a dangerous situation, as someone wants something desperately that she unknowingly has. The spirit is a murdered woman who tries to get Jules to help find her killer, but Jules has a hard time understanding her. Seth senses that he is falling in love with Jules, but every time a murder or attack happens, he has to try to explain to his superiors that she is innocent.
The last third of the book was an exciting story, not to mention also very hot between Seth and Jules. Throughout the book, Mary Behre has added a lot of humor to this story that was fun. I did enjoy Jules and Seth, and the mystery was very well done. The only thing I did not really like was Seth’s attitude at times to Jules, when he would doubt her story. At times he went too far, even if some of her story sounded unbelievable, but he loved her and should have listened to her. I thought she accepted his later apologies too easily. I would have smacked him a few times. Other then this, it was a very good story in this new series.
Reviewed by Barb
Copy provided by Publisher