Monday, 4 July 2016

Book Review: The Exorcist Who Loved Me by Jennifer Savalli

Title: The Exorcist Who Loved Me
Author: Jennifer Savalli
Series: Book #2 in the Must Love Ghosts series
Release Date: 29 December 2015
Number of pages: 128 pages
Publisher: SamhainPublishing
Source: review copy provided by the author
Purchasing Info: Goodreads, Author's Website, Amazon, B&N, Read an excerpt

Grade: 3 stars

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Digging up the truth could lead them to their graves.

Must Love Ghosts, Book 2

Hiring an exorcist is not something widowed single mom Holly Archer ever thought she’d do. But the blackouts she’s been having mean someone—or something—is hijacking her body and she wants it stopped, like yesterday.

The hottie who shows up at her door is the first man who’s sparked her interest since her awful marriage. It’s no hardship to give herself over to his skills, and in short order the spirit is ejected—and Holly comes face to face with Celia, the ghost of her dead husband’s mistress.

Lawe Callahan figured this would be an easy case, and by morning he’d be headed for another town, leaving Holly and her witchy amber eyes behind. Until she agrees to help the ghost, who refuses to budge until her killer is brought to justice.

As the investigation heats up, so does Lawe and Holly’s attraction. But their differences not only threaten any chance of something real, their quest for the truth could drive a killer to tie up all loose ends—permanently.

Warning: Contains a footloose exorcist who doesn’t let grave dirt stick to his feet for long, and a woman who isn’t in a hurry to commune with the dead. A little sleuthing, a little more gettin’ nekkid, and a lotta angst.

My Thoughts: I have to confess that paranormal romance is not my first choice when it comes to picking what to read. Despite that, as soon as I saw the eye-catching cover of The Exorcist Who Loved Me and read its blurb, I was intrigued. I mean it's not everyday you have the premise of a mistress possessing the wife's body in order for her to discover who murdered her and the cheating husband!

Following the interesting and unique premise, the execution of the story was somewhat rushed, the plot twisted and turned with several secondary characters being introduced (some from the previous book in the series), and the POV shifted within the scene making me reread the passage to make sure I got it right who thought what.

Jennifer Savalli's idea was unique and her humour made the story a fun read. Don't expect much character development, both the hero and the heroine remained rather two dimensional, but what was a nice surprise is how Jennifer Savalli could make the mistress such a likeable character, the reader grows quite fond of her after they get over the initial prejudice.

The Exorcist Who Loved Me story was a cute, quick read, that would have benefited from some more polishing and better editing. 

Verdict: The Exorcist Who Loved Me is a light, entertaining read with funny dialogues, to be enjoyed on your vacation or when you want to unwind for a short time. Chuckles guaranteed.
Plot: 6/10
Characters: 5/10
Writing: 7/10
Ending: 6/10
Cover: 8/10 - I think this cover looks great, though makes you expect a bit more passionate and hot story/romance or characters than they actually are.

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Order of the series:

Book #1 - Must Love Ghosts
Book #2 - The Exorcist Who Loved Me

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