Thursday, April 17, 2014

Ghost Seer by Robin D. Owens

Paranormal Romance

From Goodreads:

There’s just something about Clare. Apart from the ghosts…...

When her eccentric aunt passes away, no-nonsense accountant Clare Cermac inherits more than just a small fortune. She receives the gift of communicating with ghosts. While Clare may not believe in spirits, it’s hard to overlook the shadowy talking dog appearing on her bed or spectral cowboys tipping their hats to her in the streets of Denver. And when she locks eyes with sexy—and living—Zach Slade, there’s certainly no ignoring him either.

A former deputy sheriff, Zach is leaving a painful past behind in Montana for a new life in Denver as a private investigator, a job that has him crossing paths with beautiful Clare. Not that she minds. After the restless ghost of a Wild West gunman demands her assistance, Clare finds herself needing Zach more and more—and not just for help.

Ghost Seer is the first book in a new series by Robin D. Owens. I enjoyed her Heart Mate series so I had high hopes for Ghost Seer.  I was not disappointed. 

Much of Ghost Seer is character development.  Clare Cermac and Zach Slade are both facing changes in their lives.  Zach is a policeman who is recovering from a gun shot wound that has left him with a bad leg.  He does not want a desk job and so is at loose ends.  Clare’s aunt dies leaving her all of the aunt’s money and also her ablility to see ghosts.  The two meet and connect but there are problems.

There are also some very nice side characters.  Enzo is a ghost dog that is Clare’s helper or at least he thinks he is.  Mrs. Flinton is an older woman who also can see ghosts or at least Ezno.  Both add a nice touch to the book.

There is tension in the book.  For Clare it is trying to come to terms with her new ability.  For Zach it is accepting the change that his injury has brought to his life.  Then there is the growing attraction between the two.  Clare’s new ability adds to the tension between she and Zack.  There is also an external danger to Clare.  Someone thinks a ghost has told her about a hidden treasure.

All of this is part of the world building in Ghost Seer.  The story is set in Denver and Denver today and Denver between 1850 and 1900 are important parts of the story.  Character development and world building are the most important elements of Ghost Seer.  All blend together to make a great start for this new series.

I lived in Denver and having it set in a place I knew added to my enjoyment.  I am ready for the next book, Ghost Layer, due out in September of 2014.

Berkley Sensations published GhostSeer by Robin D. Owens in 2014.

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