Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Ghost Seer
Author: Robin D. Owens
Series: Ghost Seer #1
Heroine/Hero: Clare Cermac/Zach Slade
Genre: M/F Paranormal Romance
Length: 320 Pages
Release Date: April 1, 2014
Available at: Berkley, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, All Romance eBooks and Kobo
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: 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.
When Clare’s great aunt dies, her inheritance comes with a gigantic house and an ability to communicate with ghosts. Convinced she’s losing her mind, she does everything to deny she can see spirits. But her refusal to accept what she now is comes at a great cost. Shot in the line of duty, former deputy sheriff, Zach Slade, holds a lot of bitterness and anger but when he sees Clare, his bleak life starts to look up… until he realizes that Clare thinks she can see ghosts and he’s left wondering if he can handle that sort of thing. When the ghost of a famous Wild West gunman demands Clare’s help, will they be able to save the ghost and Clare before it’s too late?
I originally picked up this book because I noticed the sequel, Ghost Layer, was coming out in September and I really wanted to read that one. So, I thought now would be the perfect time to read the first book before it released. I wasn’t sure what I expected but I definitely didn’t expected to be drawn into the story right from the start. It starts off quite typically where Zach is dealing with his new injury and not being able to be a cop anymore. At the same time, Clare is coming into her powers and trying to ignore a pesky ghost dog that just won’t leave her alone. As the story unfolds, it balances between Clare’s struggles and Zach’s issues. They both have baggage of their own kind and while at times they caved to the pressure, they still powered through and dealt with what was thrown at them such as the gunman ghost and a obsessive stalker.
I will say, I absolutely adored all the characters in this book. Clare is definitely a strong heroine, although she is still vulnerable. She really does think she’s going crazy and that makes her very fragile. Zach is the typical alpha male, arrogant at times but sweet at others. I loved how he was so drawn to Clare and even when he was second guessing being with her, he still couldn’t resist checking up on her (or at least having the urge to do so). It’s not just the main couple that were great, though, this story holds a colorful cast of characters that made this a fast-paced and entertaining read. You have the ghost dog, Enzo, who’s enthusiasm had me constantly smiling; the quirky Mrs. Flinton who had no issues with discussing ghosts and people with The Sight. Then there’s the gunman – Jack Slade – who’s a persistent, stubborn ghost that is in desperate need of moving on and also Tony Rickman who, while not having many scenes in the book, still managed to intrigue me.
I really enjoyed this one but I had two major issues. First, I felt the story was repetitive at times. Secondly, towards the end, it started to drag for me. Partly because I felt like Zach’s constant denial was stretched out too far. Considering that he would accept but then not accept Clare’s gift I felt like his struggling with that went on too long especially when everything he was seeing and hearing pointed to the legitimacy of her gift. Also I felt like the side conflict with Ted was a little… chaotic especially when there was so much head-hopping through the novel.
In the end, though, I really enjoyed this one. It’s an interesting story about a woman developing an ability to see ghosts from the Old West and being tasked with accepting her gift and helping those ghosts or else she dies. I really liked the balance between the ghosts and Clare’s relationship with Zach but also Zach’s own problems. I’m looking forward to reading the next book to see what other ghosts Clare attracts and how her relationship with Zach is faring.
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*