REVIEW by Alicia: Ghost Of A Threat (Betty Boo #1) by Beth Dolgner (@BethDolgner , @mamaxsix)
Normal young women go on dates on Saturday nights. Paranormal investigator Betty “Boo” Boorman goes on ghost hunts in Savannah, Georgia, America’s most haunted city. She’s more comfortable around ghosts than guys, anyway.
A violent haunting forces Betty to team up with her rival ghost hunter, the arrogant Carter Lansford. When the violence is turned toward her, though, Betty knows she needs additional expertise. She enlists the help of a handsome stranger, who introduces himself simply as Maxwell, Demon.
Betty’s ghost hunting is cut short when she’s threatened and, finally, attacked. Either someone wants her to stay away from an investigation, or a demon hunter is targeting her. As Betty begins to fall for Maxwell’s mysterious charm, she starts to wonder if her life–and her soul–are worth the risk.
Ok, there are very FEW books that I allow to steal my precious sleep. This one didn’t even ask nicely- it just took it. I’d glance at the clock and it’d be 1:30 am. WHAT?!?! I have six kids who will need me in the morning. Sheesh…. and so, I finished this little joy in barley two days. Sleep is over rated anyways right?…
We’re introduced to Betty “Boo”. A fresh out of college gal who has a day job, and a much more interesting night/weekend job. You see, she’s a ghost hunter. How one gets into ghost hunting is beyond me, but I guess if you live inSavannahGA-then you either know of someone who has been haunted, know of a haunted house, or know a ghost hunter. I’m thinking I’m going to checkSavannahof my “to visit list…”
Betty is very likeable. Down to earth, smart- and has bad taste in men. And if it’s not men, it’s well…demons. I honestly couldn’t help but think of Bella and Edward and the parallels this book had with the Twilight series. Betty though is about 100x more likeable. She falls for a demon. Knows he’s bad- well he is a demon, but just can’t make herself not see him, think about him etc. She actually forcers herself to brush aside the fact he is a demon. He, being Maxwell. A very drop dead, wipe the drool from your face tall dark and handsome demon. But hey- opposites attract right? He likes her for her integrity and whole hearted goodness. Everywhere Maxwell goes women swoon over him (again, made me think of Edward) he’s polite- but can be very persuasive when necessary. He ends up contacting Betty because he can help her with a ghost case she’s on, and their relationship builds from there.
Ok- only in Savannah and in the ghost hunter groupie world can you tell your best friend and team members that you’re new beau is a demon- and have them shrug and say “well at least he’s hot, a gentleman AND he helped with the ghost case!” Really?!?! I’m glad Lou spoke up and had a little one on one with Betty- to at least warn her.
I enjoyed the haunting scenes, and all the techno gadget stuff they use. Also the bantering between characters was fantastic. Daisy is my new bff ;)
This was a fun, intriguing quick read! I really enjoyed the fact that the characters were NOT teenagers and actually had lives.
The one thing I didn’t fully get was the 1 1/4 sex scene. I mean the entire book was basically PG. The language was mild *ass being the worst word. So when the first scene came and went (it was short and you basically read it before you realized what you just read) I was like huh? Then scene number dos. Honestly I skimmed through it and got bits and pieces. I’ve drawn a line for myself…and going from the rest of the book I’m sure it wasn’t extraordinarily graphic- I mean the love scene between Edward and Bella during their honeymoon had me squirming, thinking how far are they going to take this- and that was rated PG-13. So I’m guessing it wasn’t worse than that, but I didn’t take any chances. They just didn’t seem to mesh with rest of the plot. I mean sure we all want them to hook up and get busy and know what it’s like with a demon- but I think it could have faded into black.
That being said,. I LOVED this book. Fun, mysterious, total brain candy. Easy 5 stars!
Now, who has the rest of the series that I could borrow???? :)