Lingering Spirit Book One
By Stacey Kennedy
Published by: Stacey Kennedy
First Printing: February 21, 2011
Concept: “Tess Jennings has the ability to see and talk to spirits. On a daily basis, they harass and annoy her to save their souls. Sometimes she helps, other times she ignores them, but one ghost will give her no choice. Kipp McGowan, a cop with the Memphis Police Department, uses his ghostly charms to gain her attention and forces her to expose herself to his partner. As she’s pulled into the five year old cold case of Hannah Reid she wants no part of, she finds herself in more than one precarious situation. But that’s the least of her worries--Tess begins to have a serious problem on her hands. Kipp might be dead, but he’s drop-dead gorgeous and she’s beginning to forget that he’s a ghost. Murder and corruption has brought Tess and Kipp together. But as her feelings for Kipp deepen, she suspects she just signed herself up for a one-way ticket to the nut house, and can only hope, straitjackets come in a size four.”
Review: In looking back, I’m not sure how I found this book or this author, but I am SO glad I did. I have become a new die hard Stacey Kennedy fan and I shall forever point to this book as the reason why. Part Sookie, part Anita Blake, Tess is one hot little enchilada. She is a strong, willful, determined woman, the stuff all us gals want to be, while on the inside, she’s insecure and just wanting to be loved. When Kipp (the ghost in this story) comes along, she becomes extremely aware of herself as a woman and Kipp as a man, er, ghost. The dialogue between the two draws you into their hearts and minds while you are drawn into the murder investigation of a young girl as well as Kipp’s death investigation. The story never slows down. It moves from page to page either being sexy sizzling hot, or on the edge of your seat who done it. The questions keep popping up, the big one being, if together Tess and Kip solve Kip’s murder, will Kip have to leave Tess forever?
What I liked: I love good ghost stories and ever since I first became interested in paranormal romance, I’ve been looking for a SEXY ghost story. There are several scenes in this book that are sexy, but there’s one scene in particular that really is more than just sexy. It’s meaningful as well. To be honest with you, it’s the first sex scene in all the paranormal romance books I have read, where I felt that the couple was in fact, truly in love. It didn’t lack for a sizzle factor either. I put Kip and Tess up there with great romances.
What I disliked: I am not a fan of cliffhangers. It’s just me. There is a cliffhanger at the end of this book but, it wasn’t a cliffhanger of the sort that the main story hasn’t been solved. It’s just the other questions around the characters. So I’m not deducting any sort of credit for it. I’m just saying is all.
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