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by Kathryn Knight
my rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Available on Kindle and Kindle Unlimited
I was gifted a copy of this book by the author in return for an honest review.
Down and Dirty
Sweet and romantic, though with the added creep factor of a ghost. Decent.
What is it about?
A two week love affair ended four years ago when Staff Sargent Brett Leeds has to ship out for the military, leaving Emily Shea lonely, a bit lost – and pregnant. Unfortunately, she did not have a chance to tell him before he went over seas on tour… and now he is back. Knowing she has to face up to the secrets she has held, Emily calls Brett over and changes his life forever, just like he once changed hers.
Now, the struggling duo face a reemerging passion simmering through their souls while trying to find a balance between deception and trust – with a wonderful, 3 1/2 year old boy standing in the middle. All of that makes life complicated, but when a random museum trip results in a hitchhiker ghost taking up residence with their young son, things go from tense to dangerous.
Somehow, interwoven with the ghost story and creepy vibe, this book still came across as sweet and astoundingly wholesome. Emily and Brett ARE a good couple, even if they struggle to realize it. Their love for not only their son, but each other shines through – even from the first few chapters. When the realization of what followed Tyler home rocks through them (They originally think it’s an imaginary friend… because honestly, what parent wouldn’t?) it rocks them, shakes them and challenges the fledgling tendrils of what they are trying to build.
Third Person, Multiple POV
HEA (Happily Ever After – Stand alone novel.)
- Sweet – the kind of story that will make you smile in the end.
- The support Emily shows. She is a struggling young mother who is doing the best she can.
- PTSD: Though I do not have personal experience with this, it was nice to see the portrayal here, and the feelings that come with it.
- Tyler: I have kids – I LOVED this little 3 year old.
- There is substance, over 300 pages.
- Narrative feels a bit choppy in places.
- The scenes do not flow smoothly.
- The plot and theme feel familiar to other paranormal novels.
While this is not the best book that I have read recently, it was an entertaining distraction and worth putting on your TBR list. Strangely wholesome and heart warming – like a Harlequin Romance with ghosts….
Published: June 1st, 2016
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