Monday, August 03, 2015
REVIEW: Dead Romantic by Ruth Saberton
Author: Ruth Saberton
Publisher: Notting Hill Press
Publication Date: October, 2014
Genre: Chick-Lit / Paranormal Romance
Buy The Book: Amazon
Description: What do you do if you come face to face with a ghost?
Put it down to a bump on the head and work stress if you’re a respected academic like Cleo Carpenter. With Christmas approaching, professional rivalry afoot and a best friend determined to interfere in her love life the strain is clearly starting to get to her.
Guilt-stricken and deceased, Alex Thorne is desperate to make amends with his brother, Rafe, a tortured musician trapped in a spiral of destruction. When an encounter with Cleo forges a link between them she becomes his only hope. So what if the only person who can see him is a sceptic?
As Cleo starts to doubt her sanity, the safe world she takes for granted crumbles around her. Setting out to regain control and prove once and for all ghosts don’t exist, she embarks on a journey of self-discovery and surprise, learning that love really does defy science, logic and maybe even death itself…
My Thoughts: Dead Romantic by new to me author Ruth Saberton is a charming and entertaining story about a woman named Cleo Carpenter who discovers after a head injury that there is much more to life than her work as an Egyptologist. The arrival of the ghost of deceased rock star, Alex Thorne forces Cleo not only to reevaluate her priorities in life, but also to question her sanity. Alex is determined to enlist Cleo’s help in helping his brother, Rafe, climb out of his pit of self-destruction since Alex’s death. Never mind that Alex believes Cleo and Rafe are destined for one another and hopes that bringing these two together will benefit more than just Rafe.
I really enjoyed this story. Cleo, Alex and Rafe are wonderful characters that I quickly liked and found easy to relate to. They are the type of characters that would be a lot of fun to hang out with. I also liked Cleo’s roommate, Susie. So many times I wished Alex weren’t a ghost because it was so tragic that someone so vibrant with love, life and energy was dead. Cleo was great as a skeptic of the paranormal and I really enjoyed seeing the numerous ghosts reaching out to her trying to communicate with her, especially when she finally does see them. I found the background story of Cleo’s work and her research into the death of a boy Pharaoh very interesting and the work-place sabotage and rivalry was intriguing. The story moves at an excellent pace and I was on pins and needles with anticipation of what would happen next.
My Final Verdict: Though this book has a Christmas setting, I highly recommend reading it anytime of the year. I am now a fan of Ruth Saberton’s work and look forward to reading more from her.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of Dead Romantic from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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