Title: Haunted Ever After
Author: Juliet Madison
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Opening line: “…‘Hello, is anybody there?’ My voice quivered as I pulled open the bedroom door and stepped into the dark embrace of the hallway …”
Blurb: When bride-to-be Sally Marsh attends a weekend away with her bridesmaids, the last thing she expects is an uninvited guest: the ghost of her fiancé’s ex-girlfriend. Red is quirky, loud and distracting, and Sally is soon desperate to find the reason behind her presence, so she can rid herself of her embarrassing shadow before the wedding day. Unfortunately, the ghost is reluctant to share the reason for her existence, but very enthusiastic about Ty, the surprise hen’s night stripper who keeps showing up at awkward moments. Time is running out for Sally, but it’s also running out for Red. By the time all is revealed, Sally will be tested to the limits, and go above and beyond everything she’s ever believed in order to ensure not only her own happy-ever-after – but Red’s as well.
My thoughts: HAUNTED EVER AFTER is just the book to sink into after you have spent a few hours babysitting your gangbusters 13-month-old granddaughter. You just want to put your feet up and be coddled for a while. The fast paced story starts from the very first page when Sally meets the ghost. The ghost won’t tell Sally her name, so Sally names her Red because of her red hair; and what a fun ex-person is Red. Sally heads off on her hen’s weekend and to her horror Red follows. It is very hard to carry on conversations with your closest friends without letting them know there is a ghost around – they would lock her up! Finally after doing her best to ignore Red, she finally starts to listen and her whole life turns around. There are so many laugh out moments – such as when Ty the stripper arrives to do his stuff and Red is dirty dancing with him; only Sally can see her and Sally has to try and not let anyone notice her reactions. There is also a poignant scene later on the book when more about why Red is still on earth is revealed – brought a tear to my eye. Sally and Red need each other although it takes Sally a day or so to actually stop and listen to what Red has to say – as hard as it is; then Sally has to help Red with her unfinished business so she can move on.
I have read a few of Juliet Madison’s books and she has such a talent when it comes to completely plausible settings, characters and events – even with a ghost in the mix. If ghosts are real – and I am not dissing anyone who believes – then this is how I would like them to be. Along with Sally and Red there are three best girlfriends with their own issues – a fiancé who is off on his bucks weekend and a very sexy neighbour, Ty, who is stripping to pay for medical school. It turns out that Ty is a wonderfully caring guy who is sole carer for his younger disabled brother – not at all the stereotype people immediately thing of. HAUNTED EVER AFTER has friendship, romance, laughter and pathos and I really recommend it.
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B – Great. I really enjoyed reading it and it is a book I will be recommending to all my friends who like this genre.
With thanks to Escape Publishing and the author via Netgalley for my copy to read and review.