26 Jan '14

A Nix PNR Review – Happy Medium by Meg Benjamin (5 Stars)

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Happy Medium by Meg Benjamin
Series: Ramos Family #3
Published by Penguin Group US on 2014-01-21
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 187
Format: eBook
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Love is good for the soul... unless it’s one that you’re trying to exorcise.

Ray Ramos has a problem–the King William District mansion he and his business partner purchased for a fast renovation needs more work than expected. Ray could use a quick infusion of cash. Enter Emma Shea, assistant to Gabrielle DeVere, the star of American Medium. Gabrielle is looking for San Antonio houses to use for her televised séances, and Ray’s fixer upper seems to fit.

When Gabrielle does a sample séance, Ray and Emma become the target of a touchy ghost with no respect for boundaries. After Ray learns his family has a special affinity for ghosts, the two decide to investigate the haunted house. It doesn’t hurt that Emma is immediately attracted to the laconic Ray or that Ray is intrigued by the buttoned-down beauty who seems determined to hide her considerable assets behind sober business suits.

But can the two of them fight off a vengeful succubus bound to the house while getting a lot closer than either of them planned?

Meg Benjamin writes contemporary romance for Berkley InterMix and Samhain Publishing.

Happy Medium is the final book in her Ramos Family trilogy after Medium Rare.

FTC : I requested this book from Netgalley for a fair and honest review.

The Ramos family series was one I picked up due to the author’s name on the front of the book. I love Meg Benjamin and, although this series has been very much different to the rest of her work, I have enjoyed it immensely! This is the last in the series and by far my favourite. It seemed to flow better than the others and was far hotter; well, this is a book with a sex hungry ghost 🙂

This one focuses on Ray Ramos, house decorator extraordinaire. Little does he know, the house he has recently bought is infested with a nasty ghost who wants to sex his energy out of him. The only person to believe and help him is the lovely Emma but he soon decides he wants to do more with her than hunt ghosts.

Emma is attracted to Ray as soon as he answers his door but she has no time for a romance. When she witnesses strange things at a sceane, she is thrown into the path of Ray whilst trying to make sense of what is going on in that house. She can’t help but acknowledge the strange attraction that is between them but it’s clear that any relationship they would have has a sell-by-date. Can they really go through such extreme situations together and not give in?

I loved both main characters, both of them having many character flaws for me to get my teeth into. Emma was an absolute wet lettuce at the start of the book because all she has is her job in her life. Then she meets Ray, and the ghost, and she becomes more of a person that I could relate to, a woman with a backbone and a stubborn edge, determined to get rid of that scary ghost. Ray also begins as a work-driven grumpy git but, again, when the ghost makes her presence known, he has to do something more than just decorate the house because he truly feels in danger. This ghost drives them both out out of their comfort zone and forces them to actually live a life for themselves. They were a fabulously compatible couple and the chemistry really does fly.

The ghost story really drives the romance forward. The creepy, and often dangerous, path of the ghost gives their story a hint of pace and danger. I loved the mystery and the never-ending twists in the plot; it isn’t often I have seen a truly spooky ghost story mixed so well with such a gritty romance. I truly enjoyed it and am quite sad that this is the last in the series. It really seemed that the series reached a new height with this one which just leaves me gasping for more.

This is a spooky, gritty romance book that packs a punch and keeps you guessing all the way through. With a twisty turny plot and combustible character chemistry, it was by far the best book in the series. I truly recommend it. 

 

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