16 Sep '13
A Nix Review – Medium Rare by Meg Benjamin (4 Stars)
Rose Ramos was a reference librarian, until she inherited her grandmother’s house—and the family talent for connecting with the other side…
Moving into the lovely Victorian in San Antonio’s King William District is a dream come true for Rose—and also a nightmare. That’s the only explanation she has for the man hovering above her bed. But Skag is a ghost who’s been part of Rose’s family for generations. And now he’s all hers.
When Evan Delwin, a reporter out to debunk the city’s newest celebrity, posts an ad looking for a research assistant to investigate a famous medium making his home in San Antonio, Skag suggests that Rose apply for the job. Delving into the dark side has its own dangers for Rose—including trying to resist Delwin’s manly charms. But as the investigation draws them closer together, the deadly currents surrounding the medium threaten to destroy them all…
FTC: I requested this book from NetGalley as I really really wanted to read it. I have read previous contempts from this author but this is the first UF.
This book is a creepy, creepy look into the world of the supernatural and I really did enjoy it. Rose is a medium who is used to investigating things for relatives of the recently deceased with the help of her spirit guide Skag. She comes from a long line of Mediums and takes the family business seriously. This is why it becomes an issue when she teams up with skeptic Evan who is the very man that has been systematically dismantling the community in his quest to weed out the fakes.
I loved the chemistry between these two. From the off, there was a smoldering tension that burned, but Rose knew that, if he found out her true identity, he would never act upon it. She kept her distance and kept up the pretense. When weird stuff started happening, the skeptic started to believe and that really set the story alive. Once he loosened up, their chemistry exploded and what I got was a hot love story that was thwarted by supernatural forces. I loved it and will be continuing with the series.
Both Rose and Evan were engaging characters. Rose both loved and loathed her calling but I got the feeling that she knew that she what she did was important. Evan was a bit of a mystery to me. I didn’t really understand his motivation until much later in the book and I won’t spoil that one for you. There was a lot of humour added to the tale to lighten what would have otherwise been a very dark book. Rose’s spirit guide Skag, was hilarious. His appearance was chosen to make his medium more comfortable but unfortunately, the first time he appeared to Rose, he decided to appear as Hannibal Lector as he didn’t do his research properly. His over dramatic character both added to the tension and relieved from it in accordance with the scene. I’ll be interested to see if he appears in any other tales as he would be a big draw for me. I also loved the addition of the supernatural bar and animals; they were all really good fun!
Overall, this is a very hot love story set in a very dark book. With murder, mystery and mayhem keeping the tension high, the pages kept turning and I was finished before I knew it. I will be keeping with this series.