Haunted on Bourbon Street by Deanna Chase (HOBS)
Series: Jade Calhoun, #1
First Published: 1 Jan 2011
Jade loves her new apartment—until a ghost joins her in the shower!
When empath Jade Calhoun moves into an apartment above a strip bar on Bourbon Street, she expects life to get interesting. What she doesn’t count on is making friends with an exotic dancer, attracting a powerful spirit, and developing feelings for Kane, her sexy landlord.
Being an empath has never been easy on Jade’s relationships. It’s no wonder she keeps her gift a secret. But when the ghost moves from spooking Jade to terrorizing Pyper, the dancer, it’s up to Jade to use her unique ability to save her. Except she’ll need Kane’s help to do it—and he’s betrayed her with a secret of his own. Can she find a way to trust him and herself before Pyper is lost?
After reading some negative reviews about the authors writing style I wasn’t expecting much. I was hoping for a light-hearted cozy mystery.
I didn’t get that.
I got an interesting, spellbinding debut series, with heart, ghost and a very sexy romance.
I’m gonna start with the cover. I love cartoonist covers, especially when it comes to paranormal romance novels. I instantly loved this cover – the witch and those bats…
Next thing.. It’s set in New Orleans. Personally for me, just tell me that and I read anything set in the Bayou. I have always loved it as a setting since reading the Dark Hunter series by Sherrilyn McQueen (Sherrilyn Kenyon)
HOBs is set in the French Quarter.. this is the French Quarter.. Bourbon, Poor boys, beignets, jazz music and the saints..
The story starts with Jade moving in and being attracted to her landlord, to finding that her new apartment is haunted, by a perverted ghost, who haunts her dreams— start of the sexy dreams.
Jade’s ability as an empath allows her to feel others emotions. Deanna Chase incorporates the feelings very well. This sort of ability could have really confused the reader, but it was really concise and thought out.
The romance between Jade and Kane is delicious. Kane is quite protective and sure of his love for Jade, but Jade has been spurned by a lover before who knew her secret so she is understandably unsure. At one point in the novel Kane has his own secret and Jade reacts badly, but I liked that she had some flaws. She also had an amazing hobby, which to me gave the character real depth.
A Book I definitely went Bat shit crazy for, and I have purchased the rest of the series. Can’t wait to see where Jade’s adventures lead her…