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Monday, September 14, 2009

Aquarius Haunted Heart by Sephera Giron

Aquarius Haunted Heart by Sephera Giron
Publisher: Ravenous Romance
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Full Length (199 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 3.5 Cherries
Review by Fern

Madeline is an Aquarius ghost hunter, a journalist, and belongs to an online paranormal investigations group.

Living in the old New England town of Hermana gives her lots of opportunities to investigate paranormal activities. One haunted house in particular intrigues locals and tourists alike so she asks her online group if they would like to come to investigate it.

Enter Jake, the California ghost hunter. Madeline found him oh so dreamy on his website, but in real life, he can be not so pleasant.

When Jake returns to California, Madeline is surprised that he wants her to come help him investigate an old abandoned asylum for a reality tv show.

On Valentine's Day weekend.

Will Madeline and Jake solve the mystery of the haunted asylum?

Are there really ghosts or is there something more sinister at stake?

Will Madeline stop analyzing everything logically like a typical Aquarian and learn to trust her gut? Especially when it comes to love with a moody Scorpio from the West Coast?

Will Madeline ever overcome her HAUNTED HEART?

Aquarius Haunted Heart is a paranormal story with a twist – ghosts. The concept is something I’ve always adored. The idea that something lingers long after the body has worn is intriguing and profound, offering something new and fresh for readers. In this, we are taken on a journey with ghost hunters. There are séances, spirit contact, and creepy things that go bump in the night. You have the tension, the nail biting sequences, and the “whodunit?” suspense. The problem is Aquarius Haunted Heart isn’t really erotica.

I recently read a review on this topic not too long ago concerning stories that involve an element of sex but not enough for erotica standards. I expect to have more story than heat in romance as the two go hand in hand, but in erotica…well, there’s a reason it’s referred to as erotica. To be sure, there are scenes that include sex in Aquarius Haunted Heart, but aside from the end when the protagonists finally make love, most consist of a few fantasies with the aid of toys and pornography from the heroine’s point of view. It’s not a bad thing. It’s just that sex is added into the plot as a device – not a focal point.

With that said. This is a good story for those that like ghosts, a twist, and a paranormal plot line. The writing was wonderful, the pace was brisk, and the characters enjoyable. Nothing wrong at all here with the exception of the genre. I would happily read the other stories in the series.

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