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Friday, March 18, 2011

Careless Whisper by Wendi Zwaduk

Careless Whisper by Wendi Zwaduk
Publisher: Total-E-Bound
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (81 Pages)
Other: M/F, Anal Sex
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Reviewed by Holly

He's her kinkiest desire, if she's willing to open her heart and believe in him.

The dead don't always rest in peace. Some stick around to make the lives of the living hell on Earth. Ryan Black knows the frustration of dealing with the dead. He's a Ghost Explorer. He's conquered houses filled with apparitions, abandoned school buildings that house angry vermin, and managed to woo the female population of Snake Falls, Ohio. But he's about to face his toughest challenge—convincing sceptical Samara Jacobs she not only shares his gift, but holds his heart.

Women fall at Ryan Black's feet and Samara's determined not to be one of the many—that is until she's forced to work with him. He's certain ghosts exist and willing to prove it. As she gets to know the man behind the television persona, she decides the handsome klutz who chases things that go bump in the night isn't so silly after all. But is he worthy of her love?

Reader Advisory: This book contains anal sex and a little harmless domination.

Careless Whisper is a delightful romance from Wendi Zwaduk. The character development is terrific, and I enjoyed trying to guess which ones were alive. There is a fun combination of spirits and live people in this, and they appear at the most interesting points in the story.

Ryan Black sees dead people...well, the spirits of dead people anyway. He has incorporated his ‘gift’ into his career, and hosts the most popular reality show on cable TV. But he is trying to find a way to help his late wife cross over, so she will stop haunting him and he can move on with his life. Preferably with his Spirit Mate: that one person who understands him and will share his life forever. He had thought it was Felicity, but she was gone now: even when she was alive, she cheated on Ryan. Now, she’s back and alternates between telling him to move on, and clinging to him to stop that from happening.

For the first time, Ryan has found someone alive who warms his heart, and turns him on. Samara Jacobs doesn’t believe in what Ryan does; she thinks its all fake. But she has the same talent as Ryan, and doesn’t know it. Nor does she know she is Ryan’s Spirit Mate, a fact Ryan plans to change, if he can just convince his dead wife to move on. Can Ryan convince Samara he is the only man for her? Can they get past the trouble Felicity keeps throwing at them? Will Samara accept that she has a gift like Ryan’s?

I like the world Ms. Zwaduk has built, a mix of fantasy and reality that strikes the perfect balance for readers. I liked that her two main characters, although perfect for each other, weren’t perfect people.

Samara Jacobs is the skeptic, the non-believer. She has a problem believing that Ryan could be interested in her, because she feels she’s not attractive. She has a sense of humor, and is determined to take care of herself. She has confidence in her abilities at her job, but not as a woman. She is sassy and hides behind her humor, when what she wants is to be loved for who she is.

Ryan Black is a handsome and sexy guy. He is also able to see the spirits that walk the Earth, and in some cases, help them move on. But he is stuck trying to decide what to do about his dead wife Felicity: be true to her memory or move on? I like that he is not Mr. Perfect, confident and sure of himself. He comes off a bit cocky at first, but as the story goes on, you see that it hides his insecurity.

The secondary characters are well crafted as well, although many are actually spirits. I loved the scene where Ryan is talking to Matilda Snodgrass, the office gossip and Samara comes in and sees them talking: she doesn’t realize Matilda is a spirit, and she can actually see her. That is the first hint that Samara is more than just a normal woman, and is actually Ryan’s Spirit Mate. There are several intriguing twists that come between Ryan and Samara, and for a bit it looked bad for them. I enjoyed watching these two go head to head and learn to care about each other, and when they finally get together, the heat level is off the charts.

I recommend this for all those folks who like their heroes just a little less than perfect.


Wendi Zwaduk said...

Thank you Holly! I am so thrilled you liked the story. You really got what the characters wanted the reader to know. Squee!!


Ryan Black said...

Very interesting read it was the name that caught my eye.
--Ryan Black

Wendi Zwaduk said...

Why thanks Ryan Black. ((Blushing)) Hope you enjoy the book.