Having read and reviewed the first book in the Haunting Me series here I was thrilled to be able to review the second book as well and just in time for Christmas too!
It’s the Christmas season, and seven months since Phoebe Mercer’s life dramatically changed. She went from being an overworked legal assistant, to a CEO of a popular beauty company. She moved from the bustling big city, to a quaint seaside town. She’s gone from living with a fiancé, to living with a ghost. Yet, it seems she can’t get a grip on her new life, whether it’s getting used to being a public figure, having a Chief Operating Official who hates her, or a ghost who is just too passionate. As if things can’t get any worse, Phoebe’s friend and mentor is arrested for a horrible crime many think they were capable of committing. Except for Phoebe, and her ghost. As Phoebe races to prove her mentors innocence, and stop the company from sinking, she must deal with a face from her past that throws her in a disarray of emotion, an unwanted visitor, and old friends who seem to have abandoned her.
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My Rating: 4/5
Review: Like the first book I enjoyed this one and managed to read it in one day which is quite a feat for me considering I’ve struggled to get into reading anything recently. I don’t know whether it was because I’m having trouble with books at the moment or whether it was the book itself but I didn’t find this one as funny as the first one. It had a lot more serious moments in it with the arrest of Phoebe’s mentor Henry who is behaving quite strangely towards the prospect of going to jail, the struggles with the launch of a new Lavish Looks product and various confusions and misunderstandings between Phoebe and her friends and family and the constant presence of Edie, the ghost. This is still a fairly light and easy read and, like the first book, has characters that irritated me which I think is partly what kept me reading.
As things have moved on some for Phoebe since the first book this one is in a new setting with quite a few new characters to get to know, some to like and some to dislike immensely (I’m looking at you Vanessa!) but as with the first book these elements kept me reading, wanting to find out if they would change, if they would get caught out or whether they would remain as nasty and oily as they were at the beginning. Having said that the person who annoyed me the most was Phoebe. I know she’s had a lot of changes to deal with in her life and suddenly becoming the CEO of a multi-million dollar company would scare even the toughest of people but she was beyond scatty and I spent a good chunk of the book irritated with her and wondering if she would grow a backbone and stand up for herself, Henry and the company. I’m not going to say what happens but I will say that having finished the book I am now looking forward to the next in the series, especially given the cliff-hanger ending!
There is enough background information in the book that you may be able to read this one without having read the first but I personally wouldn’t recommend it. I think this is one of those series that will have to be read from book one, but then you’ll have more fun and understanding of everything that way so why not, plus you get to watch the character development progress and I, for one, like that in a series.
While this is a Christmas book in that it features mentions of Santa and Christmas parties it actually ends before the big day itself so is a book that can be read during the festive season or whenever you want. However, I would suggest getting cosy somewhere warm and making sure you have enough snack, drinks, etc for a few hours because once you start this book you won’t be moving for quite some time!
Now, all I need is to find out when the next book is out and impatiently wait for it………
Nikki LeClair lives in Canada with her loving husband and their two rambunctious children. When she isn’t ordering her children to behave or begging her Border Terrier to listen to her, she sits behind her lap-top plotting out the next adventure of her new characters. She’s a fan of a good glass of Pinot Noir, and can’t live without her favorite Tea blends.
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