Date Published: October 7, 2015
Gabe pushed her away and stared.
Oh yes, the hair was lighter, but the cheekbones and the eyes, those were all painfully familiar. He hadn’t seen her in years. Hell, not even at Cole’s funeral. Well, he’d noticed her there, but he hadn’t seen her. She’d been a slender figure in black with pulled-back hair, nothing like the dazzling bombshell in front of him now.
He’d watched her low-budget movie, Cannibal Clones from Alpha Centauri or something like that, but she’d been a brunette then. She’d played the alien villainess, Princess Something. Apparently, Alpha Centauri princesses wore very little clothing, or, at least, the cannibal ones did. He’d watched the movie with Cole and, as a result, spent much time staring at the ceiling trying to avoid staring at his best friend’s little sister’s bellybutton. Cole’s dad had been livid, but Gabe had been amused. It was exactly the sort of trouble he’d expect Elizabeth to get into.
But he wasn’t amused now. What was Elizabeth doing, picking up guys in Banshee Creek? Successfully picking up guys in Banshee Creek, no less.
Hell, he’d almost had sex with Cole’s baby sister. Cole’s baby sister, who he wanted to kiss more than he wanted his next breath. He tried to think of what Cole would do to him if he were here. Then he decided that he really, really didn’t want to think of what Cole would do. It would be painful. And he’d thoroughly deserve it. And yet he still wanted to kiss her.
Hell. This was hell.
A Teasy Kind of Romantic Comedy!!!
Actress Elizabeth Hunt has moved back to Banshee Creek and taken up selling real estate. The problem? No one wants to buy it! Who would when every house comes with its own ghosts … or poltergeist. They don’t call Banshee Creek “the most haunted town in America” for nothing. But Elizabeth plans on changing that reputation, and it starts by taking down the hunky Gabe Franco any way she can.
A Ghost of a Chance by Ani Gonzalez is an easy-breezy-teasy kind of romantic tale. There’s plenty of flirting going on in these pages, and a cute story that casts Elizabeth and Gabe in opposing camps. They’re not supposed to be fraternizing, but it’s more fun being friends than enemies. And even more fun being lovers, but everything is conspiring against them. Then there’s Gabe’s reluctance to become involved with his departed best friend’s sister. It just seems wrong, but Elizabeth doesn’t think so.
The story is well-written and the plotline inventive. Told in a He said, She Said way, the premise adds a lot of fun and gives Ms. Gonzalez plenty of space to come up with outrageous situations. The only thing I didn’t like was the repetitious nature of some of the passages. It doesn’t happen once the story gets going, but in the beginning, it does and slows things down.
The humor works as do the characters, especially Liz and Gabe. I liked the chemistry and their personalities, and you have to for these types of stories to work. You can feel the heat and it’s only a matter of time before one of them surrenders, or will they? That’s what Ms. Gonzalez has us reading to find out.
If you want a fast-paced, easy read that’s full of romance and humor, pick up Ghost of a Chance. May the Spirits Be With You! 3.8 stars from me.
Ani Gonzalez loves sexy stories and quirky towns with spooky houses. She currently lives in Minnesota with her family.