Title: Nearly Departed
Author: Suzanne Rossi
Rating: Three Siren Stones
Sub-Genre: Romantic Comedy
Keywords: Faery Rose, Spicy
Page Count: 336
ISBN E-Book: 1-60154-867-2
ISBN for Print: 978-1601548672
Publisher: The Wild Rose PressReviewer: Nikki
Cybil Austin loves Shady Oaks, and hopes to write her Regency romances undisturbed by a dysfunctional family. She doesn’t count on renovation chaos or the presence of ghosts who fear the changes will wreak havoc with their non-lives. She also doesn’t count on falling for her contractor, C. Maxwell Maitland.
Handsome and charismatic, Max isn’t seeking a relationship, but Cybil gets to him on more than a professional level. He is drawn to her eccentric personality, but a bad marriage has him gun-shy of anything suggesting permanence.
And then, there are those pesky ghosts. They want Cybil gone and the renovations stopped. But not even a haunted house deters Cybil from pursuing Max. During the process, she learns about herself, life, and death.
Will Cybil and Max enjoy a future at Shady Oaks? Can they and the ghosts co-exist in the same house?
The plot of this book had me going- a romance writer, a new house, and ghosts. As I read the first few chapters though the story didn't engage me as much as I'd hoped. The characters are quirky and fun, and there were some memorable laugh out loud moments, but in many cases, the story jumped around and there were scenes in it that just didn't seem to belong and make sense. I have read a few other books by Ms. Rossi and have enjoyed them, but this one didn't catch my attention as much as her others.
Still, it had a few twists I didn't expect, and though written in the first person, I had a good sense of Cybil's character.
If you enjoy a fantasy/light paranormal romance with comedic elements, then Nearly Departed may be the book for you to try.