Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Ghost and the Belle by Rose Shababy

Always a loner, Irene Bell prefers to spend her days tending her little bookstore in the sleepy little Virginia town of Saint’s Grove. After all, she tells herself, what other company does a girl need when she has her books?
But when a much anticipated lunar eclipse and planetary alignment bring a meteor that tears a rift between realities, the entire town is thrown into chaos as mythology becomes reality.
A reality that includes a drop-dead gorgeous ghost named Benjamin Churchill, who appears naked and unconscious, smack dab in the middle of her store.
A chance meeting with a witch reveals he’s been cursed, his body and soul bound to his former office, now Irene’s bookstore. The only way to break the curse is to assemble the long-lost pieces of a mystical artifact known as the Star Anthame, a knife created by magic and cursed by the darkest witch Saint’s Grove has ever known. No one knows where the pieces lay, and worse, they aren’t the only ones looking for it.
Racing against a ticking clock, both Irene and Benjamin must fight the irresistible attraction between them.
Breaking the curse means Benjamin can finally cross over. Failing means he’ll be stuck between worlds for another thousand years. And no matter how hard they look, they can’t seem to find a way for him to stay.
What’s a girl to do when the man she loves is a ghost?

(Synopsis from Goodreads).

My Thoughts:
I read the first book in the Saint's Grove series, Immortal Ties, earlier this year. I absolutely fell in love with it. After that, I was determined to read all of the books in the series this year. The series isn't a series that you have to read in order, so I decided to read The Ghost and the Belle next. I thought it was a great book.

The Ghost and the Belle was a cute, romantic read. At times, it reminded me of a Beauty and the Beast re-telling, although I'm not sure it was intended to be. The book was definitely cheesy at times. Sometimes it was so cheesy that it was over the top. However, that is a part of the book's charm and appeal.

I loved all of the characters in The Ghost and the Belle. It was interesting to see the relationship dynamic between everyone. I especially loved the relationship between Professor McGurty, and Flora. It was adorable to watch them together. My favorite character was Irene. I can relate to her on so many different levels. She's a huge bibliophile. Like me, she would rather spend the day curled up somewhere reading instead of having to interact with people.

I loved being able to immerse myself back into the Saint's Grove world while reading The Ghost and the Belle. The book made me even more excited to read the rest of the books in the Saint's Grove series. Also, I really want to try to read more of Rose Shababy's other novels. Based on this book, I really love her writing style. I recommend this book to anyone wanting a fun paranormal romance book to read.

I give The Ghost and the Belle: 4/5.

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I received this ebook from the author in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review.

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