Me And My Ghoulfriends by Rose Pressey

By day, Larue Donavan is a down-to-earth bookstore owner. But by night, she’s a psychic investigator dedicated to helping lost spirits find peace. Dead people won’t leave her alone and Abraham Lincoln thinks he’s in charge of her love life. Larue can handle ghosts and undead presidents. It’s the living who drive her crazy.

When Callahan Weiss moves to town, the handsome newcomer opens a coffee shop right next door. She’s smitten from the start, but she’s not the only one — The boutique owner across the street has her eye on Callahan too, and she’ll do anything to get to him. Callahan’s behavior is increasingly peculiar. Larue will need more than a little help from her ghoul-friends to save the day…

Titles in the Larue Donavan series include:  Me And My Ghoulfriends – Ghouls Night Out – The Ghoul Next Door – Ghoul Of My Dreams

Title:  Me And My Ghoulfriends
Series:  Larue Donavan #1
Author:  Rose Pressey
Genre:  Paranormal, Mystery
Published:  April 10, 2011 (original 2008)
My Rating:  3.5 stars

Have you ever read a story that you basically liked but there were enough small things that kept you from loving it?  That’s kind of where I stand with Me And My Ghoulfriends.  This is the first novel by Rose Pressey that I’ve read, so I may simply be getting used to a new to me author’s style.  She has many other series, I checked them out on Amazon, that sound interesting so I’m wondering if I started with the wrong one.  Perhaps I should have begun with something more recent and worked backwards, for that would explain my feelings about this one a bit.

Larue has always seen ghosts.  As an adult she’s taken that skill and turned it into a second job as a ghost whisperer who helps some move over into the light and as a ghost-buster in removing those more dangerous entities, hopefully for good.  She’s also a ghost magnet, and some seem to become part of her own ghostly entourage, never or rarely leaving her alone.  Her true passion is running her bookstore in her small town.  And hanging with her BFF, Mindy.  With annoying, at times – endearing at other times – ghosts surrounding her Larue has a, let’s say, interesting life — but no special man in her life at the moment.  That changes when a handsome man, Callahan, opens up a coffee bar next door – and grabs her attention, and the attention of the nasty piece of work, Brianna, as well.  What follows is the very beginnings of attraction between Callahan and Larue that suddenly gets cut short when Callahan begins ignoring her and acting very strange… and Brianna steps firmly into his arms.

To be frank, the final 20% of this book is what has me thinking of trying a different series of the author’s, for that part was fast paced, interesting and kept my attention riveted to the page.  The earlier part was a struggle for a reader who refuses to DNF, but will continue until the end in case my impressions changes.  The constant repeating of events back to Larue’s best friend Mindy – well, after the first time, it simply got old for me and I will admit to skimming past those repeat explanations for the rest of the story.  I expect world building in the first of a series, so maybe what I was feeling was a world building that I’m not accustomed to.  I don’t know.  As I said, I liked many parts of this story but the other parts overshadowed that… a lot.

Will I read Rose Pressey again – oh, yes.  But I’ll look for her most recent series to try next and see if that suits me better.  Remember, that a review is nothing more than one person’s opinion… you should really read something for yourself to make up your own mind.  I may come back to this series at some point, right now I’m not sure when that will be.

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