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Spirited (Tidewater #1)

3.6  ·  Rating Details ·  570 Ratings  ·  115 Reviews
She’s running from who she is…...

All Jules Scott wants is to live a normal, quiet life—preferably one that doesn’t include ghosts. Jules’s talent for communicating with the dead has brought her nothing but trouble. Despite her best efforts, needy spirits always find her and draw her into their otherworldly drama. When one implicates her in a series of deadly crimes, she m
Mass Market Paperback, 311 pages
Published March 4th 2014 by Berkley Sensation
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Mar 27, 2014 ♥Rachel♥ rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars

Spirited was a fun paranormal mystery with ghosts, hot cops, sizzling attraction, and danger!

Jules Scott is cursed/gifted or as she says “crifted” with the ability to see and talk to ghosts. Because of this she’s had numerous complications and awkward situations in her life. Her current one being that she’s in the middle of a murder investigation. Jules has seen the murder through the memory of the current ghost haunting her, and it’s chilling. It seems Jules’ is involved at every tur
Laura the Highland Hussy
Feb 02, 2014 Laura the Highland Hussy rated it really liked it
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She sees the dead, and he’s a detective trying to salvage his career. So when she falls in through his window one night courtesy of a ghost, how can she explain to him what’s going on?

Jules is leaving a costume party when a ghost drags her into its, er, afterlife. This ghost is screeching inside her head to help her. When Jules ignores her, and instead begins to climb the fire escape into her apartment (since she lost her keys) the ghost directs her to g
Stephanie  G
Mar 11, 2014 Stephanie G rated it it was amazing
The first novel in the Tidewater series is a riveting psychic suspense.

Communicating with the dead has brought Jules Scott nothing but trouble, but despite her best efforts the needy spirits always find her and draw her into their otherworldly drama. Now, she may have to entrust her secret to the person least likely to believe her because one of the spirits has implicated her in series of deadly crimes. Working on a big case, Detective Seth English can’t get distracted not even by his alluring n
Anna's Herding Cats
So. I've totally found a new author to have a reader girl crush on. Behre's Spirited had me absolutely captivated from page one and had a little bit of everything I love--sexy hero, a little paranormal goodness, humor and some danger too. Plus a wonderfully endearing heroine who--with the help of a very determined spirit--manages things like accidentally climbing into her neighbor's bedroom in the middle of the night...dressed as a hooker. Yep. Did I mention he's a cop? And, oh yeah, this may ha ...more
Dark Faerie Tales
Apr 02, 2014 Dark Faerie Tales rated it it was ok
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: Although there were humorous and sexy moments, Spirited ultimately fell short of its potential thanks to an inconsistent plot, poor character development and bad dialogue.

Opening Sentence: Juliana Scott looped the strap of her black Prada clutch over her wrist and imagined scaling her apartment building in five-inch stiletto boots.

The Review:

Juliana “Jules” Scott is a spunky 27-year-old with a tendency for getting into trouble thanks to her
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Mar 10, 2014 Kimberly rated it really liked it
I love romantic suspense, and when you mix in a little paranormal woo-woo, this girl gets excited. Spirited is the first novel in the Tidewater series by new to me author Mary Behre. Spirited delivered a murder mystery with likable characters and ghostly communications. Mini review: an exciting start to the series, with murder, romance and a little heat.

Jules Scott has returned to her hometown to start again as she continue her search for her sisters. Jules has a crift. (a gift or curse, dependi
Aug 05, 2014 Pat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel was featured on HerdingCats and Burning Soup's blog, and after reading the review, I had to read it. It is a debut novel and the first of a series. The heroine is a little quirky, but she has her reasons, and the hero is a cop trying to build his career. Together they are trying to hide their secrets and solve a crime.

Juliana Stone ( Jules) was headed home after attending a masquerade party. She had just won first place in the Pimp and Ho category and was quite pleased with herself.
Cindy ~ SnS Reviews
Mar 06, 2014 Cindy ~ SnS Reviews rated it really liked it
I love finding new authors!! Mary Behre new series is about sisters that have special gifts who were separated when they were young and adopted by separate people. First up is Jules Scott who see’s ghosts. Jules is not too fond of her gift and her dialog with the ghosts was some of the funniest moments in the book. Not only can Jules see dead people but she directionally challenged and could get lost even standing in front of her own door. Jules was an instant likable character that sucked you i ...more
Feb 06, 2015 Mei rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal
A fun suspense/paranormal story.

Nothing mind-blowing, but really nice and easy read.

Both hero and the heroine were nice people and I liked them.

The heroine, Jules, is cursed/gifted, crifed as she thinks about that, with the ability to see and communicate with ghosts. Obviously, and I understand her, she's terrified how other poeple will react if they find out about her ability.

The hero, Seth is bitter about how his life and his carreer is going. He's lost his chance to advance in his career due
Dawn Kunda
Jan 27, 2014 Dawn Kunda rated it it was amazing
Set in a coastal town where the crimes are getting stranger by the minute, Juliana Scott wants to be normal. In other words, not see ghosts and be mauled by them at their convenience.
Seth English, the hottie cop in town, meets his new neighbor in the most unconventional way. Jules lands in his apartment dressed as a hooker and with an explanation.
Her explanation was easier than telling English a ghost had told her to do it. Ghosts tell her to do a lot of things and help her get mixed up in a dia
Valerie Bowman
Aug 31, 2014 Valerie Bowman rated it it was amazing
Shelves: other-romance
I've had the honor of reading this before it was published and it's a FANTASTIC story. Super hot hero (he's my book boyfriend), fun, feisty heroine, and a touch of paranormal with a great suspense story thrown in. Love, love, love this book!
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After a nasty divorce, Juliana Scott just wants a quiet normal life and to find her missing sisters, but fate has other plans for her. Able to hear and see ghosts, Jules finds herself embroiled in a dangerous mystery when an insistent ghost implicates her in a series of deadly jewel heists. The only one who can keep her safe is a sexy hot detective who doesn’t believe in consequences or the supernatural.

Detective Seth English is recove
Feb 26, 2014 Valerie rated it really liked it
Source: Received copy from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.

She’s running from who she is…...

All Jules Scott wants is to live a normal, quiet life—preferably one that doesn’t include ghosts. Jules’s talent for communicating with the dead has brought her nothing but trouble. Despite her best efforts, needy spirits always find her and draw her into their otherworldly drama. When one implicates her in a series of deadly crimes, she may need to entrust her secrets to the person
Mar 06, 2014 soriya rated it it was ok
I really want to give this story a 4 star, I really do. But though this story has great potential and unique characters, I can't help but think that the plot and characterization wasn't developed enough for me to relate to the characters or stay focus on the story.

The first few chapters managed to pull me in and give me a good insight of our main leads. But as you read, you'll notice that not only does the plot was dragged out, but the characters later became dry. Not to mention, I felt that the
All Things Urban Fantasy
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I’ve always had a thing for ghost stories – from the days of sleepovers, campfires, and my own haunted house experiences, there’s just something about souls in unrest that calls to me. For that reason alone I was very excited about starting SPIRITED and also loathe to put it down. Probably why I was able to read it in a little over 24 hours. It scores high in the ghost whisperer column, but not without its glitches.

We meet Juliana on her way back from her
Apr 06, 2014 Lorna rated it really liked it
Like a ghost story with heart? I do and that’s what I got when I read this book. One of the blogs I follow gave it 5 stars, so I decided to try it. And I am glad I did! Not only is it a ghost story, but it’s also a mystery who done it, and a really good romance, with a total Alpha Male. Throw in a main character that can see ghosts, and I am in!

Jules has moved back to her hometown to manage her parents flower shop. She meets her new neighbor in a comedy of errors moment, when a ghost mentally bo
Talk Supe
Mar 16, 2014 Talk Supe rated it really liked it
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SPIRITED has a light feel to it although the humor was sporadic after the first quarter of the novel. I love the contrasting layers of the characters, the supporting cast as well as the series plot. The conflict like I mentioned is slightly predictable in the sense that you'll have a framework of what happened midway but how MBehre executed the revelation and resolution still managed to aston
Sarah (Head Stuck In A Book)
Spirited is the debut novel from author Mary Behre, book one in the Tidewater series which from what I've read so far is going to be one fantastic series!

Spirited was such a great book, so you can imagine my surprise when I discovered that this is Mary's first novel, her writing reads as someone who's been writing for years and has a back catalog of book titles released.

I loved everything about this story, the plot was consistently entertaining, the characters were extremely likeable and interes
Mar 21, 2014 Jacqueline rated it really liked it
Enjoyable story of a psychic and a cop. I typically prefer stories like this one where not everyone has powers. I like the juxtaposition of the person with powers against the normal rest of the world. I liked the heroine and the hero both. The plotting mostly made sense. There were however a few places where things were unnecessarily obscure just to drive the story along. The ghost set up was pretty good. The reason this didn't get 5 stars from me though was the ending. I felt it was a pretty bi ...more
Jun 18, 2014 Anne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
Well I didn't like this in the beginning. Jules was just not enjoyable. I think maybe the author was going for humor but I just thought some of the things were ridiculous.

The relationship between her and Seth seemed too fast, the attraction too fast. I didn't connect with either of them very well. Maybe with Jules at the end when she seemed to accept herself more.

The family stuff made no sense at all for awhile. It was all so convoluted. Then things starting happening with the plot and towards
She keeps showing up at the wrong place at the wrong time making her the chief suspect in a murder case and yet the officer in charge believes her innocent. What will he say when he learns she sees and talks with ghosts?

Yeah, that grabbed my attention too. New author and a new paranormal romantic suspense series involving ghosts, murders, a danger-prone psychic and a hot cop jonesing to crack the case and get his promotion. It was all good. Jules Scott was such an unintentional trouble magnet an
Lark of The Bookwyrm's Hoard
Review originally published at The Bookwyrm's Hoard.

Spirited lives up to its name: it's exciting, suspenseful and hot! The book is the first in a new series by debut author Mary Behre. The series features heroines with a variety of psychic gifts (or curses, depending on their viewpoint), the guys who fall for them (so far, both cops), and the dangerous mysteries they get themselves mixed up in.

Spirited gets off to a good start with a woman breaking into an apartment by going through an open wi
Apr 07, 2014 Stephanie rated it liked it
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I have to begin this on a side note — a blogger’s note: I generally choose my reads based on either my need to read something because of a deadline or my need to read something I have really wanted to read. So, I do not pi
3.5 stars

This book went head-to-head against Ghost Seer in the Genre Book Showdown on Badass Book Reviews!

I enjoyed Spirited and thought it was a good start to the Tidewater series. I will be looking forward to future adventures in this world and hope all the lead characters are as fun as Jules and Seth.

Spirited is light in tone and had humor running throughout the story; Jules was fittingly scrappy and could quip with the best of them. She has had time to accept her gift (or "crift" - curse + g
Debbie Lester
Mar 05, 2014 Debbie Lester rated it it was amazing
Debut author Mary Behre starts off her Tidewater Trilogy with the first book, Spirited. Though billed as a paranormal romance, I think it might be better categorized as romantic suspense with paranormal elements. How ever it is labeled it is a wonderfully exciting read featuring one of three sisters with special abilities. Jules is the first sister in the series and her ability to see and communicate with dead makes for an exciting read. With a bit of the paranormal, a touch of mystery and a lot ...more
Lucy Dosch
Mar 12, 2014 Lucy Dosch rated it it was ok
Jules sees dead people. All her life she has been seeing ghosts and try as she might, she hasn’t been able to block them or even avoid them. Those ghosts caused the end of her marriage and her new philosophy is to ignore them and just maybe they’ll go away.

Except once again she is being haunted by a woman who was murdered and who is insisting that Jules help her. Of course, the hot guy in the next apartment is a cop and not just any cop, he’s the head investigator on the murder, but there would
Mar 12, 2014 Jess rated it really liked it
Shelves: for_review
Review posted: Happily Ever After - Reads
Blog rating: B+

Jules is hard not to like right from the start when she’s coming home from a pimp and ho party (her college reunion) dressed in her first place prize costume when a ghost appears. Her crift (curse/gift) is seeing and communicating with the dead and after a horrible experience in her past, she’s wary of this crift and tries not to engage any ghosts that appear to her. But when a ghost does show up, they have a way of making Jules’s reality f
Lynne (Mama's Dirty Little Reads)
Feb 14, 2014 Lynne (Mama's Dirty Little Reads) rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-read
If someone you knew told you that they were able to communicate with ghosts, would you be inclined to believe them? If it was me, I would think they were nuts and tell them a week in Bellevue Hospital would do them some good. After reading "Spirited" by Mary Behre, my view on communicating with the dead has completely changed. It's Behre's style of writing that has left me feeling I was a part of the characters' world.

The book centers around Jules and her sexy detective neighbor Seth. Jules is t
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