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A Match Made in Hell (Nicki Styx #2)

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A brush with death and a brief trip to the hereafter left vintage clothing store owner Nicki Styx an unwilling ghoulfriend to the dead. She can see and hear spirits, and boy, do they want to be heard! Luckily, her new boyfriend, sexy doc Joe Bascombe, is there to help, especially when Nicki faces her latest ghost, a woman in pink sequins who holds the key to some family se ...more
Kindle Edition, 385 pages
Published October 6th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published June 24th 2008)
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Anita
I'm giving up on this series. Book one was slow going for me, and this one seems no better after 4 chapters, so I give up. It's just about to delve into long-lost evil twin territory (who also happens to be the almost ex-wife of the heroine's boyfriend), and I'm suppressing my instinct to vomit, so no more for me. This writer must be a soap opera fan. This series is heavy on fashionista name-dropping, which I dislike, and even though the writing is good, I just don't love the characters and the ...more
Jenne
Jan 29, 2013 Jenne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ghosts, read-in-2014
4.25
While I was sucked in from the beginning the ending got a tad cheesy. This series really appeals to me though. I love Nicki's snark, reminds me a bit of Rhiannon. Joe is pretty dang hawt for an ordinary human. Living in the south, I adore the southern setting and influence. I think if you're a fan of Rhiannon's Law you'd enjoy this. It's like the quirky, cheesy, and tame cousin to that series. I have no idea why I waited so long to pick up book 2 but I was able to jump right back in without
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Kitty Felone
Feb 16, 2017 Kitty Felone rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Warning: Don't read the reviews. Except mine, if you want.

I always read the negative reviews before reading any book to prepare me for whatever issues I'll run across. The negative reviews are usually the honest reviews that get right down to the details as to why something is wrong.

This book doesn't have a whole lot of negative reviews about it. The two I found, I read, and one of them stuck with me. I kept thinking about the negative review that claimed "the sister is evil", so as I read the b
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Julie (jjmachshev)
Sep 06, 2008 Julie (jjmachshev) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008-reads
I'm waffling between 3.5 and 4 stars for "A Match Made in Hell" by Teri Garey. It started with a whimper, got better, slowed down again, then ended with a bang. How in the heck do I rate that? I would also recommend reading the first book "Dead Girls Are Easy" before you start in on this one. You don't have to (of course), but I don't think I would have enjoyed this one as much without the back story provided in the earlier novel.

Nicki has some serious issues to deal with. As if coming back from
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Tracy
May 26, 2008 Tracy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal, ghosts, demons
This is the second book in the Nicki Styx series. The ghosts are back and so is Joe, Evan and Butch. A Match Made in Hell picks up where we left off Nicki finds out that her boyfriend Joe is married to her twin sister that she never knew she had. Nicki finds out more details about her birth family than she probably wanted to know.

After attending their share of funerals, Joe, Nicki and Kelly (yes - the long lost wife and twin sister) take an unexpected trip to Savannah - "America's Most Haunted C
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The Flooze
Terri Garey continues to prove her talent with this second Nicki Styx book. Yet again, the story is twisted and dark, yet appreciably lightened by Nicki's wry humour and never-ending sarcasm. The heroine's grounded and suspicious nature serves her well as she confronts the secrets of her past on a trip to haunted Savannah. Parts of her background are revealed, more ghosts pop up, Evan and Butch are still divine, and Joe remains in the picture to heat things up. Overall, quick and enjoyable with ...more
Cara
May 26, 2009 Cara rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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L.A.L.
Sep 04, 2013 L.A.L. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, paranormal
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Netha
Jan 13, 2013 Netha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ketemu lagi dengan nicki styx.

kali ini toko vintage nicki kedatangan "tamu" bernama lila boudreaux yang histeris meminta tolong nicki membantu mencari putrinya yg mengalami kecelakaan.
seperti biasa nicki tidak bisa diam saja....
ternyata putri lila boudreaux adalah kelly beacombe, joe's long-lost-wife-soon-to-be-ex-wife juga adalah nicki's twin sister.

maka dimulailah ajang kecemburuan nicki & kelly.
nicki yang merasa terancam dengan kehadiran kelly yang sedang terluka & berduka.
nicki bukan
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Debora
Attrazione infernale, di Terri Garey, è il secondo volume della serie urban fantasy “Nicki Styx”, irriverente ventottenne amante del vintage e con un’avversione sconfinata verso tutto ciò che è ordinario e normale.

Nicki, a seguito di un problema cardiaco, ha affrontato, neanche un mese prima, un viaggetto piuttosto turbolento verso la Luce. Per qualcuno, però, non era ancora arrivato il suo momento e di conseguenza è stata rispedita indietro con un un’esperienza pre-morte al limite del fantascie
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Sarah Crawford
Nikki Styx had died, then come back to life. Doing so has caused her to see ghosts who continually want her to do things for them. Her boyfriend is waiting to hear from his hopefully soon-to-be ex-wife who might possibly be Nikki's sister.

The first ghost to appear asks Nikki's help to find her daughter who was in a car accident with her. Nikki does, but the woman turns out to be her boyfriend's (current) wife.

The ghost who came to Nikki turns out to be the ghost of her mother. Nikki and her sis
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Crystal ♥ RBtWBC
*Spoiler Alert- If you haven’t read Dead Girls Are Easy this review will probably contain spoilers for you.*

Nicki Styx is a hot 29 year-old vintage goth girl with a drop dead gorgeous doctor for a boyfriend and an unknown twin sister, who owns her own vintage clothing store with her gay best friend…and sees dead people.

In this sequel to Dead Girls Are Easy, Nicki encounters a ghost that leads to her twin sister Kelly. She, a bit reluctantly, agrees to take Kelly in and help her with her recovery
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Paige
Oct 26, 2012 Paige rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own, nook, 2012-books
The NICKI STYX series somehow always manages to pull me back into the plot and story itself with renewed interest towards the end after a slow, trek through the beginning and middle.

A MATCH MADE IN HELL was certainly different from DEAD GIRLS ARE EASY with the addition of Nicki’s twin sister, Kelly; who is also Joe’s not quite ex-wife.

As you can image, the jealousy scale is outrages as Nicki and Kelly, who are pretty much complete opposites, try to find a relationship with each other while dea
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Jennifer
Sep 19, 2016 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
I liked this

Continued, Nikki finds her twin sister, recently departed mother, and grandmother/grandfather. Travels to Savannah where she almost loses Joe forever and fights with the devil. Pretty cool.
Sarah
Dec 03, 2011 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this fast and fun sequel to Dead Girls Are Easy, Nicki is enjoying life with hunky boyfriend Joe, and is starting to accept the fact that she can see ghosts. When a flustered dead woman named Peaches pops into Nicki's store, and asks her to help find her daughter, who is still alive and trapped in a crashed car, Nicki's life is quickly turned upside down again. It turns out that Peaches is Nicki's biological mother, and her trapped daughter Nicki's twin sister. The same twin sister who is st ...more
Christi Snow
Aug 21, 2011 Christi Snow rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My Review:
This book had one basic problem for me...too much Kelly and not enough Joe. Kelly is Nicki's long-lost twin sister. Like Nicki, she sees dead people. Although she is the more plain, boring twin, she has a fascination with the supernatural and the occult. This leaves her more open for corruption.


Kelly's character bugged the heck out of me. She simply refused to acknowledge the possible danger in the things that she is messing with. Between that and the fact that she was bi-polar in the
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Nawnee
I had really enjoyed the first book, and this one started out with a lot of potential. Unfortunately all the attributes I loved about the main character aren't really evident in this novel. Nicki does so much bickering in her head or to her gay friend but never actually addresses the problem. Nicki meets her twin sister in this book and is blown away with finding out about her blood family, she gets one confusing revelation after another which makes for a fast paced plot. I enjoyed a lot of the ...more
Stacey
After loving "Dead Girls Are Easy", I eagerly awaited this follow up. Here Nicki meets her twin sister Kelly for the first time. Kelly is Nicki's boyfriend Joe's ex-wife, so relations are tense for the sisters from the get-go. In this story, Nicki meets not only her twin sister, but the birth mother who gave them all up and some other family members. Things aren't what they seem, and the ghosts show up routinely. Another new character makes an appearance and threatens to take away everything Nic ...more
Elizabeth
Jan 26, 2014 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“A Match Made in Hell” is the second book in the Nicki Styx series, and I enjoyed it much more than the first one. Not that the first one was bad, mind you. But I feel like this one moved the story along much quicker than the first one did.

All of the characters we know and love from the first book are present here: Nicki, Dr. Joe, Evan, Butch, and Kelly. We get to know Kelly much better in this book, and I especially liked seeing her interactions with Joe. I find that little train wreck absolut
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Amber
Aug 14, 2011 Amber rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Vickie
Sep 03, 2009 Vickie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How I love this series! I don't typically dig paranormal romance, but Nicki Styx is grittier, sassier, action-chicki-er rather than fainty bodice-rippier.
Nicki can see and hear spirits after she died and came back from the great beyond. She has a honey of a boyfriend, her own business..life should be peachy.
Then a new ghost makes her presence known and life as Nicki knows it is over.
I like Nicki's character. She seems self-assured and quick-witted, which could make me jealous of her. But she d
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Bitten_by_Books
Jun 20, 2008 Bitten_by_Books rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: justine
All of the core cast from the first book return in this romp through the ghost world. However, the addition to the group who is most interesting would have to be Kelly, Nicki’s long lost twin sister. And just to make things interesting, Kelly is the estranged wife of Nicki’s boyfriend, Dr. Joe. She returns to Georgia to finalize her “unfinished business” and meet her sister, Nicki. Kelly is Nicki’s opposite in so many ways that the contrasts play up the similarities you do see, and reveal two ve ...more
Michele
This book was a wild roller coaster ride for me. I love Nicky Styx, she has just enough spunk to make her fun, just enough sensitivity to make her lovable and just enough vulnerability to make her human. And what a human she is, Ms Garey proves it with everything she writes about Nicky.

Nicky has faults and has faults like the rest of us. I was at a quandary through the whole story about whether I liked her sister Kelly, and then about her boyfriend Joe. The introduction of her sister and mother
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Daffodil
Feb 24, 2011 Daffodil rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
3.5 stars.

Great follow up to Dead Girls Are Easy, but it didn't quite live up to the first book. Nicki's relationship with Joe hits a rough patch when Kelly, her unmet twin sister and his ex-wife, comes back in the picture. She's understandably uncomfortable with the entire situation, but Nicki's behavior makes her seem insecure and childish at times. All things considered, Joe has more reason for insecurity than she does. Uneasy ghosts, a vindictive spirit and more long lost relatives make the
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Susan
Aug 20, 2012 Susan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal, 2012
I really enjoy the character of Nicki, her business partner, Evan and her beau Joe. Hence, as far as the story went with these people, I really enjoyed the camaraderie, snarky humor and the interaction between all.

However, I really never warmed up to Kelly. Kelly, I found, was stubborn and a little bit of a TSTL character. I sincerely hope this character does not appear in any future books. And with her harping on and on about Peaches after what seemed a short acquaintance was annoying.

The res
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Roachie
Nicki finally meets her sister and finds out a little more about her birth family. And of course, Nicki, Joe, and Kelly have to figure out how come to terms with their rather complex relationships with each other, but there are other complications that make doing so seem impossible.

I don't want to give away too much, but I will say that this was MUCH better than the first book. Terri Garey really hits her stride with this one. The humor is much more snarky in this one; I love snark! All the char
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Mary
Apr 20, 2014 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another fine Nicki Styx book. Just a few negatives - Nicki and Kelly's sniping at each other got on my nerves until I realized that what sisters do. I also found it a bit slow in a couple places and I was left with some unanswered questions about a few things (sorry, but to list them would spoil the plot) but other than those minor issues I thought it was a pretty darned good story. There were plenty of downright scary (and sexy) moments, some of which I read at night during a thunderstorm. Talk ...more
Brandi ;)
This is the second book in this series and I must say I liked it A LOT better than the first. The first was good, don't get me wrong, but it dealt with voodoo and I just have not been able to find a voodoo book that I like. But I really like the main character, Nikki, so I stuck with the series and I am happy I did.

This book was more my speed. More ghosts (yay!), more back story and mystery, and what a great twist at the end. I love Nikki's sass and style, even though her temper can get the bet
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TheGeekyBlogger
Read for Fun (Kindle)
Overall Rating: 3.50
Story Rating: 3.25
Character Rating: 3.75

First Thoughts when Finished: A Match Made in Hell by Terri Garey wasn't my favorite in the series but still a ton of FUN!

Tweet Length Review:Here comes Sammy (fav character). Too much Kelly plus Nikki/Joe relationship drama. The mystery is strong and the humor was great. Liked IT!

Tweet just a bit Longer:Seriously fun read! I think people who love cozy mysteries with a bit of the paranormal will have fun with it. I
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Ashley
Sep 16, 2014 Ashley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a bit more of a 3.5 than a 4, but I had to go up as I couldn't bare the thought of just giving it a 3.

This was a breath of fresh air for me. A character that was basically ME (minus seeing the ghosts and the twin), a crazy, dyed-hair weirdo that her BFF calls "devil doll" and othesr call "Goth Girl", all taking place in Georgia... Yup. ME. lol
Garey's writing was wonderful, her dialogue life-like with relate-able characters and a story that takes place in two great cites (Atlanta and Sava
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