Karma Marx is half poltergeist and half human. She grudgingly works for the Akashic League, an organization that governs Otherworldly beings, as an exKarma Marx is half poltergeist and half human. She grudgingly works for the Akashic League, an organization that governs Otherworldly beings, as an exorcist-slash-exterminator. Karma agrees to exorcise her husband’s latest house only if he agrees to a divorce. If that is not bad enough, she finds herself the temporary guardian to a moody, teenage poltergeist girl. Karma faces yet another obstacle after arriving at the house: Adam Dirgesinger, the house’s previous owner. When her husband ends up dead, she assists Adam in ferreting out who the murderer is. During the harrowing, twelve-hour investigation, unexpected truths and secrets are revealed.
Adam Dirgesinger is an old, third-generation orthodox poltergeist. He is a U.S. Marshal in the mundane world and also, a member of the Watch, an Otherworld version of the police, for the Akashic League. After ten days away, Adam returns home only to find he lost his house to a smarmy real estate agent. Adam decides to take matters into his hand and seals the house, with all its current occupants, for twelve hours when Karma’s husband refuses to cooperate. Much to his annoyance, someone murders Spider Marx, and the Watch issues Adam the order to determine who the murderer is before the seal ends. He trusts Karma to assist in the investigation. Adam learns much about each person within his house and the true villainy of Spider Marx.
Karma is an easy heroine to like and empathize with. I admire how she accepts her dual heritage and acknowledges the limitations of her duo bloodlines. I am curious about the mysterious power that Karma fears so much and I hope the author plans to have Karma explore and understand that power in future books. I applaud Karma’s innate compassion towards others, both otherworld and mortal, how instead of exterminating she chooses to relocate the harmless creatures. I also like how, after some goading from her father, Karma stands up to her husband and his underhanded methods.
Adam, in his exasperated grumpiness, is such a fun and amusing character. I could not help but like, and fall, for his straight-laced type of charm. I admire the lengths Adam was willing to go to right the wrong done to him and to protect the charges beneath his care. However, what I love the most about Adam, is that he never once treated Karma like the rest of the Akashic League did, instead, he saw Karma’s true worth beneath the many complicated layers. Adam interacted with Karma as if she was an equal, not a pariah.
GHOST OF A CHANCE is book one in Katie MacAlister’s paranormal mystery series, KARMA MARX. I really enjoy the unique and ingenious concept of the author’s supernatural world, the many different types of otherworldly creatures she used other than the same ones commonly found in the paranormal genre. I especially like the creative license Katie MacAlister took with the poltergeists, making their species her own.
GHOST OF A CHANCE is an entertaining paranormal mystery with some humor added in to the mixture. The story made me laugh often and just feel good inside. I hope this is not the last escapade of Karma, her little imps, the name-changing Pixie, and Adam Dirgesinger. Mostly, I am curious if there is a potential romance blooming between Karma and Adam. Review courtesy of Romance Junkies ...more
Lucas Donahue is a member of the Sons of Steel Rose, a gang in Boston’s slums. He runs a mechanic shop owned by theReview courtesy of Romance Junkies
Lucas Donahue is a member of the Sons of Steel Rose, a gang in Boston’s slums. He runs a mechanic shop owned by the gang as a front for money laundering. Lucas suspects someone is trying to kill him, and he has a difficult time accepting who the culprit may be. Despite knowing the ramifications of interfering with a rival gang, Lucas rescues the cute blonde bartender from the Bitter Hill gang’s evil intentions. To keep the Bitter Hill guys from bothering her further, he claims Heidi as his woman. Heidi tempts Lucas to want a better life, a normal one away from gang violence and his Sons of Steel Row brethren. In order to give her a chance at a future, he intends to sacrifice everything. Heidi Greene owns and runs a bar located in the Sons of Steel Row territory. She prefers to stay neutral and not affiliate with any of the slum’s gangs. Heidi anticipates trouble from one of the gangs frequenting her bar, and she never expects Lucas to be her savior. Lucas’s violent world scares her, but that does not stop Heidi from masquerading as his girlfriend. She empathizes with Lucas’s plight and wants to help him no matter the cost. The first thing about Lucas that grabbed my interest is the fact he is a red-head. I have a major weakness for freckled, red-heads. I believe, outside of Highlander books, red-headed heroes are somewhat rare. I found it incredibly cute that Lucas has freckles on his shoulders and that he appears embarrassed by them. Lucas has a cynical outlook on life, having seen the ugliness life offers, yet that jadedness did not stop him from doing what he perceives as right. I empathize with his internal struggle, how despite the growing evidence, Lucas did not want to give up on his baby brother. I like that Heidi becomes Lucas’s shining beacon in the shady blackness of his world. I like Heidi. She and Lucas have much in common, both being survivors. Heidi is not afraid to stand up to what she believes in, nor does she allow anyone to walk over her, Lucas included. She is able to see and recognize the good in Lucas that he is blind to. I admire Heidi’s refusal to give up on him or tolerate his crap. I did have one problem with her. I expected an ex-runaway, one who is in constant proximity of the gangs, to recognize the dangers to her life. There is a fine line between stubbornness and foolishness, and Heidi’s certainty that she could hold her own against the gangs smacked on foolishness to me. DARE TO RUN is book one in Jen McLaughlin’s suspense romance, THE SONS OF STEEL ROW. Jen McLaughlin’s a new-to-me-author. It did take me a while to assimilate to the first person point-of-view but in no way did that detract my enjoyment of the story. I like how the author switches between Lucas and Heidi with each new chapter, allowing insight on each person’s thoughts and feelings as the plot progressed. DARE TO RUN is a gritty and dark suspense romance that explores the vicious and uncertain side of gang life. I felt a little unsure how I would like a book where the hero is in a gang, yet despite my reservations, I soon found myself wrapped up in the characters and the story. I cannot wait to delve into the next book, DARE TO STAY. ...more