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There’s just something about Clare. Apart from the ghosts…...

When her eccentric aunt passes away, no-nonsense accountant Clare Cermac inherits more than just a small fortune. She receives the gift of communicating with ghosts. While Clare may not believe in spirits, it’s hard to overlook the shadowy talking dog appearing on her bed or spectral cowboys tipping their hats
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Paperback, 320 pages
Published April 1st 2014 by Berkley
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Ian
Moderately entertaining way to kill some time.
I don't regret buying it but I was hoping for more.
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Mar 31, 2014 Carmel (Rabid Reads) rated it really liked it
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

I was first drawn to this title because of its eye-catching cover and interesting premise; the fact that it’s book 1 in a brand new series, and features a ghost dog spirit guide were definite pluses as well. The pacing and romance were a little slow moving at times, but overall I enjoyed learning about the infamous vigilante Joseph “Jack” Slade and exploring the rules that make up Robin D. Owens’ spectral universe. I also liked the police angle that the ex-deputy sheriff
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Mara
Apr 20, 2014 Mara rated it it was ok
Shelves: urban-fantasy, pnr
It seems to me that ghosts might be the new vampires in UFtown, with two fairly big names publishing their own book on it. I simply hope the next few works will be more interesting.

Ghost Seer has at least its own plot outside the main couple. But unfortunately I can't really say that it's gripping or action-packed. Even with the heroine's life on the line, there's no urgency to the story. Both she and the hero are pretty bland and monochromatic. No world building to talk of. I can't decide whet
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Christal
3.5 stars

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

I enjoyed Ghost Seer and thought it was a good start to the series of the same name. I will be looking forward to future adventures with Clare and Zach and may even check out some of this author's back catalogue.

Clare has just discovered she has the gift to see ghosts when Ghost Seer begins and is having a hard time with it. She is a composed, successful woman and seeing ghosts makes her quest
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Lynsey   • The Demon Librarian
Apr 02, 2014 Lynsey • The Demon Librarian rated it really liked it
An Urban Fantasy with heart and humour, Ghost Seer is one to add to your To Buy Lists!

Urban Fantasies can vary wildly in tone, while still remaining part of the same genre. You've got your action-packed ones featuring badass, leather-clad, Katana-swinging heroes and heroines, and then there is another selection focused on slightly older characters and more mystery based. They're quite different, but I enjoy both depending on my mood. I often think of the latter type as a more grown up version
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Marlene
Apr 04, 2014 Marlene rated it really liked it
This joint review was originally published at The Book Pushers

Thoughts on heroine

Lou: I really enjoyed Clare’s character. At the beginning she is resisting this new gift of hers with all her might. She doesn’t easily accept it; she worries she’s got something mentally wrong with her or if she’s somehow got a brain tumour. She sees and hears this ghostly dog talking to her and she tries her best to ignore Enzo but she can’t. While see struggles to come to terms what is happening to her, deep down
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Jacqueline
Apr 03, 2014 Jacqueline rated it it was ok
Fairly decent urban fantasy. This is the start of a series that will feature the same couple. So it doesn't have a typical HEA but a HFN. I expect that the couple will have their problems as the series continues.

The ghost set up was okay but I felt like the rules and psychic abilities of the heroine were a bit arbitrary. Plus everyone she met seemed to have psychic abilities. It seemed a bit too much. There was too much sex and not enough action on the ghost saving front. The sex scenes disrupt
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Kimberly
Apr 06, 2014 Kimberly rated it really liked it
Ghost Seer by Robin D. Owens is the first in a new urban fantasy series. Owens offered up a delightful start and I look forward to continuing the series. Mini review: A gift, talking ghost dog, ominous crows and manifestations with a side dish of romance kept me engaged.

Clare Cermanc’s eccentric aunt has passed away leaving her wealthy and the reluctant owner of a gift. She suddenly finds herself able to communicate with ghosts. She isn’t thrilled but the consequences of ignoring it could be dea
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Sandra
Nov 11, 2015 Sandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The overall feeling I've got, now that I've finished reading ... is Charm.

Clare Cermak is an upstanding citizen, highly regarded Accountant, a CPA. She also has just inherited M$20 from her weird great aunt Sandra (I had a chuckle about that!). The catch is, she sees dead people, and dead dogs and unless she comes to grip with her 'power' she'll die or go crazy.

Zach Slade, a damaged ex-Deputy has moved to Denver to be closer to his mother and to escape Montana, where a workplace accident deprive
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Sadie Forsythe
Jun 13, 2016 Sadie Forsythe rated it liked it
2.5
Entertaining enough to have been worth a read, but nothing to write home about. While the whole idea of a ghost seer is an interesting one and Claire and Zach could have been interesting characters, the truth is that I was bored for most of this book. Never enough to put the book down, but enough to just kind of plod along.

It takes at least half of the book for Claire to come to terms with her powers and I got very ver tired of the redundancies of her denials. Ditto for Zach; he just basicall
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Stephanie  G
Apr 23, 2014 Stephanie G rated it liked it
2.5 stars

When Clare’s aunt Sandra dies she doesn’t just come into a lot of money, she also inherits the gift to see and help ghosts. The gift comes with a friendly ghost dog, who is also a helpful guide, named Enzo. Clare had to decide to believe in her gift or die. She also meets Zach, an ex-policeman who still hasn’t accepted his own disability. Clare’s first ghost is the famous Jack Slade, who was a kind of Wild West gunman in his time.

Ghost Seer is the first novel in Robin D. Owen’s new seri
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Holly
I'm a fan of Robin D. Owens' Celta's HeartMates series. When I saw she was starting a contemporary series I jumped all over it.

Clare and Zach are both trying to adjust to big changes in their lives. Neither were given a choice about the new direction their futures were headed, and each dealt with that change differently.

The paranormal aspects of this novel are intricately woven in to the story. I never question the appearance of Clare's ghosts or the manifestations of the other paranormal elem
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Angela Carr (Under the Covers Book Blog)
3.5 Stars


I’m not one to pick books with ghosts only because, well, I’m a scaredy-cat but after seeing the very intriguing cover, I just had to take a chance. Ghost Seer is not a horror themed ghosts, but it’s more of an urban fantasy or paranormal read with a hint of suspense. I found this book to be quite entertaining.

Clare was given a very extraordinary gift by her aunt who recently passed away. Along with a lump sum of money, Clare was given the gift of the ability to see ghosts. Unfortunate
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Linda
Apr 28, 2014 Linda rated it it was ok
This book reminded me of why I previously had read only one book by this author.

Ghost Seer isn't terrible, it's just blah. The main characters are flat and do and say things that make no sense. We are treated to scintillating dialogue like this:

"I like you." ...
“I like you, too,” she said.
“You’re special,” he said, and her expression closed down again.
“I don’t want to be special. I want to be normal.” Her voice turned crisp.
“Okay,” he said mildly. “But you’re rich.”
Her body relaxed into the seat
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Darcy
Apr 24, 2014 Darcy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-book, uf, ghosts, 2014
I thought this one was a good start to a new series. I liked that there wasn't an info dump, instead we learned about what Clare could do as she did. I loved the odd ball characters that Clare was drawn to. Enzo ended up being a favorite part, how can you not love an exuberant dog, one who is a ghost.

Zach, was interesting. I liked how he had to come to terms with whether he could live with what Clare could do. I also really like how Zach has a touch of things too and by touching Clare it gets st
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Lyndi
Jul 03, 2016 Lyndi rated it liked it
It's difficult for me to rate this one. I almost DNF'd it repeatedly because I despise characters that seem to live in denial. And Clare didn't even accept her psychic gift until halfway through. Yeah, 50 fucking percent of this story was Clare refusing to accept the truth in front of her. I want a strong heroine, not a weak one. But alas, things started picking up around 60%. I'd say the second half of this story is worthy of 4 stars - it was quite fun! But the first half? Barely 1 star. BARELY ...more
Kat
Sep 08, 2016 Kat rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, romantical, 2016
Basic Plot: Clare inherited the ability to see ghosts and put them to rest when she also inherited her aunt's estate. She has to accept her gift and help a notorious figure from the past go on to the other side.

This was an interesting read. It was a surprisingly compelling rollercoaster of emotions and interactions between the main two characters. Clare was a refreshing change of heroine. As a former CPA and overall rational person, she isn't the typical kick-butt heroine one usually sees in the
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Dark Faerie Tales
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: Straight-laced Clare has to come to terms with the fact that she can now see ghosts and keep her fingers crossed that her new love interest doesn’t think she’s completely nuts when he finds out. While the premise was interesting, the book as a whole didn’t end up working for me.

Opening Sentence: The minute he walked through that door, Zach Slade’s career, the one he loved, was over.

The Review:

The synopsis for this book had me very interested
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Vilia
Apr 25, 2014 Vilia rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Review from Backchatting Books

Clare Cermac inherits more than she bargained from her eccentric aunt. Not only was she gifted several million dollars, she also got the gift to communicate with ghosts. If she can't find a way to reconcile the existence of supernatural woo-woo with her ordered existence and help ghosts, her resident ghost dog assures her she will die.

Clare, like most stereotypical accountants, is happiest when she is facing cold, hard facts (which is why the cover does nothing to r
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Andrea Hussey
Jan 03, 2015 Andrea Hussey rated it did not like it
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Alisi ☆ wants to read too many books ☆
Alex, I'd like to buy HOW THE FUCK WAS THIS BOOK PUBLISHED for 500? Oh, and add in AND IN A FUCKING SERIES, NO LESS for 2000?

I've read some really, really bad books in my time and this ranks up with the best (worst?) of them this year. It's one of those terrible books that deserve a whole lot of moving gifs.

Both main characters are bland. The hero is better than the heroine because all she does is whine. Whine, whine, fucking whine. It's ten times worse because she's whining about things she, he
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Alice
If I hadn't read this for a book club, I don't think I would've made it past the 25% mark. I had to force myself to finish it.

Clare Cermak inherited an absurd amount of money from her aunt. Also, the ability to see ghosts, and her labrador retriever, Enzo. Enzo is a ghost dog. She meets Zach Slade, no relation to the ghost of the notorious gunman she's tasked with helping pass to the other side.

I can't think of a single plot point in this book that felt natural. The entire thing felt contrived
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Rachel
Jan 07, 2016 Rachel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, paranormal, dnf
I couldn't get into this one. The writing was fine and the world building was interesting, but I didn't really care about the two main characters, nor did I buy their insta-lust. Enzo the ghost dog, however, was great.
Turtles
Oct 19, 2014 Turtles rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
Only 19% into this book and I have to put it down. It is amazingly slow and has the burden of the two main characters being disbelievers in ghosts. I think one denying the paranormal could have been a contrast to the other. But the story subjects you to dry monologues from such boring characters. The injured sheriff officer with a touch of sight, could have been wholly less bitter about everything. And the CPA heroine who seems to dislike having a charming ghost dog give her advice, not to menti ...more
Jo
Sep 04, 2014 Jo rated it did not like it
I really wanted to like this book, really. I kept reading (through gritted teeth), hoping that it would get better. But once I was half-way through and I was disliking the main character more each page, I let myself give up.

She just plain whines too much. She has enough money to buy a multi-million dollar mansion in Denver, but she still manages to whine about that!

The other male protagonist is more likeable (except what on earth does he see in the whiner??) but it was not enough to make me re
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Anne
Jan 12, 2015 Anne rated it did not like it
Almost a DNF for me. Here we have yet another case of a misleading cover. At no point in Ghost Seer or Ghost Layer does Clare, a CPA who is described many times as wearing conservative mid level business attire or sun dresses, wear an outfit like the model on either cover. She is a wimpy scaredy cat and never projects the confidence and attitude of the cover model.

I got Ghost Seer from my library because I won Ghost layer in a contest and I like to start a series with the first book if possible.
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Book Reading Gals
Title: Ghost Seer

Series: Ghost Layer Series Book #1

Author: Robin D. Owens

Genre: Romance, Sci-Fi & Fantasy

Blurb: There’s just something about Clare. Apart from the ghosts…When her eccentric aunt passes away, no-nonsense accountant Clare Cermac inherits more than just a small fortune. She receives the gift of communicating with ghosts. While Clare may not believe in spirits, it’s hard to overlook the shadowy talking dog appearing on her bed or spectral cowboys tipping their hats to her in the
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Bookmom
May 25, 2014 Bookmom rated it liked it
Paranormal Romance introducing Clare Cermak, who along with her great-aunt’s physical inheritance, has also found herself seeing ghosts; a family “gift” that has been passed down for generations. Clare always thought her aunt was somewhat eccentric and a scam artist, making a great deal of money as a medium. Clare doesn’t believe in ghosts and thinks she’s going nuts when days later she’s seeing and hearing them everywhere. It turns out she can either accept her gift and help ghosts that approac ...more
Michelle Leah Olson
Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Alluring Angel - Kathy:
*Copy gifted in exchange for an honest review

Ghost Seer by Robin D. Owens is the first in a new series that features Claire Cermak and Zack Slade, two people who find the life that they have each known, suddenly and drastically changed. Claire is a no nonsense accountant who likes things straight forward and orderly. But on the death of her kooky aunt, she begins to question her sanity, as she begins to see and hear ghosts. And since she
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JoAnne Pulcino
GHOST SEER

Robin D. Owens

My reason for reading this book is that Ms. Owens is a local author that I have heard good things about, and I really love a good ghost story.

Clare Cermac’s aunt dies and leaves her a beautiful old house in Denver. She also leaves her with her “gift” of being a ghost seer. Clare is a practical accountant who rejects and scoffs at the idea of ghosts until the ghost spirit dog appears and does his best to explain things to her. Her first ghost is the old time outlaw, Zack S
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“Yes?” she asked, quiet, more vulnerable. That vulnerability called out to him now more than ever before . . . because he knew he was flawed so badly.
“I like you.” Hell, that sounded dumb.”
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