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A Match Made in Hell

(Nicki Styx #2)

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3.86  ·  Rating details ·  1,328 ratings  ·  111 reviews
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
Mass Market Paperback, 373 pages
Published June 24th 2008 by Avon Books
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John
Jun 12, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: owned
This sequel to Dead Girls Are Easy is also a quick read with a pleasantly lively writing style, strong on dialogue among colorful personalities but even less clear than the first book in the narration of events--a weak point that has become weaker here. The narrator's confusion is part of the story, of course, but for the reader's sake many things could have been clarified by dialogue from other characters. Once again, an insightful editor could have made this a much better book!

The heart of the
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S. Rutherford
Feb 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
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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Jenne
Jan 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
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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Sara
Book 2 in this series. Its a fun, quick read. Paranormal stuff, ghosts, good looking guys, and a weird twist at the end I didn't see coming.

I like Nicki, but I get exasperated because she has these spooky experiences but never tells her friends the story or only half the story so bad things keep happening because she shrugs off stuff she never should be shrugging off.

Minor complaint, I suppose. She's a bit too flippant for someone who sees dead people, but she's likable.

Moving on eventually to b
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Julie (jjmachshev)
Sep 06, 2008 rated it really liked it
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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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
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
Tracy
May 26, 2008 rated it really liked it
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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Shadoshard
Oct 22, 2014 rated it liked it
You know the plot; pretty young woman with great life has supernatural encounter (in this case she died) and we now have a mary sue. It isn't great literature and there isn't much about this book that makes it stand out from any of the other books like it except that I hadn't read it yet. Well, now I have - hot young woman so hot and dazzling even the devil wants her - except he doesn't sparkle. And he doesn't get her - that honor goes to the hot young doctor that declares near the end she's the ...more
Cara
May 26, 2009 rated it did not like it
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Jae
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Helen Robare
Sep 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
I've had this book since 2008 but for some reason, I cannot fathom, never got around to reading it. Well, thanks to being quarantined in 2020 because of the COVID epidemic, I finally went into the back shed and dragged out a plastic tote of books. And guess what? This book was in it. Since most of the other books I'd already read, I decided to read this one.

First of all, it's not a bad book. It's not a GREAT book but the plot is interesting and the characters are fairly well written. I probably
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Lizfm
Oct 03, 2017 rated it liked it
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Rebecca
Apr 12, 2020 marked it as dnf
Shelves: donated
I read the first 80 pages then skimmed to the end in about an hour. I don't like either of the sisters, which was kind of point and the author gave relatively good reasons as to why they were acting they way they were, I just didn't want to spend any time with them. So I gave up, skimmed, read the happy ending and I am moving on! ...more
Bobbie
Dec 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: great-reads
I love the character of Nicki Styx and how she comes to grips with living her life while coming to terms with seeing and interacting with spirits. This book had a couple of twists that truly made it a great read.
Al
Dec 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
eXCELLENT.
L.A.L.
Sep 04, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, paranormal
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Julia
Jul 31, 2018 rated it liked it
You really have to suspend your disbelief with this one. Nikki finds her long lost twin sister Kelly. It turns out Kelly used to be married to Joe, Nikki's current boyfriend. WTF? And upon meeting Kelly, she invites her to move in with her. All sorts of jealousy ensues. And both Kelly and Nikki can see and communicate with ghosts. And the devil wants Nikki to be his bride. Sheer craziness.

Nikki is a cool character. Kelly is unlikeable, and Joe I am up in the air about. Fun to read if you don't m
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Sarah Crawford
Jan 15, 2016 rated it liked it
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 ➳ Reading Between the Wines Book Club
*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 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nook, i-own, 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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Christi Snow
Aug 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
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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Sarah
Dec 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
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
Aug 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
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 rated it really liked it
“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 rated it liked it
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Bitten_by_Books
Jun 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Vickie
Sep 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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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Michele
Jan 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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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A Southern girl with an overactive imagination, Terri Garey writes award-winning and critically-acclaimed urban fantasy. Her novels have been described as "smoldering" by Publishers Weekly, and "sultry and upbeat" by Library Journal. Even though she's a big scaredy-cat who can't watch horror movies or visit haunted houses, she loves moonlit graveyards, moss-covered headstones and the idea that lif ...more

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