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Karmic Consultants #1

The Ghost Shrink, the Accidental Gigolo, & the Poltergeist Accountant

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It s not smart to piss off a poltergeist

A Tickle My Fantasy story.

It s bad enough to be sexually frustrated. But as a medium, it means until Lucy Cartwright gets some, she s doomed. Oh no, not to death. Worse. To nightly visitations by recently deceased, wanna-be Cassanovas without the bodies to back it up. Then a living, breathing fantasy arrives on her doorstep, and Lucy thinks her dry spell is at an end.

Much as he would like to be Lucy s personal gigolo, PI Jake Cox has a job to do. He s been sent to prevent her from getting laid until a particular horny phantom and key witness in his mob investigation pays her a visit. The real challenge? Keeping his own hands off Lucy long enough to get the job done.

Or the lonely, geeky ghost of a murdered mob accountant could rip a hole in the fabric of the universe "

117 pages, ebook

First published February 17, 2009

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Vivi Andrews

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Vivi Andrews writes paranormal romantic comedies and sexy shape-shifter romances. She lives in Alaska when she isn't indulging her travel addiction. For more about Vivi, please visit her website or blog.

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Profile Image for JenReadsRomance.
296 reviews1,522 followers
May 27, 2021
800 bananas.

Lucy is a sexually-frustrated woman who happens to be a medium, so all the horny ghosts are drawn to her! Because of course. So when she meets a cute PI who needs to interview a ghost, her boss warns her that she and the cute PI ABSOLUTELY CANNOT HAVE SEX because otherwise the horny ghost the PI needs to interview will go somewhere else.


I giggled a lot when reading it! It is fun and silly and that's what I wanted.
Profile Image for Mrs. Missive.
284 reviews
May 27, 2010
I found this book browsing around Mary Hughes' website. I was VERY interested in the topic, because I was working with a similar idea and was curious to see how Vivi Andrews handled the topic herself. I think I may have stumbled upon a new favorite author.

The Ghost Shrink takes us into a world where mediums help ghosts pass over or "transend". Lucy is an employee of the business that processes these cases.

Lucy gets a special group of ghosts who are basically horney professionals. Due to her own sexually frustrated lifestyle she attracts repressed/rejected individuals.

Lucy's sexual frustration hits critical levels when Jake Cox (I know right?) comes knocking on her door. Unfortunately Jake is not there just for her pleasure...he's a P.I. who needs to get info from a recent murder victim.

With a LOT of missed sex opportunities, awesome humor, and a little supernatural twist, Vivi Andrews crams a LOT of great story into a little novella. I will definitely be reading more of this author.
Profile Image for Calila.
1,155 reviews83 followers
October 17, 2018
Super cute, ridiculous in the best way, fun read. I really wasn't expecting much but was pleasantly surprised. The whole premise of sexually frustrated ghosts "haunting" a shrink in a dry spell is hilarious. Add in the introduction of the "gigolo" and the ridiculousness of the plot, & It's just silly don't take it seriously fun.
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490 reviews12 followers
July 18, 2009
With this title, what's not to like? Lucy Carmichael is a medium. She helps the dead resolve their "issues" so that they can pass on. Lately all of her "clients" seem to have been sexually deprived while living because they sure want her now that they're not! Her boss thinks she needs to get laid so this type of ghost will back off. Lucy agrees with the thought, however; admitting this to her boss isn't gonna happen.

So, when someone bangs on her door, she gets the idea that Karma, the boss, has sent her a boy toy. WRONG! Jake Cox is a private investigator who feels Lucy is about to visited by the ghost of a recent victim that he needs to interrogate. He is also her boss' brother. He is also horny and gorgeous. He feels the same about her but was cautioned by big sister that he is not to lay hands (or anything else) on Lucy or the ghost won't show. “I’m sorry,” he bit out sharply. “It won’t happen again.” “It won’t?” Lucy knew the pathetic, desperate whining tone had crept back into her voice, but she couldn’t help it. She wanted it to happen again. She needed it to happen again. He couldn’t just get her all hot and bothered and then walk away without fulfilling even one little fantasy. Could he?"

Then the ghost falls in love with Lucy and things get more complicated by the minute....

A good book that had me laughing all the way...love, lust, murder, mayhem....what more could you ask for? Seriously, the characters were great, a new plot twist that I enjoyed and I highly recommend this one.

Profile Image for Jodi.
1,658 reviews62 followers
February 4, 2014
This novella could have used a stronger editor. It had some seriously cute moments. Our heroine is a medium who helps ghosts resolve their issues so they can get to the other side. But lately all her ghosts are sexually frustrated and think she can help them with that particular issue. Her boss tells her it's because she's sexually frustrated. And she is until a sexy PI shows up needing to talk to the next ghost scheduled to show up at her door. It turns out he was murdered and the PI needs information on the mob boss who ordered the hit. The sexual tension is hot, the characterization is strong considering how short the story is. The visuals are good. But there is a lot of awkward wording which made me want to start highlighting my Kindle with red. I realize this author has been quite prolific but her prose needs tightening. She certainly has the right creative touch!
Profile Image for Murph.
208 reviews
April 29, 2021
The review of this little book that made me want to read it (here) described it as "bananas". And that was 100% accurate. It was funny, light and fluffy and pretty short, and totally bonkers.

However, there was ONE LINE in the entire book I took issue with. It was this:
Unfortunately, Martha Stewart never got laid.

I mean this is just EGREGIOUSLY UNTRUE. Martha Stewart was married for like 30 years. She dated Anthony Hopkins! She's friends with Snoop Dog! Martha Stewart fucks.

good for her

Also, was perusing the original titles of some other Vivi Andrews books, and some were so good that I'm sad they're changed. The Sexorcist was a personal favorite.
Profile Image for Sarah.
8 reviews
December 16, 2016
Great story

This was a great read. Laughs and a sexy guy! Who could ask for more? It is definitely worth reading anytime.
Profile Image for Tina.
710 reviews16 followers
March 10, 2018
3.5 stars

Really enjoyed this story. It was cute, funny and I had a smile on my face nearly the whole time. I look forward to reading the next in the series.
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156 reviews3 followers
May 2, 2021
Short. Funny. Cute. Not mad I read it.
Profile Image for Tracy.
933 reviews70 followers
September 22, 2010
3.5 Stars.
I picked up The Ghost Shrink, The Accidental Gigolo & The Poltergeist Accountant after reading the second story in the Karmic Consultants series, The Ghost Exterminator. I enjoyed that full length novel so much that I had to start from the beginning with the novella that started it all, and while I admit I enjoyed The Ghost Exterminator quite a bit more, The Ghost Shrink, The Accidental Gigolo & The Poltergeist Accountant was cute and fun.

Lucy Cartwright is a medium, but she's been sexually frustrated for so long that her energy is connecting the most prurient ghosts to her for help transcending, and frankly, she's getting a little fed up with short, balding, overweight accountant-type ghosts stripping down in her bedroom and bumping and grinding their way towards her bed. A call to her boss for help with the embarrassing situation ends with a suggestion that Lucy rid herself of her frustration to rid herself of the horny ghosts. To put it bluntly...and a bit crassly...she needs to get laid.

Considering that the helpful, if difficult to take care of at the drop of a hat, suggestion came from her boss, it wasn't Lucy's fault that she assumed the tall, dark, and delicious-looking male who banged her...er...banged on her door the next morning was an...employee bonus from the boss. He introduced himself as Cox, after all. Imagine her mortification, then, when she realizes that Jake Cox not only isn't a gigolo that her boss set up to help her out, he's a private investigator and the brother of said boss.

Really, would becoming one of those horny ghosts be so bad after she dies from embarrassment?

Jake needs Lucy's special brand of help and Lucy needs special help, full stop. And they both want each other badly. Toss in a couple of horny, pathetic ghosts and a murder investigation and you have the fun, silly romp that is The Ghost Shrink, The Accidental Gigolo & The Poltergeist Accountant.

It's a light read, and it's told with Andrews' quick-witted and carefree style that goes down so easily. As a novella, it lacks in the depth of plot and character definition areas, though enough is provided for some fun. My only real problems with it were that it was a bit too light for me, almost slapstick, and Lucy and Jake's seismic-level attraction was a bit shallow for my tastes. There just wasn't enough time in the story, which even for a novella leans more towards the shorter end, to develop a relationship between them that was based on anything but physical attraction, so that didn't quite work for me.

Still, this is a novella that isn't supposed to be taken too seriously, just enjoyed for what it is. It may not have been totally to my taste, but The Ghost Exterminator definitely was, and I've already downloaded The Sexorcist, which is the third book in the series and the second full-length novel. I will say, while I enjoyed seeing Lucy and Jake's introduction, as I'd met them in The Ghost Exterminator, ultimately either of those stories could be read as stand-alones.

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Profile Image for Debbie Benson.
4,434 reviews19 followers
February 27, 2017
Jake comes pounding on Lucy's door because his sister said that Eliot's ghost would come see her. Jake is attracted to Lucy but is warned not to have sex with her. Lucy is unlucky to get the sexually frustrated ghosts because she is too. After a little poltergeist activity due to Eliot, the bad guy is caught. As soon as he is finished with the police, Jake is on his way to Lucy where they solve their mutual sexual frustration. Jake tells Lucy that he willing to put with the ghosts if he gets her.
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1,950 reviews274 followers
June 24, 2011
The title of this one is almost as long as the story, but this little book is packed with laughs. Lucy is the Ghost Shrink, or so she considers herself. She "helped the deceased work through their issues and move on to the next plane. The white light. Whatever."

Her boss just happens to be Karma, "pure sex. Walking, talking sensuality." Lucy classifies herself as the girl next door and she's having a bit of dry spell in the sex department. To top off that bitter piece of cake, her sexual drought seems to attract the ghosts of horny businessmen. The first one we meet, the Larrinator was a riot in his ghostly and ghastly attempts to seduce Lucy.

Karma advises her to change the energy she puts out into the world, if she wants to change the type of ghosts that pop in. She can't believe her luck when "Jake Cox walked through her door that afternoon like a walking, talking gift from Cupid." When he tells her that Karma sent him, she's a bit mortified, and more than a bit Thank.You.God. She's convinced her boss has sent (the Accidental) Gigolo to help her "change her energy".

Jake's a PI and he needs to talk to the Poltergeist Accountant who should be arriving at Lucy's very soon. There have been a series of murders and he's investigating them. Who better to help him that the girl that talks to dead people.

I could go on and on, but really, at this point I've already told you too much. The story is short, so take your time reading it. I promise you'll be drawn to these adorable, sexy, funny characters just like I was. I look forward to continuing with the series.
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2,080 reviews302 followers
November 1, 2016
I had read THE NAKED DETECTIVE on a whim--the title sounding interesting and the cover being intriguing I thought it would be a fun read. And it was. What could have easily been a rather cheesy plot was instead amusing and engaging.

Same can be said for this story (with the long title). Though Lucy's almost constant horny thoughts made it a little difficult to pay attention the plot at times, I found a lot of the situations she was put in to be funny (like the warehouse, at the end).

I feel kind of bad whoever inherits the job from her, remaining sexually frustrated in order to help the departed obviously had its drawbacks.

Since this was the introduction to what would become Karmic Consultants, there was a lot more background on Karma and the Group itself. Not a whole lot, Jake wasn't (to my knowledge) part of the Group despite his ties with Karma and Lucy had her own problems to work out with them.

I like that Andrews doesn't use her characters' handicaps (in this case Lucy had to stay frustrated for the right ghost to come to her) as a crutch. Jake and Lucy still managed to convey a potent chemistry even though they were basically 'hands off'.

Its fast paced, quick witted and filled with plenty of puns. Or misunderstandings in Lucy's case (I was laughing when Jake first showed up and Lucy is thinking 'Mr. Cox? Really? Obvious much?'). I understand these two make an appearance in THE GHOST EXTERMINATOR, a full length novel I'll soon be starting in hopes its as enjoyable as its shorter cousins.
Profile Image for Jeannie Lin.
Author 44 books939 followers
November 14, 2010
Hooked from page 1! This is the sort of story that makes me hunker down and devour it whole.

Lucy Cartwright is a Ghost Shrink who helps the newly dead work out their issues and transcend. Lately there's been a slew of horny ghosts showing up in her apartment at night, to hilarious effect. When her boss reveals that it's her own sexual frustration somehow calling out to the spirit realm, Lucy is mortified. When sexy Jake Cox shows up at her door, Lucy's libido responds in a pounce-first-ask-questions-later sort of way and she's even more mortified.

I loved this story. The writing was fluid, the humor natural and effortless. You can't dismiss it as just a light and quirky sex romp either. I found myself fascinated with Lucy's descriptions of her experience as a medium and the various psychic impressions she receives from different spirits. There's some pretty nifty worldbuilding that Andrews manages to sneak into this story when you're not looking!

On top of that, I loved how Vivi Andrews turns a phrase. I'd read one other story in a Tickle My Fantasy anthology, Carolina Wolf by Sela Carsen, and remember also noting how cleverly written it was. After reading Ghost Shrink, I totally want to pick up the rest of the Karmic Consultant series as well as the other the Tickle My Fantasy stories.
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4,223 reviews73 followers
November 17, 2011

This is a very brief read that can be done in a couple of hours. We meet Lucy Cartright a counselor for the recently departed of a certain persuasion. Lucy has more ghostly business than she'd like to be able to handle right now. What she'd like is get her hands on a real live guy to while away an afternoon or ten! Enter Jake Cox guy extraordinaire who can fulfill those fantasies that Lucy can't stop having. But -- business first can Lucy persuade her latest client to go toward the light so she can see how many of those fantasies Jack can really fulfill? Will the appearance of Jake in her life have an effect on the type of clients she usually has?

I really enjoyed Lucy and her lively inner conversations. She had me laughing from page one. Jake brought his own favors to the party and was a good match for Lucy. And Mr. Mellman - how could I leave him out - as if we needed more comic relief. The combinaton of the three of them can lift any depression.

Now for the nits that really need picking. - it was only one, but it was big for me. Of course being a short story the wrap up had to be quick -- but it was way too convenient. It would have been worth it to make the story a little longer to avoid some of the conveniences.
Profile Image for Laura.
1,133 reviews12 followers
October 28, 2010
A quick, fun paranormal romance novella. This is a sort of prequel to "The Ghost Exterminator" (it contains the story of two minor characters from that book). Although I usually like a bit more story than novellas contain, this one was the perfect length for the story being told. It was amusing, I liked the characters, and I wasn't annoyed by their instant chemistry (why I wasn't annoyed, I'm not sure, because generally I do not enjoy stuff like that). Not the most amazing story ever, but I enjoyed it.

Technical notes: I got this e-book while it was a promotional freebie through B&N. The formatting on this e-book from B&N is a little strange - occasionally there are huge spaces between paragraphs, but other times there's just one extra line of space between paragraphs.

My Nook also seems to have no real concept of page numbers for this e-book. The very first page of the story said it was page 35, and it thinks there are 281 total pages. I'm not sure if this is a problem with the software on my Nook or with the e-book itself, but all the other e-books I've read lately seem to have a much better concept of page numbers.
Profile Image for Calisto.
407 reviews35 followers
June 13, 2011
Lucy is a sexually frustrated ghost shrink who seems to only attract 'clients' with similar pre-death problems. Enter Jake, the gigolo her boss sends her in order to solve her 'frustrations'. Or so she thought. Of course, Jake is anything but a gigolo. He's an ubber hot PI looking for information to put away a dangerous mob boss with the help of a sexually frustrated - and newly dead - accountant who is sure to visit Lucy. Madcap amusement ensues.

This is a short and amusing niblet. Lucy is cute until she has a TSTL moment. I liked the idea of a ghost shrink that helps the newly dead overcome their life angst's before moving on 'into the light'. In fact, I really liked the universe.

This is an easy, if a bit uneven read, mostly due to it's length. The sex is ok, though at times I felt it was ridiculously out of pace. Still, it's a fluffy beach read that will make you smile. I definitely liked the universe enough to seek out the next in the series.
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488 reviews3 followers
January 1, 2014
This was a very quick read, and I really wish it was longer, but it was still absolutely adorable. A great little story, and a very intriguing plot.

Lucy is a shrink and helps ghosts come to terms with the fact that they are dead. She helps them transcend and move on. She has a tendency to attract the horny, sexually repressed male ghosts, because she is so frustrated, herself.

Enter Jake Cox, P.I. Sinfully hunky, and the brother of Lucy's boss. He needs help with a murder case, and his sister, Karma, has a feeling the ghost will be visiting Lucy.

Seriously hot sparks fly, and Eliot the ghost gets seriously protective of Lucy, then has a showdown with the man who had him killed.

The only reason I didnt give this story five stars is because it is so short. Vivi really impressed me as an author with this story, and I really wish it had been longer, but I will most definitely be continuing this series. Really enjoyed it.
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63 reviews31 followers
December 29, 2012
This "cheesy" paranormal romance had me from the first line. It is a quick novella, but I just couldn't put it down. The title is what captured me originally, but the fun didn't stop there. Poor Lucy is a medium that has a lot of pent up sexual frustration, and until that gets resolved she will be visited by extremely horny ghosts. Lucy's boss, Karma (isn't that adorable!) has called to let Lucy know that in order for these ghosts to go away, Lucy will need to be sexually satisfied. Lo-and-behold, in comes PI Jake Cox! He is quite the hunk and just what Lucy needs to get her fix.
I loved the writing style in this novella, Andrews has a way with words that just made the entire story flow quickly and smoothly. This is book one in the Karmic Consultant series, and I will definitely be checking out the rest of the books in the series.
Profile Image for Cherie.
368 reviews21 followers
March 23, 2012
As a consultant to the dead, Lucy Cartwright receives nightly visits from the dead, usually from horny or sexually frustrated ghosts who have trouble moving on for one reason or another. But when she's visited by a live, hunky PI named Jake Cox who's investigating a murder and believes one of Lucy's ghosts has the answers he seeks, the sexual sparks between them are immediate and potent. Unfortunately, until Lucy's Cassanova ghost pays her a visit, the hookup between her and Jake is an itch that just can't be scratched since it would mean no more visits from the hornball ghosts.

This was a cute little short story. Some of the dialog seemed a bit cheesy at times, but mostly that was in the ghosts, and of course that's how they were supposed to be. As a short story, it held my interest even if the eventual outcome was a bit predictable and happily ever after. :)
5,422 reviews25 followers
February 23, 2016
Lucy is essentially a psychiatrist for ghosts to help them resolve their issues and move on into the light. Someone named Karma is her boss. Lately Lucy's been getting ghosts that try to be very sexual for her (as much as they can be without a solid body).

A private investigator shows up saying he's investigating a murder. Lucy is attracted to him sexually, but if she has sex then her ability to attract the particular ghost they want will be damaged (it seems her sexual drive is not being satisfied so ghosts that were people that had sexual problems are drawn to her and her boss wants her to avoid having sex so the one ghost will show up.)

There's a funny scene between the investigator and a ghost that is trying to protect Lucy. There's also a great scene when the ghost confronts the mob boss who had him killed.

The book is cute and quite funny at times.
Profile Image for Kelly.
5,000 reviews171 followers
October 18, 2010
I make no excuses as to my complete love for all things Vivi Andrews. What can I say? The lady can write. I read book #2 of this series first and I pretty much adored the world that was created. So I stepped into this book knowing a little bit about it (as opposed to book #2, which was a completely delightful surprise) and IT WAS JUST AS GOOD AS I WAS EXPECTING IT TO BE.

Jake is a tall, hot, manly drink of water and he's a perfect foil for Lucy. Poor, put-upon Lucy and her revolving bedroom door of ghosts. Let's face it, that would suck. Big time.

So, I liked the book. I liked Lucy and Jake. I like Karma and her smoky sex voice. I like the world here. *thumbs up*

-Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal
Profile Image for Marie.
113 reviews3 followers
June 29, 2012
This was an absolute gem. I was laughing throughout the entire story. It's a quick read, but packed full of action and comedy. I don't know if I could have laughed that hard for much longer - the length made a good match for the tightly-packed story. Trying to string the action and laughs out to make the story longer or trying to add more in to the story just would not have created the same punch.

The action and laughs start from the very beginning. Who would have thought that a medium would counsel sexually-frustrated ghosts so that they can transcend from the earthly realm? Not only a fresh idea in paranormal stories, but a riot of laughs at the antics Andrews provided for the characters.

Looking forward to reading the full-length novels in the Karma Consultants series.
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406 reviews195 followers
November 15, 2010

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I now am a complete FanGirl of Vivi Andrews. I was impressed with her short Serengeti Heat and now partaking in The Ghost Shrink... {quite a mouthful} I'm smitten. If you haven't experienced Ms. Andrew's writing...download this one, it is free right now at Amazon! It is a wonderful introduction to a superb writer.


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404 reviews12 followers
January 24, 2011
This is a surprisingly fun and complete short story. I don't know how short because there is no info for number of pages, which bugs me to no end, but that's another complaint.

This is the story of a medium who helps ghosts transcend into the afterlife. She's got Karma for a boss, her sexually frustrated state of mind sends some interesting ghosts to her bedside, and a hunky gigolo who isn't actually a gigolo ends up on her doorstep to add to the excitement.

Great if you have a few minutes for a quick, fun story :)
Profile Image for Jessica.
2,096 reviews62 followers
April 30, 2011
I liked Lucy quite a lot, she's funny, sweet and awkward in a way that I can totally relate to, but I never really felt like I got to know Jake that well. And while their attraction to each other was believable, the other elements of being in a relationship aren't really addressed. The conflict was interesting and there was a lot of humor in the storytelling, I just wish it had been a longer-form story. My reaction might be related to how much more I enjoyed later books in the series, though (which I read before I went back for this one).
1,209 reviews7 followers
October 28, 2012
People save your money, not worth your time. The author was more into the romance part of the story instead of the Poltergeist. Lucy Cartwright is a medium who helps sexually repressed ghost cross over. Jake Cox is the PI needing to speak with a dead mob account, Eliot Mellman. Mellman likes being dead and doesn't want to cross over. He wants to confront the mobster he worked for. Of course Mellman sends Jake into the warehouse without telling him about the guards and Lucy goes to help him. The story abruptly ends with Lucy and Jake in the after glow of sex.
7 reviews
April 5, 2020
This is a delightful romp that kept me laughing from start to finish. Take 2 parts madcap comedy, toss in an adorable girl next door and a too-sexy-for-his-shirt detective, add nerdy ghosts with issues, throw in a dollop of apocalyptic danger, sprinkle generously with lust and romance, stir...and enjoy!
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