Friday, May 22, 2015

BOOK REVIEW: "Dead And Disorderly (Behind The Blue Line Series Book Two)" by Alexis D. Craig

The living have the right to remain silent, the dead, not so much.
Nahia Wellington is not your everyday shopkeep, but as the owner of Wellington's Magickal Apothecary, her bewitching sticks and stones, cards, and tomes weren't always for the typical buyer. After a call from her notorious matchmaking childhood best friend, Nahia must use her paranormal investigation skills in effort to help the police. 
When Detective Nico Verrazano agreed to this assignment, he never expected to meet the sexy, playful, and quite possibly crazy ghost hunter. Remarkably the dark hair beauty snags his interest but when the unlikely pair meets, the connection is nothing short of otherworldly. 
When the two explore the abandoned mansion, they soon discover it has its own secrets with the ghosts to show for it. Will a wild journey to the truth of the haunting threaten to consume them both or will they realize the dead aren't the only ones being disorderly?

I was given a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.

To start, yes, Hot Ink Press (the publisher for Dead And Disorderly) is the sister-company of Vamptasy, the folks who published my book Stake-Out. In NO WAY is this review biased based on the affiliation. My author persona, Lily Luchesi, is completely separate from this blog.
I reviewed The Ex-File, the first book in this series, when it originally came out last year, and I had really enjoyed it. I mistakenly expected this book to be quite similar. While it did have similarities, I will say it was a completely different book.
The female lead, Nahia, is a blue-haired non-practicing witch who is clairvoyant and clairaudient and her hobby is paranormal investigating. It was impossible for me not to like her. She's sweet, brave and full of life, despite being obsessed with the dead. She has insecurities, but she doesn't let them get in her way.
The lead, Detective Nico Verrazano, is delicious: tall, dark and handsome with a strong personality and a golden heart. He is a skeptic of ghosts...until he encounters one with Nahia and it changes his entire perspective.
Their connection is immediate and white hot, despite their initial reluctance. They are as different as night from day, yet they compliment each other perfectly. Add in the addition of Nigel, their "matchmaker", you get an explosive cast of characters you will remember long after you close the book.
I like that the subplot is almost equal to the main, romantic plot. Some romance authors get carried away by the romance and the backstory suffers for it. Craig didn't do that; instead, she made sure we were constantly reminded about the ghosts, and Nahia's abilities. The addition of Nico being a psychologist and literal scientist makes things more interesting. It brings out Nahia's concerns that he'll think she's schizophrenic and makes him doubtful about what he sees, though he trusts Nahia's powers without fail.
In most books, that would be the flaw: how can a psychology major just simply believe a girl who claims the voices she hears are ghosts? While it is unrealistic on the surface, I can understand why for two reasons: one, he saw the ghost for himself. Two, he is in love. Love makes one do, say and believe things that they normally wouldn't.
Yes, this was a long review for me. Why? Because I loved this book and will put it on my "reread" shelf in my Kindle! Wonderful for fans of paranormal romance!

5/5--Great stuff!

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