Series: Phantoms #3
Published by Entangled Source: Netgalley
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Ghosts, Paranormal, Romance
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The safest place is with the guy she doesn't trust...
It's no secret amongst the Phantoms crew that lead investigator Sammy Hanesworth pretty much hates psychologist Cain McClutchen. The tension between them is taut with dislike...and unexpected attraction. Cain knows full well that something about him rubs Sammy the wrong way. But now they're on a terrifying case-with orders from the network to get along or else.
Filled with past horrors, the Nebraskan site is more than creepy. And Sammy knows it all too well. It's her hometown and near the place where her mother was killed. As the sinister presence makes itself known, Sammy finds herself turning to the last person she ever expected-Cain. Even as darkness surrounds them, tensions gives way to something bright and unexpectedly intimate. But nothing will prepare them for the evil they are about to face...
Full disclosure, I don’t like ghosts. Like at all. I don’t watch horror movies, I hate all things ghosts (although in an urban fantasy I’m more open to them), but in general I don’t like ghosts. And this book for me was one of those happy accidents, because I didn’t pay much attention to the synopsis past it was two people who worked together and didn’t get along (I love love to hate romances), and when I opened to the first page and realized this was basically about ghost hunters, I was so worried I was going to hate it right off the bat. But as it turns out, I actually really enjoyed the book. I think for me, most times I find ghosts tend to come off as cheesy, or it borders too much on horror and I’m a wimp who can’t handle horror. But in this case, the ghosts had more depth then I was expecting, and the book as a whole was very character driven, Sammy and Cain are both complex characters who I enjoyed getting to know, so it worked for me.
So I liked both of the main characters in this book a lot, which is super rare for me. I think what I liked a lot about both of them is that they both have pasts with some similiarity but they both respond to it in such different ways, it makes them two very different. But in spite of their personality differences and the way they handle their own person pasts, they still have this great underlying kinship, that kind of draws them together, it fits into the opposites attracts category, but like on a deeper level, less superficial. It also really helped for me, that there was way more then physical chemistry going on between them. Don’t get me wrong these two can heat up the pages, but so much of what made them enjoyable to read was so much more on an emotional level, and it made these two feel more real and believable (and for me and my feelings about ghosts, its what had me really enjoying the book).
So normally in my reviews I just talk about the characters, but I think I want to talk more plot/ghosts in this review than an in depth analysis of the characters. I liked the concept of the show in that they have a group who goes to these sites and they stay there for an extended period of time, and its not just cheesy gimmicks, they are very much so interested in the backstory and the history. I actually found that learning about the site, and the history, and the interviews, to be enjoyable, it made the whole ghost concept seem more palatable in a way. I also thought the mystery plot line behind who the ghost was, and the personal connection to the area with Sammy made the whole thing more interesting. Plus it provided a great catalyst for the relationship between Sammy and Cain to develop.
I have to say I am really glad I read this book. One of my favorite things is when I pick up a book I think I am not going to like and the author totally changes my mind. It’s books like these that remind me that I need to step out of my comfort zone, it’s why I love to read. I highly recommend this book.