Book Review: Haunted On Bourbon Street (Jade Calhoun #1)
Author: Deanna Chase
Genre: Paranormal Romance
$$$: $0 AUD for Kindle,
$21.65 AUD Paperback
Publisher: Bayou Moon Press, LLC (23 November 2013) ASIN: B005EHRSUY
I give it: 4 stars
Blurb from Amazon:
“Jade loves her new apartment—until a ghost joins her in the shower.
When empath Jade Calhoun moves into an apartment above a strip bar on Bourbon Street, she expects life to get interesting. What she doesn’t count on is making friends with an exotic dancer, attracting a powerful spirit, and developing feelings for Kane, her sexy landlord.
Being an empath has never been easy on Jade’s relationships. It’s no wonder she keeps her gift a secret. But when the ghost moves from spooking Jade to terrorizing Pyper, the dancer, it’s up to Jade to use her unique ability to save her. Except she’ll need Kane’s help—and he’s betrayed her with a secret of his own—to do it. Can she find a way to trust him and herself before Pyper is lost?”
First thing I want to say about this book is that it is a part of several series, not just Chase’s Jade Calhoun series. I’m not sure what she’s calling the universe this story sits in (I’m going to call it the Spirits of Bourbon Street) but in her world the stories of several series are interlinked. For example connected to this series is the Pyper Rayne series. Pyper is Jade’s friend and I actually began reading this universe with Pyper’s first novel Spirits, Stilettos and a Silver Bustier. SSSB is clearly set after Haunted on Bourbon Street but reading them “out of order” was no hindrance to the enjoyment of either book. Judging from the content Haunted On Bourbon Street is our first foray in to Jade and Pyper’s world.
I picked this book up as a freebie, I think it was a recommendation from read.freely, or from the author’s newsletter. I really enjoyed this book so I decided to do a review for you my lovely readers. In the interest of transparency, I am not getting paid for this, and the book wasn’t a freebie in return for a review. I just really enjoyed it and thought you might too.
So, Haunted on Bourbon Street. What a starting place for a series. Jade has just moved to New Orleans only to find her best friend shacking up with Jade’s ex so she’s on the lookout for a new place to live. She rents an apartment above a strip club only to discover the owner wasn’t lying about the handsy ghost rumoured to live in the place. But when the ghost begins to hurt people though Jade knows the ghost has got to go.
It was really fun to read the “will they won’t they” of Jade and Kane’s relationship and get to know the other characters of the series like Bea a little better. I got to know their backgrounds and relationships more fully in this book. The story didn’t go into as much detail as I’d probably would have liked, but as it’s part one of a series I’m assuming things that didn’t get expanded upon probably will in a future book. Sidenote: Can I get like a Book-Daddy who buys me all the books I want and then brings me tea while I read them? This book is full of sexual tension, sleuthing to find out who the ghost is and how to get rid of him, magic, and the best part of all: finding friends who are your kind of crazy. My favourite scene was probably the first time Jane and Kane get it on. It was well written and romantic. You could really feel the passion between the characters.
Haunted On Bourbon Street was an easy read. I read it in a couple of hours (maybe three or four). Chase has a great talent for the craft of writing and enough knowledge of the Craft to make the magic realistic. I really enjoy her writing (I think this is the third book of hers I’ve read) and look forward to getting further into her catalogue. I recommend this book for readers who enjoy paranormal romance, PR cozy mysteries, and books about fictional witches.
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