When I first saw the write-up for Me and My Ghoulfriends, a paranormal romance by Rose Pressey, I wasn’t sure what to think. “There’s always fun to be had on a ghoul’s night out. By day, Larue Donavan is a down-to-earth bookstore owner. But by night, she’s a world-renowned psychic investigator dedicated to helping lost spirits find peace. Dead people won’t leave her alone and Abraham Lincoln thinks he’s in charge of her lovelife. Larue can handle ghosts and undead presidents. It’s the living that drive her crazy. When Callahan Weiss moves to town, the handsome newcomer opens a coffee shop right next door. She’s smitten from the start, but she’s not the only one — The boutique owner across the street has her eye on Callahan too, and uses witchcraft to fight dirty. When Callahan gets hit by a love spell, Larue will need more than a little help from her ghoul-friends to save the day…”
It looked fun, sure, and original (Yay! No vampires or werewolves!) and I have to admit I thought the play on “girlfriends” in the title was funny. I guess my hesitation came because I’ve just read a lot of mediocre paranormal romance. I mean a lot. In fact, just this week I’ve put down two books that I couldn’t continue after reading the first 3 chapters.
But by the time I got half-way through Me and My Ghoulfriends, I had to force myself to slow down. It was just an easy read and the main character, Larue so engaging that if I wasn’t careful, I was going to finish the novel in one sitting. By the time the story was finished, I knew I was going to have to write a review recommending this book.
I wasn’t sure the Abe Lincoln thing would work. But overall it (and the other ghost characters in her entourage) did, and his love advice was pretty cute. I love how Pressey managed to give all the characters such individual voices and yet keep a consistent tone in the book.
If you’re looking for a light read in the paranormal vein, with ghosts, witches, coffee shops and pole dancing, give this one a try!