Afternoon Delight Review: A Ghoul’s Kiss by J.M. Stonebeck

Afternoon Delight Review: A Ghoul’s Kiss by J.M. StonebeckA Ghoul's Kiss by J.M. Stonebeck

Series: Ghouls Kisses
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published on 3 May 2017
Pages: 155
Format: eARC
Source: Author
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She has the key.
He steals her heart.

Oncologist Sarah Clemons's world is about to get turned upside down. Going on a blind date seemed like a good idea until a tragic incident lands her--injured--in Ghoul King Eric Faye's mansion.

Eric doesn't trust humans. After all, ghouls have never found a reason to need humans in their lives. The closer he gets to Sarah, the more he realizes how important she truly is: Sarah holds the key to unlocking the secrets of the mystical book, The Zenith, which can change the path of his people forever. Eric and Sarah set out to find the book together, the journey leading them on perilous paths as they try to deny their passion and desire for one another. Can they let go of the fears of their pasts to find a future together?

The Delight

A blind date, a magic key, a rescue, and a whole new world hiding in plain sight.

Review

A Ghoul’s Kiss is the first in a series.  I found the introduction to the ghoul race an intriguing prospect and enjoyed that the premise of the story is a race between ghouls and vampires, mortal enemies, to get their hands on a magic text.  Sarah, the heroine, is the hapless and innocent human who discovers quickly that she has something that all the paranormals want to get their hands on because it’s the key to this magical text.

The story from Sarah’s point of view fit well with the fact that this is a first in series, but from Eric’s, I felt like I was dropped into the middle of something.  I loved what I got about the backstory of the ghouls and vamps, but I would have liked more.

There are some good action and suspense moments sprinkled in with a few good twists and a surprise there near the end, but the focus of the story was definitely the romance.  The plot had some rough edges and some rough dialogue, but it had a solid premise.  I liked this pair together, but I also felt Sarah getting caught up in her head a lot and punishes Eric for her own hang-ups.  They work past most of it and the story is in a good placed poised for the next part of the series on the quest for the Zenith, the mystical book.

All in all, this was a refreshing paranormal romance featuring ghouls and a solid treasure hunt style plot that I would explore further and would encourage other paranormal romance fans to give a try.

My thanks to the author for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

Challenges

Romance Roundabout #177 PNR
New Release #93
COYER #11

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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  • Debbie Haupt

    Sophia Rose I love that cover oh and what a fantastic premise for a new series.
    Thanks

    • I agree, Debbie. It is a captivating cover and matches the story very well.

  • I love the premise for this book. That sounds so good and I love PNR.

    • Ghouls, right Mary? 🙂 It was a fun paranormal premise and pretty exciting.

  • Despite the lack of some of the worldbuilding it sounds like a fun summer read. Plus I do like PNR. 🙂

    • Yes, in the end, it was PNR, which is a wonderful thing, Melissa. 🙂

  • This sounds like it would be a fun book to read when looking for something a bit shorter. I do like the sound of the premise.

    • Yes, it would be perfect for that, Carole. It was a fast read for me.

  • the idea is intresting and I like the fact that we follow ghouls

    • Definitely one of the most curious parts of the books with the ghouls and how they are different from the vampires.

  • This has me curious. I will be anxious to see your thought’s on book two.

    • Yes, its a continuation story so it will be interesting to see how things work out there.

  • I’m a sucker for treasure hunt-ish reads. Sounds like a pretty good start to things 🙂

    • Me, too! Love the treasure hunt style stories.