Review: My Ghostly Valentine by Ani Gonzalez

Posted December 12, 2018 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 14 Comments

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Review: My Ghostly Valentine by Ani Gonzalez
My Ghostly Valentine

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Series: Banshee Creek #4
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Romantic Comedy
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on February 9, 2016
Pages: 320
Format: eBook
Source: Kindle Unlimited
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The Delight

We come to the last of the single Franco brothers and I have been eager for this one since Zach appeared on the scene at the beginning of the series.  He gets into the most sticky situations with women and has something of a reputation in a town that has its own colorful rep as The Most Haunted.  A rivalry over a business expansion opportunity, a friends to lovers romance, a ghost, a Valentine Ball, a were deer, and making peace with the past all come together to make this one the best of the series for me.

Review

This was my final book in the Can You Read a Series in a Month challenge and yay, I made it to the finish line with a book that had me laughing often enough.

My Ghostly Valentine is the fourth and final book in the original Banshee Creek series (though, don’t fret, there are spin-offs).  It could be read standalone, but the reader will definitely get more out of it by reading in order since lead characters from the three previous books are prevalent, a series arc is there, and this pair were introduced as side characters early on.

Banshee Creek is a small Virginia mountain town with the rightly-deserved rep for being the Most Haunted Town.  Instead of fighting this phenomenon, the town embraces it and cashes in on having ghosts and curses and odd creatures in and around their businesses and homes.  Zach’s family pizza place has Pepe the ghost who likes a busy, happening pizza parlor.  Patricia’s bakery has a fairy, a brownie, who must be appeased.  They both want to take advantage of the Historical Preservation Society opening up the old Rosemoor Mansion for commercial use.
The rivalry over the mansion brings to their attention that they might actually have something to lose if they win.  Their opposite personalities have melded into a friendship over their love of food and their businesses that sit near each other.  And, right as the competition heats up to impress the historical preservation society, the zing of attraction hits them.  The attraction isn’t even their biggest complication.  Patricia’s dad’s mind slowly deteriorating, the past that she hasn’t faced suddenly has a bearing on any chance at a new relationship, a big corporation trying to pressure Zach into allowing them to buy him out and franchise his pizza place, Zach’s own failed music career, a vampire deer hunt by the paranormies, and a ghost who doesn’t like guests at her mansion all make for plenty to keep Zach and Patricia occupied well and beyond his wild reputation and her stuffy one.

I had a good time with this one.  I liked both Zach and Patricia all along and was rooting for them to have a romance.  They were pretty hot together and the chemistry even when bantering and doing every day stuff was evident.

Around the romance were lots of other happenings in the small town that made me laugh. Caine and the rest at the PROVe institute out in the woods tracking a vampire deer cracked me up as usual.  The fight of the historical preservation society headed up by Zach’s future sister in law trying to keep some decorum and keep the crazy woo-woo stuff under regulation have the bold idea to have a valentine ball that has most of the town up in arms because who wants to celebrate that holiday, right?  It’s bad for business when ghosts and monsters sell better.  It was fun seeing some of the characters from the previous books still getting an ongoing story.

I loved seeing how Zach and Patricia might both want the Rosemoor, but weren’t mean about it and they supported each other in everything else from his music to her ex stealing her recipes.  The big finale at the ball was hilarious and classic Banshee Creek.  The hint of where the next spin-off series about real magic users getting businesses on Main Street has me eager to continue enjoying stories in the Banshee Creek world.

Those who like romantic comedy, a paranormal twist, small town, quirky characters, and spicy romance should give this series a go.

Challenges

Romance Roundabout #382 PNR
Can You Read a Series in a Month #3

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About Ani Gonzalez

Hi! I write about smart, funny people making out (and finding corpses) in haunted houses. I like ghost stories, chocolate, and sangría.

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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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Mary Kirkland
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That sounds like a lot of fun. I would love to visit a town with ghosts. Might be interesting.

Sophia Rose
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These are just that… fun. I have a good time with their zany antics and yes, the ghost part is the best. 🙂

Lorna
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I really like the sound of this. I just went and bought book one. Thanks!

Sophia Rose
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Crossing my fingers you like it, Lorna. The fist book was my least favorite and then I had a good time with the rest of the series much better. 🙂

Angela (Angel's Guilty Pleasures)
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This book and the series sound fun and something I might enjoy. Thank you for the review!

Sophia Rose
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Oh cool! Hope you like them if you give them a try, Angela!

Anne
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Yay you finished your series and you enjoyed them! That’s awesome. They do sound quirky and fun. Anne – Books of My Heart

Sophia Rose
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I’m so glad for the challenge that inspired me to go back and finish up this series. I was only so-so with the first book a few years ago, but my mood must of changed or just a change in characters because I really had fun with books two and four. 🙂

Nadene
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A town filled with ghosts that are embraced by the residents. Sounds like a fun read. Thanks for bringing this to my attention, Sophia. I just discovered I have book 1 and 3. Well I guess I will be bumping this up to the top of my reading list.

Sophia Rose
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Haha! That happens to me all the time when I go to add a book and I’ve already got it. I read book one a while back and was only so-so about it so didn’t press on with more. I think either my mood changed or I needed new main characters because I had a good time with the rest of the series. 🙂

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer
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I wondered why a Valentine read, then realized it was your challenge series! These sound fun for sure.

Sophia Rose
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Haha! Yes! Each book was centered around a holiday so I went from Halloween to Christmas to Valentine’s day all in one series. 🙂

herding cats
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Oh that sounds like a blast. Yay for finishing up your challenge. 🙂

Sophia Rose
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This series has been so fun. I’m glad I gave it a second chance after I had a so-so encounter with book one a few years back. Yay for finishing up my series. 🙂