Genres: Paranormal Romance, Romantic Comedy
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on February 9, 2016
Source: Kindle Unlimited
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.
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.
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