Review: A Merry Monster Holiday by Ani Gonzalez

Posted December 11, 2018 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 10 Comments

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Review: A Merry Monster Holiday by Ani Gonzalez
A Merry Monster Holiday

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Series: Banshee Creek #3
Genres: Holiday Romance, Paranormal Romance, Romantic Comedy
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on December 6, 2015
Pages: 156
Format: eBook
Source: Free Book
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The Delight

After the fun of the last two entries in the Banshee Creek series, I was all in for the next Franco brother to get his romance in a spirited second chance snowed in for the holidays with rumors of a monster on the loose sort of way.


A Merry Monster Holiday is the third book in the Banshee Creek paranormal romance series and works best read in order so the worldbuilding and ongoing events and characters will make sense.

We return to the most haunted town in America for Lili and Sebastian’s story.  Lili and Bastian were in love and were supposed to go away to Hollywood together, but she chickened out and stayed behind while he went on and became a successful actor.  Now, instead of movie set designs, she designs homes and the occasional local TV show set and she’s just redesigned Bastian’s lake cabin at the behest of his relations without his permission.  Lil wants to get well out of Sebastian’s way before he arrives, but a severe blizzard and rumors of a mythical Devil Monkey trap her and the newly arrived Sebastian.  The old spark is still there, but will his Hollywood ex manage to scotch their chances?

Like the rest of the series, it was funny and steamy, but… rushed- so rushed toward the end.  It introduced the characters, the setting and situation, and a decent conflict, but once his ex showed up it was off to the races.  The quirky small-town antics, the Franco family, and even a solid development to the romance were largely absent.  I liked this one, but wanted to like it more.

Sebastian and Lili have some fun dialogue, playful moments, and some steam.  They both are trying to get over the hurt from past decisions to separate for different reasons.  Lili wasn’t ready to leave and Sebastian was more than ready.  It was one of those situations that they wanted different things at the time.  The second chance when they are in different places in their life and ready to focus on relationship rather than careers.  I thought they were great together.

Caine and his band of paranormal researchers were hilarious and I loved when they crashed the scene with Sebastian’s manipulative ex.
And, it was sweet to get a little scene with ghostly Cole and the Devil Monkey to close out this latest installment.

So, it was good if somewhat rushed in the end.  I can’t wait to move on to Zach’s story next and return to the hilarious antics that go on in and around Banshee Creek.

The Holiday


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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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3 years ago

It could be a good series to start

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Melliane

Oh yes! Each book is centered around this kooky, haunted town and the way they do the holidays. Very fun!

3 years ago

This sounds like a fun series. I don’t think I’ve ever heard of it.

Karen @ For What It’s Worth

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Karen

I spotted a review by Lola a couple years ago and tried the first book. It must have caught me in a mood because I thought it was so-so, but then when I came back to the series just last month I was in love. 🙂

3 years ago

This sounds fun and light! I’m glad you’re enjoying this series. Anne – Books of My Heart

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Anne

It is definitely a lighthearted one. The spin-off gets gradually darker for the mystery though these are spicier for the romance. 🙂

herding cats
herding cats
3 years ago

Oooo a blizzard! Yes, please! Sounds fun but darn on things getting a bit too rushed there. That’s always a spot frustrating.

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  herding cats

I would have rather had a better pace there at the end, but that wasn’t too big of an issue.

Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books
Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books
3 years ago

I really enjoyed Hex Marks the Spot which is set in the same town, I believe. I am going to have to add this series to my list.

Sophia Rose
3 years ago

I’ve just started Hex Marks the Spot. Yes, this is the original series then there is Main Street Witches, and then the Dora Pendragon stories in Magical Curiosity Shoppe that lead to the one you read. There are some short stories that time-wise come during the Main Street Witches series about the PRoVe people. They are very fun.