I've actually read her books before, so I knew I would like her story, but I didn't know how much.
`A Ghost of
a Chance at Love' is actually a little out of my league, because while I love the paranormal/fantasy genre, I am a bit out
of my league in Time travel. Not just time travel, but Western as well.
Gulp! Bravely, I delved into this book with admittedly
a little hesitancy.
And I am SOOOOOOO glad I did!!!! As my first real western/time travel novel, I was actually impressed!
-Not that I didn't think it wouldn't be impressive, Ms. Spear is a GREAT author after all, I have enjoyed her books before,
but I was certainly not expecting this!
I LOVED it! As I said, this isn't my usual genre, so I tread a little carefully
here, not exactly sure what I should compare it to; As far as romances go, it was beautiful! Masterfully written, concise,
and extremely well detailed. It was like I'd gone back in time myself!
At times I was frustrated on behalf of the characters,
sometimes cheering them on, and even gasping during their peril. I wanted to shout at the book. How could so much happen to
one person? Or should I say two, considering, this IS a romance.
These characters are clearly made of stronger stuff
than I. I would not have lasted a day in their lives. In the beginning, it's a bit foggy what's going on, we have the main
character, a lovely American, Lisa, who's obviously had a hard day, what with her hasty divorce and all, she doesn't quite
realize she isn't where she's supposed to be; and we have the sexy cowboy, Jack, who's obviously had a long day as well, who's
dreaming about his deceased fiancée. They both seem a little surprised to find each other, him being that it's HIS hotel room
and her being in a completely different time period than the one she fell asleep in.
They're chemistry is pretty much
instantaneous. I admit I was in love with him from the start. I'm a sucker for charming hospitality! Through out the story,
he continuously tries to help her; despite the fact that he thinks she's sick, crazy, or maybe both. Against all odds, he
keeps trying to help her, even when the odds are against them and it's HIS neck on the line.
I was relieved when they
figured out what was causing her to time travel, and more than a little excited when she somehow managed to bring him back
with her. I thought perhaps they should have stayed in her time where things were easier to understand, but then it wasn't,
not for him anyway, so it's more of a compromise, who could survive best, where. I felt like a kid at Christmas, waiting for
his reaction to all the discoveries he'd surely make.
I was a bit surprised at how easily he handled being transported
through time. He didn't really react to his first car ride, which HAD to have been terrifying; or the washer and dryer, which
was probably more confusing than anything. He DID react strongly to the scantily clad women, I was glad to see, I liked seeing
I've always been one for a faster pace, and this book IS a little slower in some parts, and then a little
rushed in others, but it balances well.
What I wouldn't love to be this girl, with so many men in love with her, despite
a few of them being crazy, or evil, or even on the wrong side of the law. She's obviously a beautiful girl, brave, courageous,
and full of life, otherwise she wouldn't have been able to survive being shot at, kidnapped, transported through time, a pawn
for the FBI, and probably the most frustrating of all, mistaken identity!
I was a bit bummed about a few of the deaths,
but in the end it worked out, so I wasn't TOO disappointed. What's a good story without a couple deaths, right?
I fell a little in love with the main character's brother, Mathew, as well. He seemed so charming, and affectionate, as well
as hospitable, like his brother, Jack. I was always glad to see him when things got complicated.
I am a bit more familiar
with the settings, as well as their speech, but those who don't know or haven't heard a southerner talk might have a little
trouble following along with some of the slang.
Despite that, this story was very in-depth; I personally didn't have any
trouble what-so-ever following along, despite its complicated story-line. I like a little mystery in my books, and this book
held nothing back in that department.
I fully recommend this book!
After I started reading it, I just couldn't put
it down! -Can't wait to see what else Ms. Spear comes up with!
-CssndrMks (Midnight Reads)
(I received a complimentary copy of the book from the Author in exchange for an honest review)
like a romance story with some suspense and mystery to it. Add in time-travel, cowboys, outlaws, ghosts, some sexy scenes
and a Woman who just wants everything to work out already...and you got yourself one heck of a RIDE for a book. "
the beginning of the book to the end of the book you are thrown into a world of time-travel. At first you really don't understand
how the character Lisa got herself in the predicament she's in. One minute she's in her hotel room in present day, just after
her divorce was finalized and the next, she's waking up with a strange man in her bed, and her room doesn't look the same.
would you do if you were Lisa?
Lisa is thrown into a world of chaos when she time-travels back to the past by accident
to learn she's a close relative to the ghost who has been haunting Room 3. It's her job though and she doesn't realize it
yet, to find out what happened to her relative back then and fix everything. In the meanwhile, Lisa falls for the man who
was in the room with her the night she discovered she was no longer in the 21st century.
The only problem is, can she
stay alive in the 19th century so she can go back to her home in the 21st century and does she really want to go back to the
21st century. No matter where she's at and what time...someone wants to kill her.
Back to the question...I asked...What
would you do if you were Lisa? I would've done the same thing she did in this book. She was a really strong character in this
book. Every obstacle she went through, I absolutely adored how she handled it all. I don't think I could keep my composure
with everything she had to deal with just to find out the truth. Jack the character she falls in love with is someone who
is a complete gentleman. From the minute he meets Lisa, he is enthralled with her and wants to know what is wrong with the
woman who is delusional and looks and talks strange in his time. I'm glad Terry Spear had his point of view also in the book.
I loved knowing what he was thinking.
I'm not used to reading Western Romance's at all, but when I got the chance to
read this thanks to Terry Spear. I couldn't pass it up. Her writing style and the plot of the story is absolutely fantastic.
She keeps you on the edge of your seat, wondering what will happen next to the characters. She left you guessing, if Jack
and Lisa would ever have a happily ever after, even with the twist at the end of the book. I was definitely loving the twists
and turns. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who loves reading westerns and romances combined. The suspense and
mystery of what happens to both Lisa and Jack, will make you not want to put the book down until you know the ending.
know that's what I had to do with this book. =)
"Murder, Mystery, a ghost and a handsome cowboy...A time travel adventure you'll not forget."
divorced, Lisa Welsh books a room at a hotel in Salado, Texas just to get away from everything back home. She wakes from a
nightmare to find a cowboy in her bed. To make matters worse she realizes she somehow traveled back in time to 19th century
Salado and everyone believes she is a woman named Josephine Rogers. Only Josephine is supposed to be dead.
doesn't understand why the clerk at the hotel would give him a room that is already occupied. The woman looks like Josephine,
but she doesn't act like her. This intrigues Jack enough to keep in eye on her.
An amethyst necklace seems to be the
clue to Lisa's time travel adventure. It should be simple to return to where she belongs, but not only does a ghost not want
her to leave 19th century Salado, danger awaits her in the 21st century. And what is she suppose to do with Jack when her
heart tells her she belongs with him?
It seems no matter what century Lisa is in someone wants her dead, but Jack is
determined not to let this happen.
Murder, mystery, a ghost and handsome cowboy--what more can you ask for in a time
travel adventure that keeps you on the edge of you seat. As the mystery unravels, you'll be rooting for Jack and Lisa to find
a way for their love to last across time.
Karen Michelle Nutt, author
PNR, Paranormal Romance Reviews