Saturday, May 20, 2017

Review: To Catch a Spirit by Carrie Pulkinen

Title: To Catch a Spirit
Author: Carrie Pulkinen
Genre/Age: Paranormal Romance/Adult
Series: None
Publisher: Self-published
Format: ebook via Author
Rating: ✺✺✺
SynopsisA psychic who's afraid of ghosts and a billionaire with a haunted past and a hidden power find that only love can catch a spirit.

Psychic Allison Gray has a soft spot for Logan Mitchell, even though she's never met him. All it takes is one encounter for the billionaire's true emotions to slip through her shields, and she’s intrigued. But a harrowing incident from her past has left her terrified of spirits, and the ghost that’s haunting Logan is doing everything in her power to keep Allison away.

Born an empath, Logan is constantly barraged with human emotions. While his talent of reading people has come in handy in the business world, it's about to drive him insane. Literally. Logan has OCD, and his psychic ability triggers unbearable attacks that have him counting and cleaning until he collapses from exhaustion. Even worse, he's plagued with recurring visions of his future wife's death, so he’s spent his entire life avoiding love. He's given up hope of ever having a normal life, until he meets Allison.

She's everything he's ever dreamed of, and now he has to decide if loving her is worth risking her life.

*To Catch a Spirit is a steamy paranormal romance with a guaranteed happily ever after. However, it does deal with mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, and suicide.

**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book.**

A couple's biggest obstacle between them is... a ghost?

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Allison would rather be anywhere other than a house party with a bunch of rich snobs who only care about themselves and their money. And the handsome home owner is nice to look at but not enough of a reason to stay, even though her psychic ability shows her how sad and lonely he his. Then her night takes a strange turn when she comes across a guest who definitely wasn't on the invitation list.

Logan is starting to think that he's going crazy. More than usual. Inexplicable things have been happening in his new home, and paired with his tragic dreams, he doesn't know what to believe. It's not like he can share his troubles since he's supposed to be the perfect rich bachelor. So when he comes across a woman who sees through his facade, he wonders if it's fate bringing them together. She sees the man under the mask and may be the only person who can help him overcome his fears and solve the mystery of his dreams.

But there is a third wheel in this equation--of the ghostly type. The female spirit in Logan's home will not be swayed by a team of supernatural hunters or the psychic who wishes to banish her from the realm of the living. And if a haunting entity isn't enough of a challenge for a new couple, Logan and Allison must face their own personal demons if they ever stand a chance of happily ever after.

I found this book to be a mixture of contemporary romance and paranormal. The ghost angle is present throughout the entire story but it's really only half of the problems our couple faces. Logan has control issues, problems with his empathic abilities, and a bit of an identity crisis going on. Allison is afraid to get close to Logan or any other man after having lost almost everyone in her life. There are some serious issues tackled here and I think they're done well.

The romance was definitely spicy enough to keep me intrigued even without the paranormal element. Our pair are easily drawn to and complement each other. I had no trouble connecting with each of them but I think they shined more in the scenes they shared with each other. The bedroom scenes were hot and plentiful, too.

I also enjoyed the supernatural plot of the story. I started reading this book while alone and in a dark room which I do not recommend as the best reading setting. This had a mild spooky level but it still gave me the chills more than once. The ghost character doesn't get a lot of development since she's... well, a ghost. Yet, I could see her torment and hoped she would be set free from her tragic prison.

The only problem I had with the story was really just the length. Around 70%, I thought the story was coming to a close, only to find out that we still had a quarter of the book left. I think some of the plot threads could be taken out, to be honest. The entire part where Allison had an issue with the magazine really didn't add anything to the story for me. It was unnecessary strife in an already pretty busy storyline. I did like all of the secondary characters, though. They added some humor to the mix.

In closing...
This isn't part of a series but I do hope that this author gives us more paranormal romance stories in the future! Four suns!

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