Saturday, February 17, 2018

Review: To Free A Phantom by Carrie Pulkinen

Title: To Free A Phantom
Author: Carrie Pulkinen
Genre/Age: Paranormal Romance/Adult
Series: Spirit Chasers (Book Three)
Publisher: Self-published
Format: ebook via Author
Rating: ✺✺✺
SynopsisA second-chance romance where the past isn’t the only thing that’s haunting…

Paranormal investigator and IT genius Gage Dawson sucks at dating. Ten times out of ten, his relationships don’t make it past dinner. But when his childhood best friend comes back into his life, he’s determined to take her all the way to breakfast. He never told her he loved her in high school. Hopefully he won’t make that mistake again.

Psychic medium Erica Miller is struggling to make her haunted community theater a success. She’s never had a problem with ghosts before, but when black-outs, confusion, and headaches plague her rehearsals, she’ll need the help of a certain paranormal investigator to find the culprit.
Erica hasn’t seen Gage since high school, and the nerdy boy-next-door she once called her best friend has grown into a mouth-watering specimen of a man. Will sparks fly between them, or will the spirits drive them apart?

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

Best friends reconnect while a ghost stirs up trouble.

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The last thing Gage expects is to find the woman who used to be his best friend is working in the same building as him. After she disappeared to Hollywood with her boyfriend after high school, Gage hasn't seen her since. Now, she's back and he wonders if this is his chance to finally make the move he should have made years ago, before she walked out of his life and took his heart with her.

Erica's life isn't going according to her plan. She's running a theater she never intended to own and now there's another ghost hanging around her apartment, asking for help she can't give. The only highlight of her week is reconnecting with her best friend. Gage is still the same sweet guy, but now it's impossible for her to ignore her attraction to him. But just as the two start to become reacquainted, a ghost from her past comes into play and doesn't intend to play fair.

This series has been a fun ride so far. We've had ghosts aplenty and demons to contend with. Couples who were strangers and now a pair who were teenage best friends. There is a nice variety of both paranormal elements and romance blossoming in each book. And I love how different every story is. Each couple has their own feel to them as well. Overall, I highly recommend this series.

For this book, we have Gage and Erica, plus a few ghosts butting in here and there. I think the romance outshines the paranormal angle in this one. But I didn't mind that because the pair were great to read about. Gage was his usual sweet self and I think he might even be my favorite guy of the three. He reminded me a lot of my own husband who was just as terrible at the whole 'dating' thing. And my hubby called his sister for advice too! Haha!

The supernatural element was a little tamer here than the first two books. A quarter into the book and I was thinking things were going a little too smoothly for our couple. I started wondering where the paranormal struggle would play in because there always is one. And when it came around, oh boy. It really shook things up. I won't give away what it is, though. You'll just have to read it to find out.

I think the highlight of the book, for me, was the romance between our pair. It's a friends-to-lovers story, but also a sort-of second chance theme too. The two are intimate early and often and I ate it all up. This author always does a great job at writing the love scenes. It never gets repetitive or boring. There is emotional growth from one encounter to the next. It's definitely one of this writer's strengths.

In closing...
I don't know if there is more to come in this series or not, but I sure hope so! Five ghostly suns!

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