Sunday, February 10, 2013

Mini-Review: The Ghost Exterminator

The Ghost Exterminator (Karmic Consultants #2)

by Vivi Andrews


Rebel meets by-the-book businessman. Love doesn't stand a ghost of a chance. A Karmic Consultants story. Jo Banks has been seeing ghosts since she was six, so normal was never really an option. Embracing the weird and shunning normalcy makes her the top Ghost Exterminator in her region. Then she meets Wyatt Haines, the uptight, materialistic and irritatingly sexy owner of a successful resort chain. Wyatt's new Victorian inn is extremely haunted and the Commando Barbie Ghost Exterminator is just the girl for the job. Except Wyatt doesn't believe in ghosts, or Jo, or anything outside the norm. He'll have to start believing fast, though, because Jo's extermination goes awry and accidentally throws two prankster ghosts into Wyatt's body to haunt him. Every time he falls asleep, the mischievous ghosts take over, turning his perfectly ordered life into chaos. His waking hours are no less chaotic, with his thoughts possessed by Jo's quirky appeal and Playmate physique. Unfortunately, Jo's ghost-exing mojo is on the fritz just when she needs it the most to unhaunt Wyatt and figure out why his inn is swarming with ghosts. Preferably before his spirit is permanently separated from his mouth-watering body. And before her heart is permanently attached to the most sexy, frustrating, normal man she's ever met. Warning: This book contains prankster ghosts, PG bondage, and a not-so-PG trip to the mile-high club.
Although I've read many stories by Vivi Andrews, I missed the first in this series, so I started off with a bit of catching up to do.  This series is based around a supernatural consulting firm, run by a mysterious and beautiful woman by the name of Karma.   Our story is about one of the consultants, Jo, and her skill as a ghost exterminator.  She is sent out on a job, only to come face to face with Wyatt Haines, an unbeliever of highest proportions, who called in Karmic Consultants in a last ditch effort to figure out why the universe is kicking his butt in the form of strange incidents on his new refurbishment project.
Jo immediately knows that this job is going to be complicated. The house itself is causing serious problems of the ghost kind, and she can’t figure out what, or ultimately who, is causing the problems.  Though there is an immediate chemistry causing flares between Jo and Wyatt, both refuse to embrace their connection.  As they work together to try to figure out who’s causing the problems, with Wyatt even being suspected as the bad guy at one point, the heat continues to flare and sooner rather than later they are no longer able to resists their connection.
When their connection begins to deepen, Wyatt and Jo continue to resist each other and the pull.  They are both so different on the surface that it doesn't seem they could ever find common ground.  But the love that blossoms between them is undeniable and shows them both that the differences between them are not anywhere near as important as their love and the passion that meshes in their lives to make them a perfect pair. 
This was a great story (not that I expected anything less from this author) and I am hoping to get the chance to read more in the series.  The love and passion between Wyatt and Jo was sexy and fun to read.  Both characters are witty and the sarcasm they use to keep people at a distance left me laughing so hard at times I thought I would cry.  Jo’s uncertainty about her true place in life reaches out to Wyatt and that vulnerability buried under a thick brittle shell makes him even more protective and determined to bring her out of her shell so she can be happy and complete.  I should also mention that the loving was intense and sensual throughout the story and definitely left me needing water and a fan.  Can’t wait for more.

Rating:   3.25 stars
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