Reviewed by Madison Davis
Member of the Paranormal Romance Guild Review Team
I had a great time starting to read ‘Previous Owners.’ Helene Curtis is a real estate agent who talks to ghosts and is excellent at her job. Due to her ‘minor’ magical abilities, she can speak to the previous dead house owners and convince them to move on, so their formerly haunted house was ready to be sold.
Helene has a best friend, Frank. He’s been with her for years. She also has a boyfriend and a job she likes, and then her life takes a turn for the worst.
But, of course, in this book, the worst isn’t so bad.
And there, I’m afraid, the charm of the book starts becoming sketchy. Helene Curtis is still relatively young and lives in a small town. But when she decides to create a new life, she immediately has the money to buy her own place in the city, get a job with a company which wanted to have her for a long time already, and she’s successful right away – and, of course, finds a handsome boyfriend too.
While Helene in her small town was described as ‘plain,’ later in the book, she suddenly turns into a beauty. Was she ‘modestly’ talented in magic initially, later on, she turned out to be very powerful. And, of course, Helene immediately finds magical support when needed. The coven she connects with is very powerful and communes with the dead all the time.
The intimate scenes in the book are quite rough, even though the author wrote about ‘true love.’ Still, the physical scenes between the ‘lovers’ seem to be straight out of porn. Despite the exact words within the sexual act, I got the feeling the descriptions were a bit helpless like they came out of ‘other books.’
The evil party in the story connected to the dark side, a ‘ghoul,’ in the most disgusting way, which was a real turn-off to me.
Frank plays a significant role in the book, which made him my favorite character. But even he stayed somehow colorless during the entire story. His development at the end of the book is surprising, but unfortunately, medically impossible.