Florence Day is a ghost-writer with one big problem. She’s supposed to be penning swoon-worthy novels for a famous romance author but, after a bad break-up, Florence no longer believes in love. And when her strict (but undeniably hot) new editor, Benji Andor, won’t give her an extension on her book deadline, Florence prepares to kiss her career goodbye.
Although when tragedy strikes and Florence has to head home, the last thing she expects to see is a ghost at her front door. Not just any ghost, however, but the stern form of her still very hot – yet now unquestionably dead – new editor.
As sparks start to fly between them, Florence tells herself she can’t be falling for a ghost – even an infuriatingly sexy one. But can Benji help Florence to realise love isn’t dead, after all?
If you were to cut me in half you would see my insides are mostly black but with a soft pink gooey centre. My reading reflects that with a combination of dark murdery books and the obligatory romcom to prevent me from going completely to the dark side. While I love a good death or ten I also love a happy ever after, so the joy on getting both in one book was like having Halloween, Christmas and my birthday all on one day.
Florence is a ghost writer for a bestselling romance novelist, but after a terrible breakup she’s adamant love is dead. As her deadline to turn in the manuscript approaches and her writers block keeps killing off the MC rather than give them a happy ever after, the last thing she needs is a new editor. Especially one she imagines climbing on…
Then she is called home, a place she hasn’t set foot in for many years. Growing up in a funeral parlour might seem strange enough but when you can see ghosts too, and the latest one to turn up is your very new hot editor then things were always going to get freaky.
The first third of the book I loved getting to know Florence, her family and discovering all about her past and why she hasn’t been home. I will warn possible readers that this is more an anti romance for the majority of the book but the hope of a happy ever after remained especially as Benji was such a loveable character. The only character that threw me off was Dana, as whenever they appeared in the book it kept stating they/them. I had visions of conjoined twins or a ghostly sidekick making it more than one person until this old woman reader realised ah non binary. This is the first book I have read where I have seen this and while it took me a bit of getting used to, that’s down to me not the author.
The setting was great fun and the only thing missing was the family car being a hearse that played The Addams Family theme tune. (You know in your head are now the words they’re creepy and they’re kooky). Well that is the Day family but they are also full of love and maybe just a little spirit.
If you like Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands and Practical Magic. Where love is just a little bit spooky and different then I can thoroughly recommend The Dead Romantics.
About the author
Ashley Poston writes stories about love and friendship and ever afters. A native to South Carolina, she now lives in a small grey house with her sassy cat and too many books. You can find her on the internet, somewhere, watching cat videos and reading fan-fiction.
Tweet her at @ashposton and find out more about her at http://www.ashposton.com.
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