Title: A Date With the Other Side
Author: Erin McCarthy
Series: Cuttersville #1
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Contemporary, Contemporary romance, Romance
Dates read: 12th January 2019
Publisher: Berkley Sensation
5th sentence, 74th page: The lock clicked into place.
In the three years Shelby Tucker has been leading tour groups through the haunted houses of Cuttersville, Ohio, she’s never caught a glimpse of a ghost. But she does get pretty startled when she waltzes into the bedroom of a supposedly vacant house and stumbles upon a sexy, hot-blooded, naked man…
This is no ghost, though. This guy is solid as a rock. Bad boy Boston Macnamara is renting the so-called huanted house… and he’s about to shake things up in good ol’ Cuttersville. At least for Shelby, who’s never been so hot and bothered before. And especially if some feisty matchmaking spirits have their way…
I can’t believe that I’ve put off reading this book for like a whole month!!! I got it, I wanted to read it… I decided that I should read something else. And I kept putting it off. Until the other day, when I had a really severe migraine. Which meant that any urban fantasy or really any story that involved keeping intense track of the characters and the plot was completely out of bounds. Instead I read this. Cover to cover with no breaks. And made my migraine worse… but it was totally worth it!!!
The whole opposites attract thing really comes out in this story. Shelby is completely easy going, although kind of insecure and smart enough to know what she doesn’t want in life (even if she can’t quite figure out what she does want). Boston on the other hand is uptight and controlled… although peel back the outside layers of both the characters as you go through the story (as McCarthy does perfectly in this) and you’ll realise that under that crispy outer shell, both of the characters are almost exactly the same. Insecure, longing to be loved and not sure whether they can trust someone else.
Although this is an incredibly typical boy meets girl kind of story, I did love the ghostly influences throughout. It’s not quite a paranormal romance, in that it is very everyday lives that just happen to occur near a haunted house. The slight paranormal influence partnered with the small country town that I find completely relatable made this seem almost the more real. After all, there are places that people think are haunted… and why not have a story that means this haunting becomes something more positive?
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