Friday, March 6, 2015

Review: Restlees Spirits @kathybryson2


Restless Spirits
Title: Restlees Spirits
Author: Kathy Bryson
Release Date: June 18th 2014
Format: E-book
Publisher:
Soul Mate Publishing
Source: complimentary copy in exchange of an honest review.

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Marilee Harper is desperate to find another job after she accidentally set fire to the home of the richest woman in town. Converting an old hospital into a bed and breakfast seems like a golden opportunity. But faucets and lights turn themselves off and on, and old baseballs fly without help. Stressed and aggravated, Marilee wants nothing more than to redeem herself, even if it means hands off her sympathetic boss!
John Smith has every confidence in the bossy, strong woman he hired to launch his bed & breakfast. She handled difficult customers at the bank and now she’s handling electricity and plumbing and whatever unseen force keeps throwing baseballs. Who can blame him if he starts to admire the woman in more than strictly professional terms? But when the angry, treacherous King of the Fairies shows up, can Marilee become his champion?
 
Kathy BrysonKathy Bryson knew she wanted to be a writer when she finished reading through her school and local children’s libraries. She spent 20 years honing her writing skills on marketing brochures, websites, and several unfinished manuscripts before going into teaching and finishing a book with all the stuff she enjoys most – from coffee to love to Shakespeare! Kathy lives in Florida where she caters to the whims of two spoiled cats and wonders what possessed her to put in 75 feet of flower beds.

Her first book, Feeling Lucky, won the 2014 National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award for Best First Book.

 
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After having a small role in Feeling Lucky, Marilee is now the main character of another sweet romance that involves a magical kingdom. This time the fantasy is less present and the romance is better.

Marilee is still ashamed for setting on fire Megan's house. Afraid of losing her job she accepts her mother invitation for a job interview. Move forward a little and she ends up helping John Smith to open a bed and breakfast. The old house used to be a hospital and people believe is haunted.

The dynamic between Marilee and John is really sweet. They try to keep the relationship in a professional level but their attraction is undeniable. It's not a suffocating tension like in some romance books. Here is cute to see them avoid much time alone or hot topics. Of course once they decide to give it a go, we witness a mature, cute and lovely romance. I liked both of their personalities but as before I wanted a bit more about him. I was expecting for him to have a super-secret or a hidden identity. But no, he is just simple.

As I said at first, the fantasy element appears way too late for me. We have funny moments with the "ghosts" and how things take life of their own and move around the house. But the fairies take longer than last time and when they doo the chapters go too fast. The action takes full speed and you need to read carefully so you don't miss anything.

I have to mention that there are recurrent topics in Kathy's books that caught my attention. One for example is the mother-daughter relationship. The women always have a relationship with their mothers that is not difficult but it has its roughness. The mothers treat their daughters like teenager even when they are adults. I'm not saying is a bad thing is just funny, and I imagine every mother treats their kids the same way no matter the age they are.

Overall, this is another good book written by Kathy. It's a sweet, light, funny and enjoyable romance.


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