Saturday, October 9, 2010

Review: The Ghost Exterminator (Karmic Consultants #2) by Vivi Andrews

Synopsis (via Goodreads):
Rebel meets by-the-book businessman. Love doesn't stand a ghost of a chance.

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.
My Thoughts: Not too long ago I read a book that was trying really, really hard to be funny but, for me at least, it just came across as annoying.  This book, on the other hand, was funny without crossing the line where it felt like the author was trying too hard to get the giggles out of a reader.  Jo was snarky, Wyatt was sometimes clueless, the pranking ghosts pranked well- and never once did I roll my eyes and have the urge to beat a character over the head with a hammer (unlike that other book).

This is the first book I've read by Vivi Andrews and I really like her style of writing.  It's crisp and fun and it doesn't get mired down with unnecessary prose.  There were enough pop-culture references sprinkled throughout to make my inner fangirl geek sit up and cheer.

Ultimately there was enough story to keep me satisfied (plus, as the 2nd in a series of 4, I now have the opportunity to go back and read the others.  Yay!), the characters were well-realized and the book itself was a fun little escape from reality.

You can't ask for much more than that.

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