Highland Ghost Busters, Book 1
by Allie MacKay (Sue-Ellen Welfonder)
Re-edited Version May 20, 2015
Paranormal Romance, Scottish
When spirits rise, love soon follows…
Kendra Chase earns her living as a ghost whisperer. Cajoling disgruntled discarnates isn’t easy, so she’s been looking forward to a vacation in Edinburgh. But before she can tour the castle or even try haggis, an unexpected assignment sends her to Scotland’s rugged north coast. The tiny fishing village of Pennard is being excavated for a historical restoration project, and the living locals aren’t the only ones upset by the plans.
Supernatural protests have been reported.
No one knows better than Graeme MacGrath that his seaside village is more than North Sea nostalgia, peat smoke, and plaid. Bound by a centuries-old legacy to keep the region’s peace, MacGrath is the fiercest opponent to the development project. The renovation work has disrupted the protective veil that shields this world from the ancient, half-mythic past. And though he doesn’t have time for dallying with fetching American tourists, when Kendra arrives, desire flares between them. They join forces to save Pennard, but can they stop themselves from the one thing they can’t risk – falling in love?
Haunted Warrior by Allie MacKay, aka Sue-Ellen Welfonder is about the third book I have read by this author. This version of Haunted Warrior is the re-edited version of this book, and is supposed to have a lighter feel, with more myth and legend. I didn’t read the previous version, so I can not compare the two.
Kendra Chase is a ghost whisper, she helps those spirits that haven’t moved on, or still have unfinished business. She is sent to Pennard Village in Scotland to see if she can help some discontented spirits that have been causing mischief in the village. The village is scheduled for restoration, and some of the residents, and ghost residents are not to happy about it.
“She might see and speak with ghosts, but she wasn’t yet one of them. She could feel the hard beat of her pulse, her stunned amazement at the kiss’s ferocity.”
It is on this trip to Scotland that Kendrea meets Graeme MacGrath. Graeme has roots in Pennard that go back for centuries, and it is his job to protect the village, its residents, and his family’s relic with his life. He doesn’t have time for an American woman that speaks strangely, and can scarcely drive on the roads in Pennard. Against his better judgement Graeme starts to fall for Kendra, and there is nothing his heart can do about it. It is up to Kendra, Graeme, and Jock to save the residents of Pennard from the evil of his families foe, Ramsey.
“The Shadow Wand, a fabled length of jet and amber said to have been in my family’s possession. Anyone who wielded the relic held untold power.”
First let me say that I have read the first two books in the Ravenscraig Legacy, and enjoyed them. Scottish Paranormal Romance is probably my favorite genre to read. This book had a great beginning. I liked the residents of Pennard, and the disgruntled spirits that Kendra met throughout the story. I loved Graeme, and Jock (Graeme’s dog) was probably my favorite. Yes, I am partial to animals. Sue-Ellen did an excellent job of ‘showing’ me the village of Pennard. The story had a light, airy feel to it, full of celtic lore, and colorful characters. I could smell the sea in the air, hear the laughing gulls, and see the sails of the fishing boats out at sea. It felt as if I was there, and I wish I had been. I even despised Graeme’s long time foe, Ramsey.
“His interest in Pennard will go deeper than carving the village into one foot square lots to sell to Scotland loving tourist.’
The author has a way with words, and of drawing you into the story. I am not sure what happened about 3/4 of the way through the book. It seems that the climax that you knew was coming ended in a paragraph. I could not believe it, and I had to go back and make sure I didn’t skip any pages. It just seems that it was to easy. It also seemed that the hero, Graeme’s character changed. He said a few things like, “great leaping gods”, which he didn’t say anything remotely like that in the whole book, until toward the end. He went from acting the warrior, and all masculine to something different. The tone, and feel of the book changed when there was only about a fourth left to go.
This will not dissuade me from reading the rest of the books in the series. I enjoy the voice that Allie MacKay (Sue-Ellen Welfonder) writes in, and will continue reading her books. There is some kissing in this story, and a little steam, but nothing else. I received a copy of this book from the author, in exchange for an honest review.
3 Hearts/ Liked It!