"Not enough ghosts..." Phantom Traces by Claire Gem #review #romance

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Phantom Traces

A Ghost Romance

Written by Claire Gem

Genre(s): Paranormal Romance

A history professor in a tweed jacket, a cheeky Goth chick, and a pipe-smoking, book-hurling ghost. Put them all together in an antiquated library and, well…

Professor Jack Wood’s silver-streaked hair definitely ages him, and he can thank Killer Dawn for that. He won’t be falling into the love trap again anytime real soon. But this new librarian has him curious, with her head-to-toe black Goth garb, piercings, and a defiant attitude to match. Definitely not his type of girl, but still…

Abigail Stryker’s got her work cut out for her. The last two librarians didn’t last a month before airborne books chased them off. But Abby’s determined to make her new life a go–and to stay as far away from older men as possible. Once was enough. Might be tough to do when the library’s best patron is none other than dreamy-eyed Jack Wood. And it seems the eccentric ghost may have taken a shine to her as well.

Walki's Review

Not enough ghost activities...

‘Phantom Traces’ is a romantic novel. I don’t like romantic novels. Then, why did I elect to read Claire Gem’s novel? Because the blurb promised a goth librarian, an old library and a pipe-smoking ghost.

Abigail Stryker is the 26-year-old goth fresh from graduation and looking forward to her first job as a librarian. Her aunt is a Wiccan and runs a pagan shop in the small town of Caldwell, North Carolina. Her uncle runs a French restaurant. Goth is probably fashionable.

The Harvey library was built in the 1880’s by Elijah Harvey for his wife Isabelle Laramy. It is an historical and beautiful building and, while the commissioner Dennis Ludwig values this important piece of local heritage, his wife would to see it gone.

The pipe-smoking ghost, known as Harry throughout most of the book, has a tendency to hurl books at some librarians, but not at Abigail. To Abigail, he cryptically suggests to read books featuring the words ‘bell’ or ‘bells’ in their titles.

The writing of this novel was adequate for a romance and the two protagonists (Abigail and the tweed-wearing, old-fashion 38-year-old professor Jack) had a suitable amount of emotional luggage to make them conflicted.

However the ghost was not present often enough, and the ending of the story wasn’t convincing. Hang on, it’s a romance, so it’ll please readers favouring this genre. For adults. Rating: 3.5.

Disclaimer: Book provided by the author free of charge in exchange for an honest review.