Friday, August 5, 2011

Review: To Catch a Spirit by Carrie Pulkinen

To Catch a Spirit by Carrie Pulkinen

Publisher: Breathless Press
Genre: Paranormal Romance

Heat Rating: 2



Psychic Allison Dupuis has a soft spot for Logan Mitchell, even though she’s never met him. All it takes is one encounter for the millionaire’s true emotions to slip through Allison’s shields, and she is intrigued. He needs her help, but Allison soon discovers that the kind of help Logan needs is the kind she isn’t willing to give. Logan has a ghost, and Allison doesn’t work with spirits anymore.

But the ghost is the least of Logan’s problems. Born an empath, Logan is constantly barraged with human emotions. And while his talent has come in handy in the business world, it’s about to drive him insane. Literally. Logan has OCD, and his ability triggers unbearable attacks that have him counting and cleaning until he collapses from exhaustion.

Sex and money. That’s all anyone wants from him. Even worse, he’s plagued with recurring visions of his future wife’s death, so Logan has spent his entire life avoiding love. He’s given up hope of ever having a normal life, until he meets Allison. She’s everything he’s ever dreamed of, and now he has to decide if loving her is worth risking her life.

If she’ll even have him. Allison’s lost too much already - her mother to cancer, her father to suicide. But, Logan is so charming and so real, she can’t help but fall for him. Now she has to overcome her fear of commitment . . .and ghosts . . .or face spending the rest of her life alone.

Yadkny's Review

Allison’s goal in life is to help people and becoming a therapist is part of that. Clearing negative energy from the human body comes naturally to her, but helping her clients deal with their mental health issues is another matter. Her psychic talents don't only extend to people, but also places and things, which have helped her earn a living. However, connecting with spirits that have yet to crossover has become a fear for Allison. After an incident that left her severely incapacitated for months, Allison refuses to work with spirits. That is until she unknowingly runs into one at a house party.

Logan believes he’s losing his mind. Since moving into a new house, objects have been moving and he’s been hearing voices. Hiring a paranormal investigations team should hopefully clear out the problem, which will help in disproving his downward mental state. Unfortunately, his OCD riddled lifestyle can't be disproved and as Detroit's most eligible bachelor, Logan has an image to maintain. In public, he focuses his star power towards contributing to charities and the continued growth of his business. In his private life, Logan has become very routine with rituals to help clear his mind of the chaos that constantly surrounds him.

The night of Logan’s house party, Allison discovers two things. One, the host is not only gorgeous, but something more and two, he has a ghost problem. Their chemistry and attraction is instantaneous, but they let their own quirks and relationship issues get in the way. I liked that although Allison and Logan are perfectly matched for each other, they are not without their personal faults. Allison and her sort of introverted personality and Logan with his suicidal thoughts. Seems a bit extreme, but you’ll have to read to find out Logan’s reasoning. On the other hand, both characters are health conscious and each have a best friend that truly wants the best for them. The two secondary characters Tina and Trent create several hilarious moments and help the dialogue stay fresh and interesting. The chemistry between the two separate sets of friends is just as interesting to read as the blossoming relationship is between Allison and Logan. I enjoyed all of their up’s and down’s, although some reader’s may find Logan a little needy or clingy and Allison not confident enough. Both characters have insecurities when it comes to each other, but in the bedroom… watch out!

The realities of Ms. Pulkinen’s energy healing and spirit world make sense and are quite believable. I really was pulled into the story from the first page and found the overall story to be so much more meaningful than I initially expected. I would love to read more about Tina and Trent’s future as well as read the latest on how well Allison and Logan are getting along.

My first read by Ms. Pulkinen and most assuredly not the last. I would recommend this story to readers looking for a sweet and sensual romance with a ghost twist.

4 Tea Cups!

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