Wednesday, July 2, 2008

"Like a Charm" by Candace Havens

From the acclaimed author of Charmed & Dangerous comes a sassy new paranormal romance about a gorgeous librarian who sees dead people.

Kira Smythe never thought she'd end up back in her hometown of Sweet, Texas. But now that her high-powered job, along with her five-year plan, have gone right out the window, she's back where she started, staying with her hippie, tofu-obsessed parents-except that somehow she's inherited the local library. At least there's a gorgeous guy in town who seems quite smitten with her. So what if he's got a few secrets up his sleeve? After all, Kira's got her own secrets. Like the dead people who won't stop talking to her. Or the magical books on the shelves. Or the fact that someone who's very much alive seems determined to push her over to the other side.
As with many of the books I select to read, I decided to pick up this Candace Havens paranormal based on a number of positive reviews that I had come across. The story is very leisurely paced (laid-back perhaps?) and Kira is an engaging and likeable character. However despite the above description there really isn't much happening. The big dramatic moment is very low-key and short-lived and the "seeing dead people" really doesn't play a significant role in the story. On the whole Like a Charm reads like the setup and back story for a longer series. Perhaps future installments will have more spice.

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