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ARC Review: Kindred Spirits (Restless Spirits #2) by Jean Marie Bauhaus

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Flora Reviews… Kindred Spirits (Restless Spirits #2) by Jean Marie Bauhaus. My thanks to Xpresso Book Tours (via Netgalley.com) for the free eBook in exchange for my honest review.

…So, what’s Kindred Spirits about?

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ARC Review: Kindred Spirits (Restless Spirits #2) by Jean Marie BauhausMy Rating:
Title: Kindred Spirits by Jean Marie Bauhaus
Series: Restless Spirits #2
Published by Self-Published on 30 June, 2017
Genres: Paranormal Romance (PNR)
No. of Pages: 368

When crime reporter Derek Brandt paints ghost whisperer Christine Wilson as a charlatan on the nightly news, her sister Ron, an actual ghost, is incensed. Defying her sister's wishes, Ron takes it upon herself to haunt the skeptical journalist and turn him into a true believer. But Ron gets more than she bargained for when she discovers Derek is already haunted--by the ghost of his murdered brother, Jimmy.

After spending years watching over his kid brother with no way to communicate, Jimmy is ready to do whatever it takes to get through to him so he can move on to his final rest. Ron is happy to help, but they need Chris in order to relay Jimmy's message to Derek. Only problem is, despite all evidence to the contrary Derek is still convinced Chris is a fraud. And after what he did to her reputation, Chris isn't exactly filled with warm feelings for Derek, either.

Can the Wilson sisters help Jimmy break down Derek's resistance and accept that his brother is still present and in need of help? And can Chris and Derek put aside their mutual distrust for Jimmy's sake? If they do, they just might find that enemies can turn out to be kindred spirits.


Source: ARC

I received this ARC for free in exchange for an honest review. This doesn't affect my opinion of the book or influence the content of my review.

Review Format: eBook
Purchase Links: Books2Read - Universal eBook Link ¦ Book Depository*

Read: 1st – 2nd June 2017

My Goodreads Rating:  3 Stars

Kindred Spirits is a paranormal romance novel about ghosts and the human who can see, hear and talk to them. It’s the second novel in Ms Bauhaus’ ghostly paranormal romance series. I haven’t read the first book Restless Spirit or the novella Restless Spirit: Love Letter but I don’t think you need to have read them to enjoy this one.

So, what did I like about Kindred Spirits?

Jean Marie Bauhaus is a new-to-me author. I found her writing style easy to read and enjoyed the way she paced the plot. I thought the opening chapter was good. It sets the scene, introduces us to some main characters and gives us glimpses into their personalities as well as starting the mystery aspect off.

It’s funny isn’t it, how some authors can make their characters feel so real, even paranormal ones!

I liked the dimensions that Ms Bauhaus gave to all her characters here. Enjoyed getting frustrated with the gung-ho actions of Ron (Veronica – our main character’s dead sister). Loving the emotional turmoil that both our living and dead characters went through. They all developed and by the end of the book I think they’d all grown. I did shed quite a few tears at the more emotional scenes but the chuckles helped to keep this book from feeling heavy.

Primarily, this is a paranormal romance.

I loved the journey that our main romantic couple, Derek and Chris (Christine), went on. Their obstacles – real and perceived, internal and external – really added that depth that I look for in romance stories. But what I really liked the most about this book was that it is cliff-hanger free. I mean, there will be more mysteries to solve, more ghosts to help in subsequent books but the murder mystery is solved and the romance aspect is concluded to satisfy my fluffy rose-tinted heart. 😉

…So, ummm, was there anything I disliked about it?

Dislike is too harsh a description, there wasn’t anything in particular about this story that I disliked. However, it was all very neat and tidy edging towards Disney-esque. The murder mystery aspect of the tale is less Miss Marple more Father Brown; I knew who the villains of the book were by Chapter 15. 🙁 However, on the plus side, the romance aspect was cute enough to remind me that this is a paranormal romance not a thriller or horror story.

…So, basically what I’m saying is…

I enjoyed this story – it was good. I didn’t feel that there was anything in Kindred Spirits book that was too scary, horrific or explicit. If it was a film I’m thinking Ghost but I’d say it was more PG than 15. I’d recommend this book to fans of romance/relationship stories who also enjoy ghostly paranormal settings.

So, has my review of KINDRED SPIRITS sparked your interest? Just click on any of the links to check out the book yourself. Keep reading to find out more about the author.

About Jean Marie Bauhaus

Author - Jean Marie Bauhaus

Jean Marie Bauhaus is a traditionally-published and indie author of five novels and counting, as well as a number of novellas and short stories. She also writes freelance articles about dogs for a living.

Born and raised in Oklahoma, she currently makes her home in the middle of the woods deep in the Ozark mountains with her own dog, a fierce and mighty Chihuahua named Pete, her husband of 13 years, and a gaggle of other four-legged dependents. When she’s not writing about ghosts, zombies, vampires and other things that go bump in the night, she can usually be found hiking the side of the mountain or trading her keyboard for knitting needles and curling up with a mug of tea and a horror podcast.

Or at the microwave, re-heating her tea because she forgot to drink it before it got cold. #writerproblems

Jean has a Bachelor of Science in Social Science, Psych/Soc emphasis, which means she’s smart enough to finish college but not smart enough to choose a major that’s actually useful. But it comes in handy for building psychological character profiles and developing post-apocalyptic societies.

Easily spooked by ghost stories as a child, teen Jean faced her fears by forcing herself to watch horror movies and read Stephen King until she fell in love with the genre. As a grown-up (more or less, depending on who you ask), her tastes expanded to include a broader range of speculative fiction and romance, but she keeps coming back to the supernatural and paranormal. She has a strong affection for all things zombie-related, which is a good thing considering she’s currently writing a trilogy in that genre. Watch for Desolation of the Damned, the third book in her Walking Dead/ True Blood mashup Trilogy of the Damned, to come out in the summer of 2020.

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Bye for now,

Flora x

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