The back cover doesnt reveal that this is set in the year 1896. When I ordered it I thought it was more of a modern chick lit type book. I am not a big romance or historical romance or paranormal reader. I read the whole thing. The ghosts issues were well done. The ghost and others do have sex, so be aware this book is not a light romance, it can get graphic. The ending worked many things out, but was written in sappy epilogue.
I'm not usually a fan of historical romances, but this one was fun. Viveca is desperate and is tricked into buying a truly haunted house. The house comes complete with a menagerie of ghosts; 3 lazy, disrespectful servants; and a neighbor who will stop at nothing to get her to sell the property to him. Toss in a local matriach, an overly pious priest and a malicious reporter and the situation gets quickly out of control. Unfortunately, Viveca is out of funds and running from a ruined reputation. What's a girl to do?
I read one other Riley book and it was so much better than this one. I feel she spent too much time on the ghosts and goblins of this story and not enough with the living characters.
The title is the only remotely amusing thing about this silly period chicklit with delusions of erotica.
As if a dilapidated house with a naked man haunting the bathtub were not enough, Viveca Stanhope just can not keep her mind or her hands off her new next door neighbor! )Savannah, Georgia 1896)
Why ever would a house be haunted? It was just a hangman's house, next to the Hanging Oak on Savannah's Hangman Square with an enormous cemetery nearby. Now all Viveca Stanhope needed to complete the spooky scene was a few black spiders and cobwebs. Instead she got a phantom. In her bathtub. A ghost who whispered sweet nothings into her ear everytime she sank beneath the bubbles!
Why ever would her new house be haunted? It was just a hangman's house, next to the Hanging Oak on Savannah's Hangman's square, with an enormous cemetery nearby. Now all Viveca Stanhope needed to complete the spooky scene was a few black spiders and cobwebs. Instead, she gets a phantom. In her bathtub. A ghost who insisted on whispering sweet nothings in her ear every time she sank into the bubbles. But it was her enigmatic neighbor who really made Viveca shiver at night--for a completely different reason. Maxwell Beecher had the uncanny ability to make Viveca forget her past and look toward the future. Not even a spectral lover could compare to the wicked delights she found in Max's arms. Still, Viveca had ideas of her own--and a plan to exorcise both mischievous scoundrels. But she hadn't counted on Max's passionate determination to make a place for himself in her life. She had a sneaking suspicion that her phantom of the bathtub will soon have to move over for a new man in the house.