by Deanna Chase
From USA Today bestselling author, Deanna Chase, the first book in the Jade Calhoun series. HAUNTED ON BOURBON STREET Jade loves her new apartment–until a ghost joins her in the shower. When empath Jade Calhoun moves into an apartment above a strip bar on Bourbon Street, she expects life to get interesting. What she doesn’t count on is making friends with an exotic dancer, attracting a powerful spirit, and developing feelings for Kane, her sexy landlord. Being an empath has never been easy on Jade’s relationships. It’s no wonder she keeps her gift a secret. But when the ghost moves from spooking Jade to terrorizing Pyper, the dancer, it’s up to Jade to use her unique ability to save her. Except she’ll need Kane’s help–and he’s betrayed her with a secret of his own–to do it. Can she find a way to trust him and herself before Pyper is lost.
Yesterday was a ‘do nothing but read after work’ day. It was just one of those days were I needed a short break from reality, and what better way than getting lost in a book? I found Haunted on Bourbon Street on my Nook. I guess I had picked it up at this time last year, and I decided to read it since it fit within my October theme.
It was fun but not great. I liked the story idea: Jade is an empath living above a strip club on Bourbon Street when a ghost decides to be her roommate. She is determined to hide her gift but must venture out of her comfort zone when her ghost starts hurting a close friend. Its different but fun; I was even ok with the wholesome stripper idea despite its clichés. The writing just did not back up the plot.
It felt unedited. A character would be sitting on the couch one second and then be going through the fridge the next. It read choppy and was hard to follow at times. The writing was repetitive. I stopped counting the number of times that Jade marveled at how “he remembered my drink of choice” each time the hunky Kane brought her a beverage. I now know her ‘drinks of choice’ by heart: Guinness, red wine, and chia lattes. Haunted on Bourbon Street is just full of telling language instead of showing language and I felt that Chase was a first time author when she wrote this. Blaring editing problems such as these, and the lack of showing descriptions left the characters reading flat enough that I did not rush out to purchase another book.
But don’t let that deter you. The sexy aspects of the book were fun, and I did care about Jade’s relationship with Kane and her friendships with Pyper and Kat. The plotline was actually rather unique and interesting and I enjoy the atmosphere of Bourbon Street and haunted New Orleans that Chase describes. It is the perfect beach read on a warm fall day and I spent a few of my reading hours curled up in my chair outside enjoying the sun and story.
Haunted on Bourbon Street was just what I needed to escape the rough week. 🙂 Has anyone else read Deanna Chase’s novels?