Title: Halloween at the Graff
Author: Sinclair Jayne
Series: Holiday at the Graff #1/Wilders #5
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: Short novel
Starting over at thirty-two is never fun, especially in a town the size of a postage stamp. Chasing that with having to beg for a job she’s wildly over-qualified for and Walker Wilder’s pride is really burned. But now that she’s the new events director for the historic Montana Graff Hotel, she’s tasked with creating buzz and traditions to fill rooms during the off-season. Halloween may not scream touristy, but hiring a spirit-hunting TV crew will definitely grab some headlines… But when the sexy spirit hunter shows up, he haunts more than her dreams.
Calum Quest is done. He’s created an entertainment empire by chasing something he’s never seen and is tired of asking questions with no answers. His life has been defined by ghosts he needs to exorcise, yet, when a red-haired, grey-eyed beauty with a body that melts his mind pours him a double shot of Laphroaig whiskey and challenges him to one more round, how can he say no?
Source: Review copy from Tule Publishing via NetGalley
The opening chapter of this book really intrigued me – a possible haunting at the Graff Hotel in Marietta? Just in time for Halloween? Perfect! I couldn’t wait to get started.
Except instead of a fun romantic ghost-caper, this book spent most of its time wallowing in Walker’s head. My word, woman – Just. Stop. Thinking! Too much thinking. All the thinking, all the time, and never any progress. Conversation between her and Calum was torturous because if we weren’t twisting and turning around inside her head about how attracted she was to him, despite him not being at all the kind of guy she likes, and oh, no, he can’t ever know her real name and ghosts aren’t real and this is all really stupid, we were in his head thinking about how hot she was and wasn’t it a shame because he was giving up this whole ghost thing and isn’t honesty like the best thing ever?
Over and over and over again.
Which is quite something considering the vast chunk of this book takes place over a couple of days.
And it’s a real shame, because this had so much potential. I might have liked Walker if she hadn’t been so snobby about the Graff, Marietta and Calum. And I might have liked Calum if he hadn’t dripped about so much. The ghost story had potential, but it never went anywhere and left me disappointed, the secret was blown way out of proportion – especially when it didn’t make sense for part of it to have been a secret at all – and she and Calum never really sat down and talked about who they were and what brought them to such a place at such a time. No one seems to be running the Graff either (except one guy on reception, a bar tender and a housekeeper) and I don’t think Walker actually has any bosses, since she seems free to do whatever she wants, whenever she wants to.
Mostly, though, it was the thinking that killed this for me. Too much time inside Walker’s head, not enough time getting on with the story. In all, this one was disappointing.
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