Review: Supernaturally Kissed by Stacey Kennedy (Frostbite #1)
Urban Fantasy Romance
January 5 2012
Ellora’s Cave Blush
Received from author
Yummy Man – Kip McGowen
Kick Ass Chick – Tess Jennings
From Goodreads –
Ghosts harass and annoy Tess Jennings to save their souls. Sometimes she helps them. Other times she ignores them. But one ghost will give her no choice.
Kipp McGowen, a cop with the Memphis Police Department, will stop at nothing to gain her help, including using his ghostly charms to seduce her.
Tess must help solve the five year old cold case of Hannah Reid, because solving the case will save Kipp. But a bigger problem presents itself. Tess is falling in love with a ghost. Now she must decide. Keep Kipp forever or find the killer…
Supernaturally Kissed is the first book in Stacey Kennedy’s Frostbite series. This is a re-vamped version of a book she wrote earlier this year but since this is the version you can get now, I am only going to talk about this one. In fact, I am going to review this book as though I never read the ‘other’ version. “What other version?” Yes, that’s right…
Quick set-up: Tess has been seeing spirits since she was in a near fatal car accident when she was seventeen years old. She usually likes to ignore them because they only ask for help and she can’t be bothered. Besides, they usually don’t have much memory so trying to get any information out of them is just annoying. Then one day Kipp the ghost shows up and turns her life upside-down. Not only does he remember everything about his life but he is sexy as hell and he makes it impossible for Tess to ignore him. (THAT is a very *blush* and *giggle* worthy scene by the way)
Tess and Kipp are awesome characters. Their chemistry is amazing and their interactions on the page are lovely. Even though some may say that Tess is a little cold for ignoring the deceased who need her help, you can’t really blame her. She just wants to live a ‘normal’ life. But Kipp helps her realize that maybe there is more to her life and to her ability than what she thought.
Kipp is just…*swoon*. He is such a sweetheart and sexy and smart and just all the good things you want in a hero. And I love him with Tess. She needs someone like him, but they can’t be together…and that is just so sad!
Now, you’re probably thinking to yourself that this is an Elora’s Cave title and that usually means smokin’ sexy scenes. But then you’re thinking about how Kipp is a ghost and how Tess well, isn’t….and how I keep saying that they can’t be together… How can this book be hot? Well let me tell you that Stacy finds a way. There is one scene that was SO scorching; the shock of it left me speechless. And there is another scene that practically melts off the page. And it all works. Ghost and woman coming together yet not in a creepy skeezy way…really well done. And HOT! <— you know, in case I didn’t get that across before…
This book has some really fun moments but much of the book takes on a serious tone. We are, after all, dealing with two unsolved murders and an attraction that could never go anywhere. But it’s not a heavy book at all. Tess is just quirky enough to keep things a little on the light side. She helps balance the story well, preventing it from being too dire of a read.
The odd time something was said that made me scratch my head in a ‘but didn’t they already say or do that?” sort of way but not to any great extent. And I feel like we need a little more polishing on Tess’ BFF Caley. She’s just a whirlwind in this book – she comes out of nowhere and breezes through here and there. Polish her up and she’d be an even more fun character. The other supporting characters in this book are wonderful and each adds quite a bit to the story. If not in their actions or interactions with the main characters, then with the tone they seem to add to a scene.
There are plenty of questions in this story that help add slight butterflies to your stomach. Why does Kipp act unlike any ghost ever? Is Tess the only one who has the ability to see and speak with spirits? Who killed Kipp? There is also another mystery that they are trying to solve in this book so there are the questions pertaining to that. The questions never feel too much though. They are just enough to keep you on your toes.
Overall, I was very happy with this book. Tess and Kipp are memorable and lovable characters and the plot is just neat. It’s urban fantasy romance but not exactly like anything of the genre you’ve read before. I am very much looking forward to the second book, tentatively titled Demonically Challenged. As for Supernaturally Kissed, even though it’s a short book, there is nothing lacking in it. The main characters are fully-formed and the story is complete. It’s a really fun read that I recommend.
Giggle worthy quote
“’Your time is up, Kipp,’ I said, a bit firmer and colder than I felt inside. ‘You can‘t dwell on what ifs and what could have been. It‘s over. There‘s no going back so you can do things differently.’‖
His eyes flashed with amusement lingering on a tinge of annoyance. ‘Are you trying to make me feel better? If you are, you‘re doing a piss poor job of it.’”‖
Giveaway time! Stacey is offering up a digital copy of Supernaturally Kissed to one lucky winner! Just leave a comment below before Sunday, January 15th 2012 11:59EST. Contest open internationally. Best of luck and THANK YOU Stacey for the great prize!