May 6, 2011

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Review: Stolen Dreams by Stacey Kennedy (The Lingering Spirit #1)

Urban Fantasy Romance
February 19 2011
260 pages
Received from author

Yummy Man – Kipp McGowan
Kick Ass Chick – Tess Jennings

From Goodreads
Tess Jennings has the ability to see and talk to spirits. On a daily basis, they harass and annoy her to save their souls. Sometimes she helps, other times she ignores them, but one ghost will give her no choice. Kipp McGowan, a cop with the Memphis Police Department, uses his ghostly charms to gain her attention and forces her to expose herself to his partner.

As she’s pulled into the five year old cold case of Hannah Reid she wants no part of, she finds herself in more than one precarious situation. But that’s the least of her worries―Tess begins to have a serious problem on her hands. Kipp might be dead, but he’s drop-dead gorgeous and she’s beginning to forget that he’s a ghost.

Murder and corruption has brought Tess and Kipp together. But as her feelings for Kipp deepen, she suspects she just signed herself up for a one-way ticket to the nut house, and can only hope, straitjackets come in a size four.


Let me just start off by saying that I really liked this one.  Stolen Dreams by Stacey Kennedy is super sexy and really fun with a wonderful little mystery thrown into the mix.

Tess sees dead people.  Okay, maybe not quite.  She sees spirits.  She wishes she didn’t, but ever since she was in a bad car accident when she was a teenager and was declared dead for a short time, she has this fancy dandy ability.  She usually tries to avoid contact with them (because when she acknowledges them, they usually asks for her help and she has a life, you know) but there is one very very persistent spirit who refuses to let her get away.  His name is Kipp.

Oh Kipp…*mega swoon* Somehow, Stacey managed to make a ghost sexy as hell.  I think what helped is that the spirits in this book aren’t all transparent and spooky.  They look like they did before death but their abilities have changed.  Meaning they float more than walk and can go through walls and people can walk through them.  All things that make falling for one a little challenging.  Kipp is a cop who died while investigating a cold case file.  You think that the reason he’s still floating around is to catch his killer, but is seems there is more to it.  His attraction to Tess is a first for this former one-night-stand dude and, with Tess is feeling it too, it’s proving to be quite confusing for both of them.

Tess was fun!  I especially loved the scene where she needs to go to the police station and convince them that Kipp is with her.  Quite funny.  She’s a smart and sassy character and I liked her immediately.  I’m glad she’s gonna be around for a couple more books.

I know right?!  A ghost and a person falling for each other…  That’s a strange mix.  But there is real chemistry between them and Stacey writes it well.  Often I would forget he was a ghost only to suddenly think ‘Um ew!  He’s a ghost’ and then follow up with ‘Where can I get me a Kipp?’

Because let me tell you, Kipp has ‘talents’!  Now I must say that the ‘Um ew!  He’s a ghost’ thing was going through my mind during the first love scene, and it was occasionally joined by ‘but how is that even possible?’, but the twist there was cool.  Yes the twist was cool, but the lovin’ wasn’t.  It was hot!  When I finished this book, I asked the author if it was PNR or Erotica because the love scenes and the chemistry really falls right in between both.  She told me Stolen Dreams is classed as an Urban Fantasy Romance.  So…technically a romance book, but still the lovin’… *fans herself*

As I neared the ending of this book, my thoughts turned a little sad.  I kept thinking ‘How on earth are these two ever going to get their HEA?!’  But not to worry.  Stacey assured me that at the end of this three book series, this couple will indeed have their happy ending.  I have no idea how she is going to pull that off, but I for sure will be along for the ride.  Book two, which remains unnamed, will hopefully be available sometime in August.  Until then, I will for sure dream of Kipp and his wicked mouth.  *drifts off to dreamy-land*

4 stars

Giggle worthy quotes

“My smile came quick with attitude, just to dig at him. His sly grin sent a shiver of something naughty through me. Realizing what I had just done, I clamped down on it and looked away. Jesus, now I was flirting with him. Oh this was getting sick, mentally unstable sick.”


“As I pushed my way through the crowd, I kept my eyes on the dirty floor littered with cigarette butts. Just past the pool table was the washroom, which of course had a line of women, while the men’s was empty. A great idea would be to have two ladies’ rooms while the men went and pissed outside. Why no one ever came up with that solution to the never-ending ladies’ room dilemma was beyond me.”

  1. Aw this is the book cover I liked! Weird idea, I’m really not sure it would work for the the idea of sex with a ghost but the storyline does sound interesting so I may hit you up on what the twist was to see if this is do-able for me!
    Great review as always Julie 🙂

  2. oooh, fun review, Julie! I cannot wait for this book. I have already ordered it and it should be in soon…yippee! smiles…

  3. Honestly this cover is so cute that I would read it just cos of that 😀 lol, yes it takes a little sometimes

  4. Ally – You know if you want the twist, I’ll give it to you…but don’t be upset since you asked. 😉

    Christi – Oh yay! You’re gonna read it too! You’ll like it. 🙂

    blodeuedd – I love the cover for this book, but it’s a little misleading. It’s not a chick-lit kind of story, which is what the cover might suggest. There is actual depth to this story.

  5. Oh this book sounds great Julie! 🙂 I am excited to check this one out and it’s nice to see that it’s only going to be a trilogy beacuse those can sometimes be less overwhelming to check out since the end is in sight. LOL. Great review! I’d been curious about a love story with ghosts so placing it on my TBR list.

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