Format: ARC from the Author
Release Date: July 18, 2011
Purchase Link: Amazon
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?
Not only that, her landlord and strip club owner, Kane, joins the party but something about her dreams is telling that it's more real than she thinks. Soon after Jade is being haunted and followed in real life. Not only that, her boss and friend, Pyper is being haunted too. However Mr. Sexy is far from seducing Pyper but does the exact opposite, the ghost turns malevolent towards her friend and she made it her mission to not only figure out what her ghost roommate wants but why is he attacking Pyper.
Deanna Chase's debut novel is 200+ pages of ghost haunting, romance and mystery. Though Deanna is a noveau writer the book is not as amateurish as you might expect. It's cohesive and the plot is fairly simple without too many distractions. It stayed focused on the premise and the arcs and revelations remain with the ghost haunting and Jade's special abilities.
I like the characters as well, there weren't a lot of people in the loop so the focal of the story remained tight. Now since this is set in New Orleans, I guess it's expected that a few witches, mediums and ghost hunters will be thrown in the mix. There was just one character, Lailah, that I wasn't a big fan of. She's a minor character but claims to be a low level angel. I find this a bit misplaced, for some reason I don't find that her supernatural class gels well with the menagerie of characters.
Kane, the male protagonist, is your typical dangerous and sexy lead. Sure he owns a strip club which might give him a coat of slime but surely Ms. Chase rectified that by his backstory which justifies his sundown enterprise. On top of his business ventures, Kane is also a dreamwalker and I sort of envied Jade. In retrospect, Kane was already seducing/courting Jade in the background through her dreams and though I understand that she felt violated upon discovering this but at the same time I find it sexy. It's just one of those forbidden things that pushes the right buttons.
On the other hand I question Jade's relationship with her bestfriend Kat, who is incidentally dating her ex, Dan, who hates her. I don't understand how she can maintain a close friendship with Kat when her ex is in the middle and continue to interfere with their relationship. Dan is also very hostile towards her which also raises the question as to why Kat is tolerating all this drama. Anyway I'm glad when Kat cut him lose towards the end.
Jade and the rest of the female characters are strong protagonists and being part of the "underbelly" world as Kane puts it, provides a shade of darkness on top of their already paranormal backgrounds. I also like Deanna Chase's storytelling style, she keeps it simple and on the now, I didn't have to read through pages of backstories and lengthy fillers. And though there are telling bits and pieces that denote Haunted on Bourbon Street as Deanna Chase's first venture into the world of writing, it didn't distract from the delicious turn of the story. So I suggest that if you're into new authors, better put Deanna Chase on your list, you won't regret it.