Release Date: October 30, 2014
Source: Author via TRSOR Promotions
Genre: Contemporary Romance
My name is Genevieve Clare, professional mourner, destined to spend my days donning a black suit and throwing myself on top of caskets for money. Sometimes I mixed it up and threw myself on top of a willing warm body instead. Finding the right warm body though, that was a different story.
I really don't know what I was getting myself into when I signed up for J.B. Hartnett's THE MORBID & SULTRY TALES OF GENEVIEVE CLARE book tour. I just know that I love everything that I saw from that pretty cover art down to the fascinating blurb. A professional mourner? That's creepy and I expected a lot of deaths, which I got, and a side of horror, which I also got but in a different way. What I did NOT expect was a lovely tale about love, friendship, family, and lots of laughs. This novel is PURE GOLD and I invite, encourage, recommend this to ALL OF YOU to read. This is a flucking #MUSTREAD and I can't stress that enough.
Genevieve Clare decided to become a professional mourner after her parents and grandmother died in a fatal car crash on their way to meet her for dinner one night. The feeling of desolation and loneliness was too overwhelming so Gen decided to capitalize on that while at the same time use it to process her own grief and loss. For ten years Gen had a constant flux of customers whose requests range from the hilarious to heartbreaking. A lot of special relationships were made, bonds created that went beyond friendships and in the course of time Gen's been doing this, she's also changed people's lives, enriched it somehow, and became the dead's "voice" in the afterlife, executing their final wish or reading their last message before The Reaper finally got to them.
I expected ghostly tales and though I didn't get that, I found lots of humor interspersed with her morbid employment. Just to be clear, this is a dark humorous contemporary romance so don't expect ghouls a'haunting, graveyard robberies or anything demonic. Just a different outlook on death and loss and something I'm sure a lot of you will like and appreciate.
In the middle of all the black clothes, caskets, a parade of cremations, and burials, Genevieve's love life had it's own life, death, and resurrection story and what a BEAUTIFUL story it was. Okay, so Gen has always been in love with this boy, Ahren Finnegan, since she was eight. He was her first kiss and first love but death always seem to put a wedge on the progression of their relationship one way or the other. When Gen's parents died 10 years ago, Ahren was there to comfort her but shortly after things started going well for them, Ahren and his father got into an accident killing the older Finnegan. This tragedy and the fear of losing yet another loved one was too much for Gen to cope with so she asked him to leave and that Ahren did without question.
Fast forward to the present and obviously both remained loyal to their love for each other. Ahren "forced" his way back in Gen's life which she didn't fight and except for a few heart to heart talks, their reconciliation went well. NO ANGST, just good old school loving and what a BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL (I can't say this enough) love story it is! I have no words except that I feel like it's up there with Noah and Allie's (The Notebook) story because it's THAT romantic and THAT good! The "conflict" lies on their fear of losing each other again and though they lived in the moment and fucked like there's no tomorrow, the fear of permanent loss weighed heavy on their hearts and I FELT that fear throughout the novel which was a good contrast to their carpe diem relationship approach. Oh and yes, the sex was hot except for that one time in the fields *goosebumps*.
THE MORBID & SULTRY TALES OF GENEVIEVE CLARE is filled with wonderful side characters and their colorful stories. Each of Gen's client has something fresh to offer, each small-town friend, neighbor, acquaintance, has their own bit to share giving this novel a personal and even intimate feel to it.
of Genevieve Clare
I love Genevieve Clare to the moon and back and I wish this was a series and not stand-alone! Her profession might be morbid but she does it with a lot of heart. She might be a little strange but I loved how she handled her grief with a wicked sense of humor, she loves wholeheartedly from her family, Ahren, friends, down to her mandatory cake and pie, (she even sends off her friends and clients with a slice on their way to the incinerator), she can be meddlesome but it comes from a good place. Bottom line, Gen is someone I so want to be friends with!
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As you can see, this review is looong and I'm sorry if it is. It's just I love THE MORBID & SULTRY TALES OF GENEVIEVE CLARE so HARD, in case my abuse of the caps lock is not enough clue, I want to pimp push it to y'all with full force to read! I'm still hungover by this tale so much that I'm tempted to read it again and I very rarely reread, like I think I can count in one hand the number of books I've ver reread ever. And J.B. Hartnett, if you're reading this, pretty please with cherry on top, write more morbid and sultry tales like Genevieve's, this is one kind of romance that I would like to see more of and follow.
Julie is a Southern California native, a fan of a really good story (preferably romance with a happily ever after), really good pie (preferably pumpkin) and copious amounts of coffee (preferably Folgers).
She has always enjoyed writing and at one time thought she could be a singer songwriter...the 'writer' part is the one that stuck. Julie is obsessed with pi...the equation(and the food). She's allergic to cats and cantaloupe and hates mushrooms...so if you ever want to give her a gift, those are out for sure.She currently lives with her own romance hero husband and two boys in Melbourne, Australia.
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