Book Review – Spirited Situation by Louisa Masters

Ghostly Guardians #1
Publisher: Indie
Pages: 239
Characters: Josh/Ewan
POV: 1st
Genre: Paranormal, Series

When you can talk to ghosts, things are bound to get spirited.

The ghosts have been there since before I can remember. When I was a kid, they doted on me, but as I got older, they got more demanding. I’ve spent my whole life seeing and talking to dead people and trying to pretend I’m not, because the living just don’t understand. Nobody wants to be around the freak who claims to see ghosts.

Until I go to Mannix Estate.

Once a private country home, then a posh hotel, it was closed after a suspicious incident but is now an immersive historic experience. It’s also haunted AF, and everyone knows it. Finally, I’ve found a place to work and live where I can be useful. Where I’m actually wanted.

There are only two problems: I spent a hot, sweaty, satisfying night with Ewan the blacksmith before I knew we’d have to work together. Everyone knows sex with colleagues is a bad idea, right? Even if he’s the world’s most ripped cinnamon roll.

Plus, the ghosts are keeping secrets. There’s something going on that’s not normal, even for a haunted estate. And I suspect that when the truth comes out, I’m the one who’ll have to deal with it… and it won’t be good.

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I loved this book, which is the first in a new series, and I’m already hanging out for more. I’m a huge fan of plots involving psychics and I liked how Josh, who has had to hide his ability for all his life, finally finds somewhere he can be himself. The characters—both living and ghosts—are all wonderfully quirky, and I enjoyed Josh and Ewan’s romance against the backdrop of the bigger problem everyone has to work together to solve.

I was drawn into the story almost immediately, and Josh’s interview hooked me in completely before he even got to the Mannix Estate. I love Josh and how he’s trying hard to make a good impression, and then the ghosts level the playing field for him. Ewan is sweet, and I love how he cares for Josh, and how well they fit together. Ewan’s friendship with Daniel is a lot of fun too, especially with Carter in the mix.

The worldbuilding is fabulous and I enjoyed how the ghosts are learning about modern day sensibilities through watching TV, and asking a lot of questions. They all approach things differently, and their personalities leap off the page. Maisie is a hoot. I’m also hoping that Kieran, Skye, and Daniel get their own books, and I’d like to see more of Tom and his ghost granny too.

I liked how Josh, Ewan, and their friends didn’t automatically know how to deal with the problem, that it didn’t all go smoothly, and that there are consequences. It gave a sense of realism, and threat, to what they go up against.

More please.

5 out of 5 stars.

About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at
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