Book Review – Vortex Conundrum by Louisa Masters

Ghostly Guardians #2
Publisher: Indie
Pages: 268
Characters: Kieran/Connor
POV: 1st
Genre: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Series

Wanted: one demon hunter. Beware the matchmaking ghosts.

After years managing a haunted hotel and estate, I thought things were good. Sure, the ghosts can be a handful—nosy, opinionated, interfering—but they’re also friendly and fun. We have a system. Everything was under control.

Cue hysterical laughter.

But after a minor blip with a demon in the basement and a vortex to the spirit world, the ghosts swear they have no more secrets. The danger is gone, and we’ve done everything we can to make the vortex safe. It should be fine. Nothing’s come through it for fifty years.

It’s never that easy at Mannix Estate.

Lucky for us, the demon expert we met online is willing and able to help us out. I’m so grateful, I’d willingly kiss his feet. Until he arrives and opens his mouth.

Connor is… a jerk. But he’s a sexy jerk who’s doing us a favor, so I’m going to be polite no matter what. Even when he makes me mad. When he flirts hard. When the roof falls in and we have to share a bed. When we realize the vortex upstairs is just the beginning.

Suddenly, Connor’s real strengths shine. Beneath the smoking hot yet annoying surface is a heart of gold, and I don’t think I can hold out against it… or that I want to.

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I’m enjoying this series with its mix of great characters, humour, and paranormal. I loved how this story expanded the world building, introduced some new characters, and gave insight into others. The author does a great job in tying up this book’s plot, yet leaving threads that still need to be resolved moving forward.

Connor and Kieran’s relationship is fun with the constant snark, and determination not to fall for each other despite their immediate physical attraction. I loved how Connor starts to show who he is under the snark once he opens up to the possibility of a future with Kieran. I enjoyed getting to know Kieran and having him take centre stage. I liked Connor’s insight into the ghosts and who they really are, instead of the appearance they’re projecting.

I loved Gabe, and his and Connor’s friendship, and their younger brothers. I hope Gabe gets his own story and HEA. I’d like to see more of Ian and Matt too. Connor’s uncle is a hoot, and he fits in well with the other ghosts, who are far from subtle with their determination to matchmake. They need to learn about oversharing as they know everything and have no shame. I loved Skye’s role in this story, and the different perspective on the other characters especially Josh.

One of my favourite parts of this story was the introduction of The Collective. I’d love to see more of them. It would make a very cool spin off series. I loved the showdown with the old evil guy and the demons, and seeing Connor in action.

I’m already looking forward to the next book in the series. That vortex isn’t going away anytime soon.

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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