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Keep Me Ghosted: Sophie Rhodes Romantic Comedy, Book 1 | [Karen Cantwell]

Keep Me Ghosted: Sophie Rhodes Romantic Comedy, Book 1

Ghosts. Do you Believe? Sophie Rhodes doesn't have a choice. She's surrounded by themDesperate to pay the bills, 29-year-old Sophie ignores the advice of her stuffy spirit-friend, Marmaduke Dodsworth, and takes a job with the handsome Dr. Callahan, an optometrist with a desperate situation of his own. The good doctor's problem? He has a spirit-friend as well: One with a fiery crush and a vicious jealous streak.
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Publisher's Summary

Ghosts. Do you Believe?

Sophie Rhodes doesn't have a choice. She's surrounded by them.

Desperate to pay the bills, 29-year-old Sophie ignores the advice of her stuffy spirit-friend, Marmaduke Dodsworth, and takes a job with the handsome Dr. Callahan, an optometrist with a desperate situation of his own. The good doctor's problem? He has a spirit-friend as well: One with a fiery crush and a vicious jealous streak.

When chemistry starts to brew between Sophie and Dr. Callahan, his green-eyed ghost wreaks some bad-tempered havoc, scaring away his patients and putting Sophie on edge. Will Sophie give up the ghost and quit the new job, or buck up and find a way to rid Dr. Callahan of his pesky specter, freeing their romance to find a life of its own?

©2013 Karen Fraunfelder Cantwell (P)2013 Karen Cantwell

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    K. April Holgate Moosic, PA, United States 02-14-14
    K. April Holgate Moosic, PA, United States 02-14-14 Member Since 2012

    Take a look it's in a book...Reading Rainbow!

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    "Sweet Read"

    A delightful listen. While at first blush it seems a fluffy chick-lit, there is a really engaging story here! I really liked all the characters. They were fun and quirky, my favorite sort!

    Sophie is a delight, she is the sort of character that your like immediately. Her interactions with her ghost Marmaduke is fascinating. It is an interesting dynamic that flows throughout the books.

    Cal is easy to like, even when he has a moment where you think the worst of him. I enjoyed their interactions and the slow build to romance. This is one of those times when the relationship builds even though they have an instant connection.

    The story is an enjoyable read but not a lot of action. The pace is steady and the lack of action doesn't take away for the story. It is more of a sweet read with a touch of drama. Sometimes I like a quick read that isn't overly taxing.

    It is all a single narrative, only Sophie's POV. This is not a problem, but it does limit how a reader views events. I will say this style suited the story very well.

    No steam here. It is a nice romance that doesn't get smexy. A few sweet kisses is as hot as it gets.

    I listened to the audiobooks and the narrator Nan McNamara is lovely. She has a nice tone and a quick pace. I love that she has clear concise voices, this is important because there are many time when dialogue is delivered character to character. I never had a doubt who was speaking. She is very well suited to the story.

    According to Goodreads this is the first book in a series, I hope we hear more from this group. I am very interested in the support group. They could be fodder for many books to come.

    Disclosure - I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts, opinions and ratings are my own.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Javier Spain 05-31-14
    Javier Spain 05-31-14 Member Since 2006
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    "Excellent light reading"

    Excellent light reading. Nothing serious, but it's a great way to pass a few hours. The narration is superb.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nightowl Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada 05-08-14
    Nightowl Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada 05-08-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Fun story."
    Any additional comments?

    I am not a reader of the romance genre, but I thoroughly enjoyed this story. The story in unusual, the performance was well done, and the humor is fun. You won't be disappointed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    S. Duncan Temecula, CA 07-07-14
    S. Duncan Temecula, CA 07-07-14 Member Since 2006
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    "ghosts with a twist"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Keep Me Ghosted to be better than the print version?

    Both are good


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Keep Me Ghosted?

    Loved this story..ghosts with a twist. Sophia is a very likeable character as his her bobs Dr. Callahan. Each with their own quirky ghosts. And the adventure of trying to solve the issue wiith Cal's ghost are both a by scary and funny. Especially the Not now's. Read for yourself you will enjoy this book.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    All


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I don't know


    Any additional comments?

    No

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carol Ohio, USA 03-12-14
    Carol Ohio, USA 03-12-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Fun but not memorable"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Keep Me Ghosted is a cute, fun romance, but perhaps not quite as cute and fun as I would have hoped. The romance is more on the sweet side than the steamy, although Sophie and Cal are a good couple. They’re both a little quirky, but enjoy each other’s company. Of course, as Moonflower gets more and more destructive, they need to find a way to get rid of her before she destroys their blossoming romance or, even worse, Cal’s business. I don’t know, I guess I didn’t buy that they were “meant to be together.” I feel like Sophie’s a little flaky for him. She means well, but a couple of her decision are more than iffy. And I think she falls in love in like a day and a half, but in her defense Cal might just be perfect – handsome, caring, donates to charity, works as a vision therapist.

    The ghost bits were a good addition. Marmaduke is funny, he’s sarcastic and wordy. I really liked him and I’m glad Sophie stuck by him. I think I liked his relationship with Sophie more than the romance with Cal. The paranormal peak was a bit odd, didn’t necessarily fit with the slow build up. There was also a scene near the end that I personally didn’t like, even though I guess it fit with the overall spirit of the story.

    Nan McNamara did a good job as the narrator. She captured Sophie’s voice well. Sophie’s almost 30, but acts younger a lot of the time, and Nan gets the tone right. She portrays her humor well and her swooning around Cal. I got tired of the mooning over the guy, but that’s not the reader’s fault. She also succeeded in reading the other characters in a way that set them apart and made them recognizable. It was a good one to listen to, light and funny but not so absorbing that I forgot what was going on around me.

    Enjoyable enough, but I’m not going to remember it in a month.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gaele Atlanta, GA 02-09-14
    Gaele Atlanta, GA 02-09-14

    We read to know, we are not alone ~ C.S. Lewis

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    "the book does feel just like those old comedies: s"

    When an audiobook starts with the heroine complaining about her companion Marmaduke, and you aren’t 100% sure that said companion is human or dog, it’s a winner. And, for the unaware, Marmaduke is former human, now ghostly companion of the heroine in this story, Sophie.

    And Sophie is having a rather trying time of things. She is desperately seeking employment, and the interview for the receptionist’s position at the doctor’s office is not going as expected, in fact, his behavior is so strange she should be leaving as she questions his sanity and her safety.

    Yet, all is not so simple: Sophie desperately needs a job, and the doctor desperately needs a receptionist that will work for longer than a few days. And, it isn’t as if Sophie is scared off by the ghosts, having Marmaduke in her life (a man who is certainly British and more than a touch stuffy) has given her a certain tolerance. Dr. Callahan just feels rather gobsmacked and unable to contend with a declining practice, employee issues, ghosts and Sophie’s rather direct manner.

    I enjoyed the characters and their light and tentative steps to a romance. There were several giggle out loud moments, and both humans and ghosts have multiple quirks and unusual additions to their characterizations: at times I did feel the story pacing was sacrificed for yet another quirk or unusual element, even though many were funny and did give some depth.

    The narration for this story is provided by Nan McNamara, and her delivery is perfectly suited to the story. She manages to give the readers a ‘wink and a nod’ in the most ridiculous moments, and I kept thinking that her narration felt appropriate for the story. Imagine acting out an I Love Lucy episode to someone who was unfamiliar with that comedy and you are close to McNamara’s approach to this book. In fact, the book does feel just like those old comedies: sweet, a touch over the top, and wholly entertaining. While the mystery doesn’t really enter until late, and from there the pace is fast and furious, the story is a fun respite for an afternoon’s break and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

    I received an AudioBook copy of the title from the author via AudioBook Jukebox. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marianne OK, United States 11-26-13
    Marianne OK, United States 11-26-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Good for a Few Laughs"

    This was a fun ghost story about two people who can see ghosts and work together. I liked the characters and the mystery behind the woman haunting Dr. Cal's office kept me interested.

    The narration was decent. Nothing spectacular, but more importantly it wasn't distracting, which earned McNamara a solid 3 stars.

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