Today, MWR is the next stop on the review tour for Happy Medium. This is the latest book in the Ramos Family trilogy from Meg Benjamin. The others in the series are Medium Well and Medium Rare.
You will all be aware of Meg from her fabulous Konigsburg series – and if you’re not, you should be!
We have a little teaser from Happy Medium for you today, as well as a fantastic giveaway.
So, what is Happy Medium about?
Ray Ramos has a problem–the King William District mansion he and his business partner purchased for a fast renovation needs more work than expected. Ray could use a quick infusion of cash. Enter Emma Shea, assistant to Gabrielle DeVere, the star of American Medium. Gabrielle is looking for San Antonio houses to use for her televised séances, and Ray’s fixer upper seems to fit.
When Gabrielle does a sample séance, Ray and Emma become the target of a touchy ghost with no respect for boundaries. After Ray learns his family has a special affinity for ghosts, the two decide to investigate the haunted house. It doesn’t hurt that Emma is immediately attracted to the laconic Ray or that Ray is intrigued by the buttoned-down beauty who seems determined to hide her considerable assets behind sober business suits. But can the two of them fight off a vengeful succubus bound to the house while getting a lot closer than either of them planned?
Here’s what I thought of Happy Medium:
I am a real fan of Meg Benjamin’s straight contemporary work via the Konigsburg books, so when I saw that she was writing this series, I was fascinated to see how she would merge the paranormal aspects with this. I tell you, after reading this, Meg has done a fantastic job of it. I was very pleasantly surprised, as paranormal isn’t always the first genre picked for me.
To say Ray is surprised that he has the ability to communicate with spirits is an understatement. I love that he didn’t dismiss it out of hand, but also is still a little wary of this new-found talent. Emma has spent a lot of time working for a slightly dodgy TV psychic and the appearance of a real spirit knocks her for six.
Ray and Emma have some pretty incendiary chemistry, and there are some spicy scenes with an otherwordly being. I love the mystery vibe surrounding the house, its former owners and Ray’s own family history. One thing I really liked as well was how the paranormal aspects didn’t overtake the story at the expense of the romance, and vice versa.
One of my cardinal rules of reading is to read a series in order – well, I broke that one here. However, Happy Medium stands alone fairly well. Reading Happy Medium has me very much looking forward to delving into the earlier Medium books, and discovering more about the Ramos family. They seem a very interesting bunch.
I give it 4 out of 5.
A little teaser to whet the appetite…
“It’s nice here,” she mumbled. Great. Somehow whenever she wanted to be smooth she ended up sounding like a doofus. Yet another indication she was out of her league with Ray Ramos.
“Yeah.” His fingers brushed across her cheek, and he moved closer.
The hell with it. It might be a temporary thing, but right now temporary worked. She pushed up on her tiptoes, resting one hand against his shoulder. For a moment, his breath was on her cheek, warm against the cooling night air. And then she brought her lips to his.
All the comparisons that leapt to her mind were clichés. Electricity. Wild fires. Lightning bolts. And none of them really described the feeling that broadsided her, like her whole body was suddenly tingling with life. She wrapped her arms around his neck, pulling herself closer.
He tasted of spice and smoke, smelled slightly of sweat and musk. He leaned back against the railing of the bridge, pulling her deeper into his arms, bending her body beneath his own so that her hips pressed against his, against the hard jut of his arousal.
His tongue moved across the seam of her mouth and she opened for him, letting her tongue slide along his. Another wave of heat washed over her. His hands slid over her back, untucking her shirt, fingers against bare skin. She pushed his T-shirt aside to feel him too, the faint crinkle of hair against her palms as she touched his stomach. In some distant part of her brain it occurred to her that a passing pedestrian would have quite a view, assuming the two of them weren’t totally protected by the shadows of the trees.
And she didn’t care. Whatever happened now. She didn’t give a damn.
Let’s find out about Meg Benjamin.
Meg Benjamin is an author of contemporary romance. Her Konigsburg series for Samhain Publishing is set in the Texas Hill Country and her Ramos Family trilogy for Berkley InterMix is set in San Antonio’s King William District. Meg’s books have won numerous awards, including an EPIC Award for Contemporary Romance, a Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award for Indie Press Romance, the Holt Medallion from Virginia Romance Writers and the Beanpot Award from the New England Romance Writers. Meg lives in Colorado with her DH and two rather large Maine coon cats (well, partly Maine Coon anyway).
You can find out more about Meg at www.megbenjamin.com and at her blog. Meg can also be found on Facebook and Twitter (@megbenj1), as well as Pinterest. Meg loves to hear from her readers, so you can drop her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Now we know what the book is about and what my thoughts are, I think you should get hold of Happy Medium and find time to read it.
Tour Wide Giveaway
As part of this tour for Happy Medium, we have a fantastic giveaway for you, the readers, courtesy of the author, Meg Benjamin.
Meg will be awarding the complete Ramos Family Trilogy: Medium Well, Medium Rare, and Happy Medium (all ebooks) to one randomly drawn commenter during this tour and her Virtual Book Tour.
Sounds like something you want to win? Just add a comment to this post. To increase your chances, check out the other stops on the tour by clicking this link.
Good luck and happy reading!