Title: Dark & Disorderly (The Adventures of Lillie St. Claire)
Author: Bernita Harris
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: 06/28/2010
Once in a while you come across one of those books that not only hooks you, but makes you scream when the book ends. Not because it is bad, but because you wanted it to keep going. This is one of those books & Bernita Harris has officially become one of my top ten to watch out for.
About two weeks ago Lillie St. Claire’s abusive husband perished in a car accident. A few nights ago he came back in the form of an undead creature bent on destroying her. She manages to dispatch him THIS TIME but now the trouble comes with figuring out who would want her gone. As a Talent, a person capable of not only seeing but also dispatching ghosts, there’s no end to the list of people who would want her dead, with groups hating her for her abilities as well as for the fact she can exorcise ghosts. When she meets the sexy John Thresher Lillie assumes that she can add his name onto the “people who don’t like me” list. What she didn’t bargain for was her intense attraction to him.
If you love books that deal in paranormal romance or just urban fantasy in general, you’ll probably love this book. As it is, this reviewer found it incredibly hard to put this book down. There’s just so much to love about this book. First you have a female character who doesn’t sit around hoping people will take care of her & protect her. She’s perfectly happy to care for herself, yet she doesn’t come across as one of those characters who is always at odds with men trying to help her out. Even better, when her character starts thinking in terms of “poor me”, she has entirely valid reasons to think that & never really uses it as a way of garnering sympathy from anyone. Then we have the mystery of who exactly is after Lillie & what exactly is going on- this book will have many guessing until the end. Plus there's other things about the book that I loved, such as what ultimately happens between Lillie & John by the end of the book. I can't specify what it is without ruining it, but I loved how Harris is pacing things.
The only thing that needed a little work is that at the beginning a lot is going on & at times it just felt a little jumbled. Not so much that it would turn people off, but enough to where you’ll notice.
Even so, this is a fantastic start to what I’m going to optimistically predict will be a fan favorite for quite a long time. This book may be in e-book format only at this time, but I’m going to guess that it isn’t going to stay that way. Why this isn’t getting a wider release is beyond me- my addiction to this book reminded me of the first time I picked up Kim Harrison, Kelley Armstrong, or Sherrilyn Kenyon. I can only hope that the next book in the series will come out soon- I'm really jonesing for my next dose of Bernita Harris!
(ARC provided by NetGalley)