Book Review: Spirited Situation by Louisa Masters

Spirited Situation

Author: Louisa Masters
Series: Ghostly Guardians, book 1
Publisher: Independent (February 17, 2022)
Kindle edition, 239 pages
Romance, Adult contemporary/paranormal romance, M/M romance
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Summary

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.

Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This was only the second book I’ve read by Louisa Masters, and it confirmed that I immediately need to devour her entire backlist. I read Louisa’s contribution to the Franklin U series (Mr. Romance, book three) and fell in love with Liam’s friends. I saw Conner, the older brother of one of the side characters in Mr. Romance, is one of the leads in this series so I had to pick it up.

Best. Decision. Ever.

I loved this book from page one, and fell even harder for poor Josh when I learned what a total oddball he is. I LOVE that Josh is interviewing to work at a haunted hotel so he can talk to ghosts and then brush it off as being thematic, rather than people thinking he’s crazy or weird. And then imagine my surprise when the hotel turns out to have ACTUAL ghosts that can manifest and let regular people see them as well!

This book is just so fun, and the world-building is amazing. While I enjoyed the heat and tension between Josh and Ewan, I really loved this book for ALL of the relationships that are playing out and being built, between Josh and the ghosts, Josh and his new found family, and between side characters (some of whom will obvs be the MCs of their own book later, *cough-Skye and Daniel-cough*). From basically the MOMENT I saw Skye and Daniel interacting, I knew I needed their book. It will apparently be book three, which I am eagerly awaiting.

Spirited Situation is fast-paced and fun, and full of witty banter and charistmatic people that I definitely would want to be friends with.

This is the first book in the Spirited Situation series. It can be read as a stand-alone as the romantic plotline is complete, but there is part of the larger overarching plot that continues into future books in the series. Book two, Vortex Conundrum, is Kieran’s book!

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