Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Review - The Ghost and the Graveyard by Genevieve Jack

The Ghost and the Graveyard
by Genevieve Jack
The Monk's Hill Witch, Book 1 
Published by: Carpe Luna, Ltd.
Release Date: September 8, 2012
Length: 294 Pages
ISBN: 978-0-985236-74-8
Paranormal Romance


Life is full of difficult decisions! Left destitute by an unscrupulous ex-boyfriend, Grateful Knight takes her father up on his offer to live rent-free in a house he hasn't been able to sell. Desperate to make a new start, Grateful tries to overlook the property’s less desirable features, like the graveyard that stretches to her back door. 

On the bright side, the unbelievably gorgeous cemetery caretaker, Rick, is dead set on helping her feel at home. She vows to take things slow, considering her recent disastrous relationship, but is baffled when she literally can’t keep her hands off of him. When things in Grateful’s house start moving on their own, another man enters her life—a sexy ghost with a dark secret.

Magical forces are at work in the tiny town of Red Grove and they're converging on Grateful. Solving this ghostly mystery won’t be easy and with the caretaker becoming increasingly jealous of her spectral relationship, Grateful will be forced to choose between the ghost and the graveyard. 

This book is intended for mature audiences.

My Review:

With just the right touch of humor, Genevieve Jack takes us into the fight between good and evil in The Ghost and the Graveyard, the first book in The Monk's Hill Witch series.  With a strong, likable heroine, an incredibly hot and seductive hero and well developed secondary characters, Ms. Jack grabbed my attention from the first page.  Adding in a  well paced plot, a light touch of mythology and enough spicy romance to heat up the pages, Ms. Jack has created a unique entry into the paranormal romance field.

Financial broke as a result of her last romantic relationship, Grateful Knight finds herself in need of a new place to live.  Moving into an empty house owned by her father, she's less than thrilled when she discovers her back yard literally backs up to a cemetery.  Determined to get her financial and romantic life back under control, Grateful is unprepared to meet the incredibly hot cemetery caretaker.  Ms. Jack did a good job developing Grateful's character as we get to know her throughout the pages of this book; at first somewhat naive, Grateful knows she needs to take things slower and become better at judging people's motives.  Instead of asking her father for money, she gets a second job to cover her bills.  While she's not saying no to romance, she's determined to take things slow.

Incredibly sexy, Rick Ordenes is the caretaker for the Monk's Hill Cemetery in Red Grove.  An immortal caretaker whose secrets are tied to a past Grateful doesn't remember.  While lonely and desperate to regain what they've lost, Rick knows he'll have to go slowly, he just never planned on becoming jealous of a ghost.

Filled with good dialogue and great chemistry the scenes between Grateful and Rick are well done.  When the ghosts in Grateful's house suddenly make themselves known, Grateful finds herself attracted to "Logan" too.  Determined to discover why her house is haunted, Grateful is surprised when she discovers the history of the Monk's Hill Witch and her  own personal ties to the immortal.  Ms. Jack did an excellent job introducing both Grateful and the reader to the history of Red Grove and the powers that exist both above and below the grave.  With just a light touch of humor, Grateful learns of her part between the forces of good and evil.  

Will Grateful agree to become the new Monk's Hill Witch and take her place by Rick's side in the eternal fight between good and evil?  Will there be any place in Grateful's life for Logan and what he becomes?  You'll have to read The Ghost and The Graveyard to find out.  I can't wait to see what happens to Grateful next!

My Rating: 4 out of 5 Crowns

FTC Disclosure:  I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review 


  1. Great review! I like that it has a touch of mythology. And I love her sword! :)