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Paramour by Margaret Ethridge

Paramour by Margaret Ethridge
* I received this ARC free from the author in exchange for an honest review*

Camellia Stafford has never been alone in her room. For twenty years, she’s been engaged in a fierce power struggle with her bedroom’s previous tenant, Frank DeLuca, the ghost trapped in the light fixture above her bed.

Caustic and cranky, Frank has one soft spot—Cam. Over the years, their feelings for one another have evolved from grudging friendship to an enduring love that burns white-hot until Frank puts his feelings for Cam on ice.

When she suffers the loss of her beloved father, Cam returns home to say good-bye, and confront her feelings for Frank. She finds an unexpected shoulder to lean on in neighbor, Bradley Mitchum. Cam falls hard and fast for the handsome ad man’s charming smile and passionate nature, but Brad’s easy-going exterior masks a steely backbone tempered by adversity.

Two men: one living, one dead, and both vying for her love. Now Cam must determine if her heart is strong enough to choose which dream could lead to a love that will last a lifetime.

Paramour is a captivating story that draws you in from the very beginning.  Camellia has returned to her childhood home and Frank DeLuca, the resident ghost.  Her father has passed away and she is all alone.  Frank has always been there for her growing up so she turns to him for comfort, until she meets her handsome neighbor Brad.

Brad bought his parents home when they retired.  He loves the idea of having a home in suburbia with a lawn to mow, complete with the requisite nosy neighbors.  He has been interested in Cam since they were kids but she never noticed him because he was a couple years older.  He plans to change all that now that she has returned home.

I loved this story; there is a love triangle of sorts between Cam, Frank and Brad.  Frank has been with Cam since she was a young girl and has fallen in love with her over the years.  He is a ghost trapped in his room and he knows he can’t be what she needs.  Cam wants to experience all the normal “firsts” with Frank even though it’s not possible; in her heart anything is possible though.  From the first moment Brad sees Cam, he decides he wants to be there for her.

I loved the way the author handled the first almost kiss between Cam and Brad.  It was very sweet and emotional and Brad was a gentleman.  Another very touching scene was when the 3 of them were laying in Cam’s childhood bed and Frank was talking to them.  From the beginning I was pulling for Brad to get the girl but you still feel that connection to Frank too and you don’t want to see him hurt, even though he’s a ghost.

To me, one of the things I loved most was watching the characters grow.  Cam has to grow up and learn to trust her feelings and not live in fear and Brad is there to help her along the way.  I think Frank probably grew the most throughout the book.  He is an angry ghost that is that is tied to his room but he realizes that he can’t be selfish any longer has to put others before himself.

There are so many wonderful things about this book and I highly recommend it.  It’s a different twist on the paranormal element, the chemistry between the characters is amazing and the love scenes are hot.

I give Paramour 4 1/2 Flaming Hearts. 

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