Opposite Attraction by Judy Bagshaw


Opposite Attraction by Judy Bagshaw
Publisher: Mundania Press
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (98 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 3.5 stars
Review by: Fern

Curvaceous parapsychologist Serena McKay is less than amused when she is publicly trapped by her longtime nemesis, world famous ghost hunter Carter Shehan, into accepting a professional challenge–spend a weekend with him at the allegedly haunted Shelbourne Manor to prove once and for all which of their theories on the reported strange activity in the house is correct. The winner gets bragging rights on The Lydia Crane talk show.

When a number of frightening phenomena occur that drive Serena into Carter’s arms from fear, that fear quickly turns to passion. Serena soon finds that her interest in the scientific exercise is overshadowed by her growing attraction to the sexy and very likable Carter.

Serena McKay believes that paranormal activity isn’t magical or mystical, but that it all can be explained with logical, scientific rationale. Carter Shehan drove Serena insane. She was convinced he was a hack, leading people on and deluding them with stories of the paranormal, giving them false hope when sanity and logic was behind all his outlandish claims. Still, fire burned between them both. Carter was more than intrigued, he found himself captivated by her passion. Coming to one of Serena’s lectures and signings, he listened to her, riveted, then happily gets her to sign his book. They clash swords admirably. It’s only after this initial meeting, when they decide to stay at the same Manor house – Serena to disprove the ghost stories and Carter to prove the tales – that the sparks really begin to fly. Passion ignites between the two.

This story was a lot of fun, with plenty of spice, passion and more than a few lost tempers in the fray. It’s not your regular sweet story of two gentle people. Yet the author writes the book with such style and light heartedness none of the passionate arguments could be taken to heart.  It’s clear the sparks are repressed sexual tension and a whole lot of chemistry blazing between Serena and Carter. With a feel-good atmosphere and the backdrop of a spooky, haunted house – complete with spirits/ghosts – there’s plenty of things going bump in the night.

I really enjoyed this book.  It’s a fresh read that had me smiling and laughing aloud in places. I really enjoyed how Serena and Carter didn’t just meet, their gazes catching and fall instantly in love – this was something they both worked at, fought against and eventually capitulated to with relish. It was a lovely change and very well executed.

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