Giving Up The Ghost by Stacy-Deanne

I thought I’d pass along a book I recently enjoyed by a good author friend.  She writes crime fiction featuring an interracial couple in a romantic subplot.  The key to her stories are twists.  I love to be surprised, and this book has plenty of surprises.  Before I go more into it, here’s a picture and link at the Amazon store:

I should also warn you ahead of time that there are sexually explicit situations (some of which are on the disgusting side–such as when the stalker called up Brianna in the middle of the night to get his jollies off of tormenting her).  There was some violence, but I don’t recall the violence being overly graphic or anything.  Let’s suffice it to say, this is for adults only.

Okay.  Now that I got that out of the way, I’ll say I was sucked into the book from the minute I started reading it.  It starts off with Cheyenne and Simon at his house when someone shows up.  We are not given the identity of this person, except Simon warns Cheyenne to get out of the house, but she doesn’t and this intruder attacks her.  She ends up in the hospital where Brianna Morris (the main character and detective) gets involved.  Brianna is determined to figure out who attacked Cheyenne, but she is also facing problems of her own.  Remember that stalker I mentioned?  Yeah, he’s one of them, and we’re introduced to that following Cheyenne’s attack.

What follows are a series of interviews from Brianna and her partner Steven Kemp (ex-lovers with a flame still going from his end) who are determined to find out who attacked Cheyenne.  One character in particular, Michael, was pretty gross, but he also had this really weird sense of humor so I couldn’t help but enjoy the scenes he was in.  I found myself laughing at some of the things he said.  So this was one of those characters I hated but loved the most, if that makes any sense.  😀

There is a romantic plot in the book, and it’s between Brianna and Simon (a very wealthy and hot white guy–Brianna is black so this is where the interracial romance comes in if anyone wants to know).  Simon apparently attracts just about every woman he comes across, but the problem is he has a controlling and somewhat psychotic sister who decides whether or not his latest love interest is good enough for him.  In some ways, Simon comes off as being naive in regards to believing in the best in everyone he comes across.  At least, that is how I saw him.  😀

To say anymore would start spoiling the story.  I’m just going to say that I was making up guesses as I went along as to who 1) the stalker was and 2) attacked Cheyenne.  I didn’t get any of my guesses right except I was very close to figuring out one character.  So it’s the surprise twists that are the strengths of this book and why I enjoyed it as much as I did.

If you’d like to check out Stacy-Deanne’s website, here’s the link:

And if you’d like to friend her on Facebook, here’s her page:!/profile.php?id=1345316653   Stacy-Deanne is one of the nicest people I’ve ever met, so don’t be shy about dropping her a line.  😀

About Ruth Ann Nordin

Ruth Ann Nordin mainly writes historical western romances and Regencies. From time to time, she branches out to contemporaries romances and other genres (such as science fiction thrillers). For more information, please go to or check out
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