Spirited [NOOK Book]

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She’s running from who she is…


All Jules Scott wants is to live a normal, quiet life—preferably one that doesn’t include ghosts. Jules’s talent for communicating with the dead has brought her nothing but trouble. Despite her best efforts, needy spirits always find her and draw her into their otherworldly drama. When one implicates her in a series of deadly crimes, she may need to entrust her secrets to the ...

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Overview

She’s running from who she is…


All Jules Scott wants is to live a normal, quiet life—preferably one that doesn’t include ghosts. Jules’s talent for communicating with the dead has brought her nothing but trouble. Despite her best efforts, needy spirits always find her and draw her into their otherworldly drama. When one implicates her in a series of deadly crimes, she may need to entrust her secrets to the person least likely to believe her…


He’ll do whatever it takes to catch her.


Detective Seth English can’t get distracted from the big case he’s working on, not even by his alluring new neighbor. He doesn’t believe that Jules had anything to do with the string of robberies-turned-murders that he’s investigating, but when she keeps showing up in all the wrong places, his gut tells him she knows more than she’s letting on. To solve his case, he’ll need to expose what the sexy redhead is hiding—no matter how impossible the truth may be…

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
04/15/2014
Losing your keys and being lured by ghosts is no excuse for climbing through the window of your sexy cop neighbor's apartment. Yet when Juliana Scott does just that, still dressed from her college reunion "Pimp and Ho" costume party, Det. Seth English naturally assumes the worst. But Jules has more problems than one hot cop. Not only is she haunted by the dead, but when a mix-up and a murder put her under police suspicion and set a killer on her trail, she is forced to rely on the skeptical Seth. A psychic heroine wary of sharing her secrets, a pragmatic hero determined to learn whats she's hiding, and a plethora of secondary characters (dearly departed and otherwise) combine in a lighthearted yet spine-tingling turn that is just plain fun. VERDICT Lively, funny, and fresh, this engaging debut novel is just the thing for readers who want their mystery thrillers with a ghostly twist and an offbeat sense of humor. Behre lives in King George, VA.
Publishers Weekly
01/20/2014
Juliana Scott has just moved back home to Tidewater, Va., to get away from the sense of overwhelming pain and fear she felt in the big city—all due to her unasked-for ability to talk to the dead. Cities draw large numbers of the departed, all of them vocal and needy. Tidewater is small and sparsely populated, so it’s a shock when Jules is visited by a very strident, angry, newly deceased young woman who wants something from her. The visitation pushes Jules into the arms of Det. Seth English, her neighbor, in a disastrous series of slapstick-worthy errors and misunderstandings. Behre’s exuberant debut paranormal romance is lighthearted and easygoing, with a slow-moving subplot that promises to spark future books. Agent: Cascade Literary Agency. (Mar.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101630242
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 3/4/2014
  • Series: A Tidewater Novel , #1
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 11,410
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author


Mary Behre is the lone female in a house full of males and the undisputed queen of her domain. She even has the glittery tiara to prove it. She loves stories with humor, ghosts, mysteries, and above all else, a good romance. When not writing, she enjoys reading, gluten-free baking, and spending time at the ocean with her family. Daily, she can be found in her office. With her Pomeranian at her feet and her hands on the keyboard, she spends her time plotting new ways to torture her characters before they find their happily ever afters. 

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  • Posted March 9, 2014

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    First Impressions... In need a a genre change but still want

    First Impressions...




    In need a a genre change but still wanting to keep some romance in there, I was drawn to this one.  I liked the premise of the cop trying to resist the girl next door while he solved his case.  So I decided to give this one a try.




    The Story...
    I was definitely giggling as Jules dressed as a hooker from a costume party falls through the window of her neighbors apartment only to meet the sexy and gorgeous cop next door.  Drawn to each other for what seems like more than physical attraction, it's all kinds of fun to watch them resist.  But there's way more going on than just the romance.  There's a rash of diamond burglaries in the area, a murder, a bunch of ghosts bugging Jules, and a few twists along the way.  What I enjoyed about this story was that as I figured out one aspect of the story, another popped up to take it's place.  The clues where there and I did pick up on them but there was always more to the story.  That was nice.




    The Characters...
    I loved Jules.  Her ability to hear the dead has made her life more interesting that she would like.  She's a little mouthy and full of spunk.  I love it when she grumps at the ghosts or gives Seth what for.  Was totally pulling for her life to get better.




    Of course, I loved Seth.  He's so cute.  He keeps telling himself to pay attention to the case and not to react to his neighbor but his body didn't get the memo.  I loved when the story was from his point of view.  He was always trying to be professional but words just kept coming out of his mouth and no effort on his part could pull them back.  One of my favorite scenes was when his teenage daughter waited on them at a restaurant and  Jules finds out who she is when she calls Seth Dad.  Hehe.








    The Writing...




    I'm surprised that this is debut author.  It's written in third person but still focuses on a point of view.  I generally struggle with third person but this one was done right.  I think the clues for what was happening were a little too clear but that was balanced with new problems popping up.  I would have expected a veteran author for that. 




    Did I Put It Down...




    Yeah, I did.  It's not that it wasn't good, I just rarely get to read a book straight through.   I can say that I thought about it while I wasn't reading it.




    In The End...




    This was a nice change for me.  More adult and thriller than I normally read, it was a good change of pace.  If you enjoy the romance combined with a little more story, then this is a good one to try. 

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 16, 2014

    The book started a little slow for me but quickly captured my at

    The book started a little slow for me but quickly captured my attention. I instantly loved Jules right away. She’s always been ridiculed for having the unique gifts of seeing and communicating with ghosts. I could totally relate to her fears and insecurities about being “different.” 

    Detective Seth English is smokin’ HOT! This half-British/Italian, half-Greek Adonis with handcuffs is sinfully sexy but, unfortunately for Jules, is too straight-edged and by-the-book. Seth has a painful past in which his career took a major setback. He won’t let anything or anyone, including Jules, jeopardize his future again.

    I loved how the couple first met. Jules is coming home from a college reunion and has somehow misplaced her keys. She ends up having to climb the fire escape in high-heeled boots. Jules can’t get into the window at her apartment so she slips, or rather tumbles, through the neighbor’s window in hopes of being able to sneak out of the apartment and into her own. However, Jules’s best laid plans are destroyed when she ends up facedown and handcuffed by a gorgeous half-naked man wearing pajama bottoms with lambs on them. Could things possibly get any stranger? Yes, yes they can.

    The ghost/spirit aspect of the book was very interesting. The scenes were always emotionally charged and some even had me tearing up, Samuel’s story in particular. I loved how Samuel’s side story came full circle at the end revealing new information that tied his story to the main plot line. I also loved reading about the secondary characters and I am hoping we will learn more about them in upcoming books/novellas.

    I really enjoyed the book. I thought the story was original and the mystery was brilliantly executed. The love story unfolding between Seth and Jules was beautiful. I enjoyed watching both characters slowly overcoming past mistakes and fighting to claim their happily ever after. 

    I am greatly anticipating the next installment in the series! A promising start for this debut author. 

    ***I received an ebook copy from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. All conclusions reached are my own***

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  • Posted May 3, 2014

    Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Vivacious Valkyrie - Marta: *

    Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Vivacious Valkyrie - Marta:
    *copy gifted in exchange for an honest review

    --Actual rating, 4.5 Skulls

    Jules Scott knows what it's like to be different because Jules is psychic . She's seen dead people for as long as she can remember, but communicating with them is always hard to do. Ok, hiding from so called 'normal' people that she's psychic isn't easy either, but somehow she's managing. When she has an encounter leaving a fancy dress party with the ghost of a murder victim, it's clear that Jules has to do something. Confused and sickened by the horrific vision of the poor girl's death, Jules enters the wrong apartment and meets Detective Seth English. At first, Seth thinks she's a burglar, and then when he sees her costume he believes that she's a prostitute! Convincing him it's an honest mistake is the least of her worries though as Julesfinds herself more then just a little attracted to the hot Detective, but somehow she needs to try to pass on the information about the dead girl. 

    Seth is investigating a series of robberies. Is it possible that there is a connection? Jules keeps getting more mixed up with Seth's investigation, and pretty soon her innocence is questioned and she is treated like a suspect! Jules can't simply explain that she keeps seeing and hearing ghosts because no one would believe her. The killer is still at large and it looks as if Jules is directly in his path!

    I started reading this thinking that it was a paranormal romance and was so very wrong! This is a fast paced, quirky mystery full of humour that just happens to have a romance in it and what a romance it is! 

    Seth is one very hot policeman with more than a few ideas about how he wishes to proceed with the heroine Jules. As for Jules, she has an interesting family background which will lead on quite nicely to other books I think, and her strong and engaging personality really shone through. Her life has been a difficult one but it hasn't soured her and the author has cleverly allowed the reader to slowly unravel the mystery surrounding Jules and her family.

    Ms Behre has written a very well thought out book that will definitely appeal to lovers of romantic suspense whilst also having a paranormal storyline. This was a fun read with plenty of sexual tension and I really enjoyed it. I'm so looking forward to reading any other books that this author writes and definitely recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2014

    Wow!

    This book rocked!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2014

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    Posted March 19, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2014

    Hood trigon form

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  • Posted March 14, 2014

    Spirited by Mary Behre is the 1st book in her new Tidewater seri

    Spirited by Mary Behre is the 1st book in her new Tidewater series. We meet our heroine, Jules at the start as she seems to be running from something, as well as missing her cell phone and keys to get into her apartment. The fact that she ends up in our hero, Seth’s apartment sets the stage for a somewhat funny story, with mostly suspense and romantic elements throughout.

    Seth is a detective, and when this strange women climbs through his window in a bustier, he threatens to arrest her, thinking she is a hooker. But Jules doesn’t really know how she ended up in Seth’s apartment, and tries to make him understand she went to a costume party, and lives in the same building. He did not believe her, until as he was taking her to the station, the owner of the building vouches for her, that she is his adopted daughter. Seth lets her go, and soon both of them become the romantic couple of this story.

    Jules is keeping a major secret from Seth. She is psychic, having the ability to see the dead, with the spirits coming to her for help. Only her adopted parents know of this ability, and there was no way she could tell Seth that it was a spirit who led her to climb into his window. What follows is a cute sweet romance that develops with Seth and Jules, in the midst of a major suspense story of murder; with Jules life very much in danger. It seems that wherever she goes, Jules finds herself in a dangerous situation, as someone wants something desperately that she unknowingly has. The spirit is a murdered woman who tries to get Jules to help find her killer, but Jules has a hard time understanding her. Seth senses that he is falling in love with Jules, but every time a murder or attack happens, he has to try to explain to his superiors that she is innocent.

    The last third of the book was an exciting story, not to mention also very hot between Seth and Jules. Throughout the book, Mary Behre has added a lot of humor to this story that was fun. I did enjoy Jules and Seth, and the mystery was very well done. The only thing I did not really like was Seth’s attitude at times to Jules, when he would doubt her story. At times he went too far, even if some of her story sounded unbelievable, but he loved her and should have listened to her. I thought she accepted his later apologies too easily. I would have smacked him a few times. Other then this, it was a very good story in this new series.

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  • Posted March 11, 2014

    The first novel in the Tidewater series is a riveting psychic su

    The first novel in the Tidewater series is a riveting psychic suspense. I was totally caught up in this story from the very beginning and I really enjoyed how the author kept me guessing and surprising me with twists that I sure wasn’t expecting.  I can’t wait to read the next Tidewater novel.

    See my full review at:  Paranormal Haven .com
     

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  • Posted March 6, 2014

    Spirited is the debut novel from author Mary Behre, book one in

    Spirited is the debut novel from author Mary Behre, book one in the Tidewater series which from what I've read so far is going to be one fantastic series!




    Spirited was such a great book, so you can imagine my surprise when I discovered that this is Mary's first novel, her writing reads as someone who's been writing for years and has a back catalog of book titles released.




    I loved everything about this story, the plot was consistently entertaining, the characters were extremely likeable and interesting and the concept was so well done that I didn't want the book to end, and I'm desperately awaiting the second book Guarded to continue on with the Scott sisters stories.




    Jules has a special gift, she's psychic, and can see ghosts, which hasn't gone so well for her once people find out, they pass her off as crazy, including her ex-husband, so when she starts being haunted by a woman whom was murdered and won't leave her alone, she finds herself involved in a robbery/murder case as a suspect, in charge of the investigation is Detective Seth English who she may have had a run in with when she fell into his open bedroom window, dressed as a hooker (she was at a fancy dress party), and accused of trying to rob him whilst at the same time trying to solicit him, with both of them attracted to each other at the same time, this would have to be one of the funniest opening scenes of a book that I've ever read and it was from that scene that I knew I was going to love and devour this book.




    With the ghost who was the murder victim stalking and appearing to her at the most inopportune times, Jules is also having to deal with her burgeoning relationship with Seth, someone who is trying to kill her as well as the search for her two younger sisters after they were all separated and adopted out to different families when they were younger.




    Full of action, drama, humor, ghostly apparitions and some romance, definitely add this to your tbr pile, it's an exciting new read from a talented new author.

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  • Posted March 5, 2014

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    Debut author Mary Behre starts off her Tidewater Trilogy with th

    Debut author Mary Behre starts off her Tidewater Trilogy with the first book, Spirited. Though billed as a paranormal romance, I think it might be better categorized as romantic suspense with paranormal elements. How ever it is labeled it is a wonderfully exciting read featuring one of three sisters with special abilities. Jules is the first sister in the series and her ability to see and communicate with dead makes for an exciting read. With a bit of the paranormal, a touch of mystery and a lot of romance, this is the perfect read for any season.

    What I liked:

    First let me say that I was intrigued by the premise of this series. Three sisters with special abilities, separated from each other and looking for a way to bring their family back together. I liked the idea that the girls believe their abilities to be a cross between a curse and a gift, a crift if you will. I thought it an interesting idea, but I wasn't sure how it would translate into a book series. But Mary Behre had it all figure out!  Jules was great main character. She knows she has a psychic gift, but she doesn't exactly like the idea. She wants to be normal, but eventually she starts to make peace with it and knows that she can do some good by helping these ghosts resolve their issues. Once she comes to terms with it, she embraces her ghostly side and it gets her into some intriguing situations, including her neighbor's bedroom, dressed as a hooker. That was a very funny moment and proves this author knows how to use humor as well.

    Seth was a cop trying to make sergeant who is assigned to the case of a jewelry heist turned murder. The murder victim is the same ghost that is giving Jules fits at the moment. Jules and Seth happen to be neighbors and when they both keep turning up in the wrong place, at the wrong time, she become the only suspect in the murder. What a way to meet a man! Seth comes across as a man with a mission. This is his chance to prove he could be a good sergeant. He needs this case. He is a strong male lead that is being asked to take in a lot, when he learns Jules' secret. He is a little bit alpha, but he has a big heart and his attraction to his red-headed neighbor is undeniable. Just an all around well written character.

    I loved this book from cover to cover. I thought Behre did a great job of building this world that Jules lives in, with her abilities and showing how it effected her and everyone around her. There are paranormal elements with the scope of her abilities. There is a strong mystery component, where Jules and Seth try to solve the murder and help the ghost, and there is some strong romantic undertones with the relationship developing between them. Everything I needed as a reader for a fantastic read.

    What I didn't like:

    Though the sexual tension is strong between the two main characters, readers don't get a real taste of romance until about half through the book. It could have happened a whole lot sooner in my opinion and allowed for more romance throughout the book. But that wasn't a stickler, it was still an amazing book.

    Bottom Line:

    There are so many things to like about this debut novel. All of the different elements work together to create a book that has something for many different types of readers, from the paranormal fan to the mystery enthusiast and the romance lover. Behre does just about everything right here, looking forward to what she makes me want to believe next.

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  • Posted March 4, 2014

    Spirited by Mary Behre is a wonderful mixture of Romance, Parano

    Spirited by Mary Behre is a wonderful mixture of Romance, Paranormal, Mystery, and a little bit of Comedy. I loved Jules Scott. She's the perfect heroine, although I might be a little biased because I'm also a redhead. Behre had me hooked the very moment Seth catches Jules "breaking in" in her hooker costume. It was such an awkwardly funny situation that I couldn't put down the book. The attraction between Jules and Seth English is magnetic.I found myself giggling each time he ran into Jules. No matter how hard he tried he couldn't help but be attracted to her, which made the situation all the more interesting and fun. I also really enjoyed Jules' ability to communicate with the dead. It does bring her trouble a lot of the time, but I think it's what really made this story great.
    Spirited is definitely a wonderful debut novel that I think lovers of Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy will enjoy. I'm personally not a big fan of books told in third person, but I loved this one. Behre has a smooth writing style and her characters are really what drove this story for me. She might be a new writer, but it definitely doesn't show. Behre writes like she's been writing Paranormal books for years. I can't wait to read Guarded, the second book in the Tidewater Series. Ms. Behre please keep writing because you are definitely my new favorite author!

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