Genevieve Clare is a professional mourner. Need someone to wail like a banshee at your graveside? Or poke you to make sure you’re really and truly dead? Maybe cause a scene during the service? Gen’s your girl.
For years, she’s been content, or so she’s told herself. Then the man she’s loved her entire life comes back to town and upends her world. Ahren walked away from her once before. He’s not doing it again – no matter what Gen says.
I have to confess, I almost stopped reading The Morbid and Sultry Tales of Genevieve Clare at chapter two. Chapter two was a rather long piece of Gen and Ahren’s history, spun out from some question Ahren had asked Gen. By the time I reached the end of the chapter, I forgot what had been happening in the present.
So skip chapter two. Or skim it. Read the rest.
Because the rest of the story is quite good. Genevieve grew up next to a cemetery in the small town of Greer’s Rest, and she’s had an interest, bordering on fascination, in death and all the ceremony surrounding the dead since she was a kid. Despite the horrific losses she’s experienced, she’s living a pretty full and happy life – or so you’d think. She’s smart, creative, and funny, and she embraces her kinky side.
And Ahren loves her for it. Ten years earlier, he did what she asked – he left. But he never got over her, and he finally said “fuck it” and came back for her. That’s a pretty good indicator of what their relationship is like. Sweet and almost sickeningly perfect for each other, tempered by some spectacularly awesome chemistry. The banter and the sex keep it from being too cloying.
This is very much a character-driven story. It’s all about Gen and breaking down her barriers, opening herself up to love and the heartbreak it brings. Gen and her friend Rocky went through a girl-show phase once, marathoning TV shows like Sex and the City and Gilmore Girls. Tales kind of reminds me of Gilmore Girls, actually, and Gen’s quite a bit like Lorelie. Generous, witty, and a bit lost…and a bit scared.
There were a couple moments where I thought Gen and Ahren weren’t going to make it, for one reason or another, and it kept me turning pages because, dammit, they had to. THEY HAD TO. If ever there was a couple that deserved happiness, it’s Genevieve and Ahren. And while the climax (har) was a bit of a let down, the ending made up for it – and it’s very Gilmore Girls-esque.
If you’re looking for something different in the romance department, The Morbid and Sultry Tales of Genevieve Clare is a good bet.
Copy provided by the author/TRSOR Promotions in exchange for an honest review.