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The Dead Romantics – Ashley Poston

The Dead Romantics by Ashley Poston
Published:  June 28, 2022

Florence Day is the ghostwriter for one of the most prolific romance authors in the industry, and she has a problem—after a terrible breakup, she no longer believes in love. It’s as good as dead.When her new editor, a too-handsome mountain of a man, won’t give her an extension on her book deadline, Florence prepares to kiss her career goodbye. But then she gets a phone call she never wanted to receive, and she must return home for the first time in a decade to help her family bury her beloved father.

For ten years, she’s run from the town that never understood her, and even though she misses the sound of a warm Southern night and her eccentric, loving family and their funeral parlor, she can’t bring herself to stay. Even with her father gone, it feels like nothing in this town has changed. And she hates it.

Until she finds a ghost standing at the funeral parlor’s front door, just as broad and infuriatingly handsome as ever, and he’s just as confused about why he’s there as she is.

Romance is most certainly dead… but so is her new editor, and his unfinished business will have her second-guessing everything she’s ever known about love stories.

This is literally my most unexpected read of the year so far. 10 books into 2023 and my goodness, I wasn’t expecting this one to be as good as it was. I feel like I’ve been reading a lot of “light” books, things you can’t get too invested into and this was so different than that.

I love Florence, she’s such a different character. And her family is just the same, extremely loveable and like you just want to go through the pages of the book just to meet them, their uniqueness is something I absolutely adored. I love that Florence can see ghosts, and I love the way she kind of was forced to accept herself and her special ability of clairvoyance by coming home. And even more-so the journey of putting together the funeral just how her dad wanted it and THAT LETTER AT THE END. My goodness, I just couldn’t handle it.

This book tugged at me in the best way, I keep thinking about it, even though it’s been four days since and now I’m writing this, I just keep going back and thinking about little bits and pieces of this book. I enjoyed that the love story wasn’t expected. I knew I was reading a romance (obviously) but I really enjoyed that there was a spin on this that I wasn’t expecting.

I think what really took it all over the top for me was Poston’s writing. To me, this was such a beautifully written book. I think this is also mostly to blame for my lack of…picking up almost exclusively smut which isn’t the best written works in the world. I loved the way this book was written, it made me fall in love with Mairmont, I fell in love with her family and the relationship with Benji it made me smile it made me a little bit sad, it was overall such a great time.

Rating: 4.75/5 Stars



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