Crazy, Sexy, Ghoulish by G.G. Andrews
Publication Date: September 12, 2015
Genres: Anthologies (multiple authors)
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A zombie. A vampire. A witch. Nora Travers is none of these things.
But the reformed mean girl has to hide behind costumes all Halloween week if she wants to scare the pants off Brendan, the horror geek with the power to earn her a Halloween bonus.
Because Brendan is the nerd Nora used to torment in middle school. But now he’s in college and so scary hot, even her zombie heart starts beating.
And the way he’s looking at her bloody fishnet stockings? [Shiver.]
Nora has to be everything she’s not this Halloween so she can hide her true self and terrify Brendan. Not to mention protect her heart.
Because what happens when he realizes she’s a monster behind the mask?
Nora Travers, when she was in Jr. High school, was a mean girl. She had her reasons but that didn’t make what she did ok. She hurt people and those people have long memories.
One of those people, Brendan Forrester, is the creator of popular horror website, HorrorMonger. He goes to different haunted houses in the Halloween season and then rates them on his site. The haunted house that Nora works at wants to be top on that list and if they are then the owner of the haunted house will give the workers a cash bonus. Nora wants that bonus to help pay for college but she’s more than nervous to see Brendan again for fear he’ll recognize her even through her costume.
Nora isn’t expecting Brendan aka The Creeper (the name she called him in Jr. High school) to be so incredibly hot. She almost blows it as a haunting character when she sees him as she can’t believe how gorgeous he is. She makes an impression however and when she gets home she ends up DMing him on Twitter. They start talking via text and find that they have a ton in common. As the days go by they become closer but every time Brendan shows up at the haunted house to see Nora she puts on a different character to hide herself from Brendan. When the truth comes out and Brendan finds out exactly who his mystery woman is, will he look beyond the mask or only remember who she once was?
I found this to be a great little Halloween romance. It had all the wonderful elements of Halloween stories that I like – costumes, mystery and an added bonus of the haunted house – but it also had a sweet little romance.
Though I found the flashbacks of how Nora taunted and bullied two particular kids when she was in Jr. High to be sad, I could also tell how much Nora had grown and changed over the years. I was really pulling for Brendan and Nora to stay together even after Brendan discovered her identity. I liked how the author showed us how Nora had grown and how she came to be who she was today.
The exchanges between Nora and Brendan were sweet and I loved seeing the connection between the two of them. The end was also quite touching and even though we really on got a HFN I had no doubt it would end up as a HEA.
If you like Halloweens stories this one is definitely one you won’t want to miss.
Rating: 4 out of 5