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Reviewed by Jessica Jesinghaus for Readers' Favorite
Analise Lavalle is on assignment. Visiting a quaint B&B on Texas’ Galveston Island to write her latest article on hauntings and the paranormal, she is expecting a quiet week and a quick paycheck. Unfortunately, things aren’t what they seem and nothing will go to plan. You see, Analise isn’t just a talented reporter with a penchant for haunted locations, she’s a spiritual medium who keeps her unique abilities a closely guarded secret. When she arrives at Windswept Inn, only to find her room has been double-booked and there’s nowhere else for her to stay on the tiny island, she’s forced to concede defeat and submit to sharing her suite with a total stranger. Much to Analise’s chagrin, her roommate for the week is a devastatingly handsome Spaniard named Miguel who seems to have magical secrets, and an agenda, all his own.
C.J. Anaya has crafted a quick and witty treat for readers with her novella Double Booked, the first chapter in the Supernatural Treasure Hunters series. The immediate sexual tension between Analise and Miguel was delicious. C.J. Anaya worked her own special brand of magic as the ‘relationship’ between the two characters took on a life of its own. With the book being told in first person from Analise’s POV, readers are given a fun, quirky heroine with some laugh-out-loud inner thoughts. I also loved how forthright she is, and how unapologetically Analise speaks her mind. Watching her try to resist the pull Miguel exerts on her was truly scintillating. The budding romance between Analise and Miguel, while captivating, is only a small part of the story. With a centuries-old mystery, warring warlock factions, ghosts, and a hidden map leading to treasures of unimaginable magical powers, Double Booked hints at the beginning of a wonderful series. There is a bit of a cliffhanger ending, but if the rest of the series is as fun as this installment, all shall be forgiven in the end.