Dual Review: Supernaturally Kissed by Stacey Kennedy

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Release Date: January 5th 2012
Series: Book #1 in the Frostbite series
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Formats Available: Kindle Edition, e-book
Purchasing Info: Goodreads, Author’s website, Amazon, Barnes&Noble


Ghosts harass and annoy Tess Jennings to save their souls. Sometimes she helps them. Other times she ignores them. But one ghost will give her no choice.

Kipp McGowen, a cop with the Memphis Police Department, will stop at nothing to gain her help, including using his ghostly charms to seduce her.

Tess must help solve the five-year old cold case of Hannah Reid, because solving the case will save Kipp.

But a bigger problem presents itself. Tess is falling in love with a ghost. Now she must decide. Keep Kipp forever or find the killer…

Our thoughts:

Anna: I think we should start this review by talking about the heroine, Tess. I pretty much liked her, though I found her a bit annoying, too gullible at times, changing way too easily her feelings and I didn’t really buy the whole love at first time or lust at first dirty word concept either…

Stella: It is funny, but annoying is the exact same word that I was looking for to describe Tess. Tess is a feisty and sometimes too belligerent young woman, but somehow her pouting and quarrelling annoyed me. I felt her a bit too forced, too much. Maybe I just complicated things and imagined how I would like to have her as a friend in real life, and my resounding no affected my opinion of her as a character.

Anna: Exactly my thoughts Stella! Plus, the way she changed her mind over ignoring ghosts to becoming the right hand of one, just left me stunned and not in a good way. Somehow everything felt rushed in this book and Tess’s reactions towards things was certainly among them.

Stella: I completely agree with you on Tess changing her ways and even her moods quite often. It felt a bit confusing and I just tried to get my footing to see what exactly was her position at the moment regarding things. Bottom line, I couldn’t connect or identify with Tess and besides the lack of any common ground I couldn’t follow the logic of her thoughts, feelings, or even lines at times.

Anna: I couldn’t identify with her either sadly. Certainly she’s not a character I despised, but not one of my favorites either.
And Kipp falls into the same category I’m afraid.  Again, I pretty much liked him but can’t say I love him. It’s one of those characters I won’t remember for long.

Stella: Kipp was intriguing and sexy but as the story is told through Tess’ point of view my impression of him remained shallow and quite incomplete. Which is a shame, because he could have been an interesting and layered hero, despite not being flesh and blood 😉

Anna: Thank you Stella! He was incomplete. I just needed more of him, more information about him, more things to make me see him as the dreamy guy he is supposed to be. As things were, there were times I just saw him as a ghost with unfinished business who decided to have some fun while waiting to cross to the other side. He was the good guy, but I needed more to be convinced.

Stella: Exactly! Kipp often comes off as a sexy player with his nonstop innuendos, flirty winks and dirty talk. And if I didn’t know he was our hero his behaviour could have been interpreted quite differently.
When reading a romance I love seeing/reading the motivations, feelings and thoughts of the parties, which can be achieved even when the story is told in the 1st person, but here I got the impression that Tess didn’t get to know Kipp any better than we did…

Anna: Sad but true… In one more department I just needed more. More info, more development, to sum it up a little bit more of everything.

Stella: And what about the secondary characters? I thought that Caley, Tess’ best friend could have come off as a quirky and funny secondary character but she just managed to irritate me. I found her too cliché and cardboard-like.

Anna: Oh, Caley… Couldn’t like her… I really wanted to. But when she stormed into Kipp’s best friend place and as soon as she laid eyes on him, she immediately broke up with her other boyfriend on the phone, in front of him and soon after started hitting on him, I was so majorly turned off with her that I couldn’t like her at all. No matter what.

Stella: Oh Anna, I almost forgot my dislike for her stemmed from that scene! Talk about being shallow! I don’t know how such behaviour could endear her to anyone, be it the new potential boyfriend or her best friend.

Anna: Exactly! And it’s sad that I had so many problems with this book, especially if you think that it was a bit of a challenge for me. You see, it’s the first adult title I read where the romance develops between a ghost and a very living and breathing person. I started feeling intrigued by the whole thing but soon after I just felt their relationship was a bit off somehow. I don’t know, the dirty talk and masturbating did nothing to put me in a romantic mood. I mean the guy is dead, has other possibly more serious issues to deal with and he actually starts sexually harassing the only person who can help him? I don’t know, I found it unbelievable.
Plus, Tess goes from being annoyed with Kipp to fall in love with him in a blink of an eye, something that didn’t help me feel real chemistry between them.

Stella: Hm, I didn’t find that she fell in love with him too quickly, but I certainly could have taken more insight into why she did. I started reading this story with this main question in my mind: how could a satisfactory romance develop and exist between a living person and a ghost? I have to say that Stacey Kennedy got me quite immediately when describing their chemistry and lust, it felt hot:

“I opened my eyes and did my best to cover myself with my arms. ―What…‖ Then I caught sight of him and lowered my arms to my sides, incapable of speech. His jaw clenched, fists tight, muscles quivering―there stood a man grasping at the last remnants of control. But all of this was gentle compared to what lay in his eyes. A look that women swooned over and fantasies were built on. His intent, hunger and focus remained on me alone. Nothing would satiate him. No one could cure him from his desires. Only my body would ease the torment he suffered now. And it could never be, which made me wonder if doing this was cruel. It was almost as if I placed a juicy steak in front of a hungry lion, but refused to let him eat.”

but when it came to the romance part, again due to the lack of development and detail I wasn’t sold. I agree with you Anna, the hottest scene in the novel was Tess’ erotic dream when she was making out and having sex with a very corporeal Kipp, because let’s face it, even though a frosty touch can be thrilling, it can’t replace or even come close to the real thing. So when after such a scorching first love scene we had to contend ourselves with an “each to their own masturbation”, it didn’t come close to the hotness of the previous sensual scene and left me quite underwhelmed.
As to the mystery plot of the book, even when I started reading Supernaturally Kissed I knew that the main focus of the story would be on the romance, so I didn’t have big expectations regarding the mystery storyline. And I did well, because it wasn’t complicated or too hard to guess who did it.

Anna: I didn’t have any expectations myself either and although the mystery wasn’t too complicated and I may add that there were some holes, it possibly was the best department of the book for me. Don’t ask me why, but it kept me reading, despite everything having “clicked” in place quite early on.

Stella: I also noticed that about 80% of the story was told through short and clipped dialogue. Which sure made the story fast paced thanks to the repartee but due to that it lacked the necessary descriptions and details that both Anna and I sorely missed. If we could have gotten a bit more depth it would have greatly helped in making us more invested in the characters’ life and their story.

Anna: You sum it up perfectly Stella. Although Stacey’s writing was flowing easily I just had the same feeling while reading the book from the first to the last page: that everything was happening way too fast.

Stella: What I enjoyed a lot was the tongue in cheek humour of Stacey Kennedy’s writing:

“He ran a hand along his scruffy chin. I hated the urge I had to touch his face myself. I shook my head to erase these thoughts from my mind. Ghost, check. Dead, check. Off the market, double check.”

A ghost girl when talking about what she will do to her cheating ex-boyfriend:

“She glanced over her shoulder with an icy glare. I‘m going to hunt him down and haunt him.”

Anna: Actually, the humorous tone was what I really enjoyed too!
To sum it up, Stacey Kennedy did indeed find a creative way to overcome the obvious problems created by having a ghost and a living person engaging in a romance but that wasn’t enough. Dirty talk can be enough for one or two sex scenes, but the problem of touching and having Kipp and Tess behaving like a normal couple remains. I don’t know what she has in mind for her heroes in the books to come, and honestly I really want to know how they will work around their problems.

I give Supernaturally Kissed 2 stars!

Stella: As the main question: how can a living person and a ghost have a satisfactory relationship wasn’t answered in Supernaturally Kissed (it mostly told the story of Tess and Kipp’s attraction and how they become a couple), I hope Stacey Kennedy will get to show us in the following books.

All in all despite its flawed heroine and the (in my opinion) not enough developed story Supernaturally Kissed was a quick and easy read. Don’t expect an epic love story or an intriguing mystery, but if you want something light and fluff Supernaturally Kissed might just be it.

I give Supernaturally Kissed 2.5 stars!

About Stella

Stella is a proud bookaholic and a self-taught multilinguist in training. Besides reading, her other great passions are travelling and baking. When she is not globetrotting she lives in sunny Budapest, where she loves to spend her free time preparing (and feasting on) delicious cookies or devouring equally yummy books. Her favourite genres are urban fantasy and romance and she couldn't live without her daily dose of sunshine. Besides being the Latin Lover on BLI Stella also blogs about books and a bookish life on Ex Libris.

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  • Celine January 11, 2012 at 11:27 am

    I love your dual review! It works really well. Too bad it wasn’t what you were hoping for (:

    • Stella January 12, 2012 at 5:17 am

      Thank you Celine, I really enjoy doing dual reviews as we can do what we all love best: discuss books in a review and not just do it in a monologue. Yes, sadly Supernaturally Kissed wasn’t really for us, but so many other bloggers loved it, guess it’s again a question of personal preferences 🙂

  • Stacey Kennedy January 11, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    Thank you for the review! 😉

    • Anna January 12, 2012 at 5:11 am

      Thank you Stacey for giving us the chance to read your book 🙂

    • Stella January 12, 2012 at 5:15 am

      Thank you Stacey for asking us! I’m sorry I couldn’t click with Tess, but I am curious to see what will happen next with T&K! 🙂

  • Tamara Hoffa January 11, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    I think you guys were a little harsh, I read the book and I really liked it! Yes the sex when you can’t touch is kinda hard, but I thought it was handled well, and the book was interesting, and fun.

    • Anna January 12, 2012 at 5:10 am

      It was handled really well and in a very creative way. But still it sadly wasn’t a sex scene that could turn me on.

      • Stella January 12, 2012 at 5:22 am

        Not even the dream-sequence scene? I found that one scorching hot! 😀

        • Anna January 12, 2012 at 6:43 am

          Yeah, this one was definitely hot! But when I think of sex in this book the first scene that comes to mind is the main one.

    • Stella January 12, 2012 at 5:21 am

      Hi Tamara, I agree that the physical part of T&K’s relationship was handled in a surprisingly creative way (that’s one of the things Anna and I preferred in the story), Stacey Kennedy showed possibilities I haven’t even dreamt of, but somehow due to Tess I couldn’t feel too invested in the story. As I found her a heroine I couldn’t connect with or like too much I read the story a bit “distanced”. But as you say you liked it as many of my other blogger friends do, once again it’s a personal taste thing. 🙂

  • aurian January 12, 2012 at 6:42 am

    I am intrigued and want to read it for myself, but to be honest, I don’t like the dirty talking and masturbation scenes you write about. And as this is the re-written version, and you still think the dialogues a bit woody and not enough background info on the hero, well. Not sure I will be enjoying it. But, yes, still curious.

    • Anna January 12, 2012 at 6:44 am

      Most of our blogger or goodreads friends Aurian really enjoyed this book, so as Stella said it’s a matter of taste. What turned as off may as well be what others are crazy about 🙂

    • Stella January 12, 2012 at 8:25 am

      Aurian the “dirty talk” wasn’t that dirty and not obscene at all. I found it quite sexy and my problem with the masturbation scene was only that we first got a glimpse of a real love scene before that and so this 2nd (self)love scene read a bit lukewarm after the sizzling hotness of the first one.

  • Alexa January 13, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    Aw too bad you both didn’t really care for this one. I just recently starting reading some her her shorter stories and I really enjoyed them.

    Thanks for the great double review though!

  • Alisha January 14, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    I read this book in a previous incarnation–when it was an indie release called “Stolen Dreams” (The Lingering Spirit, #1). I’m still a bit surprised by the change in the cover art’s tone. The cover for Stolen Dreams was more chick-lit/light hearted, which I thought fit the story fairly well. This new cover has more of an intense, darker feel; not at all an impression I got when reading the book. I wonder who made the call for such a drastic switch-up.

    Unless there’s been a lot of change in the content of the story itself. Ah well. I’m still looking forward to the second book in the series. I just hope the second doesn’t change the tone/voice established in the first book too much.

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