Medical malpractice lawyer Diana Iverson used to adore her aunt Belinda, but thanks to her difficult mother, the two were separated when Diana was a teenager. Diana even thought her aunt was dead...but she found out too late that she missed her chance to reunite with her. Now Belinda's dead and Diana's on her way to the small town Belinda lived in to figure out what to do with the property--and her love life. Ever since she caught her fiance cheating on her, Diana's heart is no longer in the relationship. Dude also seems like kind of an ass--classic Disposable Fiance.
Belinda had a hot neighbor, Ethan Tannock, who researches paranormal phenomena and was using Belinda--a psychic-- as a subject. When Ethan strolls into the house when Diana is there, she freaks the hell out at first and bristles at him being around. Of course, this is a romance, so that can't last for so long... though as this review points out, Diana's being uncomfortable with the dude is entirely reasonable and it's kind of weird that her doing things like changing the locks is supposed to be a bad thing. I honestly think the start of this book kind of buzzkilled the romance for me.
The two eventually get to know each other--it's rather hard to avoid in this town. Diana also finds herself to be kind of hypnotized by Belinda's tarot card deck and she keeps getting the High Priestess card, which is freaking her out. Between the creeping sense she's getting that psychic things aren't just a lie and the stalker-y behavior that's going on around her house, she's starting to get wigged out. And of course, she could use Ethan's help for that.
Overall, this isn't a bad book. The use of tarot is done very well and realistically, and Diana's subtly budding psychic abilities are handled gently. As Diana starts to clue in that her aunt didn't die naturally, she ends up finding out that her life in Boston is tying into her problems in ways she didn't expect. I ended up liking how the murder plot worked out, particularly in its use of the town gossip that cracked me the hell up at the end.
If there's anything that I wasn't super into, it's the romance...I think this is just me, though, for whatever reason it wasn't really doing it for me. Ethan and Diana are nice folks and all that, but maybe they're just not stand out enough personalities to light my fire here, even after we finally get past the super awkwardness of their beginning interactions. But I think this is my personal preference and other readers would probably feel differently about it than I do. There's nothing here wrong about the romance, it was just on the "well, it's fine" scale for me somehow.
Three and a half stars.