Tuesday 26 July 2022

Book Review: The Dead Romantics by Ashley Poston (Contemporary Romance (Fantasy))

Title: The Dead Romantics
Author: Ashley Poston
Publisher: Harlequin Australia
Publication Date: 22 August 2022
Pages: 368
Format: eBook - PDF
Genre: Contemporary Romance (Fantasy)
Source: ARC via NetGalley

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.


The Dead Romantics is a book I might not have looked twice at had I not received an email from the publisher promoting it. That made me continue past the cover to the blurb, and while I don't generally read a lot of rom-com, the fantasy element to this tale piqued my interest, so I decided to give it a try. Overall, it was an pleasant, entertaining read. The premise was engaging and I liked Florence as a character, since she was quirky and fun but still had a lot of emotional depth. The 'twist' in the story I guessed almost at once, so there was no suspense there for me and I already knew how the book would end, but it was still good to see the relationship between Ben and Florence develop in the meantime. There was a nice blend of humour and emotion throughout the story, which was well paced and balanced. I am glad I gave the book a try, as a change from my usual fare, and I am sure it will appeal to rom-com fans who enjoy a bit of fantasy alongside the romance. It gets 4 stars from me.

I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

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