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After a wicked Halloween showdown with the vigilante ghost of a Voodoo Priestess, clairvoyant Bridget Quinn is hoping her life will finally cool off. Winter never poses much of a threat to the Nation’s Oldest City where there’s no shortage of Holiday Spirits when the blazing Florida sun sets. Again, the Ancient City is plagued by mysterious murders, this time masked by arson.
Hearse-driving Ghost Tour Guide, RIP Ryder, drowns his staggering guilt with excessive intoxication while Officer Nick Maddox’s heart breaks as Bridget’s peculiar behavior escalates. RIP has an epiphany, recognizing Nick and Bridget’s paranormal vexation as the work of RIP’s ghostly nemesis from years gone by...
Can RIP rally the troops to save Nick and Bridget before the flames consume them all?
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Matanzas Moon: Ablaze by Elizabeth Raven is the 2nd book in the Matanzas Moon series. I really enjoyed the first book, but felt the author had some improving to do. I am happy to be able to say Elizabeth Raven has definitely grown as an author since she published the first book. Ablaze starts off much stronger than the first book did and didn’t have the occasional dragging feel to it. It definitely had a much better flow to it.
The Matanzas Moon series is incredibly fun to read. I love the city of St. Augustine and since the story takes place there, I have more of an understanding of where everything is occurring. There is a lot of history in St. Augustine and Raven has done a wonderful job of infusing the history of the city with the stories she tells.
This is a great sequel. It continues the story of characters we fell in love with in the first book, especially more about RIP. I really love this character. He is probably one of my all time favorite characters I’ve ever read. He’s funny, he’s arrogant, he’s interesting, and he sounds hot. Nick and Bridget are still doing their thing, having miscommunications left and right, and Travis is still as awesome as he was in the first book.
We really learn a lot about RIP and his past in Ablaze and while we don’t know everything, we get enough to give an idea as to why he is the way he is. He’s much more complicated than I originally thought he would be. I love how in this series there are secondary characters but those secondary characters play a bigger role than in many other books. It doesn’t feel like it’s full of unnecessary characters.
Ablaze has a bit of a darker feel to it than the first book did, but not too much. It has a more mature feeling to it as well. Overall, I really enjoyed this book even more than the first book and I recommend this series to anyone who likes a good ghost story with fun and quirky characters.