Review: Haunted on Bourbon Street (Jade Calhoun #1) by Deanna Chase

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Haunted on Bourbon Street Book Cover Haunted on Bourbon Street
Jade Calhoun #1
Deanna Chase
Paranormal Romance - Urban Fantasy - Mystery
Bayou Moon Publishing
November 23, 2013


Jade loves her new apartment--until a ghost joins her in the shower.

When empath Jade Calhoun moves into an apartment above a strip bar on Bourbon Street, she expects life to get interesting. What she doesn't count on is making friends with an exotic dancer, attracting a powerful spirit, and developing feelings for Kane, her sexy landlord.

Being an empath has never been easy on Jade's relationships. It's no wonder she keeps her gift a secret. But when the ghost moves from spooking Jade to terrorizing Pyper, the dancer, it's up to Jade to use her unique ability to save her. Except she'll need Kane's help--and he's betrayed her with a secret of his own--to do it. Can she find a way to trust him and herself before Pyper is lost?


Haunted on Bourbon Street is book one in the Jade Calhoun series by Deanna Chase.

I’m baffled on this one. I feel like I’m missing a book or a prequel to this novel. Their are connections with characters that I just don’t understand which makes me wonder if their was something before this novel. 

As for the mystery it is second to the relationships and romance in Haunted on Bourbon Street. I prefer it to be the other way around. 

Jade is unimpressive. I wanted to like her, but she is just too reserved. She’s an empath with a talent for creating glass. When we start the story she’s in need of a place to stay and it so happens that an affordable apartment opened up over the club next door to the coffee shop she works at. What bothered me about Jade is that she acts like she knows her stuff and what she’s doing, but she has no idea. She couldn’t even figure out that their where two different ghost. One haunting her and the other her friend Pyper. To top it off she couldn’t figure out that one was good and the other evil. 

Theirs a bit of romance blooming between Jade and Kane. The one thing that irritated me was the big blow up with Kane. Jane was defiantly being hypocritical. It was just unnecessary drama. 

We are also introduced to several characters. New friends, old friends, exes and of course ghosts. One character that stood out, not in a good way, was Ian an expert ghost hunter. Unfortunately he’s not an export. We spent a lot of the story with him running around with his gadgets doing readings and then having him talk about those results. It was annoying and not interesting in the least. Now, Pyper I really enjoyed her. She was fun and energetic. 

As for the mystery it takes about 70% for the characters to learn who the ghosts are and what to do about them. The author crammed a lot of the stuff into the last third of the book. It’s where we get most of the world building and explanations and motives. 

Haunted on Bourbon Street was ok. Some areas of the book where interesting and others fell flat. If the blurb intrigues you, I urge you to give it a shot. Just because it did not work for me does not mean it won’t for you. 

Rated: 2 Stras

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I'm an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, animal & book lover. I'm the owner, reviewer & mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy & my favorite shifters are dragons.

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6 comments on “Review: Haunted on Bourbon Street (Jade Calhoun #1) by Deanna Chase

  1. That’s sad. It looked good and I grabbed it as a freebie awhile back and haven’t gotten to it. So maybe I won’t I always think of it for Halloween time. Thanks for the review!
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    • Ya, I grabbed it a while back when it was free. I also picked up the box set which has the first 3 books in the series for free, but after reading book one I won’t be reading on. Just like you I always looked at this and thought of Halloween and how cute and fun the cover looked. I really wanted to like it.

  2. Oh no, too bad about this one. It looked fun.
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    • I agree it did look fun. The title, the cover, and the blurb, but it didn’t work out for me. Thank’s for visiting!

  3. I listened to this one quite some time ago. I, too, liked Pyper more than Jane. I meant to read the next book, but somehow missed it. I think I was waiting for it to come out in audio. I don’t know if it ever did. I went back and read my review for it and it is funny because we sound so similar! We definitely have the same tastes in books! LOL
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    • I picked this up when it was offered for free on Amazon. I also grabbed the box set when it was free that has the first 3 books, but after reading book 1 I’m not going to be continuing. The only thing I liked was Pyper and she’s not our lead.

      Witches of Bourbon Street the 2nd book is on audio. I know if their aren’t many books out in the series or the 2nd one isn’t out and I have to wait, then I get stuck on another series and don’t ever come back unless the 1st book grabbed me.

      I’ve noticed we do have similar tastes when I stop by and read your reviews. I’ve added some books after reading your reviews. ^_^