Monday, September 9, 2013

VBT Review Stop: Medium Rare

Medium Rare
by Meg Benjamin



There are no skeletons in her closet…only ghosts

Rose Ramos was a reference librarian, until she inherited her grandmother’s house—and the family talent for connecting with the other side…

Moving into the lovely Victorian in San Antonio’s King William District is a dream come true for Rose—and also a nightmare. That’s the only explanation she has for the man hovering above her bed. But Skag is a ghost who’s been part of Rose’s family for generations. And now he’s all hers.

When Evan Delwin, a reporter out to debunk the city’s newest celebrity, posts an ad looking for a research assistant to investigate a famous medium making his home in San Antonio, Skag suggests that Rose apply for the job. Delving into the dark side has its own dangers for Rose—including trying to resist Delwin’s manly charms. But as the investigation draws them closer together, the deadly currents surrounding the medium threaten to destroy them all…



She raised her gaze slowly to the ceiling of the room. At the far end, something glowed a dim yellow-green, like some kind of night-light. She squinted. The yellow light became a blob, then seemed to elongate, becoming vertical, stretching from the ceiling halfway to the floor, perhaps five feet or so. Slowly, the light began to change, becoming bluish white, then gray, then resolving, very slowly into the outline of a figure.

Rose’s hands closed tightly on the coverlet. Her breath seemed to catch in her throat as her pulse hammered.

The figure became more clear. A man. Shortish. Stocky. Wearing a blue jumpsuit with a white undershirt showing at the V-neck. Hair slicked back, high forehead, deep-set eyes . . . Holy shit! A deeply satisfying wave of exasperation washed over her.

Hannibal Lecter?” she snapped. “Really? Are you kidding me? Hannibal Lecter? What kind of sick joke is this? Get the fuck out of my bedroom!” Amazing how the combination of terror and annoyance made her sound like she was in control.

Hannibal Lecter floated a couple of feet away from the foot of her bed. His expression seemed vaguely disgruntled. “I was trying to find an appearance you were familiar with. I thought you’d like it.”
Who are you?” She took another deep breath, trying to slow down her pulse. “And why exactly shouldn’t I just get the hell out of here right now?”

If you walk out now, you’ll never know why I’m here, will you? And don’t tell me you don’t want to know.” Hannibal moved back a few paces. “Give me a moment and I’ll come up with something else.”

Review Rating: 4.5 LIGHTNING BOLTS

Review: Did someone say ghosts? Or see one?


Okay, it's no secret I'm a sucker for a good story that involves a ghost..or more. And I've also been a fan of Ms. Benjamin's work, so hey, what a combination! And I certainly wasn't disappointed.

Now, I'll admit, I haven't read the first one, because this is the first I've heard about them. Wait, what? How could that be? Well, no matter now, because I'm onto your little secret!

I absolutely enjoyed this book! It has the right amount of mystery, humor and romance that kept me turning the pages, eager to know more. I'm loving this! Yep, so I'm going to have to go back and grab the first one and devour that, too. 

Rose is a great leading character, and I loved the insight on her life and her new venture. Ms. Benjamin's writing style is easy to follow and very enjoyable, so i always find myself lost in her stories. This one was no different. I love that she's taken a new venture into a bit of a paranormal feel and I can't wait to see what's next. 


So there's a great giveaway going on, here's the information and how you can follow the tour to enter with more chances to win :)

Meg will be awarding a $15 Amazon gift certificate to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour, and E-copies of Medium Well (the preceding book in the series) to two randomly drawn commenters during the tour.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Meg Benjamin is writes contemporary romance for Samhain Publishing and paranormal romance for Berkley InterMix. Her books have won an EPIC Award for Contemporary Romance, the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, the New England Romance Writers Beanpot Award, and the Holt Medallion among other honors. Meg lives in Colorado. Her Web site is and her blog is You can follow her on Facebook (, Pinterest (, and Twitter ( Meg loves to hear from readers—contact her at


  1. Inheriting a ghost, so to speak, could be loads of fun. Certainly fun to read about.


  2. There are so many possibilities with this story. What fun you must have writing it.

  3. It was lots of fun to write--and very different from the contemporaries that are my normal stuff!

  4. I love the premise of the story, can't wait to read it.


  5. You are a new-to-me author and I believe I will enjoy following you around on your blog book tour. I really like tours such as this because it allows me to become acquainted with authors I would never find otherwise.

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

  6. Hi Karen and Rita--I'll be around the Web for a while talking about Medium Rare. I have a schedule on my blog:

  7. Thanks for sharing the great excerpt and the giveaway. Sounds like a great book. evamillien at gmail dot com

  8. I really want to get this book :) bobbyehopebooth at yahoo dot com