Author: Mickey J. Corrigan
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: Novella (68pgs)
Release Date: January17, 2013
Reviewed by: CaroleDee
Before he is hired under strange circumstances by a strange man to do a very strange job, Seymour Allen's life had ground down to a dull bore. Stuck in a retirement community in the oldsters' theme park of Hollywood, Florida, Seymour was in dire need of a stiletto kick in the butt. His much younger girlfriend had passed away, leaving him lonely, self-medicating and wallowing in self-pity.
Working as a professional griever, Seymour's life picks up. Fascinated and often moved to tears, he frequents local chapels and cemeteries, posing as a bereaved friend of the departed. Seymour finds solace in the pews of small town churches, taking every opportunity to let out real tears for his own dead lover. At one scantily clad wake, he meets a hot redhead named Yvonne, the former mistress of the deceased. Yvonne had been serving as legal adviser and lover to a unhappily married man. A man with the most dangerous kind of family.
Sexy Yvonne needs to grieve her loss and she's not getting any sympathy from the mobsters her dead boyfriend left behind. Seymour offers a padded shoulder to cry on, and soon enough their friendship steams up. Yvonne is the kind of woman who reminds Seymour what it feels like to be alive. And happy about that. You're only as old as you feel, and Seymour feels like a million bucks around Yvonne.
I don't usually review contemporary romance; I don't read a lot of them, and it takes a lot for a contemporary to blow me away. But when the author of one of my favorite novellas of 2012 (Dream Job) approached me with her latest, Professional Grievers, I decided to give it a whirl. I'm thrilled to say it was awesome. True to my previous experiences with Corrigan's stories I got an engaging and unique experience.
The harsh reality of death mixed with whimsical eroticism may seem an odd pairing, but the way Carrigan tells the tale you can't help but sit up and pay attention. The bizarre, yet, believable characters and situations makes for a great read.
If you're a fan of dark comedies I think you'll enjoy Seymour's journey of self discovery and new beginnings.