The Lost Souls Dating Agency
by Suneeti Rekhari
Review by Gayle Surrette
Escape Publishing - Harlequin Enterprises, Australia Pty Ltd Kindle Edition ISBN/ITEM#: 9780857992215
Date: 01 January 2015
Shalini has had incredible luck in her life. As an orphan she was adopted by a hard-working, kind, man who asked her to call him, 'Uncle'. She had a great childhood and, when she started college in Australia, she and Uncle kept in touch with weekly phone calls. Then calls from Uncle stopped and she got a note from his lawyer. Uncle was presumed dead and she was to inherit a warehouse not to far from the apartment she now lived in.
What's a girl to do? Shalini plans to clean up and sell the warehouse, but the more she works on it the more she thinks she should start a business. Besides, this didn't seem like your everyday warehouse. For one thing the loud clock would not come off the wall no matter how hard she tried or what tools she used. Then there was the newspaper that showed up every week even though all the doors and windows were locked.
It seemed like the newspaper was some sort of made-up fantasy news. But who would go through so much trouble to print it and sneak it into her warehouse. Trying to decide on a business, she decides to put an ad in the newspaper offering a dating service for supernaturals with relationship problems. She thought it would be a lark and she'd match up people who had gone way too literal on the fantasy scene. Or, at least that's what she thought until the first client showed up -- a vampire.
Shalini is a solid character who finds herself way in over her head, dealing with a world she never knew existed. Her friends stand by her and try to help but, she's a caring person who want to see people find love. A romantic at heart, Shalini is willing to risk a lot to help her clients. But it takes her a while -- most of this book -- to get a handle on the rules and the players. There are several mini-stories within this larger set up for a series. The point of view is Shalini as she fumbles about trying to make her dating agency work while finishing her degree.
To me this seemed even more grounded in the now than the usual fare of Urban Fantasy. It's a bit jarring at first as the supernatural creatures aren't what you'd expect, but a light and entertaining story with that hint of 'maybe this could happen' to delight readers.