Vortex Conundrum (Ghostly Guardians #2) by Louisa Masters

Vortex Conundrum is just as funny and full of lovably annoying ghosts as the first book in this series. 
This is by no means a scary haunted ghost story, and is not really able to be read as a stand alone story.  

From the blurb:

Wanted: one demon hunter. Beware the matchmaking ghosts.

After years managing a haunted hotel and estate, I thought things were good. Sure, the ghosts can be a handful—nosy, opinionated, interfering—but they’re also friendly and fun. We have a system. Everything was under control.

Cue hysterical laughter.

But after a minor blip with a demon in the basement and a vortex to the spirit world, the ghosts swear they have no more secrets. The danger is gone, and we’ve done everything we can to make the vortex safe. It should be fine. Nothing’s come through it for fifty years.

It’s never that easy at Mannix Estate.

Lucky for us, the demon expert we met online is willing and able to help us out. I’m so grateful, I’d willingly kiss his feet. Until he arrives and opens his mouth.

Connor is... a jerk. But he’s a sexy jerk who’s doing us a favor, so I’m going to be polite no matter what. Even when he makes me mad. When he flirts hard. When the roof falls in and we have to share a bed. When we realize the vortex upstairs is just the beginning.

Suddenly, Connor’s real strengths shine. Beneath the smoking hot yet annoying surface is a heart of gold, and I don’t think I can hold out against it… or that I want to.

Nicole's Review:

I'm learning that Louisa has a pace for her series.  The first book develops characters and a setting you love, the second book starts to increase the world-building and introduces the true big story problem with some small skirmishes along the way, and the third and fourth books bring into focus the now beloved side characters as they help to finish the final "battles."  At this point we are right on pace, we love the people and ghosts at Mannix Estate and are vested in the outcome of how to save the BnB without removing the ghosts ability to manifest.  

Vortex Conundrum begins shortly after Spirited Situations ended, with a banished demon and the Ghosts on the estate guarding the vortex.  When a surprise spirit breaks through and posses one of his friends, Kieran determines the gang needs to reach out to their mysterious online Demon expert.  What he wasn't expecting was an obnoxious, gorgeous know it all to come to the rescue.  

Connor is instantly infatuated with Kieran and it is adorable to watch his elementary style mean flirting.  Once he finally smartens up, the heat and connection between these two is amazing!  The meddling and matchmaking from both Kierans co-workers and the ghosts is hilarious.  

I'm so glad Emma got her justice, and am so excited that this series is going to expand outside the estate.  I eagerly look forward to finding out more about the Collective and it's work!

Rating: 5 Stars

Sheena's Review:

Vortex Conundrum is the second in the Ghostly Guardians series, and it's almost a direct follow on from the first book, all the characters from that are here with a couple of new additions.

I love this series, I love the idea of a haunted hotel where the ghosts appear corporeal and just want to matchmake for all the guys there. The human crew is pretty great too. Our protagonists in this book are Kieran - the hotel manager who was introduced in the first book, and Connor - who kind of was introduced via email in the first book when he helped with that.

Honestly, Connor is such a pain when we first meet him, he's rude, abrasive and so condescending. Kieran is the sweetest guy and has the patience of a saint to put up with all the nonsense he gets from Connor at the start. All that said though, I loved the banter and how Kieran refused to rise to any bait Connor laid in front of him, it was so good to see the relationship between the two develop slowly yet inevitably. I loved the dynamic between them, and plenty of heat too, once we got there.

It's the ghosts that almost steal the spotlight though, their matchmaking shenanigans, and their antics in general provide some great comic relief. The introduction of Connor's uncle just adds to that.

I also really like the overarching story continuing of the gateway to the otherworld, and how that links all the stories together. I am really looking forward to the next book and Daniel and Skye now. I'm loving this series and really can't wait for more.

Rating: 4.5 Stars

SNik's Review:

Second in series (Ghostly Guardians), must be read in order for background and continuing cast of characters. Paranormal. Slow burn. Dual POV. 

Estate manager extraordinaire Kieran is just trying to keep his friends and the estate safe, having an open door to another dimension is just another thing to manage until something slips through, again. 

Asking paranormal hunter Connor for help is easy, but dealing with his swagger and ignoring his sexiness while in close proximity is becoming difficult to manage for Kieran. 

Competence is attractive and both Connor and Kieran feel the pull, but Connor is only at the estate temporarily even though the staff and resident ghosts are trying to match make. 

I wished for more background and personal connection between Connor and Kieran, but did enjoy the consistent loyalty of all the secondary cast/found family and the UST. 

Really enjoying this series and looking forward to more adventures at the Mannix estate with this group.

Rating: 4 Stars

Jacqueleen the Reading Queen's Review:

Vortex Conundrum is the second book in the Ghostly Guardians series is just as much fun as the first. The ghosts are still meddlesome and have no concept of personal boundaries. 

There's great banter all around, especially when our demon hunter Connor makes it to the estate. Apparently he has a thing for redheads and the hotel manager Kieran happens to be just his type. 

The flirting and blushing going on is hilarious, as is the matchmaking attempts of all the staff AND the ghosts. 

We get more background on the paranormal world and subsequent powers of certain folks. A few new characters are introduced including a certain gatekeeper I'm hoping gets his own book. 

Next in the series is Daniel and Skye who I have been absolutely rooting for. I can't wait to see what happens to make ladies man Daniel finally take notice of Skye.

Rating: 4 Stars

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