Non-romance. There are some smooches, sex, even attempts at "i love you", but - no, not a romance.
Elements of horror.
One full star off for Present Tense. I find it generally awkward and unnatural, bordering creepy, unless it's tied to the story/characters, like The Silvers, where one of the MCs lives "in the present" and processes everything accordingly.
0.3 stars off for the urn shuffle. The whole business is rather fishy and springs an unhealthy amount of unanswered questions.
0.2 stars off for non-american feel. I kept thinking I am in Europe somewhere, no matter how much the author wanted me to believe otherwise.
Anyway, a very entertaining read. Rounding down to 3 (considering the rough beginning) and moving onto book 2.