Wednesday, June 25, 2014

{Book Review} Better Homes and Hauntings by Molly Harper

Better Homes and Hauntings
by Molly Harper
Publisher: Pocket Books
Released: June 24th 2014
Genre: Fiction- Adult: Paranormal romance
How I got it: Netgalley

Author of the beloved Half Moon Hollow series of vampire romances (Nice Girls Don’t Have Fangs), Molly Harper has created a standalone paranormal romance in which a dilapidated haunted house could bring star-crossed lovers together—if it doesn’t kill them first!

When Nina Linden is hired to landscape a private island off the New England coast, she sees it as her chance to rebuild her failing business after being cheated by her unscrupulous ex. She never expects that her new client, software mogul Deacon Whitney, would see more in her than just a talented gardener. Deacon has paid top dollar to the crews he’s hired to renovate the desolate Whitney estate—he had to, because the bumps, thumps, and unexplained sightings of ghostly figures in nineteenth-century dress are driving workers away faster than he can say “Boo.”

But Nina shows no signs of being scared away, even as she experiences some unnerving apparitions herself. And as the two of them work closely together to restore the mansion’s faded glory, Deacon realizes that he’s found someone who doesn’t seem to like his fortune more than himself—while Nina may have finally found the one man she can trust with her bruised and battered heart.

But something on the island doesn’t believe in true love…and if Nina and Deacon can’t figure out how to put these angry spirits to rest, their own love doesn’t stand a ghost of a chance.

Review: I'm a huge Molly Harper fan and was ecstatic to read something from her that didn't have vampires in it and I wasn't disappointed. This has all of the wit and charm I've come to expect from Ms Harper. 
Ok I'll admit it I wasn't sure in the beginning, Nina wasn't exactly what I expected. She was much more subdued than Ms Harper's usual heroine but as the book progresses her real attitude emerges. I found myself liking her much more as the book continued. I liked Decon right from the start, he's not your normal hero either. Total nerd, and I loved it. All the pop culture references had me giggling up a storm. Pretty sure my co-workers think I'm nuts, but then I'm pretty sure they already thought that.
I kinda figured things out pretty early in the book yet the clues kept me second guessing myself as the plot progressed. I was completely sucked into this book and all the twists it took. I look forward to seeing more stand alones like this from Ms Harper.


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