Ghost of a Promise

Ghost of a Promise

by Kelly Moran

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The ghosts of her family's estate on the coast of Maine never troubled Ava Trumble. When she finally inherits the historic mansion, however, there's a small string attached: Ava has exactly one year to solve a 200-year-old mystery of a missing girl, or lose her family's home...

The lead investigator for paranormal TV show Phantoms, Jackson Granger, is prepared for any metaphysical encounter-until now. It's not just the uncanny sense of "coming home" or even his reaction to the fiery redhead who seems to consume his every waking thought. No, it's that the ghosts are using Jackson and Ava's attraction to play out a centuries-old tragedy. Heartbreak. Loss. Overwhelming passion. Now Jackson and Ava must determine if they're sharing something real...or if they've been possessed by a love that never died.

Each book in the Phantoms series is a standalone, full-length story that can be enjoyed out of order.
Series order:
Phantoms Book 1: Ghost of a Promise
Phantoms Book 2: Give Up The Ghost
Phantoms Book 3: Ghost of You

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781633751941
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 01/26/2015
Series: Phantoms , #1
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 200
Sales rank: 347,019
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Kelly Moran's been known to say that she gets her ideas from everyone and everything around her and there's always a book playing out in her head. No one who knows her bats an eyelash when she talks to herself. Kelly is the winner of the 2013 Catherine Award and earned one of the 10 Best Reads of 2013 by USA TODAY's HEA. Her books not only have honors from the top review sites, but from NY TIMES and USA TODAY bestsellers too. She is a proud Romance Writers of America member. One of her Indie backlist books was a Finalist in the 2008 Best Book Awards, and another one was a Finalist in the 2009 Indie Excellence Awards. Kelly's interests include: sappy movies, MLB, NFL, driving others insane, and sleeping when she can. She is a closet caffeine junkie and chocoholic, but don't tell anyone. She resides in Wisconsin with her husband, three sons, and her black lab. Most of her family lives in the Carolinas, so she spends a lot of time there as well.

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Ghost of a Promise

A Phantoms Novel

By Kelly Moran, Allison Collins

Entangled Publishing, LLC

Copyright © 2015 Kelly Moran
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-63375-194-1


Ava swallowed hard, trying to hold her tears back. She should've been ready for this reading of Aunt Lois's will, but now that it was here, the finality of losing her aunt hit hard. Across the long, polished mahogany table, the family attorney, Fred Sawyer, sat at the head, staring her down.

God, what the heck was taking so long? Acid was eating away the lining of her stomach already.

She went back to her sketch design ideas for the B&B's logo, hoping to distract herself from the ache in her chest. The B&B she might not get to open if this meeting didn't go well. Should she go with an elegant font? Something swirly, or would that be too feminine? Block letters just seemed too bold, too out there. Pushy. She didn't want to be pushy. She wanted guests to come in and curl up in a chair with a book and a cup of something sweet. Tea or cider, or fresh-squeezed lemonade.

Since she was six years old and had first set foot inside the Trumble mansion, her great-aunt had promised Ava would inherit the old house. She loved Aunt Lois. She really did. The woman had more bats in her belfry than the Batcave could ever hope to produce, but she was good to Ava. She missed their long conversations, making plans for the B&B Aunt Lois had encouraged her to open.

Forcing down the lump in her throat, she continued her sketch to get her mind off the wait and the nerves causing a riot.

From the seat next to her, Mom fidgeted. Her parents had come with her today for moral support, but she knew they didn't want her to inherit the mansion. Neither one wanted anything to do with the family grounds. They believed, as did everyone else in the small town of Kerrick, Maine, that the Trumble mansion was haunted. Not just haunted, but no-one-ever-sets-foot-inside-and-lives-to-tell-the-tale haunted.

Ridiculous. For argument's sake, it was really just men who had the unfortunate luck of maybe—sometimes—having strange "accidents" leading to death on the estate. Women were relatively safe. Relatively. Assuming she believed in the claims of spirits.

Which she did.

She was as likely to admit that aloud as she was to jump out of a perfectly good airplane, though. Kerrick—population: don't blink or you'll miss it—could go right on making up stories for all she cared. At least she'd never get robbed.

Sitting directly across from her parents were the Hansens: evil, wretched people who were on the Kerrick Historical Society. Thus, her big worry. They'd been after the Trumble mansion for years, and couldn't wait to pounce on the chance the house would be deeded to the society. They were both in their late sixties, with more salt than pepper in their hair. Their thin, angular faces never cracked a smile, and they sat like broomsticks had been shoved up their—

"Fred, come on," she sniffled again. "Can we pretty please get on with this?"

His eyes narrowed, but he showed no other outward sign of irritation. "It's Mr. Sawyer now, Ava."

Uh huh. Fred went to elementary and high school with her, what seemed like so very long ago now. She'd never call him "'Mr. Sawyer'" on principle. Plus, she was certain she'd kissed him once on a dare but couldn't remember if it was any good. Unlikely, since she couldn't remember. A girl never forgot a great kiss.

She hadn't had a great kiss in a decade.

Before she could say anything more, his secretary strolled in carrying a box of donuts and a carafe of coffee to a cart in the corner.

"I'm so sorry I'm late. Would anyone like some coffee?" Her voice was two octaves above human hearing.

Ava resisted the urge to bang her head against the table. Knocking herself unconscious would only delay the reading of her great-aunt's will.

"Right," Fred said, coffee in hand, and glanced at the papers in front of him as if he didn't know what they said. "Lois Elizabeth Trumble's last will and testament. 'It is my wish to be buried in the cemetery plot on the Trumble estate—'"

She closed her eyes. Aunt Lois' funeral was last week, thus making her burial requests moot. Fred had been in Barbados on vacation at the time, which was why the will reading was a week late. She must have made a sound of agitation.

"Sugarpea," her mother cooed in her thick, southern accent, and patted her hand as if to say, Now, now. Good things come to those who wait.

Mom was born in the not-so-great state of Mississippi and didn't move north until she met Dad in college. She still refused to believe herself a Yankee.

Ava bit back another sigh. "I'm sorry, guys. I'm just ... stressed. Please continue."

Her face heated and she sucked in a deep breath to calm down. She wasn't this person. Fred meant well, as did her parents. Okay, maybe she had a teensy weensy bit of a temper problem, but it rarely showed itself, and she'd been dreaming of this moment her whole life. She had plans for that house. Big plans. When Aunt Lois was on her deathbed, she said something very strange. Something that stuck with Ava until right this very moment, causing many sleepless nights and jarring her more than any ghost.

Don't be angry with me when they read the will, Ava. It's time to figure it out. Time for a change.

Fred cleared his throat, apparently ready to continue. "'I hereby leave my bonds and whatever stocks remain to my nephew, Albert Trumble. To his wife, Marjorie Trumble, I leave all of my jewelry and costume pieces, with the instructions that the heirlooms not be sold but kept in the family.'" Fred sighed and leaned back in his chair to take a sip of coffee as if this was the most exertion he'd made all day. "'Lastly, I leave the Trumble family mansion, estate, and grounds to my great-niece, Ava Trumble."

Ava stood and hunched over in relief.

"'With the stipulation that—'" Fred paused.

"Stipulation? What stipulation?" She groped for her chair and plopped back down, becoming anxiously deflated already.

Fred looked at her and then quickly to the paper he held. "'With the stipulation she uncover the mystery of what really happened to Sarah Kerrick within a year of my death.'"

Mom gasped. Dad laughed.

Was this a joke? She waited for the punch line. "What?"

Fred heaved a dramatic sigh. "She wants you to investigate what happened to Sarah Kerrick. If you uncover a viable scenario to her disappearance within the year, then the house is yours."

A really, really effed-up joke. "So, let me get this straight." She spoke slowly, as much for her benefit as for the others present. "I'm supposed to investigate the disappearance of a woman from more than two-hundred-and-thirty years ago?"

"Within the year." Fred gave a definitive nod.

"Absurd!" Then she realized the latter part of the stipulation. "Or what? What happens if I don't find something within the year?"

"Then the deed to the mansion and property will be transferred to the Kerrick Historical Society."

Oh God. All her dreams ... Poof. Her hands shook with such force she fisted them to hide the tremor.

She looked at the Hansens, both looking smug and superior. They'd wanted to turn the house into a museum for twenty years now, hounding her great-aunt constantly. A freakin' museum. And they liked to contort history to embellish legend, like claiming her ancestor, Peter Trumble, killed Sarah Kerrick, when there were no facts to back up that claim.

No. No way were they getting the estate. Over her dead body.

"But that house has been in the Trumble family for more than two centuries."

"Sorry, Ava." Fred shrugged. "Your great-aunt's wishes."

This wasn't a joke. It was a nightmare. "Who deems whatever information I uncover to be viable? You said 'a viable scenario.'"

Fred grinned, and her blood turned to ice. "That would be me. Your great-aunt left specific instructions as to what would qualify as viable information."

Ava clenched her fists tighter. "For instance?" she ground out.

"Finding Sarah Kerrick's remains, her supposed journals, evidence on film of a ghostly reenactment of her death. That kind of thing."

"That kind of ..." She snapped her mouth shut. Sat quiet for a beat. Panic was quickly turning into hysteria. "This isn't some Hollywood horror story, Fred. What am I supposed to do? Dig up the cellar for her bones? Walk around with a camera whispering, 'Did you hear that?'" She crossed her arms, full snarkiness emanating, her blessed natural defense. "No, no, I've got it. I should tear down the walls to find a secret journal that isn't even reputably proven in existence!"

Fred stood up. "All great ideas. See, this won't be so hard."

Her dad wrapped an arm around her waist. "Come on, honey." Though his voice was gentle as always, amusement laced his tone.

She strode out of the conference room with her parents and into the small lobby, then pushed past the glass door and onto Trumble Street. She drew in a lungful of air.

This wasn't happening.

The main drag in the town square, named after her ancestors, was quiet for midday. A few patrons walked the cobblestone sidewalks, window shopping in the quaint shops or sitting outside at café tables and benches chatting. Curbside, dried cornstalks were fastened around the Belle Chase century lampposts. Between the posts, flower boxes encasing mature oaks were decorated with pumpkins and gourds. Though only September, red and orange leaves contrasted the cobalt sky and fell to the ground.

Mom struggled into her fleece jacket as they stood on the sidewalk. "Maybe this is for the best, sugarpea. That house is a curse, and Lois knew it. I don't think she wanted you to fall into the same trap. I think she gave you a year to come to terms with it and to say good-bye."

She looked into her mom's kind, green eyes and knew she meant well. "I'm still not giving up the house, even if you think it's a curse."

Her father barked out a laugh, the wrinkles around his eyes and mouth deepening. "What are you going to do, honey? Call the Ghostbusters?"

She opened her mouth but swiftly shut it again. That wasn't a half-bad idea.

Okay, so she wouldn't be dialing up Bill Murray anytime soon, but paranormal investigations were popular right now. There weren't a lot of other choices. A year was a long time, but not nearly long enough to go back more than two-hundred years to find information on what, up until now, had been mostly legend and rumor. She'd need all the help she could get, even if it was a crazy notion.

God, Aunt Lois, what were you thinking?

"I'll see you guys later." Ideas were already forming. "I love you."

"You call us if you need anything," her mom said.

Unless it involves coming within twenty feet of the Trumble mansion.

She hugged each of them. They walked in the opposite direction she was going. Around the town center and small shops were several subdivisions woven like a broken cobweb. Her parent's cozy ranch home was only a few blocks away on one of those intricate streets.

Kerrick got a lot of tourists in June through October. Right before she was born, just inside the city limits and next to a still-functioning lighthouse, a three-story hotel was erected to support the tourism market. Several seafood restaurants soon followed, and an inn as well.

Ava hoped to tap into that. She'd wanted to convert the mansion into a B&B since graduating college with her business degree. Hotels were fine, but inns and B&Bs were cozier. The location couldn't be any more ideal: right on the cliffs, smack in the center of town, and within walking distance to just about everything.

A steady stream of guests meant she'd never be lonely.

She sighed and started walking the two blocks east toward the mansion. She could all but see the puff of smoke her dreams went up in.

Pulling out her cell, she dialed Casey. Maybe her best friend would have some ideas. If nothing else, she'd offer support. Lord knew she needed all the support she could get.

"How did it go?" her friend asked, by way of greeting.

Ava glanced at her feet and told her what happened at the reading. This was followed by a long pause.

"I'm sorry."

"You've got three sons. You know how to disinfect a cell phone and get magic marker out of polyester, and that's all you've got?"

A clamoring of screeching came from the background. "Go outside if you insist on torturing your brother. I can't hear Auntie Ava."

"What do I do, Casey?"

This was answered by wailing and crying. By the sound of it, it came from her youngest. "Light sabers are not to smack your brother with." She sighed. "I'll need to think about it. I can't come up with anything right now. The kids are wild today. Dan's parents are popping in for a visit."

Which meant Casey was trying to clean house faster than the boys could disrupt it to impress the in-laws. She didn't need to pile more on her friend's plate. "I'll call you later. Thanks, Casey. Kiss the boys for me."

"Throttle them? Sure. On it. Oh, and Ava?"

"Yeah?" She laughed.

"It'll be okay. I promise."

She said good-bye and hung up, grateful for the one person in her corner. She glanced around. No one appeared to be listening. Most of the town seemed to be getting a jump on holiday shopping.

At the end of the cul-de-sac, only wide enough for two cars to pass, she crossed the narrow street and opened the ten-foot wrought-iron gate blocking the drive and walked through. She hadn't bothered locking it when she left, but she was in the habit of closing it. Saltwater was strong in the brisk air from just on the other side of the jagged cliffs, where the mansion resided. The roar of the waves hitting rock soothed her nerves.

Ava drew in a deep breath to compose herself as she strode up the long brick-laid driveway. Leaves crunched beneath her feet as she made her way around the house to the back door.

"I'm home." Her voice echoed off the kitchen walls.

Not that anyone was there to hear her. She lived alone now that Aunt Lois was gone, but it was a habit her great-aunt abided by to announce herself when stepping inside the house. Mustn't spook the spirits, she'd said.

Be that as it may, she never felt alone in the house. Even now, she sensed something with her, watching. Not an uneasy feeling, as it seemed maternal. Loving. The only peace she got was inside this massive tower of a house. And now it could be taken away. Just like that.

Without haste, she dropped her keys on the counter and walked straight through the house toward the library. After booting up the computer, she sat down to formulate a plan to save her family home.


Jackson Granger tore his gaze away from the late autumn scenery whizzing past the passenger window when the two-way radio on the console crackled to life. They were on their way to the Trumble mansion to investigate their last location for the year, something he still couldn't fathom to save his life.

"You guys there?" Elise asked through the walkie. Her rental car trailed the second van holding the equipment. As the producer, she was never on camera and rarely stayed on location past the first day, hence the rental.

He picked up the radio. "Yep. Go ahead, then."

"Okay, we're twenty miles outside Kerrick. Go through the preliminary filming and usual routine."

"On it."

As the host and lead investigator for the TV show, Phantoms, Jackson was used to the routine after five hit seasons. Having the same crew all five years, they were so comfortable with one another they were like an extended family. Heck, they saw each other more than their own families.

He flipped on the mounted dashboard camera then unbuckled himself to switch on the dome camera mounted above the center-row seats. "Ready, then?"

His team nodded.

Paul, their historian and researcher, started telling the crew about the Trumble mansion. This was something they did before every investigation to tease the audience and inform the crew. They were supposed to ask questions and look surprised.

Unlike other paranormal investigation shows, Phantoms used the best elements of every competitor and took it a step further. The Phantoms crew didn't merely stay in a location for a few hours or a night. They were on location for two to four weeks, depending on the circumstances.


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Ghost of a Promise (Entangled Covet) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Mihaela_Florentina More than 1 year ago
Another great book delivered to us by Kelly Moran. I want to thank the publisher for the ARC provided in exchange of an honest review. As you might have guessed from the title, this time, some of the characters are not quite from this world. This is the tale of two lost souls trying to find peace.  The story is catching and you won’t be able to stop reading, wanting to find out what happens next. Just like every other Kelly Moran book, there is no “white noise” here. No useless details, no characters that don’t have their place in the story, nothing that will make you lose focus along the way.  There was one thing that I found different from her other stories but not entirely wrong – the focus on the hero’s good looks.  I understand describing him and mentioning his attractiveness here and there along the way but Ava’s first thought in the beginning was “he’s hot” every time she saw Jackson. Kind of wanted to smack her upside the head once or twice.   Why am I saying this wasn’t completely wrong? Because sometimes it wasn’t only Ava thinking it. When you read the book you’ll understand what I mean, trust me. There’s more than that physical attraction behind her thoughts and actions. And, yes, Jackson is eye candy so, there. Something I really enjoyed was how Ava and Jackson’s story entwined with Sarah and Peter’s. So much so that you never lose interest in either of them. And that was a really good thing. In novels like this one, where we have more than two main characters, it’s pretty easy to lose focus on one or another along the way and miss important parts of the story. In Ghost of a Promise, whenever Sarah and Peter, kind of, faded into the background, something always happened and brought them forward again, reminding me that their story was not complete yet and they were just as important as the other couple. Great thinking on Kelly’s part. The fact that she managed to spook me a couple of times sure earned her some extra points. All in all it was a great story. I loved it and I’m sure that, if you give it a chance, you’ll not be disappointed. Happy Reading!
FizzaYounis More than 1 year ago
An amazing book. Very well written and full of suspense, intrigue, thrill, romance and lots of metaphysical activity. There are two love stories. One tragic between a couple who lived a long time ago. Their ghosts still haunt Ava's family home. another between Ava and Jackson. Both are tied to each other through their past and soon they will find out that they cannot run away fro their destiny. Ava finds out that she can lose her inheritance if she didn't solve the mystery behind Sarah Kerricks disappearance. Now she is desperate and if it means she has to let "ghost busters" into her house then so be it. Although the team behind the show "Phantom" seems very real. They are not a bunch of eccentrics looking for cheap thrills. And they think that her house is definitely haunted. They must find out who is haunting the house and why. Then maybe the mystery of Sarah's disappearance will be solved for once and for all. What Ava didn't count on was Jackson being a distant relation of Sarah's family. The moment he enters the house it seems as if the house itself knows and want him out of there. Sarah was after all from a family which betrayed Ava's ancestors. So it seems as if house remembers..... This is a book for all paranormal lovers. I enjoyed reading it. And I hope you do too...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was provided with an ARC of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was drawn to this book because of the paranormal aspect, but after reading a few chapters I realized it was so much more. Kelly has a way of pulling you in, and through her word geniuinly caring for the characters. Being able at pull you in to love each and everyone is a talent within itself. The two love stories in this novel have a way of not outdoing one another, but complimenting both. I felt equally strong feeling for both stories, and was content with how each unraveled. I have been a fan of Kelly's work for a while now. The best way I can describe it is comparing it to a home cooked meal. There's fast food out there, which is good, but with this book as well as her others, you get the feeling of content and fulfillment after finishing them. This has definitely became a favorite , and will stay in my memories for time to come. I hope this novel will become a series, so we can read about the entwining crew, and the couples again. _Renae
teetee1968 More than 1 year ago
Are you a paranormal fan? You will LOVE this book! Are NOT a paranormal fan? You will LOVE this book! I am in the second category. I am not usually a fan of the paranormal genre. BUT - I loved this story! Jackson & Ava are such wonderful characters. You fall in love with them individually and are definitely cheering them on as a possible couple. There is a lot going on for Ava, and a lot to lose. Her plans for her "haunted" house to become a Bed & Breakfast are number one for her. Jackson (handsome & charismatic host of PHANTOMS) has arrived to do his job. But it only takes his first hello with Ava for him to know there is much more going on here. I totally got wrapped up in the story & the personality (or personalities??) of the house. Kelly Moran had me believing in spirits AND true love!! I am so looking forward to the next installment in this series!!
Reena More than 1 year ago
I am a big fan of all the paranormal investigation shows on tv so I could swear this book was written just for me (Thanks Kelly!). Kelly Moran nailed the team specialties, procedures, and equipment then wrapped it up in mystery and hot romance. When I reached the end of the book, I wanted more so I immediately ordered the second "Paranormals " book GIVE UP THE GHOST.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fantastic! Suspenseful! Spooky! Moving! And oh so hot!!! I absolutely loved this book! - Kemmy R.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun, suspenseful read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
223 pages. Great story.
RayeRC More than 1 year ago
Ghost of a Promise A paranormal romance that will leave you yearning for more. It’s been a while since I have picked up a Ghostly love story. Two trapped souls have been residing in The Trumble ancestral Mansion. Ava has inherited Trumble Mansion upon her Aunt Lois’s death but, with the stipulation she uncovers the truth upon the disappearance to the mysterious Sarah Kerrick within a year or she loses the inheritance. Will Ava Trumble and Jackson Granger solve the mystery of Trumble’s paranormal activity and long lost souls which have not moved on to the afterlife? What is keeping them imprisoned in this Mansion? Why have Ava and Jackson’s paths in life suddenly come to cross? The centuries thus far, succeeds keeping them apart; shall it continue? An unexplainable bond between these two souls (or perhaps Ava and Jackson) which has withstood and weathered over two-hundred years. Peter’s anger has hidden and blinded him in darkness since his death.Their souls have been deprived from peace; linked together when they were alive. Peter refuses to move on since the disappearance of Sarah Kerrick; the love of his life and speculation fell upon the Trumble’s. When destiny decides to find you and steps in with an unforeseeable encounter. Ava seeks outside assistance to uncover the mystery. Upon Jackson’s arrival he instantly feels connected to the mansion as if he had already been there. At times, fate is peculiar; it conceals itself right under our noses,surrounding us in its presence but our blindness suppresses from discovering or discerning it. Until by some magical intervention we find it. Below are some are snippets from the novel: “Something unspoken passed between them, a sensation she couldn’t describe in words.” “The woman got to him. Deeply. If she wasn’t spitting fire she was driving him to his knees with her kindness.” “But not once had he almost lost it. Not like last night. Never had he fumbled, laughed and… connected to another like with Ava. The way he touched her, like his very life depended on giving her pleasure, and the way she responded, so openly, rolled around in his mind like an escaped ping-pong ball.” “There was something so familiar about their joining, too. Not like the first time he kissed her, as if with someone else’s memory, but recognizable all the same. Something that went beyond physical, and again, he couldn’t name the feeling.” “Love came and went as often as the tide. Feelings changed. He never wanted to fall into that trap. Why allow himself to fall for something as frail as love?” “I think you’ve been lying to yourself so long that you don’t know what the truth is anymore.” Author shows the personal growth and maturity on different levels with each of the characters. Well-developed, enthralling plot and extraordinary writing. A story with new beginnings, lost loves, acceptance and forgiveness. Perfect read. Impressive and fantastic debut for Phantom’s Trilogy. The true test of love is not always ‘Will you fight for it?’ The real test of true love is often ‘Are you willing to give it up?~ #TiffanyReisz Playlist: Ghost - Lewis Watson Box of Stones (Acoustic Version) - Gavin Mikhail I’m with You - Avril Lavigne Stay- Shaun Reynolds feat. Laura Pringle (orginally by Rihanna) Always- Peter Bradley Adams Only You- Matthew Perryman Jones Everything Has Changed- Alex G & Jon D Stay (acoustic) -Tyler Ward Off Your Feet- Ron Pope
TerriRochenski More than 1 year ago
Ms. Moran nailed it. Suspense, mystery, a touch of horror, romance, sexual tension...this book has it all! And the best part? Ms. Moran knows how to tell a story. NO purple paragraphs full of telling, yawn-worthy moments. Not. A. Single. One. Before the end of the first chapter, I was wrapped up in the characters, the problems facing them, and the driving need to know more. The satisfying, perfectly wrapped up Happily Ever After was one that brought a "Well, pooh" to my mind...only because I didn't want the story to end. Do I recommend this book? Abso-friggin-lutely. Can't wait to get my hands on another of Ms. Moran's titles!
Sami_Creech More than 1 year ago
Jackson is a great looking man and he knows it. He uses this to his advantage in his job since after all he is the lead investigator of the Phantoms TV show. When they get a call to go and check out Trumble Mansion he is both excited and afraid. What no one knows is that he has a tie to that place from long ago. From the moment he steps foot in Maine he is completely thrown off his game. When he meets Ava his world spins a little further off course. Ava is determined to keep Trumble Mansion and turn into a B&B but in order to see her dream come true she has to prove without a shadow of a doubt what happened over 200 years ago to Sarah Kerrick. When she contacted Phantoms to help her she was not counting on Jackson at all. These two have an instant chemistry that lights the pages on fire. Hell even the ghosts of Trumble Mansion seem hell bent on bringing them together whether they want it or not. A wonderful tale filled with ghosts, mystery, romance and adventure!
Conheart More than 1 year ago
Phantoms!! I love that name for a group of ghost hunters!! Oh my gosh, this book is fully loaded! Romance, Suspense, Hot Guy, Haunted Mansion, Real Ghosts, Hot Guy, Phantoms, Ghost Hunting Contraptions and... Hot Guy!!! I dove into Jackson and Ava's story and lost all reality around me. Everything from Ava's plan for the mansion, to the fascinating chore of Phantoms hunt for the ghosts to Jackson and Ava's turbulent and frustrating relationship kept me engrossed until the very end. Ms. Moran has an amazing talent in developing awesome stories and oh so believable characters. Oh...and the best part is Phantoms is going to be a trilogy!! Give Up the Ghost...5-26-2015 Ghost of You...9-22-2015
MargieS1 More than 1 year ago
I Was Provided An ARC By The Publisher In Exchange For An Honest Review What can I say about Ghost of a Promise by Kelly Moran except OMG, she did it again!! What can stop this girl. An old family mansion is inherited by Ava Trimble but is a condition. She must solve the mystery of why the mansion is "cursed". Everyone believes that she should just tear it down, it's not worth saving. But, she is determined to do so. Then along comes, Jackson Granger, a paranormal investigator. They are attracted to each other but the mystery of the house comes first. The house is haunted by 2 ghosts .. one is nice and one is mean. So what happened to them and why are they still here? This book is a real grabber from page one and those pages will turn and turn and turn some more. Then you will read through those twists and turns. The ending? SURPRISE! Kelly again has done an amazing job on this book. Her writing only gets better and better. This book really deserves more that 10+ stars but I'm only allowed to give 5 stars. It would make a great gift and would look good on your book shelf. I highly recommend this book to everyone. I loved reading it and I know you'll like it too. All I can say is Kelly keep them coming. I'm anxious for the next one.
aprilrenee1976 More than 1 year ago
great paranormal read! ****A gifted copy was provided by the publisher for an honest review*** Ava has inherited her family’s estate on the coast of Maine. Only catch is she has to solve this 200 year old mystery or lose her family home. So Ana  turns to Jackson and Phantoms, the TV show which Jackson is the lead investigator on the show for help in solving this 200 year old mystery and finding out about the ghosts in the past of her family’s history. There are some great twists and the romance is awesome. Love how the author gives her knowledge into paranormal research; the depth of knowledge is terrific. The 200 year old mystery plays into today – twists and turns. If you like mystery, if you like romance and if you like paranormal stories,  you will love this book. I highly recommend this book then!  My rating: 4.4 stars *****
caitlinallycesmum More than 1 year ago
Well what can I say about book 1 in the Phantoms series by Kelly Moran, if I had only one word it would be AWESOME. If you like paranormal activities, sexy men, white hot attraction, romance, passion, suspense and a strong woman then this is definitely a book for you. Ava Trumble has been left her family mansion but she has only 12 months to solve the mystery of how Sarah Kerrick disappeared or she will lose it to the Historical Society. Ava is heartbroken at the thought of losing her family home and sets about trying to figure out the mystery.  Phantoms is a TV program that deals with Paranormal activities and Ava calls them into help, Jackson Granger is the lead man in this program and on seeing the mansion he gets a feeling that he is coming home and when he sees Ava he feels the pull to her too - like they have met before, he has never felt like this before and tries to deny how he is feeling but all he wants to do is go up to Ava and kiss her but he never gets involved with the people who's cases he is investigating. Ava feels it too and she can not understand it either and fights her feeling so as the week goes on and when they are both together the paranormal activities seem to happen more, this is when a secret on Jacksons side emerges and things click into place.  This book managed to make the hairs on my arms stick up on numerous occasions, it is very well written and the romance and suspense that Kelly has put down on these pages makes you not want to put it down too. I am so looking forward to the other books in this series as we find out more about the other Phantom members. Congratulations on a spectacular read Kelly.
gigiluvsbooks More than 1 year ago
It might be love…but will they survive the night? The ghosts of her family's estate on the coast of Maine never troubled Ava Trumble. When she finally inherits the historic mansion, however, there's a small string attached: Ava has exactly one year to solve a 200-year-old mystery of a missing girl, or lose her family's home... The lead investigator for paranormal TV show Phantoms, Jackson Granger, is prepared for any metaphysical encounter—until now. It's not just the uncanny sense of "coming home" or even his reaction to the fiery redhead who seems to consume his every waking thought. No, it's that the ghosts are using Jackson and Ava's attraction to play out a centuries-old tragedy. Heartbreak. Loss. Overwhelming passion. Now Jackson and Ava must determine if they're sharing something real...or if they've been possessed by a love that never died. Review: This was a really great story and had a really great story plot.  Now, the title gives away some elements of the story, but you also get not just a ghost story, you get romance, drama, mystery and action.  I think the Authors great writing blended all these elements into a well-thought out, enjoyable and believable story.  I think Ava turning to a ghost hunter show was a great plot point and very timely with all the ghost hunter shows you see on TV nowadays. At the heart of this story is a love story not between Ava and Jackson, but also Sarah and Peter.  They are all linked together by ancestry and by helping Sarah and Peter, Ava and Jackson help each other get over insecurities and personal hangups.  I liked that though there was an initial chemistry that they both fought it and did not immediately fall into bed with each other, I like that they had to have a little ghostly help on that front. I think it is a testament to the writers ability that the story could have been such a cliche, but instead she wrote a great story with great character and lots of heart. 4Stars
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
Ava Trumble loves her family's estate. She's comfortable with the ghosts that inhabit the house. When her aunt dies, she leaves the property to Ava with one stipulation. She needs to discover what happened to Sarah Kerrick who disappeared two hundred and thirty years ago and she needs to accomplish it within a year. Good thing that Ava has called in the Phantoms crew lead by Jackson Granger. They have a very successful TV show. Can they solve the mystery? I loved the characters. Ava is a brave and intelligent woman. She wants this house and she cares for her ghosts. If only she weren't so lonely. Jackson is a kind, compassionate hero. He instantly feels a connection to Ava and the area. This story is so well written that I was hooked at page one. The team of paranormal investigators are an interesting group. I loved their exploration of the Trumble mansion. The ghosts ramp up the suspense with their surprising actions. I was fascinated by the methods used by these researchers. The story is fast paced and the story is filled with surprising twists and turns. The dialogue is witty and the romance between Ava and Jackson is touching and passionate. I loved Sarah's ghostly matchmaking. Kelly Moran writes a story that is unforgettable. I'm looking forward to the next book in the Phantoms series.
kadeegan13 More than 1 year ago
**I was provided an E-ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review . **   Seeing as I am naturally drawn to PNR, it was an easy choice for to me read this book.  Ms. Moran provides a nice balance of ghostly haunting/mystery and added romance.   I found all the characters to be very likeable, believe it or not I found the story believable.   (giggles) I look forward to the next chapter in the Phantoms series. 4.7/5 stars.
Akaedia More than 1 year ago
Ghost of a Promise by Kelly Moran review Tuesday, January 27, 2015 I absolutely loved this story! Jackson and Ava were absolutely wonderful characters. The storyline is catching and you won’t be able to stop reading, wanting to find out what happens next. I liked how Ava and Jackson’s story intermingled with Sarah and Peter’s. The story had all of the characteristics that I like to discover when finding a good book to read: • One or more HOT alpha males • Hot chemistry between heroine/hero • Good story line • Danger • Secrets • Good backup characters (kinky family, co-workers and/or friends) • Action • Drama • Chills and Thrills • Suspense • Romance • Intrigue I will most definitely be looking forward to reading more from Kelly Moran.
Kaysylynn More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars!  I was provided with an ARC of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Kelly aced her first dive into the paranormal realm. I don't typically read ghost stories, but I'm so glad I read this one! The chemistry between Ava and Jackson was clear, though I wish THEY had realized it sooner :) I loved the secondary characters, including the intrusive ghosts. The paranormal aspect of the story was well done and, though it could very easily have turned cheesy, it remained interesting and captivating. Very well done, Kelly! Can't wait for the next one
Calisa More than 1 year ago
It doesn’t happen often, but I was up til 2:30 A.M. on a school night. Why? I blame one person. Well, to be honest it was three people and two very cool (pun intended) ghosts. A couple of days ago I started reading Ghost of a Promise by the fabulous Kelly Moran. I finished it last night. I couldn’t go to bed until I read the last page, the ending. I fell in love with Ava at the reading of her great aunt’s will, and soon after we meet Jackson and I fell a second time. *Swoon* One of my favorite tv programs is Ghost Adventures and I found myself at one point reminding myself to check listings for Phantoms. Then I had to remind myself it’s not a real show! Yet the people felt so real to me. SO real. Ava has a ghost of a problem. One that has caused her to be alienated from everyone she loves except Casey, her married and fun friend who won’t enter Ava’s mansion after dark. I wanted to shake Marjorie, Ava’s mother a time or two. But by the end I had forgiven her. The Phantoms crew were people I would love to meet. I adored Sammy and I think she needs her own story. Hear that Kelly? NEEDS her own story! If I keep on about yet another awesome book by this wonderful author I’ll spoil it so I’ll sum it up with this—read Ghost of a Promise! See for yourself how Ms. Moran takes a closed off ladies man, a charmer who uses that as a shield not to feel, and turns him to Jell-O (just not red) then flips him into a ‘real’ man for Ava. See how she takes a loner and makes her a family woman with dreams that can come true, despite her concerns. My favorite line? I don’t have one. The whole book is a favorite line! Well done Kelly! Another hit in my opinion! Not that I expected less from one of my favorite authors. I was provided an ARC of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
mysticrosetiger More than 1 year ago
This book is a great read. Ava and Jackson story is you never know what your going to find but follow your heart.
Nicolerko More than 1 year ago
*I received this book from the publisher for an honest review* This book hooked me right it. It was the cause of a serious book hangover I just could not put it down. The whole history of the house and the ghosts that live there is so intriguing. It has such a romantic twist that just adds to the story. There is a lot chemistry between Jackson and Ava. They bring everything full circle. This book had all of my emotions going. I laughed out loud at parts, had tears flowing at others, and I ended this book with a smile on my face. I highly recommend this one!
In_My_Humble_OpinionDA More than 1 year ago
Kelly Moran writes one hell of a story. I am not a big fan of ghost stories or reality TV. Kelly Moran sucked me in and made me love both. This is a terrific multi-level romance. Ms. Moran doesn’t miss a note. Ava is a young woman with a problem, she will inherit the house she wants to turn into a B&B if she can solve a 200 year old mystery within a year. Enter Jackson and his crew from the TV show Phantoms, they can help Ava get in touch with the very active ghosts in the house. Plus you have the ghosts love story, the whole town refuses to enter the house because of the ghosts and then there is family. I know that it sounds cheesy but trust me this is really well done.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago