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Ghost of You
     

Ghost of You

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by Kelly Moran
 

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It's no secret amongst the Phantoms crew that lead investigator Sammy Hanesworth pretty much hates psychologist Cain McClutchen. The tension between them is taut with dislike...and unexpected attraction. Cain knows full well that something about him rubs Sammy the wrong way. But now they're on a terrifying case-with orders from the network to get along or

Overview

It's no secret amongst the Phantoms crew that lead investigator Sammy Hanesworth pretty much hates psychologist Cain McClutchen. The tension between them is taut with dislike...and unexpected attraction. Cain knows full well that something about him rubs Sammy the wrong way. But now they're on a terrifying case-with orders from the network to get along or else.

Filled with past horrors, the Nebraskan site is more than creepy. And Sammy knows it all too well. It's her hometown and near the place where her mother was killed. As the sinister presence makes itself known, Sammy finds herself turning to the last person she ever expected-Cain. Even as darkness surrounds them, tensions gives way to something bright and unexpectedly intimate. But nothing will prepare them for the evil they are about to face...

HOLT Medallion Finalist - Paranormal Category

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:
9781633754232
Publisher:
Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date:
09/21/2015
Series:
Phantoms , #3
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
150
Sales rank:
324,847
File size:
2 MB

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Ghost of You

A Phantoms novel


By Kelly Moran, Allison Collins

Entangled Publishing, LLC

Copyright © 2015 Kelly Moran
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-63375-423-2


CHAPTER 1

It was no secret that Sammy Hanesworth hated him from the first moment he set foot in the Phantoms conference room six months ago. No. Hate seemed too meager a word. She loathed him with the fire of a thousand suns. Yes, that was it.

To Cain McClutchen, the real secret was why, but he wasn't so sure he'd ever get close enough to find out. It would require three-million SPF sunscreen.

They'd just ended another case two days ago and were sitting in said conference room awaiting orders for their next site. Except Cain and Sammy were the only ones in the room. Their producer, Elise, wanted them alone first before the rest of the team joined them for a briefing.

Cain swiped a hand down his face and tried not to notice Sammy, which was damn near impossible. Short black hair, navy blue eyes, and a heart-shaped face that reminded him of a pixie. A badass pixie. She knew how to level a guy.

Phantoms producers handpicked people who were attractive, poised, and educated. Part of this was to portray legitimacy. The rest was to hook viewers for a long time. It worked. The show was in its sixth hit season. So, yeah. They were all attractive.

But Sammy? Damn, she had this way of making breathing difficult.

He cleared his throat and tried for civility. "Sammy ..."

"Yes, bane of my existence?"

Ah, his favorite of her nicknames. She had so many. Freud, Satan. The list was endless. She, however, had yet to actually call him by his real name. The psychologist in him had all kinds of theories as to why. The man in him wanted to hear her say it. Just once.

As he was about to open his mouth and spill something that would no doubt piss her off more, their producer walked in holding a stack of files, which she unceremoniously dropped on the table.

"Hello, my pretties. Let's get started."

Sammy's brows lifted. "Um, we're the only ones here, Elise."

Elise darted a glance between the two of them. "I'm aware. I need to speak to you privately. You two are not playing nice in the sandbox."

Crap. He'd had a gut feeling this was why they were called in here. Though Sammy's animosity toward him was apparent, she did a pretty bang up job of not showing it on camera, though stuff slipped through. She'd even managed to taper the seething in front of the crew. And Cain reacted by stepping up and challenging her when it was warranted. When she wasn't confusing the hell out of him.

For the hundredth time, he questioned his decision to join the show. Unlike other paranormal investigation TV programs, 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.

Cain liked that they seemed to do everything in their power to get answers. He'd wanted his own doubts assuaged. Add in the fact that the crew only took off the months of July and December, with the occasional weekend here or there, and he was sold. It had gotten to the point where he couldn't stand his own company. He needed action, a change from his grandmother's California home and the hypothetical ghosts.

But the team had been a solid unit for years before he joined, and Sammy didn't want him around. Being unwanted wasn't new to him, but he was trying to change that. Find a place where he did belong. Phantoms was looking less and less like the solution.

Elise crossed her arms. "The editors are having a bitch of a time cutting your fighting segments. The guys upstairs have caught wind. We need to keep the uniformity of the group, or we're going to lose viewers. They need to connect with Cain as the new investigator." She picked up her pen and grinned.

The wicked gleam in Elise's eyes made his gut turn to ice. He'd seen that look a few times now, and it usually implied something very, very bad was coming. As in they were going to be directed to follow some unpleasant orders. The subtle widening of Sammy's eyes told him he was right.

Elise clicked her pen. "Ever since Kerry and Paul's hookup, the ratings are through the roof."

He pinched the bridge of his nose. Yeah, this was exactly where he didn't want this conversation to go. Kerry and Paul, two of their investigators, had turned from friends to lovers a few cases back, breaching their contracts and getting fired in the process. Except the viewers went bonkers and they were rehired, minus the no romance clause in their new contracts.

Sammy ran her hands through her hair and fisted the strands, mumbling incoherently. He shouldn't find it hot as hell that she argued even with herself.

"So here's what's been decided." Elise kept clicking the pen. "On the next few sites, you two are going to work closely whenever possible. Handcuff yourselves if need be. You can bicker to your heart's content but don't cross the line into full-blown fighting. One of two things will happen, according to the bigwigs upstairs. You'll either start getting along and the problem's solved, or you'll light the camera on fire with the sexual tension. Win-win."

"What?" Sammy's voice droned with absolutely no inflection. "Are you trying to tell me that ...?" She waved her hand in his direction with disgust. "We're ..."

Interesting she'd deny the implied sexual tension with flushed cheeks. The pulse at her neck beat double time. Cain wondered if it was from anger or ... something else.

Elise filled in when Sammy obviously couldn't finish. "Something needs fixing here. Just spend more time together. Work out the issue."

He looked longingly out the window at the towering skyline of New York City and thought about jumping. It would hurt less than following orders.

Sammy all but growled. "This goes beyond my contract terms."

Elise's grin widened. "Your contract states you do whatever the show says, within reason."

"Exactly," Sammy wailed. "Within reason. Like missing the birth of my niece because we were in a Virginia cemetery chasing a poet's spirit. Or not making it home for Easter due to an extended stay at the Reeves mansion when I got pushed down the stairs. By a ghost. This is asking too much."

"No one's asking you to get married and spawn. Investigating is part of your job. Just pair up more often with Cain. Like I said, you'll either get to know one another better and become friends, or you'll mate like monkeys."

Or kill each other. Elise forgot that scenario.

Christ in Heaven.

He leaned forward. "Assuming this theory of yours is true, it breeches our contract to get romantically involved."

"I would never do anything resembling romantic with you."

Elise stood slowly. "Let me be clear. I no longer care what you do off camera. We got around the clause with Kerry and Paul. They were worth fighting for to keep on the show."

Direct hit. He was expendable. Memo received. And that still wasn't an answer.

Elise shifted her files. "The audience needs to see the illusion of uniformity or they need to see sparks. This isn't unreasonable to ask you to work together."

Cain sighed and leaned back, unable to argue that point. They did need to work together. The outcome of doing so was just filler for the executives upstairs. Ratings enhancements.

Sammy stood and paced, biting her thumbnail.

"I'm resigning, Sammy." Elise sighed when Sammy whipped around to face her. "I have ulcers on top of my ulcers, and I want to see the Leaning Tower of Pisa before I get too old to make the trip. I'm done. This is my last season."

He watched Sammy closely, but he didn't find concern or sadness on her face. Instead, a hopeful surprise lit her eyes.

"I'll be recommending you to replace me."

Sammy squealed.

"If," Elise amended, "you show me you can handle it. This job is not for the timid, and you have the balls, but it also requires diplomacy."

He had no idea Sammy was interested in producing, or anything beyond investigating in front of a national audience. He could easily see her in the role, though. She'd kick ass and not bother with names. In fact, every member of the crew had graduated college. Sammy's degree in communications made sense for her wanting to produce one day. He'd gone into psychology wanting to help others like himself who'd lost loved ones, but he'd only wound up feeling empty. At least Sammy might get to use her degree for what she wanted.

Sammy grinned. "I'll behave from now on. Thank you."

"You don't have the job yet." Elise grabbed the phone on the conference table. "Send the others in." She set the receiver in the cradle. "After the meeting, you two are scheduled downstairs for a photo shoot. New promo pics for the site."

He shifted in his seat. They'd called Kerry and Paul in to do the same thing before the last investigation. The photos were sexy and intended to play up the romance between them now that they were public. If they wanted him and Sammy, that could only mean ...

Sammy's wide blue gaze pinned him from across the table as the rest of the team strode into the room. She swallowed and glanced away, but not before he caught the apprehension and understanding in her eyes.

This was going to suck. On so many, many levels. Because at the heart of it all, Sammy may abhor him, but he liked her an awful lot. She had drive and passion. And she was beautiful. Besides all that, the dark part of him, the part that had been alone and on the outside his whole life, connected to that part of her he'd sensed from day one.

And maybe he was delusional, but he swore she didn't actually hate him nearly as vehemently as she let on. Sometimes, when she wasn't paying attention, he caught her heart in her eyes and knew the anger was a shield.

Their techies, Amir and Terrance, walked in and picked up on the tension immediately, their gazes darting between them. Both in their late twenties, they'd been a couple since before the show began. He liked them a lot, too. They'd been very welcoming when he'd first started. Except the way they were looking at him said they saw right through him.

Tom and Earl, the cameramen, sat in a far corner, used to being invisible, while Kerry and Paul took a seat next to Cain. Paul pushed his wire-framed glasses higher on his nose. He was the team historian and the closest Cain had to a friend in the group. Lee, their psychic, was the only one absent.

Paul leaned over. "What's going on?"

He kept his tone as soft as Paul's. "Tell you later."

"Let's make this fast. I have fifty things to do before we fly out tomorrow." Elise handed Sammy a file. "We're heading to Nebraska. I'll let Sammy tell you the rest. She's intimately involved in this case."

Sammy stood. "Just outside Lumbark's city limits where my family's farm is, there's an abandoned church. Also on the grounds are a cemetery and a shell of an old elementary school. In the 1950s, there was a fire in the school. Forty of the two hundred kids inside died. The property was left to the wayside when a new school and church were built on the other side of town. Since then, there has been cult activity and a high number of vagrants in the church. The cemetery is old and predates the church. Most of the graves are from the early 1900s."

"We haven't done a church or school in a long time." Kerry's gaze shifted to Paul's and back to Sammy. "Is that why Lee's not here?"

Sammy nodded. "There was talk of bad juju on the grounds even before the fire. Add in teenagers using the abandoned church for pagan worship and you have possible dark spirits."

He rubbed the back of his neck. Lee could hear past conversations that once transpired, even from decades before. Ghosts were one thing. This was another. The only cases Lee didn't participate in were those tied to evil. No one else seemed to be saying the obvious, the one thing frightening enough to scare Lee away.

Cain leaned forward. "We're talking demons."

Sammy narrowed her gaze on him. "It's possible, yes."

No possible about it.

"Oh boy." Kerry rubbed her arms, causing her long, blonde hair to shift. She was an empath, of sorts, able to sense other people's emotions, though not on a psychic level. More intuition. If she was nervous, this couldn't be good.

Terrance took Amir's hand in his. "I thought we were staying away from these cases."

Sammy drew a deep breath. "Normally, I'd agree. But this is my hometown, and ..." She ran a shaking hand through her hair. "Someone called me in a favor. The man who bought the property is an old friend. He's a pastor now and looking to renovate the property and rebuild a new congregation."

An old boyfriend was more like it. Sammy didn't get nervous. He could attest to that a thousand times over. This case, whatever the tie, was more personal than she liked.

Kerry nodded. "Of course we'll help. But we're going to need some kind of protection."

Paul wrapped his arm around her shoulders. "Holy water, the buddy system. If things get too dark, we pull out and wait before going back inside. Evil spirits aren't like ghosts. They can follow you and aren't bound to one location."

Sammy dug in a bag by her feet. "I agree, which is why I bought these for everyone." She passed out crosses on a thin chain and a small vial of what Cain assumed was holy water. "Keep these on you at all times. Regardless of your religion, they can help. You'll note that those aren't just crosses. They're crucifixes with Jesus' body. They've been known to hold more protection."

He took the items from her, their fingers brushing in the process.

Sammy looked at each member of the crew, but her gaze skimmed right past his. "I'll also be bringing pure salt for protection circles, and a Bible. Just play it safe, guys."

Elise rose and tossed their plane tickets across the table. "Flight leaves at eight sharp tomorrow morning. Any questions? No? Good. Bye." She strode from the room.

Sammy looked at Paul. "I'll email you what I have on the background, but it's not much, I'm afraid."

Paul nodded. "I'll dig around."

"Thanks, you guys. I know we don't like these dark cases, but this place has been a terrible burden on the town. It would be nice if we could do something to help."

Kerry leaned over the table and touched Sammy's hand. "You know we've got your back. We'll do what we can."

Sammy swallowed hard and slid her hand out from under Kerry's. She darted a glance toward Cain and quickly away. "I have to get downstairs for a shoot. Catch you guys tomorrow."

The team started talking among themselves.

Cain watched her walk out and closed his eyes for a beat, steeling his spine for the upcoming case and spending more time with the little firecracker of a pixie. This was so not going to end well.


"Everything okay, sweetie?"

Sammy glanced up at the makeup artist and forced a smile. "Sorry. Lost in thought."

Amie looked like she didn't believe her, but she nodded. "Well, you're all set. Ready to strut your stuff?"

She laughed. She never was one to strut. And man, did she hate these photo shoots. It was one thing to have a camera follow her around at the sites. Most of the time she didn't even notice. But the "pose here," "turn your head there" commands were obnoxious.

She loved investigating, loved what they were doing, yet she longed to be behind the camera someday instead of in front of it. The news of Elise retiring sent a giddy bubble rising in her chest. It's what she'd always wanted. And when it came time for Phantoms to end, she'd have her foot in the door to do her own show.

Elise's warning popped her happy bubble, though. Being forced to spend more time with Cain was not on her list of desires. In fact, she'd kinda rather have a tooth pulled without Novocaine. Plus, the insinuation of chemistry between them just made her jaw grind.

Mostly because it was true.

She hated herself for it. Cain represented everything she detested and promised herself she'd never do again. No one was going to mess with her head. Leave her vulnerable. She'd barely survived the first time.

Jackson Granger's resignation at the start of this season had been hard for her, leaving a small hole in her chest. After he fell in love with Ava and chased after his own happiness, Sammy was left missing her best friend and had Cain forced on her in his place. A double whammy. Cain radiated the mannerisms of every psychologist she'd ever met. It made her skin crawl. Because long ago, one of those psychologists tried helping her through the grief of losing her mother in a completely illegal and entirely unethical way.


(Continues...)

Excerpted from Ghost of You by Kelly Moran, Allison Collins. Copyright © 2015 Kelly Moran. Excerpted by permission of Entangled Publishing, LLC.
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Meet 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 You 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
CoffeeBreakandaGoodBook More than 1 year ago
Sammy and Cain work together on the paranormal show, Phantoms, but there is something about him that she doesn’t like. The network demands that they get along on the next case or else! The next investigation is a little more personal to Sammy. It is near where her mother was killed and things start to let themselves be known. This story is spine chilling and suspenseful all while sparks are flying between Sammy and Cain. The story instantly sucked me in and didn’t let go. I started reading it at bedtime and couldn’t sleep because I didn’t want to close my eyes in the dark! It’s that creepy…in a GOOD way! But, there is also the romantic, sizzling, hot part and that is just as intense as the spine chilling parts. I was pleasantly surprised that this is the third book in a series, because I now have to go and get the rest of them to read because this author knocked my socks off! Great job, Ms. Moran! *Copy was provided for review.
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
Phantoms is going to Nebraska to investigate a very dark and dangerous haunting. This is very personal for Sammy Hanesworth. Her mother died here. Now she's back and has to face the past. To make matters worse she's being paired with psychologist Cain McCutchen. Their reaction to each other is off the charts. Can she work with him? Sammy and Cain make a great couple. Their interaction is amazing. Their bond has great emotional depth. Sammy fights the connection. Trusting another has caused her too much pain. This story is a wonderful mixture of danger, romance and mystery. It's incredible. The intensity and the raw emotions took my breath away. I couldn't put this book down. This plot gave me the shivers. The setting oozed evil and sorrow. Kelly Moran's edgy suspense pulled me in and wouldn't let me go. This book is the most powerful in the Phantoms Trilogy. I could feel the evil which is a testimony to Kelly's skill. I enjoyed being with the team as they faced another challenge. It's enjoyable catching up with familiar characters and seeing their growth. For readers who love the paranormal, this series is a keeper.
Archaeolibrarian More than 1 year ago
This is the third book in the Phantoms Series although it is the first book in it that I have read. This in no way diminished my enjoyment of the book as I was able to completely understand the story, and backstory, without any prior knowledge.What I will say is that I now want to read the first two! This is a paranormal romance with a high element of creepiness! Phantoms is a paranormal fright show where they go and investigate things that go bump in the night. This one hits close to home though as it is in Sammy's hometown, with a story she heard about all her life, with a personal tragedy thrown in too. The chemistry between the two main characters jumps off the page at you. I loved how they interacted with each other and every time a nickname was used, I laughed at the same time as I winced in sympathy (except for Firecracker!). With a twisting and intriguing story that will grip you, even as you get goosebumps, this is one helluva story that I thoroughly enjoyed. Definitely recommended. * I received this book from Entangled Publishing / NetGalley in return for a fair and honest review. * Merissa Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!
My_Peace More than 1 year ago
Ghost of You is a well paced paranormal romance that at times gave me chills, made my heart beat faster, and at the same time filled me with hope. Because it's not only Sammy who needs closure... Sammy and the Phantoms team are in her home town for their latest paranormal investigation and it will prove to be very frightening. As the past comes rushing back at Sammy, the future also beckons. Cain, a psychologist and part of the Phantoms team, is someone who Sammy dislikes immensely. The feelings she has are palpable. I immediately was intrigued and wanted to know more about Sammy and what was provoking her to feel this way. Cain has no idea why Sammy feels the way she does, but the tension between the two of them is starting to become so noticeable that they are told to play nice together if they want a future on the show together. That little push might be all they both need, because the unexpected attraction and emotions are almost as overwhelming as the nightmare they are walking into in Sammy's home town. As trust is slowly built between Cain and Sammy the suspense of the paranormal aspect of Ghost of You also picks up. At the same time they might be finding close to answers though, Sammy is suddenly the target. Will they stay safe, find the answers they need, and be able to face their feelings for one another? Kelly writes this plot in a way that makes it very believable and very scary at times! I liked how I didn't have all the answers right away, and as she drew me further into the story I found out more at just the right times. I really liked Sammy and Cain. They work well together and look out for one another. They have to tread carefully on a personal/professional line, and I was interested to see how they'd do this since there was so much animosity on Sammy's part for part of the plot. Kelly made Sammy and Cain realistic, their feelings were believable, and she made me really care for them and feel for them. I like them together, they have to work to get to the future and this is a good thing. Kelly blended this paranormal plot very well with the romance side of things, and it all fit together well. The paranormal suspense part of the plot of Ghost of You was creepy and evil at times, making Ghost of You very unsettling at times. Through this, Kelly managed to keep me interested, wanting to know more,and wanting resolution. I loved all the secondary characters, seeing other members of the Phantoms, as well as getting to know more about Sammy and her family. This especially really added depth and more understanding to who Sammy was. I'd recommend Ghost of You to any romance reader who likes paranormal suspense that will give you goose bumps!
Samantha_H1 More than 1 year ago
I am loving this series, but I am finding the repetitiveness of some of the details irritating. i understand that the author writes these a few months after the next but its like she just copies and pastes it in the beginning chapter. With that aside i have been waiting for Sammýs story since book 1 and this one is the best plot and story line YET! I knew there was something deep with her.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Freud, Bane of my existence, Firecracker, badass pixie....all terms of endearment for Cain and Sammy. Both work for Phantoms, a TV show were they investigate paranormal activity. Each of these characters have experienced deep loss. While Cain is looking for acceptance, Sammy has chosen to isolate herself. The stress of their careers leaves little room for love and romance. Forced to play "nice," for the sake of the show, they have the opportunity to really get to know one another. Will it all be too little too late? Kelly Moran has out done herself with this installment of Phantoms, Ghost of You. I highly recommend reading the series as a whole. Each book is FABULOUS!! If you love ghost hunting this is a series you would definitely enjoy!! With an intense plot and character dialogue: "That wasn't just chemistry Sammy it was the whole periodic table." you'll devour this story!!!
BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
**I received an ARC of this story in exchange for an honest review** This is the third book in Phantoms series. Sammy is a paranormal investigator on the hit show Phantoms. It's painfully obvious that she loathes the new psychologist on the team. When she is ordered to make nice, she's not happy about it, especially since this next case is in her home town at a particularly evil site, making her very vulnerable. But maybe the one she's pushing away is exactly who she needs to get through it all. I have been waiting for this book to come out for a while now. With the anticipation so high, I was worried about disappointment as has happened before. Luckily, the author did NOT disappoint. Once I started this story, I couldn't stop until it was finished. The author has a way of doing the opposite in her stories (or at least in this series). While the woman are vulnerable, they are stubbornly against relationships and tend to run away from them. Whereas the men are quite aware of their own feelings and pursue the women for love. In the beginning, Cain is quite aware of his attraction towards Sammy as well as her hatred of him. His strength and determination to protect and be there for her when she is at her weakest. I absolutely loved this story and highly recommend it.
Lisa_Annesley More than 1 year ago
Sammy (Samantha) and Cain work together on the hit TV show PHANTOMS, a ghost-hunting show. Sammy's been sniping at Cain ever since he came on board a few episodes ago, though. Their producer has had enough. Sammy and Cain are to spend more time with each other and learn to get along. What their producer doesn't know is that hidden under the sniping is an intense attraction between the two of them. Sammy's emotional baggage from a tragic past is holding her back. The crew is sent to investigate a haunting in Sammy's old home town, where a school burned down 50 years ago. 40 children died in the fire. Sammy has a personal stake in the investigation. Will Cain get past Sammy's barriers to the woman he knows she is underneath? Or will Sammy's personal involvement in investigation be the death of Sammy? ... Kelly Moran is a talented author who knows how to write a mysterious, creepy ghost story that gives you goosebumps. Read the book with the lights down low for extra effect--or not. She also knows how to write a love story with lots of tension. You can't wait for Sammy and Cain to get together, and any hiccups are heartbreaking. She weaves these two story lines together artfully into a book that you don't want to miss. Enjoy!
Rhondaz More than 1 year ago
Kelly Moran hooked me on the Phantoms series. Oh my, I could not put the book down. There was so much going on from ghosts, demons, friendship, romance, to hot sexy. This book had it all. Sammy lost her mom at an earlier age and goes through tough times. She does not trust anyone and has a hard time in relationships. Cain's whole family is killed and all he want is to get married and have a family of his own. The chemistry between Sammy and Cain is undinable, it finally happens. The Phantom crew is great at their jobs and are one big family. I am not going to give the book away, so do yourself a favor and read this book. I am so hooked on this series that I will by reading all of them. Kelly Moran is one of the best authors I have ever read. I was given an ARC by publisher via NetGalley, for my honest review.
mamalovestoread22 More than 1 year ago
Sammy Hanesworth is a lead investigator with the Phantoms crew, and has just been offered the job of a lifetime, only problem is in order to get the job she has to work with the one person she completely despises, psychologist Cain McClutchen. When their next mission takes them to Sammy's hometown, things start to get a little intense, and these two sworn enemies soon find themselves turning to one another for comfort, and they begin to realize they had more in common then they once thought... This was my first experience with the Phantoms series, and I must admit that I am happy I stepped out of my little reading comfort zone to give it a try. It definitely kept me on my toes, and holding my breath a few times too, it was packed with action, passion, intensity, romance, and whole lot of spooky encounters!! Highly recommend you get in touch with your ghostly side and give this one a try, it is good!! ARC requested through Netgalley, and kindly provided by Entangled Publishing in exchange for a honest and unbiased review.
kimmythegreat More than 1 year ago
Sammy is a ghost hunter, and Phantoms is the television show she investigates haunted sightings for. Sammy recently lost her best friend and lead investigator Jackson Granger, and was forced to work with Psychologist Cain McClutchen. Sammy has some serious childhood trauma's, along with a protective wall around her bigger than the Wall of China! Sammy is called in to do a job in her home town that drudges up her horrible past, real life demons, and a push her down and knock her out budding romance with the infamous evil doctor Cain! Will Sammy break or fold under all this pressure?! This book is the third in a series, but is a stand-a-lone novel. I have not read the first two, nor did I feel like I needed to. I love the story line of the characters being ghost hunters! Each member of the team had a specialty that helped with the investigations. Sammy is Wica, Cain a psychologist, Kerry an empath, Lee is the psychic, (but did not appear in the book at all, just briefly mentioned) Paul the historian, and Amir and Terrance the technical crew. They all cared for one another like family and worked great together, except Cain and Sammy. The focal point was around Sammy, then the romance was added in once they got into the investigation. The character development of Cain and Sammy was intense. Sammy's past was sad but Cain's was heart wrenching! The story hit to close to home for me and had me in tears at times. Such an emotional story with not just Cain and Sammy, but the story behind the old school and church they were investigating as well. I had a hard time reading in the end once the horrible truth was revealed. Once the team landed in Nebraska, I was hooked. I empathized with Sammy and Cain, and sympathized with the investigation at hand. I definitely plan on reading Ghost Of A Promise, Book One which is about Jackson Granger, and Give Up The Ghost, Book Two which is Kerry and Paul's story. If you love ghost stories, or ghost hunting shows, then this is the series for you! It was an exhilarating read! Book provided by the author for an honest review.
In_My_Humble_OpinionDA More than 1 year ago
Kelly Moran’s elegantly crafted tale of love and horror will have you holding your breath and sighing gustily. This multi-layered tale takes you into the darkness but gives you a hell of a flashlight. We are presented with the evil mystery in a small town in Nebraska and the other mystery that is Sammy Hanesworth. Psychologist Cain McClutchen is determined to get to the bottom of each. Turn the lights on, strap in and get ready for a hell of a read. Well done Ms. Moran
EWright16 More than 1 year ago
My all time favorite Kelly Moran to date. Just wow. This book literally took my breath away, in more ways than one. First off, the romance between Cain and Sammy is just off the charts. The sparks were flying, the tension was awesome and when they finally get together? Hooo boy. Sexy and sweet and just what fans of Phantoms have been waiting for. Cain and Sammy have both been through so much, it was wonderful to see them finally opening up and learning to trust. The paranormal aspect of this story is INTENSE. I do not recommend reading this one before bed, folks. Investigating a church, school, and gravesite can never be a good thing I'm thinking but the stuff going on in Sammy's hometown is just insane. I had chills and gasped out loud more than once. Just totally crazy I loved every single word of this book and could not put it down. This book was about as perfect as they come, dialog, pace, and plot were all spot on and just fantastic. I'm sad to see the Phantoms series end but what a way to go!