Haunted, a Paranormal Romance (Spiritus Series Book 2)

Haunted, a Paranormal Romance (Spiritus Series Book 2)

by Dana Michelle Burnett

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BN ID: 2940014474672
Publisher: Dana Michelle Burnett
Publication date: 04/13/2012
Series: Spiritus , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 552 KB

About the Author

Dana Michelle Burnett spent most of her life writing short stories and sharing them with family and friends. Over the years, her work was published in numerous commercial and literary magazines including Just Labs, Mindprints: A Literary Journal, Foliate Oak, and many more. Her short story John Lennon and the Chicken Holocaust was included in The Best of Foliate Oak in 2006.

In 2010, Burnett’s first novel, Ghost Country, was released. Based on her own Cherokee heritage, the novel marked her return to the literary world after a four year hiatus. She followed that with the release of her romance novel, Two Out of Three in the summer of 2011.

Spiritus is the first novel in her new paranormal romance series by the same name. The second book, Haunted, is now available. The third and final book in the series, Incarnate, is scheduled for released in Fall of 2012.

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Haunted, a Paranormal Romance (Spiritus Series Book 2) 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Fictional_Candy More than 1 year ago
I am so enthralled with this series Haunted starts several years after Spiritus. Becca is in some deep therapy sessions after a series of events leads her to a psychiatric hospital. This story is told in flashbacks in her point of view, and current observations in her doctor’s point of view. I think this was a fantastic way to handle this story. It totally gave Becca the ability to fill in the blanks of what happened over the next few years, and also gave a really good view from an outsider. Dana did a superb job of not retelling the story of book one, if you know what I mean? I really think the beauty of this story really shows Dana’s talent and skill as an author, because one of her main characters, Alastor, is a ghost. He is unable to interact with anything or anyone but Becca. That is really limiting! So I think that this set up of flash backs and observations kept the story flow very fresh and interesting. Ok, let’s go character by character. In with the new, we have Dr. Langdon. In the beginning I get the impression that he is a very good doctor, but a bit…. Sigh, I don’t know, a bit bland with his work. He’s not necessarily bored, but he hasn’t really had anything to challenge him in a bit. He’s got the fire in him, the fire that got him into this field in the first place – he wants to help people. But he is limited to short sessions with patients, and he sees a lot of the same things over and over. But I like him. I can see he has a heart, it just needs to be resparked. And then Dr. Langdon meets Becca. Becca is such a wonderful character, I can only imagine how much fun she has been to write. She is now in her early twenties, and from the outside it appears as if she has had a bit of a mental snap. But we know better, and we know she is not crazy at all. She is just dealing with some very unusual circumstances and her true soul mate. Becca definitely does not disappoint in Haunted. She is fiery and intelligent, yet she is very dependent on Alastor. She tries to do what is thought to be the best decision. But her love for Alastor can not be changed, and it can not be hidden. Well, at least not for long, right? Becca is just one of those characters I love to read about. The girl has some major secrets going on. And then that brings us to Alastor. I love him, I really really do. If he was the ghost of my previous husband, I’d like to think I’d be making all of the same decisions as Becca. But just like in Spiritus, Alastor is much the same as he was. He has these grand overtures of love for Becca. He says things that will buckle your knees and melt your heart, and he means them. But there are these little glimpses of him where he is a bit temperamental. I mean, sure, who wouldn’t be, stuck being invisible and intangible. But sometimes he throws a bit of a fit! And the man has a temper! In both books I have found myself actually mad at Alastor, only to be back in love with him pages later. Like I said in my previous review, Alastor definitely has the power to bring me to “Team Ghost”. This book is absolutely wonderful. In my opinion it is without a doubt a five star read. You can read it on its own if you have to, but I highly recommend reading Spiritus first. The first book really gives the background and builds the foundation. And the third book, Incarnate, is scheduled to be released this fall. I have really high hopes for this one!! I have my fingers crossed!
ldosch More than 1 year ago
I loved Becca and Alastor. I was truly excited when I saw that Book 2 of the Spiritus series was out. I had enjoyed the characters in Spiritus and I thought it was a well written story and I was frustrated when it ended leaving me hanging until the next book. I will tell you that Haunted was also a well written story, but personally I was disappointed. I know that the storyline of a woman and her ghost-husband-from-a-previous-lifetime is one of those--just not gonna have a happy ending type story, but I liked the characters of Alastor and Becca. Spiritus left us on the afternoon of Becca’s graduation of high school. Alastor had disappeared for Becca’s own good but we do catch a glimpse of his watching over her from afar. Haunted picks up with Becca at age 23, and she is currently being held for observation in a psychiatric ward. Alastor obviously didn’t stay away for long, and although he is “living with” Becca up in her room again, he has (once again) come to the conclusion that Becca needs to move on with living her life. This time Alastor is pushing Becca toward Jonah, and although Alastor talks about her having a life, he is hanging on as the secret third wheel in the relationship. Since Alastor is the man Becca wants, it comes off as Becca is just going along with whatever Alastor wants like a puppet and although she doesn’t dislike Jonah, she showed more interest in him in Book 1, than in this story where they actually have a relationship. Further, I didn’t like the aspect of the psychiatric ward and spending half the book viewing Becca through the eyes of the psychiatrist trying to help her over her delusion. I was never left with the question after reading Spiritus of whether or not she was crazy. We even have that moment when Alastor makes himself solid and Becca’s friends see him. If I was left wondering if she was loosing it, then I would have found this intriguing. If Spiritus was intended to be written in a “maybe she’s just crazy” story, then I missed that entirely. I gave this story 4 stars since the writing was well done, and Book 2 builds on the story where Book 1 left off. I can’t fault the author because it didn’t go where I personally imagined it should. Not her fault, just my fault for jumping ahead. Dana indicates where she will be leading us for Book 3, which will be the final story in the series, and I am looking forward to see how she concludes the story of Becca and Alaster
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why is the first book in the series not showing up to read????!!!!!?????!!!!
SKiM88 More than 1 year ago
In Haunted Becca must fight for her sanity as well as for love. She has suffered more loss than any person should and has lived a life in her heart she is unable to live in the flesh and it has driven her within only an inch of losing her mind and everything she has left in this world completely. Haunted switches between present and past, Becca's current stay at the psych ward and the past that got her locked up there in the first place. Love has caused her nothing but heartache and in this installment of the Spiritus series she must face that heartache head-on. To future readers I would advise that you bare in mind that this novel is not fast paced. It draws you into a story that is both dark and sorrow filled, though love always remains. The writing is powerful and I hope that you'll let it take you through the pages so that you may continue along in this series to find out what happens next to this love story that has the power to cross any distance, even death. I only say this because often a reader's main focus is fast pace and intense action and suspense. However this story is full not of physical suspense but suspense of the spirit and the heart. Becca is forced to accept her fate and her current life yet can't seem to leave her old one behind. Anyone who has not known true love might find this perplexing. However, for those who have, you'll find yourself saddened by her heart-wrenching fight for her sanity.