My name is Thea Bell and I was murdered.
I always assumed that death was the end. So when my life was cruelly taken away from me, I never thought I would get a second chance to say what I needed to.
But then I was given a choice, a choice that allowed me to see the people I had left behind, and I knew I had to take it.
I wanted to say a proper goodbye. I needed justice for what happened to me.
But even in death, things rarely go to plan.
I never expected to meet him. I didn't anticipate falling in love. I hadn't considered the repercussions of coming back. I never realized I would put another person in danger.
I didn't know my actions were going to haunt us forever.
My name is Detective Aiden Mercer, and I think I have gone insane.
I am seeing the murder victim of my current case alive and in the flesh, and that is simply not possible.
I can see her, hear her, touch her. She’s real to me, however I know this cannot be real. Right?
But try telling my heart that, because as I grow closer to catching Thea’s killer, I also fall deeper into trouble.
Because love is rarely anything but trouble and I know this love will haunt me forever.
Adult Paranormal Romance *Standalone*
Recommended for readers 17+ due to adult themes, sexual situations, violence and occasional swearing.
Professionally edited by C&D Editing
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|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Jessica is an Aussie who has always loved writing and reading. She currently is living in Australia. Connect with her via facebook!
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I've never been a big ghosty person. I'm not saying that I don't believe in ghosts ... I'll just say that I don't NOT believe in ghosts. I've never really enjoyed movies about ghosts (except Ghostbusters, hello!) and because of that, I've not picked up a book about them either. I find the whole concept a bit creepy, actually. Just a thought of someone watching ... nope. Nopeity nope nope. I was a little shocked when I felt this book kind of call out to me to read it. I second guessed myself and decided that I wouldn't even try it and then I changed my mind a few days later. I'm glad that I did! While I may not pick up a ghost book every day because of my experience with Haunted Love, I definitely won't count them out in the future! Before I get into the super deep stuff on this one, I did want to talk about the amount of mistakes ... it's staggering. There were at least two per page. I have to be mistaken, right? Yeah, I'm not. The mistakes were word mashups ... likethingsbeingwrittenwithnospaces ... which is super annoying and sometimes confusing and THEN throw in a few homophone issues (overseas/oversees). It was a little frustrating and really took away from the overall experience of the book. The no spaces thing ... dude. I would be totally pissed if this is what my editor put out there. I just wish that this had been an ARC and then I wouldn't even need to bring this up but it is what it is! Hopefully, it will be fixed for future editions. Finding a connection with a character within the first few pages of a book usually means that I have found a new favorite author. And I did. I instantly fell in love with Thea. I loved her spirit, drive and compassion. She was a very well-rounded person ... for a ghost. Experiencing her journey with her made me love her that much more. I can't really understand her situation because I've never been a spirit but the author really makes you empathize with Thea and put yourself in her shoes. I enjoyed every part of the book that she was involved in. Detective Aiden ... gosh, I think I might have enjoyed him as much, if not more, than Thea. He is one of those "good catches" that almost every mom has talked to her daughter about. He's a well respected police detective that makes it a personal mission to close every case as quickly as possible even if it means the loss of any kind of personal life he would have otherwise had. He's hyper focused on his job and you can't help but love him for that fact alone. The situation between Aiden and Thea was heart-wrenching. It was difficult to read at times because you quickly realize the no-win situation they are both in. And I'll just say this ... there is a situation involving Aiden, Thea, a tree and a heavy make-out session ... that whole cringe-worthy scenario makes the entire book worth reading. I won't say anything else about the book because there are numerous secrets that you need to experience on your own but if you enjoy any kind of romance novel, you'll enjoy this one. Don't let the ghost thing hold you back because it makes for an amazing story. * I received this novel in exchange for an honest review *
What if you met the man you are suppose to spend your life with…after you’re dead? Thea Bell is murdered and is given a choice of staying in the afterlife or return for a time. She returns as a ghost to comfort her brother Flynn, but finds that it’s Detective Aiden Mercer that is the one that she is attached to and that can see her, not her brother Flynn. As Aiden works on her case to find the killer they slowly start to fall for each other, but how can there be a future together, when one of them are dead? This is actually the second book I have read this week about a ghostly romance. I have not read a single one before this year. I actually can’t remember that if I have read about ghostly romantic book before. The Ghost of Canterville isn’t really that romantic and it’s the only book I can thing off the top of my head. Then again I had completely forgotten that I should have read this one a couple of days ago. So it’s probably just a coincidence. Anyway, ghostly romance books are an interesting subject, there are some problems with a relationship when one is dead and the other one is the cop trying to find the killers. Thea is attached to Aiden, so she can touch thing around him (also touch him which later on becomes very handy when their relationship becomes more…intimate). It’s a murder case and Aiden is working trying to find Theas killer and at first he is a bit freaked out that he can see Tea, but they soon work things out. There are things that I find a bit odd, she gets short and gets new clothes. I mean she is dead? How can a ghost get a bullet hole in its clothes and get new clothes? Shouldn’t a ghost be bulletproofed? I found myself enjoying this book, it was tragic and romantic. I could have lived without the sex scenes, but they weren’t that many so that wasn’t a big deal. I must admit that the whole concept with love with a ghost really is tragic in itself. I mean it can’t end happily ever after, not in this life anyway (I have seen the movie Ghost so I know). But still, it is an interesting new thing to read about.
I received an ARC of Haunted Love through Xpresso Book Tours for the purpose of writing an honest review. Thea Bell, a sweet and independent twenty-seven year old has her life cut tragically short by an unknown foe. Adamant that she has unfinished business before passing on, she is granted the chance to return, though not in the way she hopes. She does not get to make the rules, and the only person who can see her is Aiden, otherwise known as the overworked police officer assigned to investigate her murder. Neither of them understand why they have been thrown together, and grudgingly they have to work side by side. Both Thea and Aiden were great characters to read. Not perfect, and I love it when characters are a little irritating at times. Thea is initially very frustrated - with being a ghost, with Aiden and his not doing exactly what she felt he should be. She's not how we usually expect a 'ghost' to behave. Often we see ghosts who have gained a certain amount of wisdom, resignation, but Thea isn't like that. She isn't gifted with worldly knowledge. She is exactly the same person she was, with the same impulses, the same cares and frustrations. Aiden, as you would expect, had the biggest journey as he moves from being the workaholic who just wanted to be left alone to someone more compassionate and well-rounded. The thing I enjoyed most about this story was the growing chemistry between Thea and Aiden. I loved seeing how that dynamic changed. In an intense situation such as theirs, the development of their relationship into something more seems fairly obvious. As their relationship grew, you knew something had to change. How can you continue to be in a relationship where one person is completely invisible to the rest of the world? The only thing that didn't sit 100% with me was just how strained and constricted the police department was. Honestly, it seemed incredible that a department would be forced to operate under those particular conditions, however it did then lend an explanation to how a thirty year old detective like Aiden could have become so much of a workaholic, and it also allowed Thea to be an active part of his investigation without a confused partner hanging around and wondering why Aiden was always talking to himself! Slightly predictable, sure, in terms of the love story, but the circumstances built are fairly unique. Being brought into a world like this with a supernatural element, I always find myself needing the rules of that world to be established, and I still had a couple of unanswered questions by the end, but to me that was okay. This was the first book I have read from Jessica, and I certainly look forward to reading more! Reviewed for Owl Book Corner