Haunted

Haunted

by Shari Nichols

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Haunted by Shari Nichols

When medium Karly Matthews agrees to move into a haunted inn, she’s not sure what’s more dangerous, the ghost or the sexy innkeeper she tries to resist. She can’t deny the intense rush of desire she feels every time he’s near. When she agrees to embark on a no-strings-attached relationship, she finds herself thrust into a world of mind-blowing pleasures. Now she must face the aching truths of her past.

Hotel heir Thayne Harper has a laser-like focus on success that doesn’t include the help of his family. He’s always been the black sheep, living in the shadow of his dead brother. His dreams are put to the test when a supernatural entity threatens to ruin everything. The one bright spot is the woman who intrigues his mind and heats his blood. If only he can convince her that, despite his bad-boy ways, he can change for the good. Her love becomes his only salvation. Passion burns white-hot as a dark threat looms. The ghost doesn’t want them to be together and sets her sights on Thayne, luring him to a place that goes beyond death. Will Karly be able to save him before it’s too late?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781622104529
Publisher: Liquid Silver Books
Publication date: 11/27/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 326
File size: 342 KB

About the Author

Shari Nichols grew up in a small town in Connecticut where haunted houses, ghosts and Ouija boards were common place, spurring her fascination with all things paranormal. Ever since she read her first Barbara Cartland novel, her life-long dream has been to write sexy, romantic stories. Shari has been married to her own alpha hero for twenty-five years. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, going to the gym, or hanging out with family and friends.

She lives in New Jersey with her husband, two teenagers, and her adoring golden retriever. After spending several years in the grind of Corporate America, she decided to stay at home with her kids. Now she’s thrilled to spend her days in sweats, eating chocolate while pounding on her keyboard to create her next novel. Shari is a member of Romance Writers of America, New Jersey Romance Writers, Liberty States Fiction Writers and Fantasy, Futuristic, and Paranormal Romance Writers.

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Haunted 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
NNLight More than 1 year ago
One medium, one sexy hotel owner and a pissed off ghost equals a gripping, seductive read. Medium Karly Matthews is having a difficult time, both in her personal life and with her business. Thanks to a philandering man out to ruin her and his influence in her small town, she might as well close up shop and move. But then she meets Thayne at a business mixer and the attraction is immediate. He looks like a god sent from the heavens to pleasure her. When he offers her a lucrative opportunity, she reluctantly accepts. Thayne Harper is the son of a rich family and heir to the Harper fortune but he’s striking out on his own. He’s designed his boutique hotel down to the last detail. What he didn’t count on was the whispers of his hotel being haunted, not that he believes in such nonsense. But as the staff flees in terror, he doesn’t have a choice but to try to take care of the problem. He hires Karly to cleanse his hotel and get rid of the ghost, which is fine with him because he loves being around Karly. She drives him wild with want and the more he’s around her, the deeper his feelings grow. But when she ups and leaves for England to research the ghost’s history, he’s suddenly in mortal danger. Can he resist a vengeful ghost or is he helpless in her clutches without Karly to protect him? I first heard about this book a few weeks before its release. I’m a big fan of all things paranormal so I was excited to read it. It’s my first time reading Shari Nichols so I didn’t have any expectations going in. She weaves a story like a lover caresses its beloved, seducing the reader with a flawed heroine, an Adonis-like hero, a white-hot love affair between the two and a pissed off poltergeist who’s hellbent on making Thayne hers. There’s plenty of twists in this supernatural story and the ending will shock you. The best part is that Haunted will stay with you long after you read the last page. A gem of a paranormal romance that’s a must-read! Favorite Character/Quote: “How could I not feel protective of you?” He brushed her hair off her face. The anticipation was brutal, but sweet. My Rating: 5 stars
S_Leca More than 1 year ago
Karly is the real deal, a medium who would do anything for her clients. However, after she was sued by an unhappy politician who she figured out was cheating her clientele fell into the negatives. So when an inn keeper takes his chances on her she is beyond happy. To bad the innkeeper and her already have a past and she has left him wanting back then. It also doesn't help that she doesn't mix business with pleasure...... maybe he will be the exception? Thayne doesn't believe in ghost, but after so many "encounters" at his new inn he will do whatever is necessary to keep his employees working. Even if it means hiring a medium.... but wait isn't that the women from last night? Maybe this voyage into the supernatural wont be a complete lost cause. This was a great book that had numerous twists throughout, both personal challenges and paranormal challenges were prevalent. So if you enjoy somewhat mysterious reads and paranormal romances then this is the book for you. A little warning: there is quite a bit of sexual content so if you do not enjoy reading sex scenes please skip this as it will not be a book you will enjoy. ~A Book Obsessed Chicks Review Team Selection.
S_Leca More than 1 year ago
Karly is the real deal, a medium who would do anything for her clients. However, after she was sued by an unhappy politician who she figured out was cheating her clientele fell into the negatives. So when an inn keeper takes his chances on her she is beyond happy. To bad the innkeeper and her already have a past and she has left him wanting back then. It also doesn't help that she doesn't mix business with pleasure...... maybe he will be the exception? Thayne doesn't believe in ghost, but after so many "encounters" at his new inn he will do whatever is necessary to keep his employees working. Even if it means hiring a medium.... but wait isn't that the women from last night? Maybe this voyage into the supernatural wont be a complete lost cause. This was a great book that had numerous twists throughout, both personal challenges and paranormal challenges were prevalent. So if you enjoy somewhat mysterious reads and paranormal romances then this is the book for you. A little warning: there is quite a bit of sexual content so if you do not enjoy reading sex scenes please skip this as it will not be a book you will enjoy. ~A Book Obsessed Chicks Review Team Selection.
Literary_Titan More than 1 year ago
"I’m not sure, but judging by our choices in literature, I think this makes us polar opposites." Karly Matthews has no idea how much truth there is to her statement after she first encounters Thayne Harper at a networking event: She is a medium, struggling to keep her store open after making enemies with a powerful executive set on destroying her career after Karly helps his wife leave him; Thayne is a skeptic, the descendant of a wealthy family in the hotel industry. Both, however, share a sizzling physical attraction for each other, as well as dark secrets that make it impossible for them to get close to anyone. Will Karly be able to keep her heart safe when she is hired to chase away a spirit haunting the bed and breakfast that Thayne is opening, especially when her job forces her to live under the same roof as him? The plot of Haunted, written by Shari Nichols, is driven by a few different story lines. There, of course, is the romantic and professional tension between Karly and Thayne, and with that, many heated love scenes unfold that are sure to make one’s toes curl. Then there are the insecurities that Karly faces, having been in a serious relationship that ended so badly that she is quick to react jealously and expect the worst from men, especially Thayne, who is naturally charismatic and has had a reputation for courting many women. As difficult as it is for Karly to trust Thayne, he also cannot open up to her, having suffered the loss of someone close to him. He is under a lot of pressure to prove himself to his father, with whom he is estranged, by ensuring that his first hotel opening is successful. Unfortunately, a ghost seems set on sabotaging his plans. While the story focuses mostly on Karly, as well as Thayne, there’s a lot happening in the novel, and details that are relevant to understanding their history are vague or not revealed until much later. This makes it difficult to fully empathize with Karly in her hesitation to start a relationship with Thayne. Karly’s fears of falling for Thayne would be more believable if she and Thayne would explain why they have such strong feelings for each other, besides the physical attraction they feel. It is the mystery surrounding this ghost that is most interesting in Haunted. While Karly and Thayne are both dynamic characters who are easy to like, their romance is predictable, though entertaining to witness. The ghost haunting the Molverton Inn is complicated, seeking revenge and, at points, physically harming the people who cross her path. Karly’s job to eradicate such a stubborn spirit is not easy, and Nichols thoroughly explains the different steps a medium must take to protect the property and people, identify the spirit, and guide the spirit onto the next world. The mystery surrounding the identity of the spirit and how she became a ghost makes this book difficult to put down. Haunted has many elements that make this book an exciting read. It is well-written; Nichols describes the characters and settings in a way that flows naturally with the action, and the way she paces the story builds suspense. She incorporates realistic dialogue, and the conversations between Karly and her sister are particularly witty and entertaining. Nichols creates complex characters with unique personalities, and readers cannot help but cheer on Karly in her quest to rid the Molverton Inn of a stubborn spirit and find happiness with Thayne.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite Haunted is a paranormal romance novel written by Shari Nichols. Karly was not in the market for a new romance. She was still recovering from her breakup with Chad, who had been unfaithful to her, and the store she and her sister, Sophie, had opened came first. Karly was not at all sure if or how they would survive the virulent attacks that Jonathan Reiss, a wealthy real estate developer, was currently waging against her. She had done a reading for Reiss’s wife and the issue of his having a girlfriend had been revealed. Reiss had responded with a lawsuit alleging that she was a fraud, and was also attacking her on social media. Her scheduled appointments for readings were being cancelled in droves, and the attorney’s fees threatened to eat up every cent the two sisters had. Shari Nichols’ paranormal romance novel, Haunted, pairs some of the finest erotic writing I've read with a fascinating and suspenseful hunt to discover the identity of a powerful ghostly presence and to help it find peace. The author’s two main characters are evenly matched -- both strong, stubborn and determined, and also both bearing scars from past hurts -- scars that make trust and commitment very difficult indeed. Add an angry ghost and a vengeful former girlfriend into the mix, and there's enough tension in the plot to make one wonder if the two will ever make things work. There are a number of sensual episodes in this book, but the scenes are beautifully described moments that feature emotional rapport, tenderness and love. I loved following as Karly uses her paranormal investigator skills to track down her ghost. The author's familiarity with the subject makes her story credible and gives it authenticity. Haunted will delight fans of the paranormal and spicy romance alike. It's most highly recommended.