Haunted by Shari Nichols – Review & Giveaway
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?
A would-be one night stand that wasn’t. When that ship sails, it’s delicious fun to face each another anew in the most surprising of settings: employer and employee. Karly is a medium hired to clear Thayne’s ghost-laden hotel before opening night. Given their attraction, stronger than ever for proximity, never mind delayed gratification, who exactly is making those sounds that go bump in the night? Haunted by Shari Nichols explores supernatural events with hair-raising details and a red-hot love story.
“Well, this certainly complicates matters.” There was an edge to his voice. “Only if we let it.” And she wouldn’t, because she had no intention of seeing him again outside of these four walls. Rule number one: never, ever cross professional boundaries. Rule number two: constantly remind yourself of rule number one, especially if the client is hot as sin.”
Karly does all the preliminary work to ascertain the presence of ghosts, but when the sexual tension rises, and the haunting stems from a singular spectre, Karly aims full throttle to banish the ghost…and leave her unsatisfied fantasies behind. In her haste to remove herself from the temptation of Thayne, Karly aggravates the spirit, yeah, it went nowhere, and is forced to up her game. While this menacing ghost can doom his hotelier venture, it also ensures Karly remains on the premises…and face her avoidance issues with Thayne. Game on, indeed.
I enjoyed Haunted. There is ghost hunting and hotel business, but love is the central story. Ghosts and vengeance (human and inhuman alike!) spook and strike and generally vie for attention, but Thayne and Karly are haunted by each other. They navigate past insta-love pretty quickly, trusting that this feels too right to be superficial. It’s when things turn tempestuous that we witness our H/H build, and topple, their relationship. This tenacity to survive, to drive past hard lines, is what maintains their desire to fight another day.
Haunted is a sexy ghost story sure to keep you up well into the night.
Reviewed by Carmen
Copy supplied for review
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-two 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. Shari graduated from Rider University with a degree in Business Administration. After spending several years in the grind of Corporate America, she left 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.
Her next book, Haunted, another steamy romance, will venture into the world of ghosts and haunted inns. 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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