Haunted by Shari Nichols #Review
Posted by brriske
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’s 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?
Karly Matthews has had a bit of a rough streak in the past few months. Not only is she still dealing with the loss of her ex, but her abilities as a medium have been called into question by one of the wealthy residents of her town, New Hope. The last thing she expected was to run into an extremely handsome and wealthy bachelor who won’t take no for an answer. She manages to avoid her feelings only to find this man as a client her business needs to survive. The supernatural threat she has to deal with on the case may not be the biggest risk Karly has to take.
Shari Nichols has written a romance novel that is well worth the time invested by any reader. Her characters are well-rounded individuals who speak in their own voices. The settings are given just enough description without interfering with the story being told. The pacing holds steady, and while this book is clearly a romance story, it’s an enjoyable romance story that delivers. I, for one, did not feel like my time could have been better spent.
Normally, I would use this spot to make any criticisms, but honestly I was taken in by this book. Sure, the novel follows the romance formula and some people might consider it a little cheesy. My response to that idea would be that perhaps romance is the wrong genre for those readers. For anyone looking for an enjoyable read with a touch of the supernatural, I definitely recommend this story.
(independent reviewer for Romance Authors That Rock)