Early Review: Better Homes and Hauntings by Molly Harper

, by Kt Clapsadl

Better Homes and Hauntings by Molly Harper

Author of the beloved Half Moon Hollow series of vampire romances (Nice Girls Don’t Have Fangs), Molly Harper has created a standalone paranormal romance in which a dilapidated haunted house could bring star-crossed lovers together—if it doesn’t kill them first!

When Nina Linden is hired to landscape a private island off the New England coast, she sees it as her chance to rebuild her failing business after being cheated by her unscrupulous ex. She never expects that her new client, software mogul Deacon Whitney, would see more in her than just a talented gardener. Deacon has paid top dollar to the crews he’s hired to renovate the desolate Whitney estate—he had to, because the bumps, thumps, and unexplained sightings of ghostly figures in nineteenth-century dress are driving workers away faster than he can say “Boo.”

But Nina shows no signs of being scared away, even as she experiences some unnerving apparitions herself. And as the two of them work closely together to restore the mansion’s faded glory, Deacon realizes that he’s found someone who doesn’t seem to like his fortune more than himself—while Nina may have finally found the one man she can trust with her bruised and battered heart.

But something on the island doesn’t believe in true love…and if Nina and Deacon can’t figure out how to put these angry spirits to rest, their own love doesn’t stand a ghost of a chance.

Molly Harper is on my auto-buy list. Hands down anytime I see a new book coming from her you can guarantee I'll have it pre-ordered. I just love her style of writing and her humor. That being said, I do have to admit this one was a bit slower for me to get into at first as things were told in several points of view rather than the first person narrative that is in most of her books. These split narratives made it take a bit longer for me to grow attached to the characters than I would have liked. But as I prefer the first person narrative, I wouldn't say the slower attachment was any fault on the author's writing, just on how I like my stories. I will say though that following the multiple different perspectives did open things up a whole lot further than they could have been with just Nina at the "helm," and I especially enjoyed seeing Nina through everyone else's eyes. Made for an interesting and open perspective on things.

This is a cute and fun read, precisely what I expect each time I pick up one of Molly Harper's books. She has this way of making even the most mundane things suddenly become downright hilarious. While this book had a bit of a different feel than her previous books due to the multiple points of view, it was still fun and light hearted all the same. I really love how despite parts of this book being rather dark and well, scary, it never once lost that fun feel. Seriously, we're talking close calls, murder, and some really spooky events, yet the wimp in me never had a single problem because I was too busy laughing at what was going on otherwise. Trust me, if you are looking for a solid block of entertainment in the form of a humorous read, BETTER HOMES AND HAUNTINGS is a must buy for the perfect afternoon read.

(Received a copy from the publisher)


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