by Jessica Frances
Coming February 23, 2015
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.
Haunted Love is a beautiful, heartbreaking love story that is unlike anything I've read before. I laughed, I cried, and I'm so glad I decided to give this one a try.
The story starts off with Thea, our heroine, telling us about the day she was murdered and how she was given the choice to come back as a ghost to make sure her brother, Flynn, is going to be okay without her. She's told that only one person from her old life will be able to see her and she goes in with high hopes that it'll be Flynn... But it's not.
Aiden is the detective working on Thea's murder investigation and thinks he's going insane when he starts seeing her ghost. To be completely honest I didn't really like Aiden in the beginning. He was such a jerk to Thea and where I kinda understand where he's coming from it just really put me off. I mean, the poor woman was just murdered and he's all woe is me about it.
Anyway, after Aiden is properly chastised by his grandma about being a jerk to Thea I actually started to like him. And once he started opening up to Thea and realizing that he was falling in love with her, he stole my heart right along with Thea's.
There is a lot of mystery surrounding Thea's murder and I loved watching them work together to figure it out. They didn't really have any leads and Aiden was worried that he wouldn't solve it before he was taken off the case but he never gave up.
While I loved the budding romance between Aiden and Thea, I think my favorite parts where when he was helping Thea's brother, Flynn. He went above and beyond what any detective should for a victim's family and the fact they remained close until the end... It was perfect!
Now, about the end... This is where I was left a little disappointed. While I'm so happy that they finally got their HEA, I feel like the way it played out didn't really do their love story justice. I mean, it's been years since they've seen each other yet there were no "I missed you's" or "I love you's" exchanged, just "it's been years, let's have sex".
Despite my disappointment with the ending, this was a great read that I would definitely recommend.
Disclosure: I was provided with an ARC of Haunted Love in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.