Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Laurel Heights by Denise Moncrief (Haunted Hearts, #1)

Laurel Heights
by Denise Moncrief

My rating: 4 stars

Series: Haunted Hearts - Book 1
Publication Date: September 25, 2014
Publisher: Denise Moncrief
Genre: Adult Romantic Suspense
Print Length: 255 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Synopsis:

A dark cloud of deceit hovers over her family tree...

Left an estate by an aunt she’s never met, Laurel Standridge takes possession of Laurel Heights, hoping it will be the safe haven she needs to recuperate from her ill-fated relationship with Rand Peterson. Secrets long buried rise to the surface when her cousin James is murdered and dumped on the highway just outside the gates of Laurel Heights.

Her past trails her to the mountains of Arkansas...

Caught in an obligation Chase Peterson feels he cannot ignore, he agrees to help his brother Rand take back the property he believes Laurel stole from him, but Chase remains at Laurel Heights after he discovers Laurel took nothing of Rand’s away with her except nightmares, fading bruises, and a broken rib.

Unexplained disturbances shatter her hopes of a normal life...

Are the strange bumps, thumps, and bangs reverberating through the night caused by the murderer of Laurel’s cousin James, someone Rand has sent to exact his revenge, or a disturbed soul existing in another dimension, trying to communicate with the living? Drawn together by the intrigue surrounding Laurel Heights, Chase and Laurel become hopelessly entangled in a relationship that goes deeper than mere physical attraction. Can their love survive the haunting of Laurel Heights?

Laurel HeightsMy Review
Laurel Heights by Denise Moncrief

If you like to coast across genres, then this suspenseful, romantic, paranormal read should keep you smiling! Laurel Heights by Denise Moncrief doesn’t race along at the speed of light, you will feel every moment the characters are living, from things that go bump in the night to the awkward beginning of a new love that should be forbidden to the shock of truths buried long ago, like skeletons in the old family closet.

Laurel was running from her past, from a terrifying childhood to a dangerous boyfriend whose shady business dealings could cost her her life. As if destined, an aunt she never knew leaves her an old, rundown home outside a small town who claims the house is haunted. Is it or is someone out to fill a contract she fears her incarcerated ex has placed on her. How did he find her?

A hired handyman who doesn’t believe the town’s ghost stories is almost too good to be true, private, not much of a talker, he doesn’t ask questions Laurel doesn’t want to answer. Is that because he hides his own secrets? When a man is killed near her home, the police take a particular interest in Laurel and possibly Chase as the murderer, which makes no sense, until his identity is revealed. Meanwhile there are thumps and bumps and creaks at night, is it the just the old bones of an old home, or is there something or someone else in the house with Laurel? But can you bump into a ghost? Who should laurel fear most, the ghost, the police or Chase?

Denise Moncrief has piled layer upon layer of twists, turns and revelations into this eerie love story, all while keeping a dark veil of impending danger cleverly hiding the answers. Ms. Moncrief hasn’t given us a super heroine, she has created a true to life woman who has been beaten, battered and is mentally and emotionally played out. Laurel’s reserves are running low and she is terrified and not far from going over the edge. Chase comes across in the beginning as harsh, distant and a bit rough around the edges, but as the story progresses, he seems to file down his spikes and soften, just a little. This is fiction, a product of the author’s imagination and wow, Denise Moncrief has a lot going on in her head that she packages up in a perfect Halloween type read, even for you romance lovers !

I received this copy from Denise Moncrief in exchange for my honest review.

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