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I received this book for free from book convention in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Better Homes and Hauntings by Molly Harper #Review

Better Homes and Hauntings by Molly Harper

Published by Pocket Books, Simon & Schuster on June 24, 2014
Genres: Adult, Horror & Ghost Stories, Paranormal Romance, Romance
Pages: 352
Source: book convention
Also by this author: How To Run With A Naked Werewolf, Th e Dangers of Dating a Rebound Vampire
4 Stars

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.

PJV Quickie: Molly Harper has this wonderful, almost-but-not-quite over-the-top way of writing that always makes me smile. Always.  Better Homes and Hauntings continues the trend of me wishing I was besties with her characters, in spite of, or maybe because of, the crazy situations they manage to get themselves into.

Review: Take one gardener, one billionaire computer nerd, an angry ex, a vengeful ghost, and an abandoned mansion, mix them together with Molly Harper’s signature humor, and what you get is an entertaining ghost-story with a twist.  The ghost-story aspect of Better Homes and Hauntings was surprisingly spooky – it wasn’t as light as I had expected and it was genuinely creepy. Molly Harper’s signature humor shines through and the hero and heroine were so nerdy and awkward that their slow-moving relationship was adorable.  The secondary characters are fabulous; my understanding is that this is a stand-alone but I would really love to see another story featuring the cousin.

Recommendations: If you’re already a Molly Harper fan – you know you’re going to love it. Fans of quirky paranormal romance will love Better Homes and Hauntings – even though there are no vampires or werewolves, this “ghost story with a twist” will keep you laughing (and a bit creeped out) until the end.

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