by Jessica Frances
Date Published: 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.
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Haunted Love is an incredible new book by one of my favorite authors, Jessica Frances. Ms. Frances’ books have always been amazing and I have yet to find one that did not keep me completely engrossed while reading. This new stand-alone novel is no exception and I am beyond excited to share my thoughts with you!
Thea Bell wasn’t ready to die, but one day someone took her life. With so much to do and so many things left unsaid, she is given a choice to go back and accomplish just that. The only promise she is given is that she will be able to be seen by at least one person and with that one person, she will be ‘attached’ to them. Truly hoping that it will be her brother Flynn, she jumps at the chance to make sure he is doing okay and say goodbye. Unfortunately, it’s not Flynn who can see or feel her.
Being attached to the detective investigating your murder wasn’t exactly what Thea had in mind when given the choice to come back to say good bye to her brother, and for Aiden Mercer, well his life just got more interesting. Aiden is good at his job, really good. Unfortunately, due to staffing shortages and a true love for his job, he loses touch with his family, spending too much time solving cases instead of staying in touch with his loved ones. This all changes though when Thea pops into his life. Once he gets over the fact that he’s not crazy and he can indeed see and touch the ghost of Thea Bell, the two of them team together in order to get to the bottom of the case.
As Aiden and Thea work to find out who murdered her, Thea’s persistent ways convince Aiden that there is more to life than just his job and that family should be his most important concern. In between everything that is going on, their friendship grows but they soon learn that true love knows no boundaries. Yes, Haunted Love is a ghost story, but it is also so much more. It is truly an epic love story that will stay in your heart long after the last sentence is read.
I love every book that Jessica Frances has written to date, but Haunted Love is quite possibly her best work yet! Everything about it was perfect – from the mystery to the romance and everything in between. Ms. Frances writing style really drawls you into the story and you can’t help but fall in love with the characters and become completely engrossed with everything that is going on. With a gripping, emotional and captivating plot, this is one paranormal romance that you do not want to miss out on!
“Love doesn’t know limitations. It doesn’t matter how you fall in love or the reasons you shouldn’t, only that you do.”
I leave Aiden scanning over the boxes, moving back through my house and taking time to look over the photos I have hanging up. It’s strange how I had them along my walls, in my eye line for years yet never took the time to look at them. I used the photos as decoration instead of a reminder of the good times I shared with friends and family as well as the few amazing places I got to visit.
I take my time now, smiling at the memories sparked of Flynn, laughing at the reminders of the fun times we shared and yearning for the places I will never get to visit. I had a list of countries and activities I wanted to do for my summer vacation. I wanted to take at least one trip every summer and slowly work away at the list. Now I’ll never get to see any of those places, never have the chance to skydive in New Zealand, eat gelato in Italy, or go skiing in Switzerland. The most exciting thing I managed is a school field trip to New Orleans where we toured the main tourist destinations, and I ate beignets and gumbo.
I shake my head, slowly moving through the lower level of my house, checking over the mess made from the forensics people who appear to have coated every surface looking for foreign fingerprints. I don’t find anything suspicious here or out of place. There is nothing I can see that is missing, and nothing screams to me that there is a clue here. While I’m disheartened to still have nothing to give Aiden to go on, I stare up my staircase, knowing I will need to check up there, too.
With each step, my legs grow heavier. Soon, I’m dragging my feet. I purposely check every other room, leaving my bedroom for last. I’m dreading what will happen when I glance back inside that room. I feel ill as I approach the still ajar door.
I know I need to get this over with. I might remember something about the murderer in there. If anything is going to be amiss that might help us figure out who my killer is, it will be in my bedroom.
But how am I supposed to enter the room where I lost my life?
The room where I was beaten and violated?
Even if it means catching my killer, can I face what I might see in there? Do I really want that memory etched into my brain? Isn’t already having a good idea what I went through bad enough?
Then again, what if he is out there right now, terrorizing other women? What if my reluctance to walk into this room means another person will lose their life?
I take a deep breath, my hand reaching out to push the door open.
“You don’t have to go in there,” Aiden tells me.
I glance over my shoulder, seeing both worry and fury in his eyes. “I do.” I sound more sure then I feel, but I force my feet forward. Within two steps, I am standing inside my bedroom.
Jessica Frances was born and raised in South Australia, quite possibly born with a book in her hand already. An avid reader her whole life, a pen finally appeared in her hand and she began her journey writing her own stories. The voices in her head have not slowed down and hopefully they never will.
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