Haunted Hearts by Kimberly Dean

Haunted Hearts by Kimberly Dean
Publisher: Tiger Eye Productions
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Historical, Paranormal, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full length (186 pages)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Aloe

Does a ghost from the past want the man of her future?

Callie is thrilled when she inherits a house in the small town of Shadow Valley. The house is old and creaky, but she’s not afraid of hard work. Unfortunately, no matter how many repairs she makes, the strange noises won’t go away. Cold spots appear. Lights flicker. Footsteps sound down the hallway. Her nerves are soon so frayed that she resorts to calling the one person in town she hasn’t been able to get along with, bullheaded police chief Carter Landry.

Carter doesn’t have time to investigate things that go bump in the night—although, with Callie, the idea is tempting. He’s busy working with the governor’s task force on a major case and dealing with a rash of petty Halloween crimes. He knows that Callie’s house isn’t haunted… no matter what town legend says.
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Still, when her distress call comes in, Carter is quick to respond. He may not believe in ghosts, but someone is intentionally scaring the sassy blonde. And he doesn’t like it. As he investigates, the friction between the two of them ignites into passion… and the strange occurrences in the house subside. But could Carter’s presence be the reason? Callie fears that her sexy cop may be the one the ghost has wanted all along.

She’s on her way to see her inherited house. She’s excited to have her own home and doesn’t want to see a cop car behind her. She stops, he tickets her for driving over the speed limit. He’s not excited to see her coming to town. She’s pretty, blonde, and looks like trouble. And she drives like a demon. She gets another ticket the next day when she parks next to hydrant. She’s really beginning to dislike the police chief…

This author writes a good ghost story. She makes it sound reasonable and even gives the ghost a motive for her actions. She also adds some danger to the story to keep you reading. Her writing style is smooth and easy to read. I enjoyed this read.

The first thing that Callie discovers is that there’s something odd about the house. Not just the fact that it’s run down and needs repair, it seems to have a reputation. But no one wants to tell about it. That is, no one until she goes to lunch and the two old ladies working there are happy to share the gossip. The house has a ghost. A ghost from long ago. Callie decides if there’s a ghost there, she’ll try to befriend it.

With a boy the police chief doesn’t like helping her, she starts to put the place back together again. She thinks the boy is OK. The chief just sees all the trouble he’s been in. He is a good kid, he just experiences things he can’t understand or explain. He sees ghosts…

With a creaking rocker, a bedroom door that locks itself, and other oddities, Callie begins to feel afraid in the house herself. There’s a good reason for that. There’s one more secret about the house and it’s become the most dangerous thing in town.

The antagonism between the chief and Callie suddenly disappears and they realize they are attracted to each other. Is that a good or a bad thing? You’ll have to read the book to find out.

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