Saturday, October 26, 2013

To Have & To Haunt by J.A. Howell

Title: To Have & To Haunt
Author: J.A. Howell
My Rating: A-

Genre: Romantic Suspense
Series: The Possess Saga #4
Main Characters: Nolan and Harley
Release Date: October 2013
Purchase Links: Amazon
Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Ghosts aren’t the only thing that can haunt you...

Nolan and Harley have been in paradise for the last year, head over heels in love. When Nolan proposes and they find out Harley is expecting, it seems they both will have everything they ever wanted.

Or will they?

Nolan’s kept the horrors of his past locked away. After all, he has Harley and Finley’s Pub is doing great. None of it matters anymore, right? But when the news of nuptials and babies has the opposite intended effect with his estranged mother, the ghosts of his past come rushing back, and the memories of them are terrorizing him nightly. But he can’t tell Harley. On the verge of marriage and parenthood, Nolan must figure out a way to deal with his past, or let it consume his future with Harley.

Harley’s always known she wasn’t normal. Seeing Brody’s ghost only confirmed that. But now a killer is on the loose in Midtown and she’s having visions of each victim’s death. Will she be able to help them and accept just how different she truly is? Pregnant, engaged, and contending with an overbearing mother-in-law, Harley isn’t sure she can take on the responsibility and the future laid out in front of her.

They say love conquers all. But as Nolan and Harley struggle with their own secrets, will their love be enough to keep them together?

Or will the things that haunt them finally tear them apart?

My Review:
Oh wow, there is a lot going on in this book...and ALL of it is good....and creepy....and suspenseful....and emotional....with a dash of gorgeous romance thrown in.

This book takes us back to my favorite couple....Harley and Nolan, who met and fell in love in the first book of this series, Possess. This couple is under a lot of stress right now. The book begins with Nolan proposing to which Harley informs him that "surprise" they're pregnant, too. That stress brings on some unexpected consequences. 

  1. Harley's powers of "sight" are becoming more. Now she's seeing deaths right before they occur, along with the regular ghosts.
  2. Nolan is having nightmares about his time in jail and the secrets he's hiding about that. He's not sleeping and it's affecting him. He needs to tell Harley everything.
  3. Someone is stalking Harley, but she can see the stress that Nolan is already under so she's hiding that from him.
  4. Nolan and his mother have had a rocky relationship since he went to jail. His mother does NOT like Harley at all and is not being real quiet about the fact.
  5. These two are totally and completely in love, but both are trying to protect the other by hiding secrets. You know that's never going to end well.
But in the midst of all this stress is humor and fun, too. Grant from Scotland comes to visit. We met him in Cameron and Aggie's book. I love him! He provides great moments of levity to the story as well as a support for Harley. I really liked how close they became in this book. 

If you read J.A. Howell (and if you don't, you NEED TO!!!), then you know she always has all these great little details that tie to the other books. This one has a tie-in to her other series (book #1, Mistaken) that had me squealing when I realized. I love those kinds of little things that just make me smile. 

I maintain my belief that J.A. is one of the best writer's out there that hasn't been discovered yet. Her books are so layered with details and emotion. They are a pure joy to read, both as a reader and a writer, and this one is no exception. I started it and didn't put it down until it was over. LOVE this series and it's so perfect for October....hello, ghosts...and a few NEW twists to the paranormal side of the series. I can't wait to see how all that plays out!

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