Callie is thrilled when she inherits a house in the town of Shadow Valley. The place is old, but she’s a hard worker. Unfortunately, no matter how many repairs she makes, the strange noises won’t go away. Her nerves are soon frayed, for she’s begun to believe that she’s not alone in the house. Police chief Carter doesn’t have time to investigate things that go bump in the night, but when Callie’s distress call comes in, he’s the first to respond. He doesn’t believe in ghosts, but someone is intentionally scaring the beautiful blonde—and he’s determined to stop it.
Plot: This novel does a wonderful job of mixing a steamy and sweet romance storyline with an intriguing mystery. The two intertwined plots are well-paced and combine to create an overall narrative that’s romantic, sexy, mysterious, and engaging.
Prose/Style: Realistic dialogue, especially the conversations between the main couple, gives the story a strong emotional core that drives both the primary romantic relationship and the mystery storyline. Dean’s well-executed prose heightens the romance and suspense of the story. Also, the author relates historical information integral to the plot in a truly compelling way.
Originality: The protagonist couple with powerful chemistry and a truly spooky and intriguing mystery will make readers both swoon and stay on the edge of their seats. This romance uses familiar tropes but reimagines them in an engaging way that makes it stand out from the rest.
Character Development: Callie and Carter have fully fleshed out personalities that expertly drive their romantic evolution from foes to friends to lovers to happily-ever-after couple. Strong supporting characters--particularly the cast of small-town characters--enhance the overall romance/mystery narrative with humor and charm.
Blurb: Haunted Hearts has it all--a swoon-worthy romance, a spooky ghost story, and small-town charm. If you're looking for a page-turner to indulge in this summer, this romantic suspense is it.
Date Submitted: May 28, 2020