Here's a book I thought for sure I wouldn't like once I started it and by the time I finished, totally loved it.
Haunted Love - Jessica Frances
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.
The premise of this book is Thea Bell is brutally murdered right from the beginning. She goes to what is basically a waiting room for Heaven and is given a few options. She's pretty adamant she wants to go back down to Earth because she insists on making sure her brother Flynn is OK- she thinks she'll come back connected to him and be able to give him some closure considering their parents had died when they were young. Unfortunately, that doesn't happen and she finds herself connected to Detective Aiden Mercer, who is the one investigating her murder.
Turns out, he's kind of a prick to her and she's not happy that there has been some kind of a mistake. So instead of giving Flynn closure, she's watching him spiral into grief but also watching Aiden try to solve her murder, which is coming up with dead ends.
Then they kind of start to fall in love. And I'm sitting here thinking, are you kidding me? We're going to have a romance with a hot guy and a ghost? OK, this is going to be the most ridiculous thing I have ever read. As it turns out, I was pretty much wrong. Because the more and more I read, the more and more I wanted Thea to figure out a way to stay on Earth. I'm thinking, maybe the love they develop is enough to reverse her death somehow? Maybe there's a weird cosmic reason she is tied to Aiden and that will ultimately save her? I can't tell you what happens, obviously, but I can tell you it's a great ending. SO GREAT.
But besides the budding romance and the great ending, we have a pretty interesting crime scenario happening. I honestly did not see it coming when the killer was revealed. The whole thing seemed like it was going nowhere, but bam- it went somewhere and it went there quickly. For a second I thought it was going to be someone really obviously, like maybe Flynn, but I can confidently say it's not Flynn and that's not a spoiler. (Side note: I would have been pretty pissy if it was Flynn.)
Overall? Loved it. Such an interesting story, definitely a twist on a romance but the ending- I loved the ending. I felt like everyone had closure, good closure, and it was just a really great way to do it. If you are looking for a decent little romance but with a little bit of suspense tossed in, this is definitely one I suggest you check out. You can get the book on Amazon or Barnes & Noble right now.