Ghost of a Promise by Kelly Moran

Posted in Contemporary Romance/ Magic/Paranormal/ Reviews/ Speculative Fiction 10th July 2015
Ghost of a Promise by Kelly MoranGhost of a Promise (Phantoms, #1) by Kelly Moran
Series: Phantoms #1
Published by Entangled: Covet on January 26th 2015
Pages: 200
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four-stars

A Catherine Award-Winning Book from Bestselling Author Kelly Moran!
The ghosts of her family's estate on the coast of Maine never troubled Ava Trumble. When she finally inherits the historic mansion, however, there's a small string attached: Ava has exactly one year to solve a 200-year-old mystery of a missing girl, or lose her family's home...The lead investigator for paranormal TV show Phantoms, Jackson Granger, is prepared for any metaphysical encounter—until now. It's not just the uncanny sense of "coming home" or even his reaction to the fiery redhead who seems to consume his every waking thought. No, it's that the ghosts are using Jackson and Ava's attraction to play out a centuries-old tragedy. Heartbreak. Loss. Overwhelming passion. Now Jackson and Ava must determine if they're sharing something real...or if they've been possessed by a love that never died.
It might be love…but will they survive the night?

A ghostly, tragic love story of the 18th century comes to light when the crew of reality tv-series Phantoms visits the Trumble Mansion but what Ava Trumble doesn’t expect is the hard and fast connection to Jackson, the show’s charismatic leader. But something else is at stake here too: the mansion, which Ava is desperately trying to keep in the family’s hands and her strong ties to home and heritage are exactly what Jackson has been running away from all his life.

I lost loads of sleep over this one, drawn in by Kelly Moran’s persuasive writing. Even though I could never really change my mind about Jackson being a phony cad, Ava’s strength of character amazed me where I would have been creeped out at every turn at every ghostly happening. It’s hard to fully get on board with the relationship when so much of it seems to be driven by lust and because I typically despise male characters who roam with no commitment, I particularly loved Ava’s unwavering stance on what she stood for.

And yes, Phantoms turned out overall, to be unexpectedly brilliant. As soon as the last page was turned, I jumped straight into the beginning pages of the second book, eager for Kerry and Paul to get their own spooky ever after.

four-stars

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