Release Date: May 20, 2014
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Reviewed By: Amber R.
Plot: Peyton Clark is starting over in New Orleans. After finally cutting ties with her controlling ex-husband, she finds out that an estranged relative left her a historical home in the Big Easy. This is the perfect opportunity for Peyton to get her life back. Once she sees her new house, it's obvious that no one has taken care of the home for years so she sets out to renovate. Hiring her charming, handsome neighbor as general contractor they set out on getting her house back together. It becomes clear that a run down house wasn't the only thing her great aunt left her. It seems like the house is haunted and Peyton is out to solve a hundred year old murder.
What I liked: Peyton really comes into her own after her divorce, or back into her own. I think mostly everyone can relate to being in a bad relationship that makes you feel like you're not yourself. Or at least I can.
I liked the easy progression between Ryan and Peyton. They're friends and while they're attracted to each other, they don't push it or rush into anything.
The ghost aspect of the book was really fun. Too many times in series I've found ghosts to be too one dimensional. And I really think we get depth with the ghost characters.
Anything with New Orleans I'm there. I love the atmosphere, I love the culture, the history, and even though I haven't been (yet!) it's one of my favorite cities.
What I didn't like: Peyton is quickly enamored with Drake. I think she just finds him too handsome and too charming too fast. And then her decision she made at the end with him, I was just not a fan of. I don't think she realizes the repercussions.
Final Thoughts: The end of this book left us open to so many additional possibilities. And there were a couple things left hanging. I'm definitely going to read more in this series. I've always been a fan of HP Mallory and I want to see where she takes this series.