See the end for how to get a free copy of A Ghost of a Promise.
A few weeks ago I was honored to receive an ARC (advanced readers copy) of A Ghost of a Promise by Kelly Moran. She’s one of my auto buy authors. I LOVE her work! So when the publisher was sending out copies for review I quickly raised my hand, even though I’m not a fluent or regular reviewer. Sure, I review books I read on Amazon, Goodreads, B&N and other places if possible, but I don’t call myself a “reviewer” by title. I’m a reader who gives back to the community with a small opinion of books I read. I admit I don’t remember to review every story I read and rarely–very rarely–have I put those reviews here on the Ranch. But there are a few I want to start reviewing here on the Ranch. I’m thinking of putting a tab in just for those reviews, but maybe I’ll just blog them. We’ll see.
On to my 5* review of Kelly’s latest release!
Print Length: 292 pages
Publisher: Entangled: Covet
Release Date: January 26, 2015
A paranormal category romance from Entangled’s Covet imprint…
It might be love…but will they survive the night?
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 doesn’t happen often, but I was up til 2:30 A.M. on a school night. Why? I blame one person. Well, to be honest it was three people and two very cool (pun intended) ghosts. A couple of days ago I started reading Ghost of a Promise by the fabulous Kelly Moran. I finished it last night. I couldn’t go to bed until I read the last page, the ending.
I fell in love with Ava at the reading of her great aunt’s will, and soon after we meet Jackson and I fell a second time. *Swoon* One of my favorite tv programs is Ghost Adventures and I found myself at one point reminding myself to check listings for Phantoms. Then I had to remind myself it’s not a real show! Yet the people felt so real to me. SO real.
Ava has a ghost of a problem. One that has caused her to be alienated from everyone she loves except Casey, her married and fun friend who won’t enter Ava’s mansion after dark. I wanted to shake Marjorie, Ava’s mother a time or two. But by the end I had forgiven her. The Phantoms crew were people I would love to meet. I adored Sammy and I think she needs her own story. Hear that Kelly? NEEDS her own story!
If I keep on about yet another awesome book by this wonderful author I’ll spoil it so I’ll sum it up with this—read Ghost of a Promise! See for yourself how Ms. Moran takes a closed off ladies man, a charmer who uses that as a shield not to feel, and turns him to Jell-O (just not red) then flips him into a ‘real’ man for Ava. See how she takes a loner and makes her a family woman with dreams that can come true, despite her concerns.
My favorite line? I don’t have one. The whole book is a favorite line! But I especially liked the instant draw of attraction, and maybe a little something, something extra, between the main characters. Well done Kelly! Another hit in my opinion! Not that I expected less from one of my favorite authors.
I can’t wait til books two and three in this series release!
I was provided an ARC of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
I promised Kelly I would give away a FREE ecopy of her book with this review. To do that I’d like to hear in a comment (down by post tags) from you. Do you leave reviews or not? Why?
Other books by Kelly Moran
Dysfunctional Test Return to Me Summer’s Road When Leaves Stop Falling
Idle Thursday The Tiny Caterpillar and the Great Big Tree The Drake House
All of Me (Covington Cove novel) Beyond the Clouds
An Insomniac’s Dream: A Collection of Poems and Short Stories
For more info on Kelly and her books go to her website or any of her other social media links below. You can also get in on all the fun that is Kelly by joining her street team Moran’s Moxies, of which I am a proud member!
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Get your copy of A Ghost of a Promise. I promise you won’t regret it!
I won a free copy of this book in a contest on Calisa Rhose’s webpage
This was a great book, thank you Calisa and Kelly Moran. I love paranormal and having grown up in Maine I also love books that remind me of home. Ava was wonderful, I loved her snarky attitude and her determination. Jackson was sexy and it was obvious that underneath his polished exterior there was a good man.
This book made me laugh and it made me cry. Ms. Moran did an incredible job of drawing us into the loneliness that Ava felt and her resolution to save her home, even if it might be easier to just let it go and walk away. Small town “anywhere” was described perfectly, where everyone knows everything about you and has an opinion to share. The “ghostbuster’s” where well developed and I appreciated the effort that was made to show that reputable ghosthunters first try to find the obvious/logical explanation for events before they look to the paranormal.
I hope that Ava, Jackson and the ghosts have many happy years together and that we get to spend more time with them and the rest of the Phantoms crew in the future.
Wow!!! This book sounds fabulous. Exactly my kind of read. Thanks for introducing me to it, Calisa. Yes, I leave reviews, because I like sharing my thoughts on books I read, and as an author, I enjoy getting reviews.
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Happy to introduce you Alicia! You’ll also like The Drake House I think. 🙂
No I don’t generally leave reviews. They seem to be very repetitive and not really the objective analysis I would like to see.
That’s a good point, Cathy. Ive’ noticed the same thing in a lot of reviews and try to find something different to comment on or I’ll just leave a very basic one.
Thanks for commenting!
Yes I leave reviews. I love spreading the word of wonderful new books I find and enjoy. 🙂
Me too, Arpil. Thanks for stopping by!
This story sounds great, I love paranormal and having grown up on the coast of Maine I’m always looking for a great story that reminds me of home.
I do a fair amount of Beta and ARC reading for a handful of authors and always review those on Amazon and Goodreads, I also have another group of authors I follow that I always review. My goal this year is to do a better job of reviewing more of the books I read, not just the ones I really, really like!
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Oooh, the books sounds like something I’d love. Spooky old mansion, centuries-old mystery, ghosts and romance. It sounds like a delight!
Yes, I leave reviews…Amazon and Goodreads. For the most part I’ll write a review on every book I read. Occasionally, I might just rank it on GR, but that’s rare. As an author, I know how important reviews are, so I try to lend my support through reviews to other authors. Besides…if I read a great book, I want to brag about it and get others to read it, too! 🙂
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It is a fabulous book Mae! And history, which is something I know you like. 🙂
I love leaving reviews to help the authors promote their books. I have read Ghost of a Promise and Kelly Moran is fantastic. I look forward to her next release.
I wholly agree Cynthia! I will be on pins and needles come May. 🙂
Thanks so much, Calisa! I’m glad you enjoyed it! xo
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You’re so welcome Kelly! 🙂 xo