My rating: 4 of 5 stars
THEME: Romance, Mystery, Ghost
REVIEW:The very popular paranormal writer H.P. Mallory has always been on my list of authors to read and finally I was able to step into her exciting paranormal world with Peyton. What’s great about this series is that the lead characters aren’t paranormal, but they are dealing with paranormal situations around them. Such a great change and I’m looking forward to more of Peyton and her ghosts.
Peyton Clark has lived a lie since she married a man who molded her into a model wife. Now divorced and free to be who she use to be and wants to be, she decides to move into her aunt’s estate, which she inherits. The estate needed lots of love and luckily her very handsome neighbor Ryan worked construction for many years, not being able to say no to her, he decided to help rebuild. But what neither of them were expecting was that the house is haunted and by more than one presence. With the help of one spirit, they try to banish the evil that’s haunting Peyton and hopefully rid of it before it becomes too dangerous.
Peyton is a feisty but sweet woman who is ready to be on her own and breath again. Her life in New Orleans is her new beginning but she not prepared for a possible romance and a handsome ghost to stir up her new life. Peyton has a lot to deal with, New Orleans is known for ghost and she has no idea how to handle the dreamy cop ghost Drake who is trying to protect her from an evil spirit. I liked the chemistry and humor between Drake and Peyton, neither knowing how to handle each other. Plus the addition of Ryan who is broken hearted from the loss of his wife still, but he’s opening up more and more to Peyton with each day.
Ryan Kelly has been living with a broken heart for some time, after the loss of his wife during a construction acciden. He stopped his successful business and hasn’t tried to move forward. Until Peyton who has opened something inside him and he feels the need to protect her. Peyton and Ryan have some serious sparks going when they first meet, it’s undeniable and Peyton knows that Ryan is struggling still with his loss. It was interesting to see them both trying to move forward, Peyton having trouble because she’s now free from a horrible relationship and Ryan unsure because he doesn’t want to let his wife go. I’m really hoping these two can find a way to go on and be happy, trust and help each other with anything that comes between them.
Overall this was a great start to a new paranormal series, there is romance but its sweet and steamy, the main focus is the ghostly mystery. The spirits, especially Drake are interesting, Peyton’s house is evil and Drake is trying to help Peyton solve the mystery he couldn’t. The secondary characters are minimal with Ryan’s vibrant sister, a very odd warlock and Lovie who helps with Drake. I look forward to continuing the series and cant wait to see how Peyton is going to handle Drake and Ryan.
RECOMMENDATION:This is a paranormal romance that focuses on what goes bump in the night. Fans of Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson series and Chloe Neill’s Chicagoland Vampire series will enjoy H.P. Mallory’s Ghouls Rush In.
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