Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Review of Laurel Heights by Denise Moncrief

Genre: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 349

A dark cloud of deceit hovers over her family tree...

Left an estate by an aunt she’s never met, Laurel Standridge takes possession of Laurel Heights, hoping it will be the safe haven she needs to recuperate from her ill-fated relationship with Rand Peterson. Secrets long buried rise to the surface when her cousin James is murdered and dumped on the highway just outside the gates of Laurel Heights.

Her past trails her to the mountains of Arkansas...

Caught in an obligation Chase Peterson feels he cannot ignore, he agrees to help his brother Rand take back the property he believes Laurel stole from him, but Chase remains at Laurel Heights after he discovers Laurel took nothing of Rand’s away with her except nightmares, fading bruises, and a broken rib.

Unexplained disturbances shatter her hopes of a normal life..
.Are the strange bumps, thumps, and bangs reverberating through the night caused by the murderer of Laurel’s cousin James, someone Rand has sent to exact his revenge, or a disturbed soul existing in another dimension, trying to communicate with the living? Drawn together by the intrigue surrounding Laurel Heights, Chase and Laurel become hopelessly entangled in a relationship that goes deeper than lust. Can their love survive the haunting of Laurel Heights?

Opening in the midst of an abusive situation between Laurel and Rand, the reader cannot help but feel for her.  Life couldn't be easy when you have to worry about a very dangerous man sending people after you, even if he can't reach you himself.  After such an event one would think to become hard, calculating, and not very trusting, yet Laurel lets the first handyman in that agrees to help her restore her house to help her make it a bed and breakfast, without asking any information about him.  Despite sleeping with an aluminum bat, you'll find yourself wanting to nudge Laurel during a course of odd decisions she makes.  Chase, though originally sent to get something from Laurel, seems to be the rational force.  Between Laurel's past with Rand and Chase's relationship with him, they have a lot of barriers to overcome if they are every to truly trust each other, not to mention a few cops and some very odd paranormal house activity to figure out along the way.  Though there is some overwriting, most of the novel flows quickly between characters and situations that may or may not be supernatural.  If you like good, clean paranormal romance, this is definitely the book for you!   

Author information:
Suspense, She Writes

Where the road to happily ever after takes a suspenseful detour. Fast paced twists and turns that keep you turning the pages. Romantic happily ever after moments that take your breath away. Paranormal romantic suspense that keeps you on the edge of your seat.

Want to know a little bit more about Denise? She's a Southern girl who has lived in Louisiana all her life, and yes, she has a drawl. She has a wonderful husband and two incredible children, who not only endure her writing moods, but also encourage her to indulge her writing passion. Besides writing romantic suspense, she enjoys traveling, reading, and scrapbooking.

Accounting is a skill she has learned to earn a little money to support her writing habit. She wrote her first story when she was a teen, seventeen handwritten pages on school-ruled paper and an obvious rip-off of the last romance novel she had read. She's been writing off and on ever since, and with more than a few full-length manuscripts already completed, she has no desire to slow down.

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Victoria House
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Laurel Heights
Amazon $2.99
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