Publisher: Etopia Press
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Heat Rating: 2
All Rowena Sommers wants is a quiet life away from Hollywood gossip and her vicious Oscar-winning ex-boyfriend Brett Fontaine. Her career and reputation in a shambles, thanks to Brett, Rowena returns home to restore her ancestral home and soak up some familiar, hometown sympathy. But having won a twenty-million-dollar defamation suit against Brett hasn’t endeared her to the hometown fans, and the man she’s hired to restore the old home is none other than the ex-jock who used her cruelly in high school to win a bet. And now a paranormal investigator is telling her the place may be haunted.
Van Whitney is no stranger to gossip. He's been struggling to keep his family's restoration business afloat, and when he agrees to restore Rowena's home, he vows to keep their relationship professional. His childhood friend has become a beautiful, sexy woman, but she attracts gossip like flies to honey. When strange things start happening at the house, Van discovers secrets upon secrets, and a plot that may be other than it seems. But his attraction to Rowena might be more dangerous than anything from the past…
Haunted Heart started off with Rowena Sommers returning to her home town. Back to a place of betrayal, rumors, and the love of her life.
I’m a sucker for a second chance at love storylines, especially when the romance never got to blossom the first time around. Rowena Sommers had a huge crush on womanizer and high school football star Van Whitney when she was a teen but he hurt her badly using her to win a childish bet. Now, years later, Rowena doesn’t want to repeat the same mistake again. I found Rowena’s motivations and behavior to be very realistic. I loved the way she interacted with all the other characters in the book.
Van Whitney lost everything when his life fell apart during one fire. He saw just the amount of damage gossip and rumors can do to a person. When he signs up to remodel Rowena’s great Aunt’s house, he knows he will have to face some gossip around town, but is he ready for the full impact of working for a Hollywood starlet? I really liked Van. As hero’s go, I loved his dark past and the shameful incident that ruined his life. I liked that he had hardships that he had to recover from. He was a strong and modern hero.
The plot and supporting characters really made this story come together and I loved it from beginning to end. I truly great read. If it weren’t for the several typos and a few areas where there was a bit too much telling and not enough showing, you would think you were reading a NY Times bestseller and not an e-published novel. This is not the first book I read by Carolyn Rosewood, and it will certainly not be the last. This woman has a bright publishing future ahead of her, and she definitely has a fan in me.
4 1/2 Tea Cups!