ARC Review: Better Homes & Hauntings by Molly Harper

Posted June 29, 2014 by Suzanne in Reviews / 4 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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ARC Review: Better Homes & Hauntings by Molly Harper
Better Homes & Hauntings
by Molly Harper

3 Stars


Released: 24 June 2014
Published by Pocket Books
Pages: 318
Format: eARC

“A fun read, I enjoyed the mystery surrounding the ghosts and the little bits of romance that was dashed through the book…” ~ Under the Covers

Nina Linden’s job prospects as landscaper have gone rapidly downhill since her former boss has gone psycho and started sabotaging her. Which is why she needs this job, it could restore her reputation whilst giving her some much needed cash flow…so what that the job is a little strange? And that the property she is landscaping is supposedly haunted and cursed for good measure…and that she will now be living there with the rest of the crew, including the billionaire owner, working on the property for the next weeks, what could possibly go wrong?

Molly Harper is one of those authors that I always go to if I know I want to de-stress and finish reading a book with my shoulders finally relaxed and a big ol’ smile on my face. Better Homes and Hauntings managed to do just that. I admit, it didn’t rock my world and perhaps it isn’t a book I would revisit, but whilst I was reading it, it kept me entertained and happy.

I classified this one as a paranormal romance; however, don’t expect any vampires or werewolves to show up, this was a haunted house story, with good ghosts and bad ghosts and lots of creepy encounters, strange noises and a few pieces of moving furniture. But, if you are of a delicate disposition I wouldn’t worry about having any pillows prepared for hiding purposes, it wasn’t scary, in fact it was the opposite, I found myself smiling through this book as read all the different characters interacting.

Better Homes and Hauntings packs a lot in one book, we have five main characters, two couples and a centuries old love story to keep us occupied. The book has all five POVs at some point, which lets you have a feel for each character without truly getting to know any one of them. But, all five of them together were a hoot, I liked that not only did Harper build in two romances, but the friendship between the girls was also really important to and produced some of the best laughs.

A fun read, I enjoyed the mystery surrounding the ghosts and the little bits of romance that was dashed through the book, but mostly I enjoyed the banter between the characters and the laughs, despite the spooky setting, this is a perfect one for some beach reading.

*ARC provided by publisher


About Molly Harper

When Molly Harper was eight years old, she set up a “writing office” in her parents’ living room, complete with an old manual typewriter and a toy phone. And she (very slowly) pecked out the story of her third-grade class taking a trip around the world and losing a kid in each city. She had a dark sense of humor even then.

When Molly was considerably older, she headed for Western Kentucky University, where she majored in print journalism. After graduation, she landed a job with The Paducah Sun and married her high school sweetheart, David, a local police officer. After six years at the newspaper, Molly took a more family-friendly secretarial position at a local church office.

A big fan of vampire movies and TV shows, she decided to write a vampire romance novel. Molly created Jane Jameson, a bit of an accidental loser. Jane is single, almost 30, and a librarian working in Half-Moon Hollow, Ky. She has become a permanent fixture on her Mama’s prayer list. And despite the fact that she’s pretty good at her job, she just got canned so her boss could replace her with someone who occasionally starts workplace fires. Jane drowns her sorrows at the local faux nostalgia-themed sports bar. On her way home, she’s mistaken for a deer and shot by a drunk hunter. And then she wakes up as a vampire. The three-book Jane Jameson series–which includes Nice Girls Don’t Have Fangs,Nice Girls Don’t Date Dead Men and Nice Girls Don’t Live Forever—was released in 2009. A fourth and final installment, Nice Girls Don’t Bite Their Neighbors, was released in 2012.


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Gosh, we all seem to be admitting our ages…and I hate that I am at the point in life when admitting my age is a “thing”…whodda thunk it? I was kind of hoping I would remain 21 forever. However, I have moved out of that New Adult stage of my life and am now strictly in the Contemporary Romance age zone of 28. I would prefer to be in an Urban Fantasy arena, but I don’t think I own enough black leather. However, I could probably squeeze into some PNR, I am fully prepared to give a horn job to my favourite demon, or suck on my sexy vamps…fangs and I am definitely up for some heavy petting with some fine looking shifters. Than again their’s always Sci Fi…I am fully prepared to do the right thing and help some poor alien race with more 6 packs than a supermarket repopulate their planet. Not that I am loose woman or anything.

Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?
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I have a molly harper book on my tbr just haven’t gotten to it yet…thanks for this review suzanne


Thanks Suzanne

Sophia Rose
Sophia Rose

I haven’t read any of her books yet, but they do sound fun and light. Thanks Suzanne!

Nikki H
Nikki H

I’m looking forward to this one. Thanks for the review.