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This story weirded me out in a few ways. for one the emotional development was odd and disjointed. there's no sense of growth or progression it's just like bam over it! bam! love love! bam sexy time! and the phisical development was weirdly awkward. plus they kept forcing Evelyn into every part of the situation sex, intimate conversation, everything which made the awkwardness more aparent. it kinda felt like Anna was not just falling in love with Gabe. it felt more like she was being forced to assume Evelyn's place. Gabe pushed her to wear her cloths and basically told her that Anna was just like Evelyn in almost every way. if I were Anna I'd feel like I was being loved for someone other than myself. it was just strange.
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This is KA Moll’s fourth romantic novel and a departure from her usual storytelling. It’s at once tender and terrifying as southern belle, Anna, finds strange things afoot in her Illinois apartment. She soon meets psychic Gabe, who comes to perform maintenance on the place only to find the building haunted and the occupant haunting her every thought.
Moll’s characters are complex and damaged and a defining aspect of her writing is that she grounds them in reality. Like all good romances, love conquers all, but it is refreshing to see that Moll makes sure love doesn’t do it alone. She uses love to drive her characters to seek the professional help they need, lean on friends, and begin the difficult personal journey they must take to reconcile their past.
Romantically, Moll teases to the point of torture. By the time Anna and Gabe consummate their love, we’re aching for it almost as much as they are. Until then, the plot weaves through a tapestry of personal stories that move the plot forward while providing a rich history for these modern day characters.
Haunted Love is narrated by Emily Beresford who has narrated over a hundred audiobooks and offers a soft, sweet voice that is beautifully suited to Moll’s style of writing. Her diction is sharp and she avoids overplaying the few sex scenes. Her characterisations are not always distinct, but when she adopts a southern drawl or vocal quirk, she’s consistent. Even so, Moll’s writing lets us know who is speaking or acting at any given time.
You can read my full review on glamadelaide dot com dot au under the Entertainment section, where I've also reviewed some of her other books and had the good fortune of interviewing her.
To me...this book made no sense! whilst I do enjoy a mystery and/or fantasy fiction, other realms etc, be it the narrator or bizarre wau it's written, sorry, this book missed the mark for me...
If you could sum up Haunting Love in three words, what would they be?
Interesting, Easy, Tender
What was one of the most memorable moments of Haunting Love?
In truth, I can't say moments. I was interested in the internal wranglings of the soul. I believe in the after life, so it was lovely that this was a realness in the story. I loved the respect and tenderness between the characters.
Which character – as performed by Emily Beresford – was your favourite?
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
No. I think there is a lot of harshness, disrespect and easy gratuity in the world and one of many things I like about KAs writing is that it is a soft place to go and she shows what healthy relationships look like, so I always leave her books feeling better about the world.