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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Loving the Book Launch Party Presents: Laurel Heights and Victoria House by Denise Moncrief; Snippet & #Review

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received this book for review from Loving the Book Blog Tour and the author.  I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.  I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255:  "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising".

Haunted Hearts Series:
Introducing an exciting new series filled with paranormal activity, delicious romance, and plenty of suspense.

Laurel Heights 
Series:  Book 1, Haunted Hearts Series
Publisher:  Self-Published
ISBN:  9781311249609
Date:  September 25, 2014
Rating:  4 1/2 Stars

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?

She stared at the back stairs directly across from her bedroom and considered going down to the first floor to check the door locks, but nixed the idea. Locked doors wouldn’t keep someone out of the house if they really wanted to get in. Better to barricade herself in her bedroom and keep the bat close by. She slammed the door shut.

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My Thoughts:
Laurel Standridge is a very strong woman and has finally learned to stand up for herself.  She was living in a toxic relationship and this story shows how she’s able to reinvent herself.  It takes a lot of courage to make changes and reinvent yourself.  She has a very handy man that is helping her to fulfill her dream.  Chase Peterson has an errand that he’s doing for his brother.  He has secrets and to see what gets revealed you will need to read this book.  Mitchell “Gray” Grayson is a man that must solve a mystery.

This author certainly knows how to draw a reader’s attention.  She also knows what will hold that attention until the reader gets to the very last word.  You may also find yourself hungering for more.  This book sets up the characters that you will read about in the second book titled Victoria House.  If you’ve never read any work by Denise Moncrief before, what a better way to read her work then with this series.  You will find that this is a difficult book to put down.  The paranormal twists will grab at you so it will be difficult to find a good stopping point.  And she even has the time to give her readers some romance.

If you love stories that have a paranormal twist with mystery and suspense than this book has got to be on your TBR list.  Maybe you’re one that likes to read about the unexplained or you love to solve mysteries.  But is this a mystery that gets solved – only you will know for sure when you get to the end of Chapter Twenty-Four.  Maybe you’re a fan of Ghost Hunters on the SyFy Channel.  Your toughest choice is going to be whether you want an e-book or a paperback of each story.  In any case, this is a series that I’m looking forward to reading.

About the Author:
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.

You can connect with Denise at

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Laurel Heights Tour Schedule:

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