The Ghost Hunter by Lori Brighton (The Hunter #1)

I had the opportunity to read The Ghost Hunter this past weekend. I had won this a few weeks back from A Buckeye Girl Reads, check out her site it’s AWESOMESAUCE!  Lori Brighton was a “new to me” author and when I got my hands on a digital copy of her book I was extremely excited to read it.

FROM AMAZON:

When Ashley Hunter inherits the Inn where her father mysteriously vanished years ago, she jumps at the chance to finally uncover the truth about his disappearance. But soon after taking ownership of the decrepit building, Ashley realizes she’s in for far more than she bargained. Not only has she inherited answers to many sought-after questions, she’s also inherited spirits, demons and even fallen angels! Then Cristian arrives, a gorgeous man who insists he merely needs a room to rent. She believes him, until one by one her ghosts start disappearing…

As a fallen angel destined for a life of servitude, Cristian Lucius is relegated to protecting earth from unwanted spirits. But he can’t accomplish this daunting task alone. He requires assistance from the very woman who frustrates him as much as she intrigues him. Cristian is determined to ignore his intense attraction for Ashley, and focus on his mission. If they don’t work together, they won’t have a chance in hell of defeating the demon threatening their lives. The problem is getting Ashley to trust him. No easy task, considering Cristian is the very man responsible for her father’s disappearance.

I believe “The Ghost Hunter” is a self published e-book from Lori. Being a self pub, it isn’t quite as polished as a standard book but believe me when I say it’s well worth the money. From the moment I picked this book (err my Kindle) up I was engrossed. I absolutely loved it from start to finish.

Ashley wants to be normal, to have a normal life. She is tired of being told she is crazy, that she can be helped with pills. Ashley has been able to see and talk to ghosts since she was a little girl. She has learned to ignore and shut them out in an attempt to be who her mother wanted her to be. She also has no intention of going back to the mental hospital her mother put her in again.

When she finds out she has inherited her aunts English mansion/pub she leaves her old life behind and sets out on a new path where no one knows her. The last thing she expected or wanted to find upon her arrival was a run down shack of a mansion with several ghosts residing in it.  Not to mention a mysterious sexy stranger offering to buy it out from under her. And an entire village of people who aren’t what they seem. Cristian, an angel warrior wants Ashley gone. Having her close makes him lose his focus. So he sets off to annoy her, scare her and seduce her out of the house…anything to keep her safe.

Trying to live in a house with several extremely annoying ghosts gets to be way to much for Ashley to ignore. When she finally converses with them, and learns their stories, she becomes attached. So when they start disappearing, Ashley wants to figure out why. No one seems to be telling her the truth. Or at least, the entire truth. When she meets her witchy neighbor they come up with a plan to figure out what is going on once and for all.

There were a few times in the book that I was confused as to who the love interest was. Devon, a ghost that ends up being resurrected by accident, or Cristian. Ashley appears to have feelings for both. Right up until the end I wasn’t sure how it was going to play out. Ashley also has a really hard time coming to grips with the realization that she is not crazy and there is more to the quaint English village then meets the eye. Though I can understand why because of her background. She also says “fan-freaking-tastic”…A LOT 🙂

Cristian is an indecisive character but very lovable. There were times I wanted to punch him in the face for his attitude and times that I truly felt the depth of his emotions. For me, that makes for an awesome character. The sex scenes were definitely hot and left me wanting more several times before the actual climax (hehe).

The secondary characters (the townspeople) are vividly portrayed as an array of supernaturals. Everything from fairies to werewolves reside in the small village. I was giggling a lot over the big burly bartender that was half fairy…come on, can you picture that?? Can you?  🙂

The location of the story is written so well that I could see the cobblestone streets, feel the cool damp air and hear the surrounding woods. Lori’s ability to make me feel, hear and see was amazing. When she describes the basement and the locked door I actually felt a shudder go through me. When you see markings carved into your wall it is never a good thing. Think Amityville…

Ashley’s journey to the realization of who she loves is a long one, but in the end I was happy. She must come to grips with her fathers disappearance, start to understand herself and figure out how strong she actually is.

The saying “there can be only one” comes to mind. But that saying is wrong because wherever there is one, there is another standing with them . Willing to sacrifice it all.

I give The Ghost Hunter 4.25 stars! If you have a e-reader download this one!

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