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Haunting Love

By: KA Moll
Narrated by: Emily Beresford
Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
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Anna Crestwood was raised in the strict beliefs of a religious sect that’s nestled in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains. She’s a lesbian with a ton of baggage, fearful, guilty, and alone. Few things would cause her to leave these familiar surroundings, the job offer of a lifetime being one of them.
 

So, against her better judgment, she packs her belongings and moves to the Land of Lincoln, a land without mountains, a land of corn fields, and soybeans. This event, traumatic as it was, would have been uneventful had her movers not been told to move a critical stone, a stone that blocked the fiery-breath of Hell, setting a dire chain of events in motion, and beginning the ultimate battle between good and evil.
 

Gabe Garst is a police officer, a powerful medium, and the daughter of Anna’s new landlord. Her work with juvenile delinquents and ghosts is all that keeps her going. Inside she’s dead, certain that her capacity to love is buried with her late wife, six feet under. Grieving, depressed, and alone, suicide seems like her best option.
 

When she stops by Anna’s to check out an electrical problem, she stumbles across hauntings; encounters a demon, old, dark, and dangerous; and senses the stirrings of mutual attraction. Unfortunately, both women must battle personal demons before anything can come of it.
 

And, they’ll wait almost too long. 

©2015 KA Moll (P)2016 KA Moll

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  • Jargon
  • 13-06-2016

Not good but in a wierd way.

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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  • Rachelle Born
  • 07-08-2018

Great read

I enjoyed this book quite a bit, even though I'm not really into paranormal books. I live near Champaign, where this book takes place, so that was a fun surprise. Gabe is a widow, still grieving her late wife. Anna is a woman dealing with a lot of religious baggage and insecurities. Their story is sweet and will make you smile and cheer them on.

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  • Rod
  • 08-10-2016

A unique romance

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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.

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  • cjirishlez
  • 19-09-2020

Trigger warning Suicide attempt in story

I’m currently in chapter 13 and felt a need to submit a review now. No other review I had seen at the time spoke about the suicide attempt. I feel this needs to be known for some who may have PTSD from this subject or battle this demon and may trigger some. It also has a lot of praying and prays Jesus talk for an atheist I found annoying. I thought it was an interesting idea for a story but this like others said is an odd story. I didn’t pay for the audio or I’d be asking for my money back. Not sure I’ll finish It.

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  • GAILE T.
  • 14-04-2020

Ghostly Story

i always enjoy a K.A. Moll reading. I love that many of the characters from her other books are intertwined. It brings a deeper dimension to their lives, as with Zane and Jaina. It makes the stories feel like tales of one big group of family and friends. I love that Gabe and Anna are so accepting of each other.

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  • Aimee
  • 02-04-2020

Not a fan

I’ve never listened to a KA Moll book nor have I heard this narrator before. I will avoid both in the future. The narrator is, sadly, the better of the two and that says a lot. The story is odd and disjointed. Nothing made sense, they were saying they cared about each other after TWO meetings and one was crying over the other shortly after. Everything was rushed and confusing. The storyline could have been okayish had the plot and characters been better developed. I’d even have settled for just more advanced vocabulary. However, the part that made me throw my hands up was the uncomfortable amount of religion. When I look for a lesbian romance, I don’t expect the main character to be a religious fanatic of the highest order. It really left a sour taste in my mouth. A sprinkle of religion is fine with me and I’ve really enjoyed some books where religious beliefs were important to the characters but this felt like a supernatural Christian lesbian fanfic. Too many genres crammed into a very underdeveloped book. No thanks.

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  • Christina
  • 16-03-2020

Second book

As I was listening I realized this is the second book to follow Soul Mates but nothing really tells you that in the summary. Emily Beresford is amazing and I just love listening to her bring the stories to life.

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  • Janice Best
  • 03-11-2019

Great ebook, great audiobook

There was a lot here, some of it quite painful for everyone, but worth going through as the reader. It was absolutely interesting and mesmerizing. My one critique is that the four MCs are named Anna, Jaina, Zane, and Gabe. Really a lot of similarities to keep track of. It helped for me that I was listening to it on Audible, both while reading along with the KU ebook, and just listening.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 27-10-2019

excellent book

This is book 2 in a series but can be listened to as a stand alone book. KA Moll is an excellent writer.

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  • Mallory Waugh
  • 26-08-2019

Great Listen!

This is the fifth novel of KA Moll I have listened to. I love that all of five of them (so far) have included life elements close to my heart: femme/butch culture, social work/adoption and religion (I’m a femme social worker who is incidentally ordained so I have found that I relate to her novels more so than most romances). This novel includes some extensive paranormal elements that depart from the other other four I have read. Oddly enough, even with the paranormal, I think I related to this novel the most. Maybe because I’m also southern and the main character is as well? The best part? The reader does a southern accent that doesn’t make me cringe constantly. Really a must listen.

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  • Gormla Hughes
  • 10-06-2016

Another great story from KA

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?

Anna

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.

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  • Frankimunk
  • 15-07-2016

Really weird

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...