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The Haunted Heart: Winter

The Haunted Heart (Book 1)
Narrated by: Lee Samuels
Series: The Haunted Heart, Book 1
Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Still grieving over the sudden death of his lover, antiques dealer Flynn Ambrose moves to the old, ramshackle house on Pitch Pine Lane to catalog and sell the large inventory of arcane and oddball items that once filled his late uncle's mysterious museum. But not all the items are that easy to catalog. Or get rid of...

The Haunted Heart series. Four seasons. Four ghosts. Two hearts. Winter. Since Alan died, Flynn isn't eating, isn't sleeping, and isn't spending a lot of time looking in mirrors. But maybe he should pay a little more attention - because something in that 18th Century mirror is looking at him.

**This title contains gay erotic content**

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  • Riva
  • 26-10-2014

Perfect choice for Halloween

This is another winner from Josh Lanyon. This is the first book in a series. It is primarily a ghost story with a underlying budding romance. But I think this is going to be a slow burn romance, similar to the Adrien English series. Both men have demons to tackle and they are not really address (or in Kirk's case even revealed) in this book. But the ghost story is very compelling and I was freaked out a couple of times. The narrator does a great job with all the voices and the inherent creepiness. Can't wait for the next book. Definitely worth a credit.

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  • Tony Squared
  • 04-12-2014

Gripping psychological ghost story

What made the experience of listening to The Haunted Heart: Winter the most enjoyable?

The story is compelling and Lee Samuels' narration beautifully conveys all the suspense and emotion.

What other book might you compare The Haunted Heart: Winter to and why?

Josh Lanyon's "Dark Farewell," in which spiritualism is the focus: can we communicate with the dead?

What does Lee Samuels bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Emotional context; drama. He made the characters, including a dead one, come alive.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It was mesmerizing.

Any additional comments?

A full-blown ghost story and mystery. It raises the question does Josh Lanyon believe in ghosts? Whether or not he does, even if you are a total materialist, at least while you're listening, he'll make a believer of you.
And it made my six hour road trip fly by.

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  • KC
  • 21-11-2014

Perfect in every way

What made the experience of listening to The Haunted Heart: Winter the most enjoyable?

The story is fantastic: funny, poignant, suspenseful, with wonderful, memorable characters and lots of food for thought. Adding to that Lee Samuels' narration, which is great, made for a very enjoyable listening experience. I'll definitely listen to this audio again.

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  • Heather
  • 17-10-2014

Did you see that ghost?

A new twist for Josh and I cannot wait for the next installment.

This is a ghost story, but not about a ghost hunter.
Flynn's pain and heartache call to a ghost caught in a mirror, can they figure out who she is and how to help her move on? and more importantly: Can Flynn learn to love again......?We'll have to wait and see.

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  • Judith L. Butler
  • 12-08-2020

Fell asleep

the narrator does such a lackluster job of reading this book, I couldn't get interested in the story. after falling asleep a couple of times I just quit listening altogether. it's disappointing, because I'm a fan of most of Josh Lanyon's books. I'm going to try reading the ebook in the hopes it's just the awful narration thats ruined this book for me.

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  • Judy F
  • 11-06-2020

Another excellent book by Lanyon

Josh Lanyon is such an excellent writer. The main characters each have a personal journey to make, and Lanyon uses a tragic ghost from another era as the deus ex machina that drives forward both plot and personal growth. Lanyon's books are always "about something"---never just romances where guys "drop trou" to screw. The narrator was very good. Not Chris Patton good, but still quite enjoyable. Good voice characterizations so you always knew who was speaking. I will listen to this again, and hope we get the next books in this series.

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  • barbaramartin
  • 24-01-2018

Another Josh Lanyon treat

I enjoy Josh Lanyon, and this book was fairly typical for him. It's a short book, and the narration is very good.

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  • VHB
  • 02-07-2017

Great !

This was a great audio to listen to, great scary story, great narration. I enjoyed it very much
Great ending it left it open for the 2th book.

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  • Victor C.
  • 28-02-2017

I enjoyed it but not as much as Josh's other works

While I did enjoyed this book, I was not as captivated like I was with Lanyon's other works. I found the story to be rather slow and the plot seems to lack a bit excitement. I bought both the kindle version and audible. I think if I were to read the kindle and not listen to the audible, I wouldn't be able to finish it.

Several things about the story bothers me (spoilers). First was that we got very little back story on Kirk. Why did he say he wasn't available or on the market at the beginning of the book? Seems like he may had lost someone he loves or loved a great deal, maybe we will find out in next book on the series. It seems to be typical of Mr. Lanyon to not give a lot of info on the protagonist's former lover, but since Flynn is devasted by the death of Alan, I felt like we should have had a much better image of who Alan was. It would be a much more powerful impact. Also the cause of Alan's death actually had me laughing a little, it was just very unlikely. But more than anything else that bothered me was the development of the relationship between Kirk and Flynn. It was too sudden and unconvincing. I rooted for them but I just didn't think how sudden their relationship evolved was fitting thus it seems like an insult on Alan's relationship with Flynn.



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  • noney
  • 30-05-2015

awesome

another great story from Josh lanyon.
kept me captivated and creeped out right from the start.

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  • Alexander Sutherland
  • 09-06-2015

Great story

Super story- very well narrated. I especially like the slow building romance between the characters.

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  • OCorkyO
  • 19-03-2019

need more now!

please please please Josh I love your books and this one has me itching for more now !

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  • Redbird
  • 22-11-2016

Lanyon is hit and miss... This is a miss!

This book continues my hit and miss with Lanyon's work. I enjoyed "The Ghost wore Yellow Socks" and her "Holmes and Moriarity" series, but hated "Adrien English".

This particular book was a carbon copy of the set up of "The Ghost wore Yellow socks" in that we had two men in a rickety old house in the middle of nowhere, both of them with emotional issues and a something that forces them to work together. In this story it wasn't a body in the bath, but dealing with loss of loved ones and a haunted mirror that bought the protagonists together.

I found the plot really slow and repetitive. It was in 'done before and better' ghost story territory and the romance was barely there. Even though Flinn and Kirk spent a lot of time together and EVENTUALLY(5 hrs into a 6hr audiobook) they had a tumble, there was no flirtation or rapport between them, let alone romance. So, this, like "Adrien English" left me feeling flat and unsatisfied.

The only saving grace was the the narrator Lee Samuels was really good which made me listen to the end when. If i'd have been reading i would have DNF'd

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  • T.J.Peabody
  • 20-03-2015

Enjoyable, but not deep.

From the outset, I found the storyline easy to listen to and with a flow that is perfect for audiobooks. Not too many characters to fuddle the mind while getting to grips with the goings-on. The narrator is excellent, his voice being clear and sure of his craft. A few predictable happenings, but overall, a good and reliable story. I would have liked to have seen a little depth to the plot (was there one?), but the only real negative I can offer was that it was written for the fast sell seeing everything was on the surface.