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Title: Merry’s Ghost (Romantic Hauntings book 1)
Author: Peggy Jaeger
Genre: PNR, contemporary romance, NYC romance, Ghosts
When writer and paranormal investigator Chase Seacort comes to spend a few weeks at a friend’s Hampton getaway, all he wants is to be alone, finish his current book about East Coast hauntings, and try to put the horrid events of his past year behind him. All thoughts about a quiet respite alone vanish when he meets his quirky, gorgeous neighbor. The blonde-haired, blue-eyed beauty captivates him with her perpetual smile and free and easy personality. Merry June lives a quiet life in her beach house, devoting herself to her two loves – art and photography. Once she discovers Chase’s identity, she can’t wait to introduce him to her great-grandaunt Davinia. But Davinia rarely shows herself to others. You wouldn’t either if you were a ghost trapped between this world and the next. With Chase’s help, he and Merry investigate the mystery that’s kept Davinia’s spirit prisoner in the house for over 100 years, and in so doing discover a history of infidelity, heartache, and murder. When a face from Chase’s recent past puts Merry’s life in danger, he must fight two battles for the woman he’s come to love – one on the spiritual plane and one in the physical world.
Merry closed the door behind her and set the bucket of shells on the table next to the door. She’d get to them later, clean them meticulously as she always did, then prepare them for the project she had in mind.
She crossed to the kitchen, opened the refrigerator and took out a carton of milk. It was as she was pouring the liquid into a glass she realized her hands were shaking.
He was gorgeous, even with that couple-of-days of stubble, and his hair uncombed. His shoulders went on for days. She’d seen the definition in his upper arms through the fabric of his shirt. The mat of hair that spread across his chest made her fingers twitch to twine within it, to lose themselves in the honey blond mass. The worn jeans had fit him like sinful second skin, outlining the hardness of his thighs. But his face was what had her senses reeling. His eyes, as aquamarine as the sea on a sedate day, were a mirror into his soul. She'd seen something besides annoyance in his hard gaze when he told her she was trespassing. When she got closer, was able to really look into those eyes, she saw a worry that her intuition told her had nothing to do with her infringing on his solitude.
"No," she said out loud to the empty kitchen, "he's troubled about something."
She held the glass, poised to drink, then lowed it back down again, placing a hand across her growling stomach.
Peter had mentioned a guest would be house sitting for him. He'd even joked about it and asked her to keep an eye on the man.
"He hasn't had the best of years," Peter had told her, with a wry laugh and no further elaboration.
No, he hasn't, Merry thought. You can tell it just by looking at him. Her trained eyes saw the way he assumed a relaxed pose, shirt unbuttoned, grooming lax. But underneath the slackened appearance was a force, a tension that to Merry had a palpable pulse.
From the second he'd called out to her and she'd lifted her head to view his face, those chiseled features, hard lines, and deep set eyes had intrigued her; called to her. A powerful face, and, she imagined, one that didn't smile often.
That was a pity to Merry, for she smiled all the time. At twenty-eight, single, free and successful, Merry's life was filled with happiness. She had her house, her work, and her unconventional lifestyle, everything she'd always told her herself she wanted. She had plenty on her plate to keep busy, various friends to call whenever she needed companionship, and an appetite for life that was always gnawing with hunger. Her basic philosophy was simple: be happy. And she was.
But her visiting neighbor wasn't, and that posed a problem.
Thinking what she should do about it, she raised her glass again, took a sip and then spit the spoiled contents out into the sink.
"Guess I need some fresh supplies," she said, wiping her mouth. "And while I'm at it, I might as well get some work done."
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If you love to read modern day PNRs about ghosts and hauntings, this one’s for you. A one hundred year old murder mystery; a missing husband; and a ghost who just can’t move dominate the story of Merry and Chase, a socialite and a paranormal investigator. The ghost story brings them together and they find a love neither expected.
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Peggy Jaeger writes contemporary romances and rom coms about strong women, the families who support them, and the men who can’t live without them.
Family and food play huge roles in Peggy’s stories because she believes there is nothing that holds a family structure together like sharing a meal…or two…or ten. Dotted with humor and characters that are as real as they are loving, Peggy brings all aspects of life into her stories: life, death, sibling rivalry, illness, and the desire for everyone to find their own happily ever after. Growing up the only child of divorced parents she longed for sisters, brothers and a family that vowed to stick together no matter what came their way. Through her books, she has created the families she wanted as that lonely child.
As a lifelong diarist, she caught the blogging bug early on, and you can visit her at peggyjaeger.com where she blogs daily about life, writing, and stuff that makes her go "What??!"
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