★★★★ 4 Stars ★★★★
>> Standalone, Halloween Novel <<
A girl, a guy, and a haunted house
Architect Frizzie Lizzie, the Scream Queen, designs haunted houses. Architect Jared Rutledge's classic buildings are designs for the ages. Jared believes Lizzie is wasting her talent--and frequently tells her so. Lizzie tells him he needs to loosen up. That's probably why their business partnership didn't last any longer than their marriage. But now, Jared needs Lizzie's help in fixing a haunted house he designed to raise money for a physical therapy center. After she recovers from the shock of Jared asking for her help, Lizzie realizes it's the perfect opportunity to show him that she doesn't design "frivolous structures" and at last win his respect. Although if she's honest, Lizzie is hoping she'll win more than that.
My Thoughts (Review)
When I picked up this book (I got it when it was a freebie) I was looking for a fun, holiday read for the month of October. Seeing some mixed reviews I wasn’t sure if I would like it or not. But, I found myself pleasantly surprised. The plot has me hooked from the first page. When introduced to Lizzie, I found her to be charming. She has a deep love for Halloween, designs haunted houses for a living, and is pretty happy considering she has been single ever since she became divorced from her ex, Jared, a few years ago. But when Jared calls asking for her help to design a haunted house for him and his work, Lizzie’s life becomes chaotic. Deep seated feelings all come rushing back and not only does Lizzie have to take time out of her busy schedule to help Jarod, but she must also come to terms with her feelings for him. Enter pure mayhem when plans don’t go right and an obnoxious and hateful finance, and readers will find themselves laughing and cringing as they read this story!
This book truly is very cute. I enjoyed most of the characters while some of the others really annoyed me. Those characters include the evil fiancé Helen-who is not as perfect as she pretends to be, and Jared’s mother who prefers perfection over true love. At times, I did feel contempt for Jared, he comes off as a jerk sometimes, but I could tell that he did have strong feelings under his tough veneer. It’s good to have these feelings for a book (in my opinion) because they make them more relatable.
So, if you’re looking for a fun, quick, Halloween read, than you may want to check this one out! It’s definitely a fun read, one that you will zip through all the way until the end.
Lizzie Wilcox screamed.
A hideously deformed mummy glowed in a weak orange light, and then slipped through a hidden door, slamming it behind them. Maniacal laughter taunted her as the orange light winked out, leaving her in total darkness.
She waited for her heart to slow before tentatively reaching to her side, her fingers clawing along a wall until it veered sharply and disappeared.
She waved back and forth. Nothing. Just an ominous blackness. She crept forward , groping in the dark. She could see nothing. Good.
About the Author:
Heather MacAllister lives in Texas and is married to her high-school sweetheart. Following the instructions in How to Get a Teen-Age Boy, and What to Do with Him When You Get Him by Ellen Peck, one of her all-time favorite books, she expressed an interest in his hobby -- ham radio. He challenged her -- learn Morse code and get her license, and he'd take her to the senior prom. She did, and currently sports her call sign, WB5RMA, on her car license plate.
Heather became addicted to romance novels in college, yet still managed to graduate and become a music teacher. And then her sons were born. Within seven months, nine baby-sitters quit, so she took pity on the childcare industry, quit teaching, and began avoiding housework by writing during her sons' nap time.
Heather has published over 45 books with Harlequin. Her award-winning romantic comedies have been translated into 25 languages and published in dozens of countries.
Before she was published, Heather won the Romance Writer's of America Golden Heart Award. Her published novels have been nominated for the RWA RITA award three times, and Harlequin.com readers voted LONE STAR SANTA favorite Laugh-Out-Loud book of 2006. In addition to awards for best Harlequin Romance and best Harlequin Temptation, Romantic Times Book Reviews has twice nominated Heather for a Career Achievement Award in Series Love and Laughter.
When she's not writing, Heather spends her time collecting vintage jewelry, watching fireworks displays, and killing plants.
Visit her website at http://www.HeatherMacAllister.com