The Ghost Hunter

Adult
Rated 4.05/5 based on 25 reviews
Ashley Hunter is intent on uncovering the truth about her father's disappearance. But Ashley realizes she's in for more than she bargained. Not only has she inherited a decrepit pub, she's also inherited ghosts and demons. Then Cristian arrives, a mysterious man who insists he only needs a room to rent. She believes him, until one by one her ghosts start disappearing.

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Words: 99,460
Language: English
ISBN: 9781452437521
About Lori Brighton

I have a degree in Anthropology and worked as a museum curator. Deciding the people in my imagination were slightly more exciting than the dead things in a museum basement, I set out to become an author. My first book, a historical romance, was published by Kensington in November of 2009.

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Reviews

Review by: Nicole Thornton on May 28, 2012 :
Made me a bit nauseous with the two lead characters at times. I clearly wasn't in the mood for these type of mushy characters!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Katja Rinne on April 15, 2012 :
Some books just take me forever to read even when there’s nothing particularly wrong with them. This one I read for almost three months last year — I guess it was just too average to keep me entertained and turning pages. It reminds me a lot of romance slush novels, just with a paranormal twist, which might be the reason, since I’ve overdosed on those during my teens and require a bit more from the books I read nowadays. That said the book did have a plot, did have secrets, mystery and a dark past — but it was all dragged on too long and it wasn’t hard to know what would happen next.

The book is set in the idyllic countryside of England, where Ashley arrives to take care of the inn she’s inherited. Ashley has the ability to see and talk to ghosts, which has landed her in a mental institution before. She struggles with ignoring the ghosts, since there’s plenty of them in the inn and finally caves in. Ashley is a likable enough heroine.

Can’t say the same about Christian though. The love interest annoying guy who refuses to leave and whose dialogue is to my annoyance written with an accent (seriously can’t stand those). Also trigger warning for those who hate heroes who can’t take no for an answer (although Christian’s reason is, that he’s on a mission).

However I did like “The Ghost Hunter” and it’s not a bad book. It gets more interesting about halfway through. I’d say those who enjoy slushy paranormal romance as guilty pleasure or whatever, will find this enjoyable as well. And as it’s free nowadays, I’d say go get it.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Iben Jakobsen on April 11, 2011 :
It's a bit of a shame with this book, because it could have been really good. Unfortunately it can't quite decide what to be. Fantasy mystery horror? Paranormal romance erotica? There are too many questions left unanswered and too many loose strings dangling in the wind. It's a well written book and I loved the concept, I loved the ghosts, the paranormal activity and the good vs. bad - angel style. Truly loved it. And though I'm not a fan of erotica that too was well-written. But it seemed thrown in there at random, breaking the flow of the story. Sudden very explicit sexual adventures, where, had it just been a cuddle and a kiss, it would have worked much better with the rest of the pacing of the plot.

I liked the characters, they respond quite well to the settings and situations they find themselves in, but again, there are so many things I would have liked to have known about them both. Things that would have made me feel more for them and ultimately understand their actions.

All in all it's still an enjoyable read, I just think had it been more focused on the mystery paranormal plot it would have been a much stronger book.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: wanda flanagan on Jan. 22, 2011 :
A fantastic read I could not put it down until I finished it .Lori Brighton is a wonderful writer whos words have you falling into the world she creates .
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Christie Ibarra on Jan. 15, 2011 :
Ashley has moved to England after inheriting a pub from her dead aunt. She hopes to not only find answers about her dad’s disappearance, but also escape the current path her life is on. Upon arrival she realizes the pub is in need of some major TLC. Super sexy Cristian enters the scene and is persistent on trying to buy the building from her. Now she has to fight off his offers and the growing attraction she feels for him. Oh, and did I mention she also talks to ghosts, and the pub just happens to have plenty of them. It is never a dull moment in the life of protagonist Ashley Hunter.


This book was really lots of fun. I enjoyed the protagonist’s snarky sense of humor. I’ve found myself saying her catch phrase, fanfreakingtastic, on more than one occasion. It’s contagious :)


I loved all the paranormal characters this sleepy little English village had to offer. The lore that revolved around what Cristian actually is was quite fascinating. Nice pacing of the plot, and the characters were well developed. I enjoyed the author’s writing style and felt the novel had a very nice flow all around. The ending was open and left me feeling (hoping, dreaming maybe) that a sequel might be possible. I sure hope so! This is a world I’d love to visit again. If that isn’t enough this book offers not one, but two hotties with accents. I was swooning!


The Ghost Hunter is a very enjoyable read. If you like ghost stories, hot boys with accents, and paranormal romance novels with action that isn’t restricted to between the sheets give The Ghost Hunter a try. The fact that this novel is self-published left me even more impressed by author Lori Brighton.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: romfanreviews on Dec. 09, 2010 :
Ashley Hunter has always been able to see and talk to ghost but due to all the doctors telling her she was crazy she no longer lets people dead or alive know about her gift. That is until she inherits her aunt’s pub in England ghosts and all. But, she has another reason for being there, to find out what happened to her father.

Cristian is on a mission to earn his way back into heaven after spending so much time as a fallen angel by sending ghosts to the other side and keeping the evil locked inside the pub where it is. His plan to rid the pub of the ghosts and to get Ashley to admit to her powers while fighting his growing attraction to her is not going to be an easy task.

When Ashley learns the truth of who Cristian is and that he has been destroying her ghost it becomes an all out war between them in the mean time the evil under the pub is getting stronger and it may not matter unless they stop it.

THE GHOST HUNTER is a wonderful story with characters that draw you into their lives even the ghosts will have you hooked. I would love to see a sequel come out I want to see what happens to my favorite ghost Devon

See full review at http://www.romfanreviews.com/2010/12/review-ghost-hunter-by-lori-brighton.html
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Nyra on Dec. 07, 2010 : (no rating)
Ashley has inherited her aunt's bar, leaves his past behind hoping to start a new life, she was always able to see and talk to ghosts, which in the eyes of all people made it seem the "weird girl" . Her mother had trouble accepting the gifts and did not support her and her father disappeared soon, so she decides to do more research on it. The bar is now the new home of it, this is full of ghosts and paranormal creatures town. Upon arrival, she begins to socialize with the ghosts inevitably despite her reluctance. Soon she meets a strange man Cristian extremely handsome, sexy and mysterious, she rents a room to him, then mysteriously the her Ghost new friends begin to disappear in the course of the book going and agoing;
Ashley takes a bit of herself out and her gift which it did not ask but changes the meaning of many things in her life as the book progresses. Soon not only the reality of seeing angels will be part of her problems, but the host it is an angel too!! they have common interests without even try it. They are attracted, but are aware that being together is something that does not happen, the question is how to avoid feeling attracted all the time?. The book is full of action, good times and the current theme, there is mix-soup of paranormal creatures. I liked a lot, I recommend of course, I also greatly want to say that i appreciate the author very much for the copy she sent me (Thank's Lori:)). Be encouraged to read guys, U will have a good time do so. I have also made the review of this ebook on my blog in Spanish, interested, please send a message.
See ya
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Jolene on Dec. 02, 2010 :
Wow!! What more can I say, that one word pretty much sums up my feelings on this read. I loved it, absolutely loved it. I thought this was a beautiful story and well written. I won this e-copy on a blog and was a little nervous, being my first e-book I've read. I really love having a book in my hands, so I am hoping this will go to print so I can place in on my bookshelf with all my favorite reads. I was pulled into the story right off the first few lines. Christian was intensly hot. I loved the stuggle within himself as he was fighting his attraction to Ashley. From the second she walked into the pub, he was intensly aware of her. There was so much going on in this book. The odd towns people, the rumbling in Ashley's pub, the ghosts, the evil surrounding the town and the odd door in the basement. Ashley has always been different and never feeling like she belongs. When she inherits the pub from her aunt, she jumps at the chance to start over and hopefully find answers about her missing father. What she didn't expect, the ghosts she bonded with and a man she has an intense attraction to. She knows something is off about Christian and is struggling to put the pieces together. She is fighting this attraction and at the same time she wants to wring his neck. These two characters have everything I love in a romance. They want eachother, but at the same time they are both fighting their feelings as they are slinging insults and getting hot and heavy against the wall. They have a hot and cold relationship where I am anxious and needy to have them give into it. It's a sign of a great read for me, when I can't stop reading and am so invested in these characters that they have me on the edge of the seat guessing where they are going to go and what they are going to do next. I was in equal parts frustrated with both Christian and Ashley at different parts of the story. I wanted to knock their heads together so they could see what was right in front of them. Devon was like a third wheel. He was there in the sidelines. I liked him and liked his character, but felt like he kept getting in the way. The town and other characters...Devon, Camile, Rose, the ghosts and even the Demon in the basement really rounded the story out. I was a little sad to see Devon's demise, though I didn't want him with Ashley, I had a lot of love for him and his sexy arse :) Overall, amazing read. Loved it and I loved how I was sucked into the story feeling just as sexually frustrated as these characters
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: mish on Nov. 28, 2010 :
Rating: 3 – I Liked It (Just) - I’ve really been looking forward to reading this book. That yummy cover would stare at me from the queue, taunting me. I was excited to finally get a chance to dig into it. Unfortunately, even though it seemed to have all the elements of a good paranormal romance, for some reason it didn’t completely click with me. This may be because of a number of issues I came across with the story and characters, and then there are the typos…all 43 of them. Too many to dismiss and they eventually started to distract me from the story. Underneath it all the story has some good bones and in the end I have to say that I liked it, but just barely.
Read the entire review here:
http://indieparanormalbooksreviews.blogspot.com/2010/11/review-ghost-hunter-by-lori-brighton.html
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: v vb on Nov. 20, 2010 :
Scottish Angel Hunk. Did that get you?

How about references to Alice in Wonderland and things paranormal?

This was an entertaining romance and mystery story with some action too - swordplay. And with a cool ghostly twist.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: A.M. Harte on Nov. 18, 2010 :
While this is the first of Lori Brighton’s work I read, I can safely say that Brighton numbers among the better indie published paranormal romances I’ve read this year. From exorcisms to sword fights and family intrigue, The Ghost Hunter offers more than just a romance, creating an evocative fantastical world which I enjoyed sinking into.

When she inherits a decrepit pub, Ashley Hunter is determined to search the place for clues about her father’s disappearance. But the pub doesn’t come alone: the place is haunted, and is set to become even more crowded as the mysterious, handsome Cristian Lucius turns up on her doorstep demanding that he rent a room. Beset on all sides, Ashley struggles to uncover the truth about her father only to realize that her search will place her in far more danger than she could ever have imagined.

From the cover I thought this was going to be a pretty straight up romance, but already a few pages in I was proved wrong. The story is set in a small English town and boasts of a wide range of supernatural creatures, from ghosts, angels and witches to vampires, werewolves and faeries. The ghosts are the main focus of the first few chapters and are quite well characterized, alternating between charming and creepy.

Ashley is a stubborn woman who can see ghosts, an ability that has created deep insecurities as she’s spent her whole life being told she’s crazy. Cristian is a tough-as-nails (fallen) angel whose job is to help ghosts move on to the other side. The two have instant chemistry of the ‘destined to be together’ type, which I often dislike but created a certain delicious suspense. And there are many other interesting characters, such as the cheeky little ghost Maggie, and the conflicted Devon, not to mention the slightly clueless witch Camille.

But what I loved most was the paranormal aspect of the novel, and in particular the ghosts. While there is a lot of sweet romance and a HEA ending (and I’m not one for sweetness and romance!) there was a darker side to this story as well, and a number of creepy scenes including possession, hauntings, attacks, demons and more. I never knew what to expect and enjoyed following Ashley down into the darkness of the basement if only to get to the bottom of the mystery!

The writing wasn’t as polished as I would have liked, with the smut getting a little repetitive, and I also found some of Ashley’s mannerisms irritating (eg, how she says “fangfreakintastic” all the time), but overall the plot moves along quickly and the intrigue kept my interest piqued.

In sum, a spooky, light-hearted paranormal love story. Recommended for those who want some thrill with their romance.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Jen @ In the Closet With a Bibliophile on Nov. 12, 2010 :
The Ghost Hunter by Lori Brighton was a fabulous read. Or maybe I should say it was a “fanfreakingtastic” read to quote our main character Ashley. I would say that was her signature phrase and I seriously giggled every time she said it.

This is the first book I’ve read by Brighton, and I was quite glad it came my way. Especially with such yummy male characters. And boy do I have a fondness for yumminess, especially in the form of muscly men.

Which brings me to my character section of the review:

First off we have our main character Ashley who is stubborn beyond all possible reason, but she also sees ghosts. I kind of felt bad for her because she seems to think she has serious issues because of it. I don’t know, I guess I’d like to think that if I grew up seeing ghosts my parentals would have been supportive instead of telling me I was totally nuts. No….I’m dead serious….(pun intended). But, not our Ashley. She won’t fess up to it to anybody for the longest time. But still, she seems strong and not super whiny which is always nice in a female character.

Then we have the ghosts. Oh yes, the ghosts. I actually really liked them. I wish there would have been more reference to them with dialogue including them in the book, they were that fun. Especially a very sexy ghost by the name of Devon that I wouldn’t mind if he haunted me a bit! *prrrrrr*

Lastly we have our dearest wickedly sexy man…..Christian. Man, there is a body I would like to run my hands all over (and my tongue for that matter). Can we say sex on a stick!! Christian was our main male character who right off the bat you know is supernatural and definitely up to no good. And….he possibly has no heart. Well, not literally, he just isn’t really the feeling type. Or is he? *dun dun dun dun: cue evil music* He was such a confusing character that I couldn’t put the book down because I wanted to see what he would do. Crafty fellow that one!

Not only were the characters enjoyable, so was the plot. It was intense and quite surprising. I never knew quite what would happened next which is something that I enjoy in books. Predictable is too easy, I like a book to make me think.

So, I guess in conclusion, with a very fascinating and suspenseful plot, lovely characters, crazy possessed basements, sexy ghosts, freaking awesome swords and a super sweet back tattoo, you’ll want to give this book a read of your own.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: The Bookish Snob on Nov. 07, 2010 :
I remember when I was asked to review The Ghost Hunter, I saw the words “fallen angel” and instantly started drooling. The idea of fallen angels is something pretty new to me but the more I’ve read, the more I’m beginning to see what an incredible addition to the paranormal world they are. For me, I can’t read them fast enough.

I really enjoyed the storyline of this book. I’m a HUGE sucker for the sexual tension that comes from the whole “Oh I want you so bad but I need to keep you at arm’s length but gosh you’re so tempting, if I could only have just a little taste of you” There’s something about the longing, the frustration, the intensity that happens when the two characters finally come together that has me literally panting from the emotions of it all. This book had this in spades and paired with an incredible story that pulled me in deep, the book was almost impossible to put down. I’ve never read anything by Lori Brighton before but if this is any indication of the way she writes, I’ll devour anything of hers I can get my hands on. What an amazing experience from beginning to end.

I loved the relationship that developed between the two lead characters, Ashley and Cristian. They were constantly battling against each other whether it was their burning attraction for each other, the confusion and mistrust Ashley felt towards Cristian and his intentions or the torn emotions of Cristian as he fought to stay focused on his task despite his growing need for Ashley. These two characters were hilarious at times and I really loved the way they would banter with each other, often times stirring up the others emotions. I could feel the pull their attractions had over them through each scene and I found myself wishing they would hurry up and admit their love for each other so they could be complete. There were so many surprises in their relationships, turns the author took and I have to say that the ending raised goose bumps on my arms and had me on the verge of sobbing it was so incredibly romantic.

I loved Ashley and felt a little bad for her at first. She ran away to take over her aunt’s pub hoping in the process she could find out what happened to her father. It didn’t take long before she meets with the ghosts that live with her and it pushes her to her limits because all her life, her “gift” has brought her nothing but heartache. She’s a strong character and I loved that she did show caution when she found herself in certain situations. I always roll my eyes at those STUPID girls in horror movies who walk into the dark house knowing there’s something in there that wants to eat them. I couldn’t help but smile over the constant conflict she had with Cristian and the growing attraction she felt for him. Everything in her SCREAMED for him to claim her but still she would fight against it, telling him that she didn’t even like him. I’m laughing at her saying “Oh honey, what you just did with him? Yep you know, what had you moaning just now. That didn’t look like dislike to me” I loved watching her accept her gifts, her role in the danger in the house but most especially, her final acceptance and submission to how she felt for Cristian. HUGE sigh moments!!

Cristian, Cristian, Cristian. My gosh what a man he was. Even now my eyes are rolling into the back of my head, a dreamy smile on my face as I remember how he was in this book. He was just so cocky and arrogant, so deliciously powerful and I loved the presence he had throughout the book. He was there for a purpose and although he was meant to work alongside with Ashley, nothing could prepare him for the connection he instantly felt. I loved watching the battle in waged in him and how everything was sometimes hung in the balance. Oh that man made me moan at times he was that intense and focused, making him everything I look for in an alpha male character. Besides that, how’s this for an image?

“The wind tousled his black hair, making him look boyishly human, instead of otherworldly gorgeous as he’d looked last night. As he was wearing short sleeves, she couldn’t help but notice the way his biceps bulged. And his jeans, dear Lord, the man’s jeans fit well. With his intense gaze, his muscled build and that sexy accent he reminded her of a Highland warrior.”

Do you need something to wipe up the drool as well? Shall we sigh together? This was the image I carried throughout the book and by the end of the story I was ready to jump in and attack him. *offers a cheeky wink*

There wasn’t anything I didn’t like about the book. Everything was evenly paced and exciting, the characters appealing and the romance addicting. I loved the uncertainty of it all and those moments where I was reeling, thinking “OMG I never saw that coming.” This is a great read for anyone interested in fallen angels and the paranormal and it’s definitely a book that will leave you smiling. Happy reading!!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: misha mathew on Oct. 27, 2010 :
The Ghost Hunter was an exciting ride from start to finish. It was so addictive that I actually forgot about all my assignments and was hooked to this book. I enjoyed every moment of this book.

Ashley Hunter inherits a haunted house from her beloved Aunt Clare. As she moves to the house, what she never expects is to inherit a house full of ghosts. Ashley has been able to see ghosts all her life. No matter how much she tries to ignore them, she feels compelled to intervene especially when they start disappearing one by one...

I am new to paranormal romance genre and this book, I believe is a perfect recipe for all fans of this genre. It has ghosts, demons, fallen angels... What's not to love?

I loved the setting. Who doesn't enjoy reading about haunted houses? I find them extremely fascinating. The author's description of the house enamours the reader.It makes the book more atmospheric.

The character development was great. Cristian is mysterious and sexy. Ashley is strong yet vulnerable .You will find something to love in every character.Even the secondary characters were very well-developed. There is no ambiguity to any character. We get to know the secondary characters as well as the main protagonists.

The Ghost Hunter is not just a book about paranormal creatures. It has a suspense element to it , which keeps you hooked from the first page itself. The author has stuck to the main plot. Needless to say, the story manages to keep you on the edge-of-your-seat , as it twists and turns.

With Halloween coming up, this is the perfect book to read. Romance and mystery beautifully entwine with fantasy and the supernatural in this highly original and engrossing novel.

Overall:
Thrilling and Enjoyable!Very intriguing plot with equally intriguing well-written characters.

Recommended?
To all fans of Paranormal Romance.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Danielle Schmidt on Oct. 16, 2010 :
Lori Brighton has published two historical romance novels and this book was her first in the paranormal romance genre. This may be her first in this genre but she doesn’t disappoint. I really enjoyed this book and I’m excited to have found a new and up coming author that does great work.
Ashley inherits an old pub from her aunt and moves there hoping to find out what happened to her dad. She has a gift to be able to see and talk to ghosts. When she was growing up her mother thought she was mentally disturbed when she claimed to see ghosts. So her whole life no one believed her. She even spent time in a hospital for the mentally ill. It’s obvious that these scares run deep in this character.
After she moves in she soon finds out that it is not only haunted but by several different ghost and something else. Then Cristian walks into her life and she’s attracted to him but also hates him. Cristian has special talents of his own and wants to buy the pub from her but she refuses and he ends up renting a room in the pub. Ashley is not happy about being tricked into renting a room to Cristian because now she has to live with him. He not only makes her angry but also makes her hot in a different sense.
The chemistry between the two is really intense even though she is in denial. This book is filled with sexual tension which I love. It takes them a while to come to terms with their feelings for each other making their attraction that much hotter. They eventually end up having to work together to solve both their problems and what an adventure it is.
This book was beautifully written. I never felt bored or overwhelmed by facts. It is full of lust, love, action and suspense. You will fall in love with all the characters in the story. I would highly recommend this book. I think that this is a perfect book to read for Halloween. It’s got ghost, a haunted house, poltergeists and it’s a little creepy. You should really try reading Lori’s book, you will not be disappointed.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: p Holland on Oct. 10, 2010 :
When Ashley Hunter goes to Crossroads, England to take possession of The White Horse Pub and Inn, a historical building left to her by her aunt, she assumes she'll have to deal with fixing the old place up before she can open for business, but she definitely doesn't expect to find the property occupied by ghosts. Ashley has seen ghosts since childhood, but she's still not at peace with her ability, and if the ghosts weren't enough to make her uneasy, she has to deal with Cristian, an incredibly stubborn man who insists that she needs to sell the place to him. Ashley refuses to let go of the place because she hopes it holds some clues about her deceased father, but when she learns more about the mysterious door in the inn's basement, she might just need Cristian around to combat the evil that's about to be unleashed.



I really felt for Ashley's past trauma. When she saw ghosts as a child, her own mother pretty much classified her as crazy and had her submitted to all kinds of borderline abusive medicines and treatments to make the "delusions" go away. At first, I wished Ashley wasn't so angry with Maggie, a lonely little girl ghost who only wants to talk with her, but Ashley's past experiences were so awful that she can't stand being in the presence of any ghost, though she more than makes up for her initial coldness to Maggie by eventually becoming her friend and protector. After a while, she's befriending the ghosts and recruiting their help instead of fighting against them, which is a wonderful illustration of her personal growth. She's leaving her ugly childhood behind, and coming into her own as a brave woman who can come up with creative sulotions to her problems.



Cristian is classic alpha: he rides into town on a motorcycle, makes the heroine an offer he doesn't expect her to refuse, and absolutely knows that he's right. Than again, since he's a warrior angel on a mission from God, he pretty much IS right about wanting to get Ashley away from the house and the nasty whatever-it-is in the basement. He doesn't trust easily, and he has a nice military air about him--even when he walks into a regular business establishment, he immediately cases it for security, exits, and potential enemies. He's gruff with Ashley early on, and frustrated because she won't sell him the house, but part of the reason he's angry is because he knows she's in danger. Ashley has a kind of earnestnes and genuineness that he likes, and he sees her vulnerability and wants to keep her from experiencing any more pain. When she won't sell, he doesn't give up, he simply rents a room and moves in as a boarder. I found it very sweet that he doesn't really know what to do with her emotions, because he doesn't have any experience caring for humans, and it's endearing to see his uncertainty. He's a very bossy guy and does some stuff he wouldn't be able to get away with if he were normal, but since he's an angel protecting her, he gets a pass. Plus, it's hard to hold anything against someone who speaks with a Scottish accent.



The plot thickens when Devon, a Victorian ghost who haunts the inn, comes back to life and some serious problems in Cristian's past (and in Devon's) make Ashley's rough situation even more desperate. The Ghost Hunter is written with vivid sensory details that aren't ever over-descriptive, and really make you feel the environment of the old house and the town. Overall, it reminds me a little of Sherrilyn Kenyon's writing, mixed with some Christine Feehan--solid paranormal romance that will keep readers coming back for more installments. I was happiest when things were going well between Cristian and Ashley--it's so difficult seeing them angry with each other!--but though they have their share of troubles and quarrels, they still manage to pull out a good, "aww"-worthy ending. Good stuff.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Cecile on Oct. 10, 2010 :
Ms. Lori rocked the house with another fan-freaking-tastic paranormal story! She literally kept me on my toes throughout the whole story. Biting my nails, sweat gathering on my forehead, heart racing a mile a minute and those are just a few things my body was doing while I was reading this story. Yeah, it was that good! Ms. Lori added all the right ingredients in Ghost Hunter to make it an awesome story!

Ashley leaves everything behind in the US to Crossroads, England to a home that belongs to her family. And when I say everything - I mean everything - finance, life, home, job - her whole life. Or would you say that she was running away from it all. Haven't you ever wanted to do that - just drop everything and leave. Especially when it is one of those days, things are going to crap, kids (if you have them) are screaming, spouse (or whatever) is just on your last nerve... leave. Well, that is what Ashley decided to do. She has been called many things in life - she would just add coward to face things head on to the list. Because crazy topped the top of the list.
You see, Ashley has the ability to see and talk to ghosts. Yep, you read right... Ghosts. And thanks to her oh-so great mother, Ashley spent a great deal of her life locked up where there are "real" crazy people. Being locked up just taught her that if you act like you are normal, people will eventually believe you. But how long can a person hide their true self? Or if you hide true self for so long... can you make it all go away.... Hoping to find answers to her past - why does she have the ability, what happened to her father - she headed to England. Do you believe in new starts? What about finding answers to your past... good or bad idea? Well Ashley had this burning desire to know... good or bad.

Cristian... oh Cristian... This man is so sexy. What can I tell you about him... He is a warrior, an angel... He has been given a second chance of some sorts. He is making wrongs into rights for his past life. He is here to "guide" (okay, I am trying to be nice) the ghosts to cross over. Those ghosts that do not want to go... they refuse because once they cross over... they have to atone for their sins they committed while alive and some are just plain scare (yeah, ghost can be scare instead of scary - ha!) of what the outcome of Judgment Day will bring them. So, it is Cristian's job to "help" them to go where they are supposed to go. Okay okay... he kills them. Although he technically does not kill them because they are already dead... but him and Ashley argue over that little fact a lot, lol! But Cristian is a nice guy, I promise. And it also does not hurt that he is sooo easy on the eyes. Oh man... Very easy on the eyes.
Anyway, he is back in England to finally put to rest one demon that has haunted him all his long, long life. But the man upstairs has a new plan for Cristian - He is instructing Cristian to take a seer. Not just any seer though... nope... His new seer is to be Ashley. A woman who does not want to believe in her own ability much less anything else. A woman who ignites his blood like no woman has ever done. A woman who turns him in and out and leaves him wanting her more when he should not be wanting her at all.

This novel is complete with all kind of side characters that will have you asking yourself - what next, who done what, who didn't do anything, and who is going to help? You have a couple of witches, a werewolf, a vampire, half fairy/half leprechaun and a whole community of other things... Oh and let's not forget about the ghosts that live with Ashley. There is a little girl, Maggie who will steal your heart and Devon, a fallen angel that refuses to go to the other side that will keep you guessing what is his part in this story.

I love this story. It was truly an amazing ride. Oh... yeah, I know what you are asking yourself now about my review... where is the smut... Oh Ms. Lori will give you teases that will leave you with a drooling mouth (so makes sure to have a napkin to wipe) and she may even make other things wet... but she delivers the story like a true woman who wants to leave you waiting till the last part.... And when you get... oh man do you get it!! Ms. Lori... what an awesome story!! What a truly awesome story!!!!!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Colette A Buckeye Girl Reads on Oct. 05, 2010 : (no rating)
What's not to love about a book that has ghosts, fallen angels, demons and a town full paranormal townsfolk? This book is full of paranormal goodness.

Ashley Hunter moves to England when she inherits her late Aunts old Pub/house. All she wanted to do was to find out what happened when he disappeared from here when she was little. She wasn't sure what to expect, but knew something was up with her house when the realtor tried to get her to sell the house before she ever moved in. She just had no idea it had something to do with ghosts, a neighbor who just happens to be a witch and a hot, but mysterious renter who just happens to want to buy the house from her, she gets more from the house then she ever imagined was possible. From the time she was little Ashley has been able to see ghosts. However, those closest to her told her she was crazy and taught her to ignore her gift. When Ashley starts seeing not one, but several ghosts in her new home, ignoring her gift like she's been taught gets to be impossible. She gradually gives into her gift, and starts talking to them, and is worried when one by one they start disappearing. She's sure it has something to do with her mysterious renter, Cristian. Ashley doesn't believe his story of just wanting to rent a room from her after she turns down his offer to buy the house from her. There is something up with the guy, and she is determined to find out what it is, even as she fights her unexplained attraction to him.

Ashley Hunter is intent on uncovering the truth about her father's disappearance. But Ashley realizes she's in for more than she bargained. Not only has she inherited a decrepit pub, she's also inherited ghosts and demons. Then Cristian arrives, a mysterious man who insists he only needs a room to rent. She believes him, until one by one her ghosts start disappearing...
...more Cristian does have a secret that he has been hiding from Ashley. He's there to protect her from the dangerous evil that she doesn't know is lurking in her house. He's also attracted to her, and tries to fight it because he has to concentrate on the job he was sent to do-protect her & convince her to use her gift to help save them & the town from the evil in her house.

The secondary characters in this book were wonderful. My favorite ghost was Maggie, the little girl-she was just so cute and I loved how she just told Ashley to use her gift already and stop fighting it. The townspeople were great because you never knew who was a werewolf, vampire or leprechaun. Ashleys neighbors Camille and Rose were wonderful additions to the stories, because they along with Maggie, helped Ashley to realize she wasn't crazy with her ability to see ghosts and that we all have our own special talents. Devon, one of the ghosts was one of my favorite characters. I was totally on his side!

Ashley was almost annoying at times with her refusal to accept the paranormal world, but it made sense that she was that way because of her background. I liked seeing her evolve into a stronger more confident person. The tension between her and Cristian was great, and I liked it because the distrust between them was a natural part of the story. I thought this was just a sweet paranormal romance. If you're in the mood for something light & fun romance then I highly recommend this novella.

Favorite line: Well, are you going to tell me or just sit there brooding like some romance novel hero?”
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: laurie garrison on Oct. 04, 2010 :
Lori Brighton is talented and creative writer. This one kept me on edge wanting to know what was going to happen next. I love all the paranormal she has going on in this book. I was very happy that is wasn’t like most ghost hunters I have seen on TV or read about. It was fresh and exciting. Here is what you get action, exorcism, spell casting sword fighting, body passions, twist and turns, surprises and a great cast of characters. I hope to read more about this cast in the future.

OMG, I have to say poor Ashley she never seen what was coming when she walked into her new owned old pub, she truly went for a exciting and deadly ride. If it wasn’t ghost it was the angel warriors messing with her, then add the rest of the towns witches, vampire, werewolf and the big demon that lives in her basement whew, like I said she never seen it coming. Ashley is strong and is ready to fight for what is hers.

Cristian is a angel warrior that helps passes ghost to the other side, but he has to have a seer to do so. He already knows Ashley and her family and wants to buy her out of her pub house, but she refuses. So he takes matters in his own hands and moves in.

My only downside was I really would have love to read more of Cristian
And Ashley working together instead of separated, it was like it took from the romance part for me.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Amanda Toth on Oct. 03, 2010 : (no rating)
The Ghost Hunter" by Lori Brighton is a very interesting story with an equally interesting cast of characters. There's a girl who sees ghosts (Ashley), witches, faeries, angels, werewolves, vampires, demons, and more. And indeed, the final showdown is between a demon and an angel, which is always an epic battle the whole family will enjoy - as long as they are over the age of 17, because no kids are invited to this party. And speaking of interesting types of characters.. there was an appropriate amount of buildup to the reader finding out what Cristian really is, but once that's revealed.. it seems like sort of a let down. Like with all that build up, I was expecting more of a reaction from those not in-the-know, but it seemed to me that they moved on a little too quickly. Same with the disappearance of ghosts. Oh sure, Ashley is bothered by it when she's reminded of it, but it's not something that really bugs her, though we get the feeling it should be. And in fact, there was a time or two I forgot about the disappearance of ghosts all together.




As for the characters themselves, I loved Devon. Dearest Devon is mostly a side-character (or at least not a main character), but I thought he was danged important.. especially near the end. Poor Devon gets quite the shock when a memory spell goes awry, and to top that off, he's got a demon parasite that is making him do some really jerky things. It was certainly interesting to see how each of these changes affected his character and his actions. And there was a time or two I actually liked Devon more than Cristian. Cristian seemed a little heavy-handed sometimes, he would intentionally keep things from Ashley, answers she was obviously searching for, and yet he was shocked and often amazed by how little she knew. Uh, duuhhh, maybe because you won't tell her anything! And he would switch from wanting to teach her how to protect herself, to saying how she wasn't going to make it because she didn't know anything. Maybe you should stop huffing about and do something about it then! You and your wing tattoos and sexy accent should pick up your awesome sword (I kinda want one that's able to do what his can) and do something about it!




And sadly, I didn't really feel that spark between Cristian and Ashley. There was something there, obviously, but it felt like lust at best, not the supposed deep, lasting connection they kept making it seem like it was. It just didn't feel.. real enough to me, somehow. I wanted to delve further into the characters, and pick them apart, to find this connection and see if it was real, and if it worked. Which may sound awful, but I don't mean it to be harsh, in fact, it's probably a good thing that I want to reach further into each character and learn more about them.




And now to the rating. "The Ghost Hunter" by Lori Brighton really was a good, quick read. There was a very interesting storyline there, I just needed more than what I was given, I needed to feel more. I had some mixed feelings about this book, so I'll have to go with a middle-of-the-road rating - a FOUR out of FIVE (4/5). The good did outweigh any issues I had with it, and this book was something I could easily sit for hours and read, as opposed to feeling the need to get up and move around between chapters. I hope to see more by this author in the future, to see how her work develops because I can see a ton of talent here.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: tine86 on Sep. 24, 2010 :
The Ghost Hunter is a dark and haunting Urban Fantasy story that features everything a good book needs: a realistic, atmospheric setting, likeable characters, a sizzling love story/love triangle, fallen angels (rawr), a page turning story and Scottish accents.

Inheriting the totally decayed pub marks a huge change in Ashley´s life; she´s left her less than great life behind her to find out about the mysterious disappearance of her father - and finds herself sucked into a new world that will change her life.

The dynamic between the characters was really well written: I liked how Ashley slowly came to accept her unusual roommates and even started to care about them and their well-being, despite that fact that she has suffered quite a bit earlier in her life whenever she claimed to seem ghosts. In Camile, a witch/college student she finally finds a friend who remains on her side even through the turbulent and threatening events throughout the book. Ashley grows throughout the book from someone who runs from his past to a woman who has come to terms with her abilitiy, the fact that she sees ghosts and can interact with them.

The concept of fallen angels whose job it is to help unwilling ghosts to pass over and the demon as antagonist was new to me and very appealing. Enough of the secrets aurrounding the house, Cristian´s real character and intentions and other tidbits I don´t want to give away guarantee for an exciting read right until the very last page. The sexual tension and complex, sometimes rocky relationship between Ashley, Cristian and tempting ghost Devon is hindered by lots of emotional baggage. It definetly takes a while until two of the main characters finds their HEA.

However, I would have liked to read a little bit more about Cristian, his past and fallen angels in general. The other supernatural being in the small village also seem to be more on the margins, they are merely used to show their need for normalcy and their adjustment to the life of “normal” people rather than to use them to create and populate a rich, paranormal world.

Nonetheless is Ghost Hunter a great book that kept me well entertained. I´d really like to read more stories in this specific world to learn more about fallen angels.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Evelyn Amaro on Sep. 23, 2010 :
Ashley is a person who just wants to be normal and fit in, of course that is hard since she can see and talk to ghosts! In search of the truth, Ashley sets out to the Inn she inherits from her aunt with the intention of finding her father, and finding answers that she has been seeking all her life: why did her dad abandon her, and what is the truth behind her curse? When she gets there, she realizes she is in over her head. Nothing is what it appears to be, the people she trusts may be the ones she should be running from, and the powers she has, may not be the only power she possesses. This book is a crazy roller coaster of a book, filled with twists and turns from the beginning to the end. You will be on the edge of your seat trying to put the puzzle pieces together to uncover the truth. It has everything you could ever want in an paranormal romance book: suspense, mystery, danger, and some serious sexual tension. Ashley is a complex character that is strong, yet insecure; smart, yet naive; completely lost, but determined to find the truth. She will have you rooting for her all the way. Cristian is hot, sexy, mysterious and the most bad-ass angel you will ever meet. His bad boy persona, mixed with his angel status is unique and just plain sexy. The mystery surrounding them and the sexual tension between Cristian and Ashley will have you racing through the pages to find out what is going to happen next in the crazy saga that is their unconventional relationship. This wouldn't be a sizzling novel if Cristian didn't have a little competition, and in walks Devon. Devon is another angel that comes back from the dead with one thing in mind, protecting Ashley. This book is a must read. It takes you into a fantasy world that is hidden right in our backyard. A place with hot angels, evil demons, mysterious ghosts, feisty witches, slick werewolves, creepy vampires, and more! There is definitely a little something for everyone. If you love a paranormal romance that is filled with suspense, mystery and sizzling romance, then this is a book for you.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Blodeuedd Finland on Sep. 20, 2010 : (no rating)
don't read e-books that often, but there is one author I would make an exception for and that is Lori Brighton, so of course I wanted to read this paranormal romance.

A nice little village, but everything is not what it seems. Ashley arrives to look at the house she inherited from her aunt. The problem is that she sees ghost there, and she is troubled by this. She has seen them all her life, but people have told her she is crazy. Then Christian shows up and wants to buy the place. And as the ghost start to talk more things change, cos this little village is in big trouble.

What a village, vampires, werewolves, witches, leprechauns, ghosts, and demons. Not your average village, and the stories that could be told there.

Ashley is a nice heroine, she is scarred by what she sees, and of course she doubts her sanity since ghosts are not real. I feel sorry for her, but she is strong, and that is good.

Christian is the big ghost killer, ok not killer, his job is to make sure they move on. And this time he needs her cos there is also a demon in this place. The attraction is there at once, at least for him, she is just very angry with him.

There are some great other characters, the ghost like little Maggie, the witch Camille, and my fav of the bunch, Devon, a ghost with a hidden past Now I am not just saying this cos Lori Brighton has him described like Eric from True Blood ;)

This is a good paranormal romance that has a bit of everything. An adventure since some evil things just doesn't want to go, a budding romance, and trying to get my head around what the whole village is about.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Escape Between The Pages on Sep. 19, 2010 :
Ashley Hunter inherited an Inn from her aunt. Before she steps into the Inn, she is told, there was someone already interested in buying it. She turned the offer down. She wasn't interested in selling at that moment, she was hoping to find answers, to her father's disappearance. I loved the fact, that she had a suspicious nature. She knew something was going on, that something wasn't right, she just couldn't figure out what it was. I also believed in her need, to ignore her ability of seeing ghost. After all, the people she loved and trusted most, looked at her and treated her, like she was crazy. I also appreciated the fact, that once she got to know the ghost, she actually began to liked them.

I thought it a bit of a contridiction and extremely interesting, that Christian, an angel would come off as such a sexy badass. I had fun reading his determination and charm, when it came to Ashley and getting into her *cough* um... house. He was behaving like her personal sexy stalker and it fustrated the hell out of her, in more ways than one. I found thier back and forth banter to be entertaining, especially while they continued to fight thier mutual attraction. Ashley finally gave in and rented Christian a room. Then , strange things began to happen, the nightmares, the suspicious behavior, and her ghost were disappearing.

I enjoyed the chemistry between Ashley and Christian, although his mood swings would occasionally, sway my support towards Devon and Ashley hooking up, at times. But, somehow, Christian always managed to come out on top. I thought, it was a clever idea about the hostile history between Devon and Christian...it worked well, especially, with the misunderstandings and both having an affection for Ashley. I also thought Camille was a hoot. I liked her wanna-be behavior, even though she was the real deal. I think she would make a fantastic female lead...perhaps her and Devon in a future book? Hmmmm?

Overall, I thought the plot was cleverly written. It had a nice mesh of mythical, biblical, magical, and paranormal elements. It was fun to read the quirkiness of the characters. I think it made them much more engaging. I felt the romance between Christian and Ashley was extremely teasing. At times, I think, I was more fustrated than they were. That being said, The Ghost Hunter was filled with dynamic and bittersweet moments, romantic love, paranormal intrigue and plenty of action. I hope that there will be a next installment.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Harris Channing on Sep. 12, 2010 :
"Ghost Hunter" is a book filled with emotion and magic. It's a fun and intense read that left me sad when I read The End. I'm hopeful that there will be another book with these characters. I want to know what happens to Devon and spend more time with Ashley and Cristian.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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