After David Girard inherits his family's creepy old estate—a place that holds only tragic memories for him—he wants nothing to do with it. The sooner it's out of his possession, the better, so he hires Andi Petrowski to fix it up for a quick sale. He's immediately drawn to the feisty contractor, but he fears his father's cruel legacy will ruin everything.
The moment Andi enters the Girard mansion, she's haunted by disturbing visions. She tries to brush them off, but her attraction to David isn't as easy to ignore. Their relationship soon crosses the line from professional to personal, despite his guarded nature and warnings about his dark past.
When the dreams and visions intensify into very real violence, David and Andi are desperate to uncover the evil threatening to possess him. Could Andi's gifts be the key to uncovering the darkness within David? And will he be strong enough to break the family curse and protect the woman he loves?
Donovan (An Experienced Mistress) writes an intriguing haunted house tale with spine-tingling suspense and an emotionally fraught romance. David Girard plans to sell his inherited family mansion to escape its curse. Contractor Andi Petrowski needs the gig refurbishing the historic house, so she dismisses its evil aura. Not easily dismissed is the attraction to David, who's fascinated by her even as he engages in erratic behavior to scare her away. The relationship turns intimate, leading to conversations about deeply disturbing secrets and childhood hallucinations. Meanwhile, the house gets bolder and turns violent. Friendly ghosts, an ex-priest turned psychic, and an unexpected confession provide the ammunition for Andi to realize her psychic gifts and lift the curse from David's shoulders so they can battle the house's demons together. Andi is a snappy, spunky character and easy to root for. At times the dialogue feels stilted, but the strong story and pacing will have broad appeal.