She never wanted to return.
He wants nothing more than for her to leave.
But the fire between them is as strong as the past that haunts them.
Annie Freemont grew up on the road, immersed in the romance of rare things, cultivating an eye for artifacts and a spirit for bargaining. It's a freewheeling life she loves and plans to continue--until her dad is diagnosed with dementia. His illness forces them to return to Moonhill, their ancestral home on the coast of Maine--and to the family they left behind fifteen years ago, after Annie's mother died in a suspicious accident.
Once at Moonhill, Annie is shocked when her aunt separates her from her father. The next time Annie sees him, he's a bizarre, violent shadow of his former self. Confused, she turns to an unlikely ally for support--Chase, the dangerously seductive young groundskeeper. With his dark good looks and powerful presence, Chase has an air of mystery that Annie is irresistibly drawn to. But she also senses that behind his penetrating eyes are secrets she can't even begin to imagine. Secrets that hold the key to the past, to Annie's own longings--and to all of their futures. Now, to unlock them, she'll have to face her greatest fears and embrace her legacy…
The Dark Heart Series
Esden's deliciously dark debut, which opens a new adult paranormal series, introduces readers to a secretive family who are the caretakers of magic objects and the jailors of dangerous djinn. If the djinn were set free, they would wreak havoc across the world. Annie Freemont had an unconventional childhood, traveling with her antiques appraiser father and learning his craft after the death of her mother. Her father's abrupt descent into dementia forces them back to his family's gloomy home of Moonhill, on the coast of Maine, to undergo treatment. Chase, the estate's half-djinn caretaker, tries to warn Annie away from her father and Moonhill before she has to confront the danger that swirls around her. Though romance is a secondary plot to Annie unraveling her extended family's history and her determination to join their fight against the djinn, the connection between her and Chase provides enough heat to propel the series forward.