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Haunted Heart

3.53 of 5 stars 3.53  ·  rating details  ·  47 ratings  ·  12 reviews
'Intoxicated as I am by my love for him, I am also afraid... What wickedness lurks within me, struggling to emerge?'

1838: In a quiet, English village, eighteen-year-old Eloise Morton yearns to experience love. The arrival of a handsome and aristocratic stranger fills her with hope, but their romantic courtship quickly descends into a maze of psychological games and strange
Paperback, 400 pages
Published June 27th 2011 by Penguin Australia
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The year is 1838, and Eloise Morton is desperate to fall in love. Her sisters, Georgiana and Miriam are promised to fine gentlemen, but it seems that Eloise is destined to find her heart in books like ‘Pride and Prejudice’ and nothing of real-life romance . . . And then Dolour White arrives.

With his sister Celaine, Mr White moves into the country estate near Eloise’s home and she is instantly smitten. Dolour is intelligent and handsome, wickedly sweet and crushingly beautiful. And, wonder of won
This book had me torn. I want to love it. It had all the elements there, but it feels both underbaked and overcooked. Like a cake cooked too quick too hot, raw in the middle, burnt on the edge.

See, what I did up there? Write too much to get across a simple point? That was how I felt about the general tone of the book. The Eloise section (Part 1) was the worst. I really had to push myself to get there, and to give a shit. My other big issue with this section was when Dolour suddenly snapped at El
Kat at Book Thingo
This book won’t shock readers familiar with erotic fiction, but may provide an edge for those who aren’t. Despite parallels with Twilight, this novel is darker and its conclusion isn’t as simple--nor as satisfying.

You can read my full review in the June 2011 issue of BOOKSELLER+PUBLISHER magazine.

Note: The star rating here is different from the rating I gave in the magazine. This is because I selected the magazine rating based on the rating criteria provided by the editor. For Goodreads, I use m
I very much enjoyed this gothic tale which draws on ancient mythology to provide a fresh twist on the vampire theme. The idea of these deadly but alluring creatures feeding on people's souls through their dreams is a fabulous one and these were the most compelling parts of the book for me. I also loved the inclusion of Shelley's poetry which gave the book a literary bent. The language and tone of the novel are in keeping with its 19th century setting and the erotica is woven seamlessly into the ...more
Jennifer Messer-urieta
Loved the story can't wait for the next one
Sep 22, 2011 Larissa rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: own
Eloise was a simple village girl whose life was consumed by her rose garden, her dear friends Georgiana and Miriam, and the possibility Mr Jones, a very amiable man whom she could grow to care for over the years they might spend together as man and wife. Although this was the future she could expect, somehow Eloise couldn't help wanting more, more then her little village, more then an agreeable marriage. What she dreamt of was a deep romance, but the price for such love does not come cheap.

Caitlin Simm
Feb 13, 2014 Caitlin Simm rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: heartbreak books, revenge books or Vampire
Recommended to Caitlin by: The Library Shelf
This book hooks you in at some stages, but doesn't at others. I did find it in the young adult section in the Gisborne NZ Library, but it has quite a bit of sex in it. Like, as in, A LOT at some stages, although they are only her going into the dreams of a few guys. Young adults like myself can relate to the heart break and emotions she is feeling at the beginning, and even the mixed numbing and horrible emotions she is experiencing.
Gillian Napier
Slow to start, but picks up after a while. Refreshing paranormal subjects in a time where supernatural beings are the new 'in' thing. The end kinda left me floundering around a bit, I wasn't sure what was going on and then there's just... nothing.
Saw it at the library on display, not really knowing what to expect.... Hum interesting. A little lost with the ending???? Is there a sequel???
I enjoyed the read!! Sometimes though I found it lingered on too much in certain areas.. But in saying this I still found it hard to put down!
Excellently written. Though the ending drove me crazy as you aren't sure what happened.
Rob Towner
High;y enjoyed!!! A nice change of pace from modern vampire cliches
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I am the author of Haunted Heart, a dark and thrilling tale of intrigue, seduction and a new kind of supernatural menace...published by Penguin and out now in all good bookshops (Australia) or online.
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