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Haunted Love

3.31 of 5 stars 3.31  ·  rating details  ·  554 ratings  ·  89 reviews
Spirit, Texas, is a town of secrets, and as the new owner of the local haunted movie theater, Cody Stryker is juggling more than his fair share. When a mysterious new girl comes to town and runs afoul of the ghost that lives in his theater, Cody’s caught in the middle and needs to figure out exactly who he can trust. HAUNTED LOVE is a short story by New York Times Bestsell ...more
Kindle Edition, 38 pages
Published December 13th 2011 by Candlewick
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Mar 24, 2012 Shovelmonkey1 rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who think R-patz is dreamy
Recommended to Shovelmonkey1 by: kindle freeness
Rumble, rumble, rumble

Why, what's this?

Toot, toot!

Well bless my undead soul it's the vampire band wagon. Come on everyone, jump on!

To be honest, and fair, I've never read anything by Cynthia Leitich Smith before so for all I know she could have been writing fanged fantasy for many years before Twilight torched the public imagination, spreading in that worrying and unstoppable manner akin to a particularly savage forest fire. Definitely the best Kindle freebie that I've digitally spoon-fed into m
For a 23 page short story this was pretty good. It was a freebie I found on my Nook, but honestly, I don't usually read many of them once they're downloaded. In fact, I was looking for stuff to delete when I ran across this one.
Hey, it's only a few pages long, why not read it?
I'm glad I did.

It's not an in-depth story (duh), but the author manages to pack in enough information to make it a readable short. If she can do that with this story, I'm thinking I'd like to check out some of her full-len
This had all the makings of a cheesy paranormal romance like the sort Smith seems to specialize in, but I was lured by a haunted movie theater premise. The short story actually turned out somewhat better than I expected, although in all fairness my expectations were very low. And of course, there were vampires that this lamentable bastard child of horror genre requires, but the story was entertaining enough, even had a twist and passed the very short time it took to read it decently.
Haunted Love is a fun short story. I went into it thinking that it would be a light read set in the same universe as Cynthia’s books such as Tantalize and Eternal. It is set in the same universe but has completely different characters and a different setting.
I really enjoyed Haunted Love; it didn’t take too long to read and it surprised me somewhat to be honest. I loved the ghost aspect and while I had my suspicions about Cody I didn’t expect anything from anyone else which was pretty awesome.
So ... Cody buys blood on the internet and becomes a vampire (I don't know how that happened - did it have a virus or what?). Sonia is a ghost who haunts the movie theater, Cody bought after killing his abusive uncle. Although I enjoyed this short story, it did not feel believable. After sparkling vampires, you would think I am able to believe anything, but I am not sure if I can wrap my head around a physical relationship between a ghost and a vampire; i.e. "Her cool fingertips press against my ...more
Selene Valdez
Reminded me of those "scary" books from middle school...meh.
Amy Louise
Great short story. Love Cynthia Leitich Smith's books. :)
Lisette Sanchez
Really enjoyed reading this! Very cute, couldn't even look away from the screen!

In fact, I was rather disappointed when it ended. I really wanted to know more about the characters and because of the length of the piece there wasn't much "development." Still! We learned basics of who these characters were - Cody, Ben, Sonia, Ginny, Cody's uncle.

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Paige Bradish
I bought this short story off of Amazon, and this is my honest review.

I enjoyed this story quite a bit, I was not expecting what happend at all. But once it happened I couldn’t stop turning pages and I was sad when it was over. This story was about a young guy named Cory, who turned out to be I guess a vampire. Which I thought was so random but it was cool. He opened up an old cursed theater and hired an “innocent” teenage girl to man the front. Boy did it go downhill from there.

There were parts
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Spirit, Texas, is a town of secrets, and as the new owner of the local haunted movie theater, Cody Stryker is juggling more than his fair share. When a mysterious new girl comes to town and runs afoul of the ghost that lives in his theater, Cody's caught in the middle and needs to figure out exactly who he can trust. HAUNTED LOVE is a short story by New York Times Bestseller Cynthia Leitich Smith -- set in the same dark universe as her novels TANTAL
Haunted Love by Cynthia Leitich Smith is a very short story that takes place in Spirit, Texas for the most part at the theater that is haunted. There are some supernatural creatures in it as you may have guessed. I don't want to say too much because I don't want to write a spoiler plus you can read the description of it for yourself but what I did want you to know is that although it is short, the characters are well developed for such a short story. As far as the flow of the story, it seemed ru ...more
The story starts out with a simple beginning, starting as many other stories do. However, as the story progresses, more and more unsolved mysteries pop up.

The main character keeps hinting that he's not what he seems to be... His mystery can be a bit annoying at times because he keeps speaking about it in roundabout ways.

I think the author did a great job with Ginny's character. In fact, her mystery was the only one I couldn't guess. I feel like Ben's character is a bit underdeveloped, but ther
Steven R. McEvoy
This short story is now available for free from both Amazon and Kobo. Even though I knew this was a short story, when I hit the end I wanted to know what happens next. I really did not want the story to end. And that is a tribute to the skill of Cynthia Leitich Smith and her mastery as a wordsmith. For fans of Cynthia Leitch Smith's Tantalize, Eternal and Blessed, you will love the story as it just adds to her cannon and we can't help but wonder who the mysterious inline seller of the energy eli ...more
Timothy McNeil
Another free Kindle read

I'm not going to comment on 'Diabolical' (it is certainly not something I would want to read based on the sample provided). "Haunted Love" is an okay (and probably a little rushed) short story. Its most egregious flaw is one of location; at no point does the story feel like it fits in as or takes place in Texas. There are also some issues of naivete in regards to the business sense of the protagonist, but that may have been intentional.
Rebecca A. Rogers
This was a weird story. It almost felt like it could’ve been a full-length novel, but was cut down. A lot of scenes were rushed, and most of the time I was left going, “Whaaat?”

Basically, Cody is a vampire after he orders a vampire potion off the internet. He murders his abusive uncle, buys the local, rundown theater, and decides to fix it up. There, he meets a female ghost, who’s trying to tell him something. At first, Cody believes she’s just jealous of the new girl helping out at the movie th
Melissa Levine
This was a strange one for me, in that, I swear I've read this story or one almost exactly the same as it...very weird.


When Ginny is telling how she went to prom with Ben and he ended up getting a hotel room... "I thought it meant one thing. He thought it meant, um..." What would she have thought it meant besides sex?

Why did it take Cody so long to figure out that Sonia was trying to protect him? Stupidity?
Kaitlyn Francis
This is what I needed, even though I wanted more from this I knew it ended well. Its a short story about a young man trying to reopen a movie theater that he was able to purchase, its his fresh start and even though its a small town he knows his past is behind him. But when things don't add up and the new girl he hired is being threatened he either has to choose to leave the theater opened or leave it closed.

What I loved about this was that I didn't expect Cody to be what he is and of course th
Haunted Love by Cynthia Leitich Smith
Cody was orphaned at age ten and had to live with his abusive Uncle Dean. He found a way to become stronger and defend himself. Now he bought the Old Love Theater in his hometown of Spirit, Texas.

There is a new mayor in town and his sixteen year old daughter, Ginny, has forced herself into Cody's world, wanting to help with the theater. He finds that she is really useful. Never having many friends, he enjoys her friendship along with Sonia’s. The ghost of a s
Joe Kenogbon

I was bored and I wanted a short story book to read. I was glad that Haunted Love was one of the books that I have downloaded waiting to be read. It was a good story, easy to read and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Isobel Radakovic
I just thought that this short story was WAY too rushed. It's a short story, but with the amount of content she put in it, it made it feel as though it should be a book. (view spoiler) ...more
I liked to read it, but I'm still not sure what to make of this story. I think that this story was missing some more details to make it less confusing at some point. Still, I think people could enjoy it.
This short story takes place in the same world as the Tantalize series. The main character Cody Stryker is struggling to hide what and who he is. Recently turned vampire he wants to stay in his small town and run the haunted movie theater in town.

When the ghost who's been calm thus far begins to become violent against the other worker he begins to think things are more than they appear.

Trying to fight his own inner demons while drinking blood in his office he realizes life might just be getting
It was free so i figured I'd try it. Not a fan of this genre (thought I'd give it a try). I'm just glad it was a short story and not drawn out.
Dottie Morrison
Very good

I liked the plotline very enjoyable. I could read more of this kind of book. It was very good book

I love Cynthia Leitich Smith. I seriously tell her that often on FB. I even took a pic with my favorite Smith book, Blessed. I finally got a chance to read this short story and I loved it. It's obvious that she writes shorts stories just as effectively as she writes novels. I'm happy I decided to read this finally. Haunted Love was an enticing and surprising short story, that just increased my need for Smith's novels. Now to get Diabolical. Hopefully, there will be more of Cody and Sonia in the ...more
Sep 18, 2014 Deb rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: ebooks
Fun short story of the supernatural variety :)
Wanda Hartzenberg
I enjoyed the short story a lot more than I did the excerpt of her next book. The story had a nice twist and the main character was well developed. It is also an extremely short, fast read. That is what was good about it. The negatives, the story is a bit like a roller coaster, for large parts of the story you are downhill, full speed at breathtaking speed. That is not so good. The twist was fantastic, and I think if the author paused a bit at this point the story would have been more rounded. I ...more
Jasmine Anne Victoria Bamber
May 05, 2012 Jasmine Anne Victoria Bamber rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who don't like serious litrutre
Shelves: fantasy, romance
This book is a nice easy read. Good for snuggle up on a cold day. Cody the main carecter who bought a drug online which turned him into a vampire and he is kills his evil Uncel, Trying to escape from his past he goes to work in a movie therater and trys to turn into around. Their is a girl working in he the theatre and a goust who haunts the thearture but their is a twist.

Good points-
1. well written
2. Orignel plot
3. Slightly humours.

Bad points-
1. Slightly confusing
2. A bit rushed.

Cheryl M-M
This short story is light, predictable and a little rushed. Pity, because the concept could have been given more depth and longevity. The characters and story will appeal to YA readers.
The whole ghost vs vampire relationship was interesting and not fully explored.
At times it felt as if the reader was being fobbed off with a tidbit instead of treated to the whole kit and caboodle.
Quick read, fun for a ten minute break.
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The Nexus : Haunted Love by Cynthia Leitich Smith - March BOM 2 12 Mar 08, 2012 01:36PM  
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  • Fallen from Grace (Dark Mirror, #0.5)
  • Last Dance of a Black Widow
  • Inspector Zhang Gets His Wish
  • A Hairy Tail (A Hairy Tail, #1)
  • The Wedding Gift
  • Remedial Magic (Faeriewalker, #0.5)
  • Renegade (Devoncroix Dynasty, #3)
  • The Shelter
  • Bewitching the Werewolf (Megan Stephens #1)
  • 11:15 The Making of a Halfling (Halflings, #0.5)
  • Retro Demonology (The Demon Trappers, #0.5)
  • Raising the Dead (Past Midnight, #1.5)
  • The Depot: When Life and Death Cross Tracks
  • The Before (The Farm #0.5)
  • Intuition (Intangible, #0.5)
  • Love a la Carte (prequel to "the orchard")
  • Caged View: A Collection of Urban Fantasy Short Stories (Habitat, #0.5)
Cynthia's fiction is noted for its diversity, humor, lyricism, and mid-to-southwestern settings. Still early in her career, she has shown tremendous range and loves to experiment.

JINGLE DANCER, illustrated by Cornelius Van Wright and Ying-Hwa Hu, (Morrow / Harper-Collins, 2000)(ages 4-up) was a finalist for the Oklahoma Book Award, runner-up for the Western Writers Association Storyteller Award, a
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“Ginny looks so small, huddled on the red carpet. We’ve known each other only a couple of days, but she’s brought sunshine into my life and made me feel like I belong in the glow. It’s not love. It’s the hope of love. But it’s the closest I’ve come to it since I was ten years old. If Ginny wants me, how can I be a monster?” 1 likes
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