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Better Homes and Hauntings

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  4,781 ratings  ·  587 reviews
Author of the beloved Half Moon Hollow series of vampire romances (Nice Girls Don’t Have Fangs), Molly Harper has created a standalone paranormal romance in which a dilapidated haunted house could bring star-crossed lovers together—if it doesn’t kill them first!

When Nina Linden is hired to landscape a private island off the New England coast, she sees it as her chance to r
Mass Market Paperback, 318 pages
Published June 24th 2014 by Pocket Books
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KatieV I wouldn't say scary, but then again I've read a lot of horror. There is a haunting and mystery to solve, but it is definitely on the lighter rom-com …moreI wouldn't say scary, but then again I've read a lot of horror. There is a haunting and mystery to solve, but it is definitely on the lighter rom-com side of things.(less)

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Carol [Goodreads Addict]
Jun 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Better Homes and Hauntings by Molly Harper is a stand alone that is a fun who-dun-it of the ghostly kind.

Deacon Whitney is the very rich creator of Eye-Dee, a social networking site. He has also inherited his family’s mansion that sits on a private island that has the reputation of being haunted by his Great-Great Grandmother, Catherine Whitney. Deacon is the first to break the curse and to have a successful business and has decided to use his success to refurbish the mansion to all its former
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Nina Linden is hired to landscape a private island and she thinks this will be the chance for her to rebuild her failing business. Rick, her partner, and ex-boyfriend have tried to destroy her career after she left him when she realized he had been swindling money from their company. Deacon Whitney, the man she is working for is planning on renovating the derelict Whitney estate on the island. The problem is that the place is said to be haunted by the lady of the manor that was killed a century ...more
Feb 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-1
This was a totally cute standalone by paranormal author Molly Harper about a landscaper who goes to work on a project at a mansion on an island on the US east coast and finds it haunted. Nina is a sassy, great main character, and her romance with nerdy, comic book loving, reclusive billionaire Deacon (who owns the mansion being restored) was cute to read. There are cute side stories as well with the minor characters. A nice stand-alone.

Please excuse typos/name misspellings. Entered on screen re
UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

A review of both the audio and kindle version...

Better Homes and Hauntings is a standalone novel by one of my favorite author/narrator teams; Molly Harper and Amanda Ronconi. I often wonder if they share the same brain waves because, without fail, Ms. Ronconi performs the story exactly the way I imagine Ms. Harper meant it to be performed.


When Nina Linden is hired to landscape a private island off the New England coast, she sees it as her chance to rebuild her failing business after being

4 Ghostly Good Stars!

Molly Harper is one of my go to authors. I've read everything she's written, and her paranormal romances are my personal favorites. Her endearing quirky characters, witty laugh-out-loud dialogue, and exceptional story telling make her books a joy to read. Better Homes and Hauntings fell right into that mold and proved once again why I love her books so much!

There was not one, but two romances in play and fun friendships that formed. I only wish that there were more ghostly
May 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal, cozy, audible
This is a cute cozy about a crew of people that are contracted to restore an old mansion, that is located on a secluded island. The owner is new to his large fortune and insists that they all stay on the island for the duration of the restoration for the purpose of security. When strange things start to happen in and around the house, the truth of its longtime reputation of it being haunted is brought to light. They as a group, decide to stay on with the hope of getting to the bottom of what rea ...more
3.5 Stars

I’ve always been drawn to scary stories, even when I was much younger. I’m not sure why because I’d usually end up scared out of my wits and unable to turn the lights out at bedtime. These were times I was very grateful to have shared a room with my sister! As a grownup I still love a good thriller, so the thought of vengeful ghosts, and spine chilling encounters, had me giddy to pick up Better Homes and Hauntings. Add in a big, beautiful, spooky mansion as the setting, and some romance
Jacob Proffitt
Mar 24, 2014 rated it liked it
I've read just about every book Harper has written and this is the lowest rating I've given one to date. The story was interesting and the plot engaging. I even liked the characters. But the friendships were too fast and complete, with immediate in-jokes and banter, that strained credulity a little too much. I liked them. I just didn't buy them. That break in engagement was near constant after about the halfway point. The relationships (and I don't mean simply the romantic ones) felt like they w ...more
Jun 27, 2014 rated it it was ok
DNF at 65%.

I paused for a day and never wanted to go on. I browsed through the rest of the book and it keep going as boring, slow-paced and predictable as ever:(

This is the first Molly Harper book I haven't managed to finish. I think the ghost story was extremely poorly made, the multiple VOPs made the characters distant and the whole story somehow lacked the vibe and humour I usually enjoy all all of the authors books.

I have no idea how to rate this, I couldn't finish it after all! Somewhere
Jun 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Deacon has lived with his family's curse and my have even beaten it. He found success when his ancestors had only found financial ruin. He now wants to show the world his family's estate refurbished after years of neglect. He hires Nina to revive the gardens on is private island where she must stay until the work is done for security reasons. This works perfectly for her she is on the verge of ruin herself after a deceitful partner left her and her business suffering. She needs the recommendatio ...more
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** 4 Ghostly Stars **

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I love everything that I’ve read of Molly Harper’s to date (I have to say her “Half Moon Hallow” series is favorite of mine) Her characters are witty, snarky, and just plain fun & refreshing and the cast of characters in this book is no exception.

Better Homes and Hauntings is a stand-alone but has the same snarky humor I've come to expect from her books. Nina Linden is one of several contractors hired to renovate the r
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Jan 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
From the very first sentence, Ms. Harper had me laughing, and she kept me laughing until the very end. Better Homes and Hauntings is so much more than just a funny book, though. It's mysterious and heartbreaking and beautiful. It was just absolutely amazing and I positively loved it!!

Nina Linden has been hired by Deacon Whitney to landscape the grounds of his family's ancestral island home. She simply wants to do a spectacular job to get her business thriving and ignore all the ghost stories she
Trying to rebuild her business after her former business partner decided to ruin her reputation and send her to the wall, Nina accepts a job away from the city restoring a mansion on an isolated island. Together with a very small team they are restoring the house and gardens which have stood deserted for more than 100 years. But they quickly encounter a malevolence that is haunting the house.

As they restore the house, they gradually uncover a story of murder and betrayal and it seems that the g
Dec 07, 2014 rated it it was ok
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange from an honest review.

I was so excited to read this book. I have heard nothing but great things about Molly Harper and almost everyone who has recommended paranormal romance stories to me has recommended her.

However, for all the hype, she fell short here.

Granted, the ghost story was highly entertaining—I enjoyed it to the very end, even though I guessed less than halfway through who the “bad specter” really was.

But I was promised—or so the book’s
This is a light read, which is sometimes needed. Honestly, I think it would have been better as a paranormal rom-com type film. The dialogue is very snappy and filled with one liners, clever comebacks, and pop culture references. I enjoy these elements, I truly do, but I think it translates better to film than paper. YMMV

Basic plot. Deacon Whitney is a tech nerd who has made it big with his Facebook-esque technology. He comes from a gilded-age New England lineage, but his family lost the money l
Jan 16, 2016 rated it it was ok
Two and a half stars: A book with a good ghostly mystery, but it lacks humor and the romances are lackluster.

Nina can't shake the feeling of foreboding that sneaks up on her once she sets foot on Crane Island. It doesn't help that she was seasick on the boat ride over, and then once she arrived at the house, she thought she saw a shadowy figure on the roof. Still, Nina desperately needs this job, so she is determined to stick it out and do the best landscaping she can in order to help restore th
Lanie (Lanies Book Thoughts)
This is my first book by Molly Harper, I've heard so many great things about her writing that I was super excited to get a copy of this book. However, after the first couple chapters I pretty much lost interest.

From the book blurb I was anticipating the POVs to remain focused on Nina and Deacon, specially since this is a love story of sorts. Instead, it hops around five different characters, which really detracts from the story. I really,really,really wanted to just stick to these main characte
All Things Urban Fantasy
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

Take a standard romance novel trope, add a ghost story and some humor, and you get a romance novel only Molly Harper could write. BETTER HOMES & HAUNTINGS is a departure from Harper’s normal vampires, werewolves, and witches, but it doesn’t suffer for it. In fact, this standalone was a treat, and definitely worth the read despite my complaints about tropes.

There were some truly creepy moments in BETTER HOMES & HAUNTINGS. Between the ghostly experiences
Sarah Marie
Better Homes and Haunting by Molly Harper

3.25 stars

Nina is hired to landscape a beautiful mansion on an island. This is her chance to rebuild her business and get away from her ex. The owner is Deacon Whitney and he sweeps her off of her feet. The Whitney estate has been abandoned for a while and the workers keep being driven away. Something lurks in the corners of the house and they are not happy about the renovation process. This is a true Molly Harper book. I used to love her Jane Jamison ser

Jessica Frances
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I listened to Better Homes and Hauntings on audible and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The narrator did a fantastic job. Even though I guessed the true ending about the ghosts, it was still enjoyable to follow the gang as they slowly discovered more about the past, while also moving towards their HEA in their own futures. I loved the friendship which was built between the women, as well as the humour that was littered throughout the story. I wholeheartedly recommend to Harper fans, as well as anyone l ...more
Jun 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: paranormal, romance, funny
Lots of funny cute moments.
Paige  Bookdragon
Eeeh. Is it just me or the cover model looks like Miley Cyrus?

Anyhoo. I was excited to read this book.This has been on my TBR pile for ages and when I finally had a copy of it, I read it. Immediately.

It did not go well.

First of all, I was not scared. This is ghost story and I was expecting some serious goosebumps. NADA What's scarier than working in a haunted mansion?

Then there was the author's way of writing. It's not just for me, I think. I keep on getting distracted by it.Safe to say she di
Nov 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Molly Harper has been on my auto-buy list since I first read Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs. She writes fast paced funny, snarky, sweet and sexy romance. I have yet to read anything by her that I haven’t thoroughly enjoyed and Better Homes and Hauntings is no exception. And though I am not a fan of ghost stories this book is more like an adult Scooby Doo story. I adore the geek love between Nina and Deacon and there is a fantastic set of secondary characters. For a fun filled romp that will have yo ...more
Diana Brown
Jun 19, 2014 rated it it was ok

2 1/2 stars... I have to say I was disappointed in this book. I love Molly's other series, and was looking forward to this book. Her funny and snarky characters/dialogue were missing in this book, and the characters just didn't connect with me. There was definitely something missing in this book, and I had to force myself to finish it.
Apr 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: audible
Better Homes and Hauntings by Molly Harper is the story of the refurbishent of a cursed and haunted island mansion now owned by an IT billionaire and reputedly haunted by his great great grandmother who had been murdered. An interesting, cute story with fun characters, although rather predictable and not much of a mystery.
3.75 stars
Ren Puspita
4 stars

"Of all the things she just said, skipping to the end of a book is what bothers you most?" Jake asked.

Cindy crossed her arms and set her chin. "I hate spoilers."

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Not your ordinary Scoby Dooby Doo gang!

It's not the first time I read Harper's book. I had read her Nice Girl series (just book 1, Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs :P) and already like her quirky and nerdy humor. I pick Better Home and Hauntings since this one is just a stand alone and perfect for a quick read.
Jun 06, 2014 rated it it was ok
“Do we have to call it a haunting?” Deacon whined.
“Yes!” the others chorused.

Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce you into a world where 30-ish adults talk and act exactly like teenagers. Not only do they whine, they also giggle,

“You won’t even know I’m here.” Dotty giggled, hopping into Deacon’s lap and giving him a world-class noogie.

headbutt furniture,

He would have whacked his forehead against the desk, but it would have given her too much satisfaction.

Megan Riverina Romantics
Rating: 3.5/5
Heat Rating: 2.5/5
Narrator Performance: 4.5/5

Slow moving with a great ending.
Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)

Nina Linden's job prospects as landscaper have gone rapidly downhill since her former boss has gone psycho and started sabotaging her. Which is why she needs this job, it could restore her reputation whilst giving her some much needed cash what that the job is a little strange? And that the property she is landscaping is supposedly haunted and cursed for good measure...and that she will now be living there with the rest of the crew, including the billionaire owner, working on the p
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