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Ghouls Rush In

(Peyton Clark #1)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  2,142 ratings  ·  215 reviews
Listening length: 9 hours, 14 minutes

Do you believe in love after life?

Looking for a fresh start, Peyton Clark becomes the proud owner of a piece of New Orleans history: an Antebellum-era two-story house in the Garden District. It’s going to take time and a fat wallet to restore the fixer-upper to its former glory, but after her recent divorce, Peyton could use the distrac
Kindle Edition, 283 pages
Published May 20th 2014 by Montlake Romance
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May 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who love a good ghost story.
After escaping her domineering husband, Peyton moves into a rundown antebellum home left to her by a distant aunt. Needing to keep herself busy she decides to restore the home to its former glory and manages to get Ryan, a specialist in restoring homes to take on the job.

She soon discovers the home is haunted by Drake, a policeman who died sometime in the early 20th century, and as he visits her in her sleep a story unfolds about a series of brutal murders which terrorised the people of New Orl
I was thinking this was going to be a lot different than it was. The synopsis says "She’s receiving kisses from unseen lips and caresses from a ghostly hand, and soon she begins to have vivid dreams, bringing her face-to-face with the incomparably handsome ghost of Drake Montague." However, I don't remember there being any hanky panky ghost stuff going in. She hears footsteps in her house, and then later has a dream of Drake. Only it's not a dream but a real encounter with Drake. There isn't any ...more
On the same day her divorce is final, Peyton Clark also finds she was left a house following her great aunts passing, so she moves to New Orleans to start a new life. The house is in terrible shape, but she soon convinces her cute neighbor, Ryan, to help her remodel it. When she finds some interesting newspaper articles in the walls, it opens up a connection with a ghost in her house. Unfortunately, she soon has another entity trying to make contact, and it isn't very nice.

This was a cute story.
I love just about EVERYTHING HP writes, even though she utilizes a lot of elements I do not care for (love triangles & instalove) they always seem to work in one fun, hilarious steamy package.

I have always been a huge fan of the Josie & Dulcie Series and when I heard she was starting another series I was very excited to read this book.

I can read the Dulcie Series over and over because I have a huge book crush on Knight. I just think he is sexy as hell and how I envision him... well yeah you ge
Karan Eleni
May 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2014, netgalley
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Having read and loved several of H.P. Mallory's books, this one is right up there with the rest. While H.P.'s previous three series feature paranormal characters, the main characters in Ghouls Rush In are mortal giving a different take on a paranormal romance. Peyton and Ryan (one of my new book boyfriends) are extremely likable characters and I cannot wait to see how their relationship blossoms in book two!

I had already preordered but was bless

Lori {Romancing the Dark Side}
I really tried to like this book but after 100 pages I couldn't deal with its repetitiveness. The insta-lust wasn't believable and how many times can a girl read the words "he chuckled" before throwing a book across the room?! This book was very similar to her other series and I think I was hoping for something totally different when I picked this up. That being said, if you're looking for a lighter paranormal romance this one just might do the trick. *Full review coming soon*
Well, first time reading anything by this author. Very disappointed. It made me think the writer just wanted to churn a book out quickly and get it over with. Really, the dialogue was very stiff and the author needs a thesaurus. I didn't even make it through the first chapter without getting annoyed by so many "he chuckled". I'm really shocked at the "NY Times Best Seller Author" status. Sorry.
Tiera McMillian
Apr 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: april-2019
Available to Read and Listen via Kindle Unlimited. Narration is by Kate Rudd, one of my all time favorite narrators so this book was doubly enjoyable for me. The story itself was cute but a little on the lite side. I felt like we really didn't get very far into what was happening and almost all of the real reveals came right at the end in a kind of cliffhanger fashion with the story tbc. I personally was a little confused by the relationships, or lack there of, of the characters. It was a little ...more
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There are times the book ratings on Goodreads just make no sense to me. Kind of like how Goodreads reviewers have cast Zachary Quinto as Will Trent, when the character has blonde hair and blue eyes. (Did you even read the book?!)

In this case, the 3.78 rating defies reason. My experience is that books with a rating in the threes have major flaws and/or are generally not particularly good. But I loved this book! The female lead was affable, the male protagonists appealing and likeable. I enjoyed
Mar 14, 2018 rated it liked it
I give this 3.5 stars. The writing was know your dealing with a talented author here. I’m so 50/50 on paranormal stories. Not usually my choice of read, but this has a cute story and great characters.
May 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ghouls Rush In is the first book in a new paranormal mystery/romance series by H.P. Mallory. After reading the publisher’s summary, I was prepared for this book to be just the latest in the recent plethora of supernatural-themed romance novels with little substance and a predictable plot. I’m happy to say that I was pleasantly surprised.

This book introduces Peyton Clark, a recent divorcee whose inheritance of a historic home from a distant relative could not have come at a better time. Peyton, l
Peyton has just gotten divorced when this house that used to belong to her great-aunt in dropped in her lap. She takes it as destiny to start her new life redoing the house of her family whom she knew nothing about. Peyton’s new house isn’t in the best shape with all the rain it’s leaking pretty bad. When Ryan is sent to check on her he finds the house in a bad place and offers her a warm place to stay and to help her find someone who can fix her house up. With little coaxing from Ryan’s sister ...more
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
If there is one thing about me you can count on, it is that I am always down for a good ghost story and the simple fact that no matter how scary or crazy it may be, I am always up for a good read full of all things that go bump in the night.

Okay, that might be pushing it just a little because truth be told, as much as I like a good ghost story, I also happen to be a great big chicken so it was with a little relief that the ghost in this one wasn't all that scary, well, the first one wasn't anyw
Plot: The overall idea of the plot was really interesting, but the execution left something to be desired. First of all, it took a long time to actually get into the supernatural part of the book, which wasn't really necessary. I did enjoy the plot in the middle part of the book - the mystery was interesting, especially since it was based on real unsolved crimes. The author also definitely succeeded in creeping me out, which is unusual in paranormal romance type books. My main complaint, and the ...more
Alice Liu
Jul 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars. Peyton Clark has no connection to her personal past, save for the monstrosity of a haunted house that she has inherited from an aunt she never knew about. What made this fun for me was how individual belief systems about all things paranormal collided. It was funny to see Ryan believe in ghosts before Peyton, when it's usually the woman trying to convince the man...followed by some flip flopping. Then there were the dangerous amateur attempts -- everyone knows the danger of Ouiji boar ...more
Jackie's Bookbytes
I felt like Ghouls Rush In was a lesson in how seances and rituals are bad. Never play with Ouija boards kids! You don't want to open yourself up to anything bad because that is exactly what happens to Peyton.

Peyton Clark inherits an old dilapidated house in New Orleans that was once owned by her great-aunt. She intends to renovate it and even restore it to its original self. She enlists the help of a hot guy from across the street whose name is Ryan. The story about how they meet and the light
Brenda .
Dec 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have had this book on my kindle forever! And this is soooo good. Love the mystery, paranormal and little romance. I got the first free a long while ago and I got the second one too for free. Best free books ever! I do like H.P Mallory (author) and have enjoyed her other books but these are the best yet!
Started off at a four-star level and had some of the same elements throughout, but there were a lot of 3 star parts, too. 3.5 stars. Possibly will read, or at least try, book #2.
It started off a bit slow, then picked up. I will carry on with the series
Lynsey   (A Bookish Life)
Ghouls Rush In

I think I've read the majority of H. P. Mallory's books at this point, but have yet to actually finish a series of hers. That may sound worrying, but it's not as bad as it sounds, honest. And she certainly isn't alone in her category of "unfinished". But I think the reason I've always left before the end in the past may be that the story arcs tend to start out really strongly, then get a bit messy later on. For example, I've always found the first book in each series to be the
Brianna Belbin
Oct 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-unlimited
I considered this more of a cozy mystery than a urban fantasy book. It started out slow and started to pick up halfway through. I liked the fact that it was about ghosts instead of vampires or werewolves which definitely makes it a more interesting love triangle. It was a good read with more realistic characters than most cozies have.
Nicole Peterson
Jun 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had a friend that had read some of H.P. Mallory’s other works and so was a fan before these came out. She also raved about this one, so I couldn’t wait to read this. Then just for shits and giggles I entered the giveaway on Goodreads, I usually don’t win on there. I won! So I got the book and decided I had to fit it in ASAP. Then I saw Once Haunted, Twice Shy on NetGalley and figured I would request it. If I didn’t get it and liked Ghouls Rush In I would just buy it anyway. I was accepted. So ...more
Jan 18, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal
Honestly not sure what I really expected out of this book, it seemed like an interesting concept. Girl moves into house, house is haunted, ghost seduces girl and girl starts to like ghost. Not only does she has a supernatural suitor she has a very alive, very manly suitor. OF course, he is also convinced that he will not get into relationships, especially his cute little blonde neighbor.

Well, that’s the good news. The bad news is when they start their remodel of her recently inherited, ancient p
Tashia Jennings
"Ghouls Rush In", by H.P. Mallory has alittle of everything for you.

Peyton Clark is now in the position to finally be her true self. Her new life now is so different from her old Stepford wife routine she endured for five years in California with ex-hubby, Jonathan. Peyton thinks it is destiny when she receives the deed to a relative's house, that she had never met yet, on the same day her divorce is finalized. She goes out and buy a whole new wardrobe and bids the west coast goodbye. A home in
Nurse Lisa In Ohio (PRN Book Reviews)
Title: "Ghouls Rush In" - Book 1, Peyton Clark Series.
Author: (one of my FAVES) @HPMallory
Format: audiobook via Audible (iPhone app)
Read by: Kate Rudd
Overall: 5/5 stars
Performance: 4.5/5 stars
Story: 5/5 stars
One Word: IMPRESSED! ☺️

Brief review:

I must say, I'm COMPLETELY blown away! What a creepy, funny, scary, fantabulous book!

As a pre-existing HP Mallory worshipper via the Jolie, Dulcie, Lily & Sinjin series' I felt it was important to try this series on for size finally. I am sooo so GLAD I d
I'm not sure how others feel, but I'm honestly sick to death of the vampire-romance genre. My fondness for other supernatural beings, such as shape-shifters, faeries, witches, dragons, etc., hasn't waned, but I do find it difficult to find such a novel that really appeals to me. That being said I took a chance with "Ghouls Rush In," and lucky me, I ended up enjoying the story more than I thought I would. It's a well-developed story that's fun, easy, and quick read with likeable (and quirky) ...more
Natalia Rox
What the hell kind of ending was that?

I love the characters and just as the story was about to take that turn for the ended! I am not talking a cliff hanger either. A cliff hanger i would understand, but she wrapped it up nice and neat with a weak hint that there may be more for the story.

I guess I am disappointed because I enjoy her writing style and the story has potential to be fun and exciting. Similar to my excitement when I first read The Southern Vampire Mystery series. Then
Apr 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great start to a new series. As a fan of the authors' other series I was in no way disappointed. This had intrigue, mystery and yummy guys just as you'd expect. I love the setting of New Orleans, what could be better than ghosts, voodoo and The Big Easy! There are so many ways for this series to go and it's only the beginning. I can't wait to see more of all of the characters and I really hope to see a lot more of Trina, what a witty, funny, crazy character. She almost steals the show! Anyone wh ...more
Oct 06, 2014 rated it it was ok
Not what I expected

this book was definitely not for me because it doesn't get good until the end. I would have liked for some problems to be resolved in middle of the book. I didn't like that she gets possessed by drake and it's kinda pointless because her having him in her body is worthless. the evil spirit doesn't attack, so what was the point of having him. I don't know if ill get the second book because this one took to , long for anything good to happen. but the second book is free so who k
P.M. Briede
May 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found the characters of this story so much more relatable and realistic of all of those in HP's universe. Peyton is a girl's girl and Ryan is a guy's guy but they are so tender and sweet together I just thoroughly enjoyed them. Does the story drag at times? Maybe a little bit, but I'll give that to series openers as I like to know my main characters well since I plan on spending a couple of books with them. The Axeman twist was interesting and Drake is nice and mysterious without being a compl ...more
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