Nom de Plume Rating: ★★★★★
Reading Time: 5 minutes
*FTC Disclaimer: I received a copy of Gull Harbor from Kathryn Knight in exchange for an honest review. I have in no way been influenced by the author and/or publisher’s generosity. You can’t fake these stars, baby!
When Claire Linden’s job sends her to the sleepy town of Gull Harbor, she never expects to encounter her ex-boyfriend. As a medium, the prospect of tackling a haunted house is less daunting than seeing Max Baron again. Throughout their passionate college relationship, he promised to love her forever. Then, without explanation, he abandoned her on graduation day.
Max never intended to break Claire’s heart—a cruel ultimatum forced him to disappear from her life. While he’s shocked to find her in Gull Harbor, he isn’t surprised by the bitter resentment she feels for him…or the fiery attraction that remains between them.
Claire is determined to rid her temporary home of its aggressive ghost, but Max soon realizes she’s facing a danger beyond the paranormal. When Claire risks everything to help a desperate spirit, Max must race to save her—before another tragedy tears them apart forever.
First Line: “The words drifted with the dust motes across the dimly lit tavern. ‘Can I help you?’ That voice. Claire Linden froze in the doorway…”
Gaawd this electric current in my body is unbearable! Kathryn Knight has this way of manifesting spider-chills up my arms! I can’t help but let these emotions engulf me.
In Haunted Souls, I became the mother who doesn’t know how to tell an old lover we have a son together. In Silver Lake, I was that young woman stalked by the ghost of a missing friend. Here, I am a woman filled with doubt who is trying to rid my temporary home of a spirit all while being thrust upon my ex who dumped me in college.
Yah, you guessed it, I don’t want to see him right now.
Ok so I might/maybe/possibly obsessively latch on to Kathryn Knight’s characters… bite me!
The man who had promised to love her forever had pretended not to know her. And now her traitorous body was burning with need for him as she lay alone in the darkness.
Oh yes. We are first introduced to Claire after she moves to Gull Harbor and within the first page she sets her eyes on Max.
A sweet delicious bowl of OMFG that burns you so deeply you are overcome with bitterness.
As Max succumbs to his feelings for Claire, he tries to get closer. Meanwhile, Claire tries to focus on work; she’s not interested in round two with this man. She has been hired to find out why the old Williams house in Gull Harbor reeks of spirits and strange activities. She has to rely on her wits and the help of the locals (including Max) to decipher jumbled messages from the past.
And Claire hates thinking about the past, especially her own.
Oooo but this is Kathryn Knight we’re talking about! There is the right touch of déjà vu and danger.
Claire finally meets a spirit that is reluctant to leave. Claire seems to empathize because, well, her feelings for Max seem to be a harboring disease laying dormant in her system that wont seem to disintegrate.
But this ghost becomes violent! 😱 “I ain’t afraid of no ghost” does not apply here. Get out of there!
How could he protect her against some paranormal force? He wanted her to leave town, but he knew she wouldn’t. And part of him wanted her to stay, so he could get her into his bed. God, he still desired her, even after what she had done.
What she had done? Umm. You’re the one who dumped her via a “Goodbye I’m sorry not sorry” note. Coward! No wonder Claire wants nothing to do with him now that they’ve been brought back together. There appears to be some misunderstandings… something’s fishy in this little coastal town….
To add complications, this ghost Claire is trying to deal with doesn’t speak English. Or does it? Hur hur. 😏 As Claire works with this soul caught in limbo, she learns the ghost’s name is Maria. Now that Claire is slowly earning Maria’s trust, will this encourage her to give her own trust to Max The Graduation Bailer who bailed on her with all his sexy bail-ness?
Yikes. How is Claire going to help Maria? How is Claire going to help herself?! What is she going to do about Max when she leaves town? Because she can’t stay there forever…. Oh the sweet tension of desire!
“Claire…before we go any further, you need to know something. There’s a chance I may never be able to fully explain what happened five years ago… Just know that my leaving had nothing to do with how I felt about you. I never stopped loving you.”
Hell NAW. You will tell me right now you… you… dreamy specimen!
Gull Harbor, like all of Kathryn Knight’s books, is deliciously haunting. My favorite passages keep reverberating through my mind reminding me of the journey Max and
I are on Claire are on. The ghosts in Kathryn’s books are never the main focus, and here they propel the characters along a journey of trust and rediscovery. Gull Harbor made my heart swell in anticipation. I don’t know if I’d be able to forgive someone for betraying me, abandoning me. Yet here I am living vicariously through Claire; I was bitter towards Max and now I am vulnerable.
How can this tale of a second chance love be fictitious? Kathryn Knight has done it again and I am floundering amidst my own emotions trying to figure out what the heck just happened to me.
Le sigh. Gull Harbor is paranormal romance perfection.