My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Time taken to read - 1 hour
Blurb from goodreads
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 TANTALIZE, ETERNAL, and BLESSED. This story includes a sneak preview of Cynthia Leitich Smith's latest novel, DIABOLICAL, which unites characters from the previous three novels in the Tantalize Series along with a fascinating cast of all-new characters for a suspenseful, action-packed clash between the forces of heaven and hell
This book is so short I could have read it in 10 minutes (I started it when out hence taking the hour). We have a vampire, a ghost and "normal" people who flit in and out of the story. Cody has bought the "haunted" local movie theater and a new girl offers to help get it running and sorted. Soon it seems maybe there is something to the "haunted" rumors and Cody has to keep the new girl safe from both himself and the ghost.
To be honest it is hard to write a lot about it as it is so short that just about anything would give the story away. The thing I liked was it gave you a different spin of how the vampire came to be, however there is a lot unanswered or that could have been elaborated on. I would love to have read this as a novella or even a full novel as it has so much potential but you need a lot of background of pretty much all of the characters. I did like it but felt it was just getting started when it ended and it rushed along at breakneck speed at the end so 2/5 for me. However this book is free on amazon and some people love tiny stories like this so give it a try.
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