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Looking for Love in All the Haunted Places

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Title: Looking for Love in All the Haunted Places
Author: Claire Kann
Publisher: Berkley
Genres: Romance, Paranormal
Format: paperback
I was given the e-book for a fair review
Will Be Published: May 21, 2024

Lucky Hart, a woman in need of a job and a place to live, seizes an opportunity when she discovers that “No Qualms Productions” is seeking a caretaker for a haunted web series. Armed with her unique ability to read people, she crafts a compelling audition tape and impresses the interviewers. What they don’t know is that Lucky's resilience and courage are her greatest assets, even in the face of potential terror in the beautiful home.

Under the cloak of an NDA, Lucky is briefed about the daily interviews and the daytime filming. The Victorian house, a character in its own right, has seen three previous caretakers flee in fear after a few nights. When Lucky musters the courage to inquire about the house's haunting, she's handed five rules to abide by. Her curiosity, a trait that endears her to readers, only makes these rules more difficult to follow.
Upon entering, Lucky introduces herself to the house and senses its natural elements. No sooner does she comfortably settle in the bathtub than she notices the bedroom door slowly open wider. The house has also given her a purple flower in a mason jar. Lucky speaks to Maverick, who is part of the show crew, and she senses that he cares about her being safe. His daughter, Rebel, also has an interest in the paranormal. Because of this, they become closer.

When "The Caretaker's" crew begins shooting, Lucky realizes that the show will be her official debut into the field of the supernatural. Lucky has researched the paranormal and backed away from friends to devote her life to her career. She intuitively follows where the house leads and speaks to ghost-like images of people as a way of communicating with the house and learning what it's really after. She also participates in the filming of Rebel's show.

LOOKING FOR LOVE IN ALL THE HAUNTED PLACES delivers "a creepy vibe" that stays until the end of the book. It's difficult to explain what the house wants from the occupants without spoiling the end for you. I’ll say this, it enjoys socializing because it’s lonely. The problem is it doesn’t have any emotions. Lucky’s goal was to earn the house’s trust. I admire her courage and strength. I would think twice about reading this book at night.

Five out of five houses that would never sell
Denise Fleischer
April 20, 2024

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Let’s just start with the fact that the main character’s name is Lucky Hart. She’s trying to get a job as a caretaker for the famous Hennesse House which doesn’t like visitors. Most of the time, it ends up scaring people away but after a few days, it’s clear Lucky has a connection to the house.

This might be due to the fact that Lucky has ESP or the fact that she’s quickly dealing with a growing crush on Maverick. Even so, the book doesn’t solely focus on the budding relationship between Maverick and Lucky.

Instead, Looking for Love in All the Haunted Places focuses on Lucky learning to accept her gifts and unravel the mystery of Hennesse House. While we get answers in the end, this book truly feels like a slow burn as we’re following Lucky and Maverick dancing around each other which makes for such torture.

Even so, Claire Kann manages to give us a compelling tale about how the house works, Lucky’s abilities, and her romance with Maverick. Of course, I would also be remiss if I didn’t mention the slew of memorable side characters like Rebel who is Maverick’s daughter, and Georgia who works on the show and eventually becomes friends with Lucky.

All in all, this book wears many hats but in the best way. You get that little dash of magic and spookiness while also getting a romance. It’s honestly such a great one to pick up during the spring season but I can see this book being picked up a lot during the fall/Halloween season.

Either way, I thought it was so fun and I’m excited to read more from Claire Kann. I feel like we rarely see romances with ace characters and I can’t wait to see what’s next.

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Claire Kann, write more cozy paranormal romances because this was absolutely delightful. I think so many people will enjoy this as a fall and eerie season read, and will appreciate the care that went into the asexual representation.

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I'd like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for a chance at reading this book early.

As an asexual person, I am always looking for books with an ace leading lady (or male). So finding this, I assumed it would be a book for me.

Unfortunately, I had to DNF it at 25%.

I found the character interesting but the plot sadly wasn't interesting enough - it moved at such a slow, leisurely pace. I started wondering if there was anything really, truly haunted about it? The romance also wasn't really developing or making me feel there was any sort of 'asexual' vibes (this could be how my asexuality is on the spectrum since everyone's experience is not the same).

I do have other books written by the author with asexual main characters, and I am willing to try those out before thinking this one was a proper judge on the author (when there aren't that many asexual / ace writers).

So, I hope other readers enjoy it - for me, I just felt it wasn't what I was looking for.

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I was first drawn to this book because of the line in the synopsis about the house with the haunted heart! I had to find out what that meant and how to played into the romance! I’m so glad I requested this book! Who knew you could fall in love with a mystical grumpy, old house! This book is not your typical romance. There is a lot going on. The romance between Maverick and Lucky almost takes a backseat to the Hennessee House and all of the side characters. I didn’t mind it though. I loved all the paranormal vibes with the house.

Overall, a fun paranormal romance perfect for spooky season or anytime you need your paranormal fix!

Read for the:
✨ Haunted House
✨ Asexual Rep
✨ Found Family

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Enjoyed this one though at times it felt like to different books mashed together. Definitely a fan of the ace heroine though that storyline didn’t mesh with the entirety house one quite as smoothly as I would have liked. Still found it an enjoyable read and will be recommending as a fun summer read.

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Thank you NetGalley and Berkley for the ARC! Lucky Hart's life has been in a bit of a slump. Estranged from her family, unemployed, and dealing with a condition that can make meeting people difficult, Lucky is desparate for her big break. When a job opens up seeking a caretaker/personality for a new show investigating the haunted Hennessee House, Lucky believes this is just right for her and her particular skill set. She is thrilled to get the job and the opportunity to meet and work with Maverick Phillips. Though a fan of Maverick's previous work, neither can deny the instant attraction upon their meeting. With paranormal happenings and extrasensory abilities, Looking for Love in All the Haunted Places is a romance perfect for those looking for more than the typical love story.

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The unique premise, the diverse and inclusive cast of characters, and the cozy yet spooky atmosphere of this book gave it such great potential. Unfortunately, the FMC got in her own way, often being too wordy and, at times, with an almost whiny energy. With all that being said, it was still an enjoyable and fun read!

“Memory palace” count = 9

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3.5 ⭐️

I was intrigued by the concept of this book and was quickly hooked on the mystery of Hennessee House.

What kept it from being a 4 or 5 star read for me was that the book was doing so much that I felt it could have been a bit longer to flesh out the backstories of all three main characters (Lucky, Maverick, and, yes, House). I had several questions that I felt were unanswered. That said, Looking for Love in All the Haunted Places was fast-paced and clearly full of compassion and care for said characters and their struggles.

Recommended to:
- fans of The Haunting of Hill House, Monster House, and HGTV viewers
- people who scream "no" when someone goes in the basement in a horror movie
- folks seeking thoughtful asexuality representation in a romance novel

This book will be a great spooky season RomCom for anyone who can wait that long. Perhaps don't read this in the dark by yourself... Or do. 👻

Thank you to NetGalley and Berkeley for the eARC!

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alright. this book was real good. i super enjoyed it. the characters are chef's kiss. the plot is mr. darcy level fantastic. the writing is tortured poets department wonderful. all the things and more for this book. read it!!!

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This is a delightful read!
A lot of whimsy and fluffy goodness.
The atmosphere here was so fun. I liked the haunted house and spooky amusement park. It’s spooky without being scary. Sort of like a horror movie made for kids like Haunted Mansion. It’s something different from the norm in romcom books which kept me interested.
I liked the Ace representation. I thought it was well written.
The romance was cute.
Would recommend!

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Absolutely loved this! From the ESP to the asexual representation, this was just so fun start to finish. The characters were fun, and I really felt a connection to them. Also, I would love a Rebel in my life!! Highly recommended!!

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This book is a 4/5 stars for me. I love any type of haunted house book, that’s my favorite trope, and it was fascinating figuring out what kind of haunted. The author did an amazing job with Lucky and Maverick and Georgia and Rebel, I was emotionally connected to them and wanted to know they were okay as much as I wanted to know what was going on in Hennessee House.

Two of my best friends also read the book, they also got approved on NetGalley, so it’s an excellent book club pick, and one nailed the description for this book perfectly— tension. It’s got the horror structure but nothing scary happens so the tension builds the whole time and you’re waiting for the hammer to drop. And when you find out the house’s motive, it’s pure magic. Highly recommend for everyone, fans of spooky and non spooky.

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Thank you @netgalley and @berkleypub for the eARC of Looking for Love in All The Haunted Places in exchange for an honest review!

📖📖 Book Review 📖📖 Lucky Hart has not been so lucky lately but she is a go-getter who wants to use her paranormal prowess to represent the black community in the spiritual spotlight. Production filing at the haunted Victorian Hennessee House For The Caretaker has also not been lucky so the pressure for Lucky to be successful filming a ghost show is high! Right away she meets Maverick, whose career as a host she has been following for years and the connection they have as a team is amazing from the start! This was my first read with asexuality and I was grateful for the voice given. However, favorite character might be the house, and yes the house is absolutely written into the plot as a third main character in Looking for Love in All the Haunted Places! Absolutely loved this read!!!!

Review is posted on Goodreads and will be on Instagram in April!

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This novel was such a fun read!
I found the characters extremely likable, driven, and full of personality. The plot was a sweet mix of romance and mystery that was easy to read and quickly fall in love with.

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Love! This has way more layers than I was expecting, way better than a typical haunted house romance. Thanks Net Galley for the ARC, this book was a gem.

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Overall: 3/5
Characters: 3/5
Plotline: 3.5/5
World-Building: 3/5

Romance: 3/5
Spice Factor: 1
Themes: 3.5/5
Writing: 3/5
Enjoyment Factor: 3/5
Review: The supernatural element was fascinating, and I loved how the haunted house mystery evolved throughout the story. The romance, however, almost felt like a footnote. As a romance, this fell very flat for me as the MCs didn't have the best chemistry, and I felt like all their important conversations were like running around in circles. The supernatural plot line was far more fascinating, and I wanted the story to lean more into that, but every time we had a breakthrough, we would shift dramatically to romance for no reason. I liked that some of the conversations around sexual orientation and education about asexuality. However, there was a point where it felt too educational and took me out of the story. I think the Haunted House was excellent; it had its own personality and was well thought out.

I received an ARC of this title from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Like paranormal romances? Read this one! I found this to be a great balance of the two and am excited to read more from the author!

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Review 7.7/10✨ I’ve been following this book since the author mentioned they were working on something spooky in their stories a year or two ago! Claire Kann is one of my favorite authors so I was extremely pumped for a haunted house themed romance from her😍

Things I loved:
👻The MC was as just as wonderfully quirky and loveable as previous books MCs. They are always a joy to read from the perspective of. In this one I particularly thought Lucky’s ESP power was really unique!

👻The sentient house was very cool. The author did a great job making them a mysterious character of its own. The mystery revolved around the house, it was just a mildly haunted plot. Nothing scary and the book was still a romance first.

👻I liked that the love interest was a dad. I haven’t read many romances where one person is already a parent. Rebels character was adorable.

👻Claire Kann always has phenomenal asexual rep and this book followed the trend💜

What I didn’t vibe with:
👻I think the main thing that didn’t click well with me was how Lucky and Maverick met. I don’t love that she knew of him and was a fan of his pre-meeting. I feel like that makes for a dynamic I don’t tend to enjoy. I also felt like the romance clicked very fast! It was almost love at first site, which again isn’t my favorite.

But after the initial speed the romance was sweet and they were obviously made for each other🥰

Thanks to @berkleypub and @netgalley for this ARC, it was a joyfully haunted read! The book is out May 21!

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Absolutely love romances mixed with some supernatural element, and Claire Kann’s spooky rom is such a delight. Fun, funny, a little spooky mixed in, sexy—this book has it all!

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