He wants nothing more than for her to leave.
But the fire between them is as strong as the past that haunts them.
Annie Freemont grew up on the road, immersed in the romance of rare things, cultivating an eye for artifacts and a spirit for bargaining. It's a freewheeling life she loves and plans to continue--until her dad is diagnosed with dementia. His illness forces them to return to Moonhill, their ancestral home on the coast of Maine--and to the family they left behind fifteen years ago, after Annie's mother died in a suspicious accident.
Once at Moonhill, Annie is shocked when her aunt separates her from her father. The next time Annie sees him, he's a bizarre, violent shadow of his former self. Confused, she turns to an unlikely ally for support--Chase, the dangerously seductive young groundskeeper. With his dark good looks and powerful presence, Chase has an air of mystery that Annie is irresistibly drawn to. But she also senses that behind his penetrating eyes are secrets she can't even begin to imagine. Secrets that hold the key to the past, to Annie's own longings--and to all of their futures. Now, to unlock them, she'll have to face her greatest fears and embrace her legacy…
The Dark Heart Series
A Note From the Publisher
A brand new Paranormal-themed New Adult series from Debut Author Pat Esden! Ideal for Fans of Jeaniene Frost!
“[A] deliciously dark debut, which opens a new adult paranormal series.”– Publishers Weekly
“In newcomer Esden’s adult contemporary gothic…A major and unexpected paranormal threat adds freshness to [her] page-turner, and readers will be delighted that this is the first in her series, Dark Heart.”– Booklist
“The start of Esden’s new series is enjoyable…Esden creates a world of incredible atmosphere, and the buildup between Chase and Annie is tense...This could prove the beginning of a really fun series.” - RT Book Reviews