Wednesday 6 November 2013

Review ~ To Have & To Haunt by J.A. Howell.

Title: To Have & To Haunt (The Possess Saga #4).
Author: J.A. Howell.
Genre: Dark Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy.
Release Date: October 4, 2013.

Purchase: Kindle

Ghosts aren't the only thing that can haunt you...

Nolan and Harley have been in paradise for the last year, head over heels in love. When Nolan proposes and they find out Harley is expecting, it seems they both will have everything they ever wanted.

Or will they?

Nolan’s kept the horrors of his past locked away. After all, he has Harley and Finley’s Pub is doing great. None of it matters anymore, right? But when the news of nuptials and babies has the opposite intended effect with his estranged mother, the ghosts of his past come rushing back, and the memories of them are terrorizing him nightly. But he can’t tell Harley. On the verge of marriage and parenthood, Nolan must figure out a way to deal with his past, or let it consume his future with Harley.

Harley’s always known she wasn’t normal. Seeing Brody’s ghost only confirmed that. But now a killer is on the loose in Midtown and she’s having visions of each victim’s death. Will she be able to help them and accept just how different she truly is? Pregnant, engaged, and contending with an overbearing mother-in-law, Harley isn’t sure she can take on the responsibility and the future laid out in front of her.

They say love conquers all. But as Nolan and Harley struggle with their own secrets, will their love be enough to keep them together?

Or will the things that haunt them finally tear them apart?


To Have & To Haunt is the fourth book in the Possess Saga series which I chose to throw myself right into the middle of. I haven’t read any of the first three books, although I do own one of them so this review is solely based on book four.

However, after reading, I’m pretty sure I’m gonna have to go back to the beginning of the series and start in the right order. Not because I was confused at all but simply because I could not put To Have & To Haunt down!

Seriously, J.A. Howell just threw my emotions everywhere. I didn’t know whether to cry, laugh, sympathise, scream or just cover my eyes. I was gripped right from the very start.

I really liked Harley and Nolan’s relationship and how they were in love without it all being perfect. There were secrets and a disapproving mother and it just made me fight for them even more.

The flashbacks were done really well too, and I loved the moments when Harley saw some shocking events before they actually happened. It was all written in a really suspense-building style, and I was hanging off every word.

I think maybe if I go back and read this book when I’m not feeling as ill as I am, it would possibly get a five star rating. But reading this on my sickbed, I did find a couple of little niggles which stopped this. The main one being sometimes I found it a little difficult to follow Nolan’s parts when his accent was written how it would sound. Whilst I appreciated the author’s way of writing, I did feel myself getting a little lost in this (but I think that’s probably just me being weird and sick).

Despite this, J.A. Howell has gained herself a new fan with To Have & To Haunt. I will go and buy the rest of the series and read and rave about them if they’re anywhere near as good as this instalment. A must read.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Review also posted on Goodreads ; Amazon UK ; Amazon

About the Author:

J.A Howell is an office drone by day, and a writer by night. Her love of writing took off when she was eleven years old and decided to fill a composition notebook with stories to read to her friends. Many years (and notebooks) later, not much has changed. She still loves writing and sharing her works with others. When she isn’t writing, she can often be found trying her hand at whatever artistic pursuit strikes her fancy. J.A. Howell resides in Apopka, FL with her husband and their menagerie of animal children.

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  1. Thanks for the review Sophie and I'm glad you enjoyed To Have & To Haunt. :)

  2. Ahh! Great review! I loved all of the books in this series! If you thought this one was emotional, just wait til you go back and read Brody's story. lol

    1. Ah thank you! I've read the reviews and seen similar comments about Brody's book - I'll be prepared!


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