Unable to deny his own translucence, Dr. Jason Bowen determines his lack of physical substance could only mean one thing—he’s a ghost. Murdered more than a century before, Jason haunts his house and ponders the treachery that took his life. When Lanie O’Keefe arrives with plans to renovate her newly purchased Victorian mansion, Jason discovers, ghost or not, he’s still very much a man. Despite its derelict condition and haunted reputation, Lanie couldn’t be happier with her new home, but then she has no idea a spirit follows her every move throughout the day and shares her captivating warmth at night. Jason soon discovers he can travel through Lanie’s dreams and finds himself reliving the days before his murder with Lanie by his side. It took one hundred and twenty years for love to find them, but there’s that insurmountable little matter of Jason being dead.
Lanie fell in love with the old Victorian house as a child and vowed to own it someday. She is now the owner of the home, complete with its rumored ghost. Now she is spending her days restoring the house to its splendor with the help of friends. Her nights are filled with dreams of Dr. Jason Bowen, owner of the house 125 years ago, aka the resident ghost.
Jason has been “haunting” his home since his murder and for the first time in years his senses are working again. He can smell Lanie’s perfume and the feel and taste of her body tempt him beyond reason. He finds himself transported back to his former life through Lanie’s dreams. This time he has the pleasure of meeting Lanie and falling in love with her, while having the knowledge of his impeding murder. If only there was a way to change the outcome of his murder through her dreams.
This was such a fun story to read. Not only was there a love story but you also got to help solve the mystery of Jason’s murder and find out what was hidden in the basement. It drew me in from the very beginning and I didn’t want to put it down.
Lanie seems like such a strong person. She survived a bad childhood with the help of her adoptive parents and has gone on to be a doctor. She has purchased her dream home and is in the process of fixing it up. She falls in love with her ghost and begins to look forward to her dreams where they can be together. She is pulled into the mystery of his life through her dreams and is intrigued. She is determined to figure out what happened to him.
The restoration of the Victorian house was a nice additional to the story. The details were so vivid I could imagine the house. It was neat how Lanie used her childhood dreams of the home for furniture placement and decorations. The mystery of the basement was a great addition.
The love story between Jason and Lanie was so different from anything I have read before. I loved all the dynamics of it and how the author made it work. To me, this was fresh and new and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The ending was a big surprise; I thought I had figured everything out but the last chapter – wow, not what I expected.