New Release Review ~ Haven by Morgan Brice

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Old secrets, hidden psychics, secret shifters, ghosts, scandals—and true love.

A series of long-ago disappearances leads cold case private detective Austin Williams to investigate a troubled sanitarium. Jamie Miller is new in town, temporarily running the local historical association, and he willingly signs on to help solve Austin’s mystery. Sparks fly between them as they dig into the hospital’s troubled past. But someone wants the past to stay buried—and is willing to bury Austin and Jamie to keep it that way.

Haven is part of the Magic Emporium series. Each book stands alone, but each one features an appearance by Marden’s Magic Emporium, a shop that can appear anywhere, but only once and only when someone’s in dire need. This book contains explicit scenes, action, mystery, hurt/comfort, geeks in love, supernatural secrets, a brave historian and a lovelorn private detective, plus a guaranteed HEA.

(Set in the world of Fox Hollow, but can stand alone).

4.5 Stars

One of the best things about a Morgan Brice book is how quickly I am pulled into the story. I love her paranormals and the latest is part of the Magic Emporium Series, all featuring different authors.

One of my favorite mysteries is what happened to someone gone missing many years ago. A cold case that seems impossible to thaw. Austin Williams finds himself in this challenging position, searching for any information on a 15 year old, named Thomas, who vanished without a trace decades before. He was not the only one that went missing, but since this took place in a mental health hospital no one seemed to care. Austin’s grandmother needs closure and begs her grandson to find out what happened to him. Her older brother vanished without a trace and there are so many questions. Austin can’t deny her, and is now traveling in one of the most loveliest parts of the country—in my opinion—Saranac Lake, in the Adirondacks. That’s another perk I get from Ms. Brice’s books; her locals are familiar to me and her descriptions are lyrical.

Austin has a unique gift which equally has helped him in life and caused heavy burdens. He experiences visions or fragmented glimpses that frequent this weary man. Since agreeing to go on this quest for his grandmother, the images have ramped up. One man in particular keeps invading his mind in the form of nightmares.

Imagine his surprise when he runs across his vision working as an archivist at a local historical association. Jamie has taken a temporary job there, and the two feel an intense pull towards each other the more time they spend together. Each man has special paranormal abilities and are at ease with each other, not fearing to be judged by their unusual skill sets.

The town people are annoyed about questions being asked. Ghosts are irritated, odd messages are being sent, and the men feel pure desperation as they dig for the truth on all of the odd disappearances at Havenwood Psychiatric Hospital. I have not read the others in the series, but can assure you there is an important event that happens which ties the books together, and offers the promise of help in dangerous surroundings that Jamie and Austin encounter. 

I recommend this supernatural tale that sparks of desire. Happy reading!

* * * Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn’t a requirement. * * *