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When Claire Linden's job sends her to the sleepy town of Gull Harbor, she never expects to encounter her ex-boyfriend. As a medium, the prospect of tackling a haunted house is less daunting than seeing Max Baron again. Throughout their passionate college relationship, he promised to love her forever. Then, without explanation, he abandoned her on graduation day.

Max never intended to break Claire's heart - a cruel ultimatum forced him to disappear from her life. While he's shocked to find her in Gull Harbor, he isn't surprised by the bitter resentment she feels for him...or the fiery attraction that remains between them.

Claire is determined to rid her temporary home of its aggressive ghost, but Max soon realizes she's facing a danger beyond the paranormal. When Claire risks everything to help a desperate spirit, Max must race to save her - before another tragedy tears them apart forever.

©2013 Kathryn Knight (P)2018 Kathryn Knight

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  • Christy D
  • 05-03-18

Gull Harbor

This book is super fun! It is a easy listen that drew me in right from the beginning. Kristin James did an amazing job on the narration. The story begins when Claire runs into her ex but he actually does not find out its her until later. You get a bit of paranormal fun in the story along with suspense, some action and of course romance. I love the balance the story had between it all. I also love the owner of the diner he was a priceless part of the story.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • Mary Lou PagePrincess Hoffman
  • 10-06-18

I WANTED TO STAY IN THIS BOOK.

GULL HARBOR is a stand-alone contemporary romance with suspense and paranormal elements.

I was actually kind of sad when I got to the end of this story. Not because it doesn’t have a HEA. It does. The story is more than wonderful. I just didn’t want to leave this world, this town, and these people.

So let me tell you about my friends. Besides what you learned in the blurb, you have to know that Claire and Max have never stopped loving each other. They both just kept moving on, thinking that’s what they had to do, for different reasons. I loved that they started communicating. Talking and listening. Both are needed to make a relationship truly work. I love Max’s patience and understanding. Instead of getting defensive about his past actions, he explained and then allowed Claire time and space to understand and either accept or…. Well, he wasn’t taking any other option, but he gave her time and space to get there!

Dan is another friend. He is always available with an ear, a cup of coffee, or a shoulder for both of them. Don’t we all need a friend like that?

Finally, there is Maria. She certainly doesn’t start as a friend. The first time she sees Claire, she throws a rock at her! She’s afraid and she just wants to be left alone… until she realizes that Claire can understand her and wants to help. Ghosts can be like that, you know!

Narration: I would give the narrator a B. I honestly love her delivery style for the most part, but she does have a tendency to swallow some words. For example, in the opening when describing Claire’s hair color as a rich auburn, I never could understand the word rich. I assume that’s what she was saying. What else could it be?

Other than a few swallowed words, she has the ability to present the story in what my boyfriend (who teaches voice acting) calls “theater of the mind.” This is a wonderful gift! I had to remind myself that I was driving as well as being immersed in this powerful experience.

After listening to this story, I would love to listen to more stories from this author. I truly enjoyed it!

Note: while I was given this book as a gifted audiobook copy, my opinions are my own and are given freely.


Title: GULL HARBOR
Series: N/A
Category /Genre: Suspense Romance, Paranormal
Recommended for: 18+ due to sexual content
Listenability: NSFW
Received from: Kathryn Knight (as an Audible gifted copy)

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  • Darcy
  • 03-04-18

Second chance romance and a ghost

This is one of those books that you’re sad that it’s over. Claire is a psychic, who has been hired to solve the haunting of a house in Gull Harbor. On her 1st day, she stops by a tavern and realizes that the owner is non other than the man who broke her heart 5yrs ago. At first, the ghost did not take kindly to Claire’s inhabiting the house and threw things around, emptied the refrigerator and broke a window. With her ex, Max, help, and encouragement from the owner of the diner, Claire digs in to solve the mystery surrounding the ghost. However, not everyone is happy that Claire is asking questions. This book is chocked full of mystery, as well as a couple who never got over each other and rekindling the flame. Some tense moments when someone gets seriously injured but all ended well. Fantastic ending! Just sorry that it’s over!
I accepted a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.

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  • Jocelyne
  • 20-03-18

Great story and great narration!

This was my first Kathryn Knight's book. This story is suspenseful and fast pace. I love the main characters, Claire and Max. This story is a ghost story, but also a beautiful second chance love story ending with a HEA. The story line is well built and well written. The narrator, Kristin James, did a great job with the narration. This was an amazing listening, very easy to listen. This book was over my expectations. I received this free review copy audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Wall-to-wall books
  • 17-06-18

Gull Harbor

I would describe this as a romance first and a ghost story second. I would prefer it to be the other way around, but I still thought this was a good entertaining read.
Also the ghost parts were a little too normalized for my tastes. It made it seem like a haunted house was an every day occurrence, no big deal, so we have a ghost happens all the time. It wasn't very suspenseful or spooky. But if you like romance/love stories with a touch of paranormal then this is a great book for you to read. It is very easy reading easy flowing with good strong character development. It definitely was enough to keep my interest all the way to the end.

Audio- I thought the narrator did a fine job. She had a good voice, and I thought it was read very well. I would listen to more stories by this same narrator.

A good solid romance with a touch of paranormal - good for a quick summer read ... or listen!


I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Kathryn Knight. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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  • KRLGA
  • 16-06-18

Spooky Romance Mystery

Claire has taken on the biggest case of her career, the haunting of a house in the small town of Gull Harbor. The residents moved out because they were being terrorized, and now Claire has the summer to get to the bottom of the ghost situation. On top of the challenging case, Claire runs into Max, the man she loved who broke her heart five years before. Claire has no idea how, but she is determined to solve the mystery and avoid Max.

I had been wanting to read this book for years because I am such a sucker for a paranormal mystery- through in some romance and it is just about perfect for me. When I had to opportunity to listen to an audio version of the book I was ecstatic and did not want to pass it up. I am happy to report that the book lived up to my long standing expectations mixing the mystery, paranormal and romance drama nicely to create the whole package.

Ok, so the reason my review went from 5 stars I felt for most of the book to the 4 stars I overall rated it was pretty much 100% due to the ending. The conflict in the book had been building the entire story and then was resolved within a tense chapter and then a few sentences wrap up later. I felt left out, like I missed seeing the end of a movie and a friend gave me a quick sentence filler! I wanted to see everything go down, not just casually hear how it resolved in passing. And the resolution was way too easy! Sure, we already knew who the killer was as well as the victim within the first 25% of the book, but I wanted more drama, more action, more suspense when it came to conflict. But that is just me, I like to see the action instead of hearing about it. I am sure others will love how the author wrapped up the mystery. (Keep in mind I loved the actual ending of the book, just not the mystery ending).

At first I was not sure if the narrator and I were going to mesh, I had my doubts. I am such a super picky listener and I have a short attention span so if I don't like the narrator I can't get into the book. It seemed as if the narrator was whispering when the book first started but as the story progressed it became less of an issue, more just a tone in her voice than an actual whisper and I was not bothered by it at all. As a side note, I now listen to all my audiobooks at 1.5x speed, anything slower is too slow for my attention span.

This was a standalone story with a happily ever after, a perfect rainy day mystery to lose yourself into and potentially get a startle from at times. I would easily read more books from this author as well as listen to more stories read by the narrator. Overall I felt like the audiobook was the complete package.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Kathryn Knight. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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  • ABR-Penelope
  • 13-06-18

More Than Your Average Paranormal Romance!

More Than Your Average Paranormal Romance!

This is a standalone, by Kathryn Knight.

HEA, NO cliffhangers!

Content Warning:
Sex, yes, but they get interrupted more than they get busy.
Mild violence and cursing.

This is more of a mystery than a romance. If you like ghost hunting shows, you are going to love this. It's labeled as a standalone, but I wouldn't mind hearing a story for Dan!

Claire Linden is a medium for hire. She talks to dead people, for reals! She was hired by the elderly Llewellyns to deal with an unpleasant presence in their home. I give Claire credit for putting up with the ghost's down right mean deeds. And that was before she found out its age. Through a weird twist of fate she ends up in the same town of her MIA ex. I quite understand her moments of doubt.

Max Baron was the first person Claire helped. Well, it was his dad, technically. Max has never forgot about nor gotten over the love he had for Claire. He can't believe she is back in his life and is determined to keep her safe if nothing else. The events of 5 years ago has left scars on both their hearts.

A lot of the story revolves around the the mystery of the haunting. I would of preferred more love story, but thats just me. The story was a page turner for sure, but all aspects were a bit too drawn out. On the love front of things, they obviously both never got over the other. Their mutual friend Dan picked up on it right away. (I hope that guy gets a story!) Fingers are pointed, but when it comes down to it, they both could of tried harder. The best stuff I can't talk about without spoiling something, but I will say it's worth the listen.

This is my first listen by Kathryn Knight and I hope it won't be my last. She writes great memorable characters that have you wanting more.

Kristin James did an excellent job at all the characters. I was completely wrapped up in the story from start to finish.

Normal speed was fine, however I listened at 0.90x. It is my personal preference.

Ebook obtained through the library (Overdrive).
Audiobook obtained at my request and I am voluntarily leaving this unbiased review.

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  • The Book Junkie Reads . . .
  • 10-06-18

Narration complementary of story, genre, character

As should be expected, you get that heart-pounding intensity of drama with this paranormal romantic suspense with a mystery of flavor sprinkled in by the various twist and turns that are presented. There was a darker side of this one. It carried the secrets, lies, betrayal, and more all close to the vest. You could feel the skin chill and the goose bumps rise with the way things were unfolding. Max loved Claire. Claire felt betrayed and haunted by Max.

These two had a past together and now the future will be affected by the events taking place. Their second chance will determine much. But first they must survive all that has begun to happen (again) at Gull Harbor.

Max and Claire together was something nice. Max and Claire apart was a challenge at times. I had my moments when I thought Max could have stood up and took a stand. Then I had my times when I just wanted to slap Claire. Though neither of the two would make my top list as hero/heroine or best couple, they did make an impression on me. I followed them into the suspense of getting all the details of this mystery. I coasted along as the two of them reignited the passion they once held for the other.

The narration provided by Kristin James was a match for the theme of the book. There was something in the quality of her voice that drew you in and allowed one to feel connected. Regular speed was just too slow for me and gave a dragging feeling to the narration. upping the speed allowed for just the perfect flow and visualization to take place. I found the narration to be clear, clean, smooth. The diction, pitch and tones were complementary of the characters and genre.

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  • N. Mahoney
  • 08-06-18

Paranormal romance with a healthy dose of thriller

This story is listed as Paranormal Romance and it certainly fits that category but I would also say that it could be listed as a thriller and it is a strong contender in all three of those categories!

The romance falls under the category of second chance romance and our main protagonists have an interesting history which we learn more about throughout the book.

Claire Linden is a Medium and is in Gull Harbour as she has been hired to investigate disturbing happenings at a house there. Claire had no idea that it is the hometown of her college love and is in complete shock when he is one of the first people that she encounters in the town.

The house has an extremely disturbed presence and it is less than happy to have Claire in house however as the story develops we discover that the entity is not the biggest threat to Claire's well-being.

This book kept me on the edge of my seat and I sacrificed a fingernail from nibbling when things got really intense! It really is a good story. It's not overly gory or frightening. (more nerve wracking than keep you up at night fear inspiring.) The story is both sad and happy at times and while some bits are predictable it wasn't too predictable and it didn't detract from my enjoyment of the story.

Kristin James does a good job with the voice acting within this story. There are times when strong emotion is described and Kristin manages to convey that with her narration. When the story becomes intense Kristen gets that across with her vocal talents all the while maintaining clearly identifiable voices for the various characters.

At 7 hours 46 minutes long this story is not an overwhelming listen for those new to audiobooks.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Kathryn Knight. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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  • Tena
  • 08-06-18

Well written and narrated story!

When Claire Linden's job sends her to the sleepy town of Gull Harbor, she never expects to encounter her ex-boyfriend. As a medium, the prospect of tackling a haunted house is less daunting than seeing Max Baron again. However, the ghost of a young woman desperate for someone to tell her story embroils Claire into a dangerous situation she may not survive. She enlisted Max’s help, but will he be too late? You’ll have to pick up a copy of riveting audiobook to find out.

The narration brings this exciting story and it’s characters to life. I truly enjoyed the setting on Cape Cod. The twist and turns kept me on the edge of my seat until the satisfying conclusion. I enjoyed listening to the Gull Harbor audiobook and highly recommend it.