Ink and art are in Jaylene Charles’ blood. When her overbearing father died unexpectedly, Jaylene quit her internship with a prominent Berkeley therapist and followed her heart to New Orleans. Finding kindred spirits there, she got back to her tattooing roots and realized her dream of owning her own tattoo shop. Jaylene had everything she thought she wanted when five tattooed, pierced, and broken-hearted rock n’ roll boys challenged her to put her skills, and her heart, to the test.

Maggie’s Bones were Metal’s next big thing when tragedy struck, leaving them devastated and at each others’ throats. Their label demanded a follow-up to their latest insanely successful album, and they were running out of time. Hiding out in Louisiana to salvage their career, they sought Jaylene’s help. She immediately felt a connection with D, the broken man with the sorrowful eyes and missing smile, but refuses to let him in.

Can Jaylene trust that D’s feelings are more than gratitude? Can the man with the sad eyes make her accept that sometimes love really can cure the haunted?


Haunted by R.L. Merrill

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In order for me to give a book a 5, I have to have at least two big things happen. 1 being I must get completely engulfed into the writers world almost becoming one of the characters myself. The other criteria I have is that I need to have a strong emotional reaction throughout the book. Haunted is really more like a 6. First, understand that when you read this book, it is a dense, heavy read. Honestly, right now I feel a little haunted myself. There really was not the angst factor that kept me going but more of needing to heal right along with the characters. This is one of the best books I have read in a while. RL Merrill has a new fan right here. By the end of the book, I was laughing at unexpected times waking my husband from sleep and then crying at the same time. At one point, I was sobbing a little feeling the pain radiating off the pages. But then I was bathed in a glorious love not only between the main characters but also through friendship and family. It reminded me that family is so much more than blood. Jaylene is an angle who makes this book amazing in ways that I cant really describe. All I can say is dont miss this amazing book. It will settle in your soul leaving you a little sad, a little happy, and a whole lot of love.

I received this book from the author in a contest and this is my honest review.