A second-chance romance where the past isn’t the only thing that’s haunting…

Paranormal investigator and IT genius Gage Dawson sucks at dating. Ten times out of ten, his relationships don’t make it past dinner. But when his childhood best friend comes back into his life, he’s determined to take her all the way to breakfast. He never told her he loved her in high school. Hopefully he won’t make that mistake again.

Psychic medium Erica Miller is struggling to make her haunted community theater a success. She’s never had a problem with ghosts before, but when black-outs, confusion, and headaches plague her rehearsals, she’ll need the help of a certain paranormal investigator to find the culprit.

Erica hasn’t seen Gage since high school, and the nerdy boy-next-door she once called her best friend has grown into a mouth-watering specimen of a man. Will sparks fly between them, or will the spirits drive them apart?

What Readers are Saying:

"It's a friends-to-lovers story, but also a sort-of second chance theme too. The two are intimate early and often and I ate it all up. This author always does a great job at writing the love scenes. It never gets repetitive or boring. There is emotional growth from one encounter to the next. It's definitely one of this writer's strengths." ~Up 'Til Dawn Book Blog

"Overall, this book was insightful and intriguing, impassioned and endearing, interesting and compelling, and utterly enthralling. I would definitely recommend it." ~Jammie B. (Goodreads Reviewer)

"I really love the way Carrie Pulkinen writes her characters from every level of the human condition. With a rollercoaster ride of emotions, dramadey and ghost chasing adventure, To Free a Phantom will keep you entertained from cover to cover." ~Denise (Goodreads Reviewer)

Excerpt:

“This is me.” She pointed to a dark gray Saturn. “I better get home.” She opened the door, but hesitated to get in. Instead, she turned and pulled him into a hug. “It was good talking with you again.”

Damn, she felt good pressed against him. “Yeah, it was.”

She touched her lips to his cheek, a friendly gesture she’d done many times when they were kids. But this time, she didn’t pull away. Her mouth lingered near his jaw, her breath warming his skin. She pulled back ever-so-slowly, her nose brushing against his cheek as her lips neared his own.

His heart pounded in his chest. She glanced into his eyes and lowered her gaze to his mouth. Leaning toward him, she brushed her lips to his. Softly. Cautiously, as if she wasn’t sure kissing him was the right thing to do. She pulled back slightly to catch his gaze, and then, cupping his face in her hands, she kissed him again, this time, like she meant it.

The taste of lime on her lips made his head spin, and he fought the urge to crush his body to hers and kiss her harder. He’d let her take the lead for now. Rushing her into something she wasn’t sure she wanted was bound to backfire.

She inhaled deeply and pulled away, a smile curving her lips as she looked into his eyes. “Hmm.” She lowered her gaze and blinked up at him. “That was nice.”

“Yeah.”

She slid into the driver’s seat. “I hope I’ll see you again soon.”

“Me too.”

She closed the door and waved as she drove away.

Gage shoved his hands in his pockets and watched until her car disappeared around the corner. What had happened there? Had she really kissed him? He played the moment over in his mind. The way her breath felt against his skin. The softness of her lips brushing his. That had been way more than a friendly kiss.

“So, you and Erica hit it off.” Lindsay grinned at him from the sidewalk, pulling him from his thoughts.

He sauntered toward her. “We’re just friends from high school.”

“Just friends don’t kiss each other on the mouth.”

He chuckled. “No, I guess they don’t.”

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