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Monster in My Closet (A Monster Haven Story Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

R.L. Naquin
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Book Description

A Monster Haven Story, book one

I stopped believing in monsters long ago. But I knew I wasn't imagining things when I found one in my kitchen baking muffins. I'd seen him before: lurking in my closet, scaring the crap out of my five-year-old self. Turns out that was a misunderstanding, and now Maurice needs a place to stay. How could I say no?

After all, I've always been a magnet for the emotionally needy, and not just in my work as a wedding planner. Being able to sense the feelings of others can be a major pain. Don't get me wrong, I like helping people--and non-people. But this ability has turned me into a gourmet feast for an incubus, a demon that feeds off emotional energy. Now, brides are dropping dead all over town, and my home has become a safe house for the supernatural. I must learn to focus my powers and defeat the demon before he snacks on another innocent woman and comes looking for the main course...

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Editorial Reviews


"After the first few sentences involving a plunger being used as a weapon, I knew I was going to love Monster in My Closet complete with all of its cheekiness and quirky characters." ~ All Things Urban Fantasy

"Monster in my Closet has it all, suspense, romance, growth for the character. I couldn't put it down it sucked me in from the start which is what I love about a book. I had to know more about Zoey, she was always in the back of my mind when I wasn't reading." ~ The Reading Diaries

"Naquin not only wrote a fabulous story but she thought outside the box throughout the entire thing. If you are looking for a fun new urban fantasy that is not your typical vampire, shape shifter, angel, ghost... whatever... this is the book." ~ Book Sniffers Anonymous

"What I found in this book was a really delightful, magical story that was a complete pleasure to read and different from the rather dark books I'd been reading. It was like a happy, smart palate cleanser for my brain." ~ Wicked Little Pixie

"In a genre that is saturated with novels, Naquin's voice is an upbeat take in the urban fantasy scene.  Naquin's characters leave one with an upbeat feeling, hopeful for the future and the events to come, not depressed by the choices that had to be made." ~ Novel Reaction

About the Author

Rachel writes stories that drop average people into magical situations filled with heart and quirky humor.

She believes in pixie dust, the power of love, good cheese, lucky socks and putting things off until the last minute. Her home is Disneyland, despite her current location in Kansas. Rachel has one husband, two grown kids and a crazy-catlady starter kit.

Come hang out: Twitter: @RLNaquin Facebook: /RLNaquin

Product Details

  • File Size: 651 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Carina Press (July 30, 2012)
  • Sold by: Harlequin Digital Sales Corp.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00814M3A2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #146,608 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fresh New Kind of Urban Fantasy July 30, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
4-1/2 stars

What do you do when the closet monster from your childhood nightmares shows up in your kitchen one morning reading the paper and makes you breakfast? He's splitting from his wife, a gargoyle, and needs a closet to stay in. Naturally, you think you are hallucinating. Then there's the skunk-ape who lurks in the nearby forest, the hag who wants to have tea, the brownie family living in your Barbie dream house, the pygmy dragon, and the herbalist who can see auras who matter of factly tells Zoey what she never realized: Zoey is an empath. Zoey always helps people, always has. She's parlayed that into a wedding planning business with her best friend. When she walks into (literally) an incubus-demon who feeds off the emotions around him, Zoey knows she has problems...especially when brides start dying all around her.

MONSTER IN MY CLOSET offers a new take on Urban Fantasy with a lighthearted story, a realistic heroine, and fresh worldbuilding. This isn't a gritty dark story trying to be edgy but a story that I could easily see play out in any neighborhood.

Zoey isn't a kick-ass heroine with a weapons fetish, nor is she a clumsy, love-struck heroine who waits for others to do everything for her. She is an empath who has the unique ability to help those around them because she can feel what they feel and help them work through things. When Zoey realizes she's an empath, she's quite shocked to learn not everyone can do this. Her response: "But how can people communicate? If they don't know what the person next to them is feeling, how do they know what to say? It would be like driving at night with your headlights off."

The world building felt very effortless and real.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Maybe too light for me August 18, 2012
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Zoey, a free spirited wedding planner who has a need to be helpful (even to her good for nothing ex), wakes up to find the monster from her childhood nightmares in her kitchen. Turns out it was all a misunderstanding, his gargoyle wife has left him, and now he needs a place to stay. He is a very accomplished chef, and even though it's all crazypants, Zoey agrees. This is the equivalent of letting the barn door open - soon she finds a Brownie family needing refuge, cares for an ailing dragon, catches the eye of a dangerous incubus, and learns that the reason she is so in touch with everyone's feelings is that she's an empath. Throw in a very hot EMT who is on hand at the deadliest of times, a wedding from hell (actually not literally in this case), clients experiencing death by incubus, and Zoey is in over her head.

The overall tone of this story is pretty light - closet monsters making scones and Zoey's effervescent nature. I actually was pretty into it in the beginning and thought it was a nice break from my usual. However, the nature of the murders - death by sex - is pretty freaking dark and disturbing if you stop to think about it. The incubus is basically a walking magical roofie that kills you. This felt incongruous to the otherwise light tone, especially when the incubus is targeting people that Zoey knows. It was difficult for me to go from a murder to Zoey's new kooky outfit, and I couldn't wrap my head around many of her actions. I also found it hard to believe she didn't realize what was happening to those closest to her (can't elaborate more without spoilers).

There is a bit of romance, but nothing hot and heavy. I liked that part. I felt the slower progression of the relationship fit. There is the hint at a broader mystery involving Zoey's mom.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mommy! August 3, 2012
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Most of us have a memory or two where we called for our mommies and daddies in the middle of the night because we saw a shadow or we thought there was a monster in the closet or under our beds. Well, what if instead of a bad monster it was really a creature that was temporarily living in your house until a more suitable home could be found for it? Zoey is a wedding planner in Sausalito, California. She recalls screaming for her mother in the middle of the night when she saw a monster come out of her closet and smile at her with big sharp teeth. Her mother would always send the monsters away and eventually she grew out of it, or did she?

Early one morning Zoey awakens to the smell of coffee and muffins baking in the oven. When she sneaks down the hall to see who has broken into her home, she sees a monster from her childhood sitting at the kitchen table reading the newspaper. He introduces himself as Maurice and explains to her that he in fact was the monster temporarily residing in her closet when she was a child until her mother managed to find him another home. It seems Zoey's mother had a secret. She aided the supernatural community whenever there was a need. Maurice goes on to further explain that Zoey is an empath and that is why she always feels the misfortunes of others including causing her to want to help including the user ex-husband of hers, Brad.

As Zoey attempts to come to gripes with what she has learned she goes to work in the city where she and her BFF from college, Sara work as wedding planners. Due to a lack of sleep, Sara insists Zoey leaves early for the day. Maurice texts a list of things he would like Zoey to pick up from the store. As Zoey is leaving the store after helping one of the clerks with a problem she witnesses a man being struck by a bus.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The series starter if definitely fun and the characters are great
Ok, so if you haven't tried this book you need to. The series starter if definitely fun and the characters are great. If you are a Darynda Jones fan you will like this. Read more
Published 18 days ago by ladyunicorn
4.0 out of 5 stars "I tried to scream. Nothing came out but a low, garbled sound . . . "
Zoey is an empath, only she doesn't know it, and it will be one of the many revelations coming her way in this origin story. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Mark Louis Baumgart
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
I loved this well crafted tale! I'm not sure I could have dealt with a closet monster appearing that well, but the lead character did great! Read more
Published 1 month ago by T. A. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars I have really enjoyed this whole series
I want my very own closet monster! What an interesting world this author created.
Published 2 months ago by Deborah D. MacArthur
2.0 out of 5 stars Lovely idea
I adore the idea of a monster in the closet returning when the child has grown up and then turning out to be nice, and is a great cook to boot. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Lorraine
4.0 out of 5 stars cute
If you enjoy urban fantasy that follows the usual pattern (MC has a secret, monsters abound, all is cute) then this is definitely your joint. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Scrapper
4.0 out of 5 stars A Quaint, Charming, Entertaining Story
When the book opens meet Zoey, an empath, who is in her late twenties and for the first time in her life meets her closet monster from when she was a little girl named Maurice. Read more
Published 5 months ago by G. Messersmith
4.0 out of 5 stars a fast, fun read
A fast, fun read filled with engaging characters. Perfect for an escape from the everyday stresses. R.L. Naquin puts a fresh twist on the non-human cast. Read more
Published 5 months ago by S. Breech
5.0 out of 5 stars Monster...Yeah!!
This was a great book. I fell in love with all the characters. I can't wait to read Book Two!!!
Published 5 months ago by Kimberly Killen
5.0 out of 5 stars Imagination at it best.
I absolutely loved this book. Harry Potter, Alice in Wonderland, and more all rolled into one. If you need to get away, don't have plans, then this book is for you. Read more
Published 5 months ago by 2 Ragdoll cats
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Rachel's head is packed with an outrageous amount of useless Disney trivia. She is terrified of thunder, but not of lightning, and often recites the Disneyland dedication speech during storms to keep herself calm. She finds it appalling that nobody from Disney has called yet with her castle move-in date.

Originally from Northern California, she has a tendency to move every few years, resulting in a total of seven different states and a six-year stint in England. Currently, she's planning her next grand adventure. Rachel has one heroic husband, two grown kids, a crazy-catlady starter kit, and an imaginary dog named Waffles.

She doesn't have time for a real dog.

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