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Northern Light

3.40  ·  Rating Details  ·  60 Ratings  ·  41 Reviews
Nothing gives art fraud investigator Luke Morganstern a bigger rush than busting forgers, the low-life criminals who dare victimize true artists. But when his latest job sends him to a remote cabin in the Oregon Coast Range, he’s stunned to discover the alleged forger is his former lover, Stefan Cobbe, the most gifted painter Luke has ever known.

Stefan, left homeless and d
ebook, 95 pages
Published September 30th 2013 by Entangled: Select Otherworld (first published September 23rd 2013)
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Oct 06, 2013 MLE rated it it was ok
Shelves: mm, arc
I received this story as an ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

There was a lot of promise to the story. The premise was interesting, and I loved the ghost story aspects of the plot. The connection between Luke and Stefan felt real, and I liked their chemistry.

Overall though it felt like the story was a bit too rushed. It felt like events moved too quickly for me to get a handle on the characters, and the conclusion felt a bit abrupt and lacked the kind of punch I would have
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
**2.5 stars**

While this book was not a bad book, it certainly didn't live up to its potential.

I'll start with some positives. I think that the author created a nice connection between the two main characters, which is impressive given the length of the book. I felt like I got why they wanted to be together and the reasons that drove them apart. It made sense to me. I liked the idea of a second-chance romance and I even liked the art forger premise of the story in the beginning.

I may be in the
3 - 3.5 stars

While in Oregon investigating a possible art forgery, the last thing Luke expects when he confronts the suspect is for it to be Stefan, the man he walked out on seven years before. For various reasons, each man's life and career has suffered since they last saw each other, but Luke cannot believe the talented Stefan would ever sink to forgery. Upon Stefan's denial, Luke meets up with his mystery client whose past association with the original artist leads him to believe that there
This short book was a nice blend of romance with a ghostly element. It was a nice way to spend an hour tonight when I knew I didn't have time to do a lot of reading.

For it's length the story packs in quite a bit. It's a story about art forgeries, about lost love, second chances and about ghosts.

The tales starts with Luke on the trail of an art forger who turns out to be the man he loved and left many years ago. Of course Luke still has feelings for Stefan which Stefan returns.

I liked the style o
Sep 16, 2013 Yuki rated it liked it
Shelves: paranormal, m-m, read-2013, arc
My copy was an ARC I received from the publisher for an honest review.

Just because you don’t believe in something?
Doesn’t mean it’s not real.

I dicided to write a short review; Northern Star is short itself.
The plot is predictable (or I've watched too many episodes of Supernatural...) but not bad.
What I really liked was the writing - witty and scintillating and punchy.
Northern Light is a twisty fast-paced suspense tale in a tight little package. No word is wasted. The two men are depicted vividly and their personalities are crucial to the storyline.

Luke is no-nonsense, cynical and untrusting. His accident has left him debilitated and angry. Having now found a fraudulent artwork, he has the chance to redeem his career and maybe find some contentment.

Discovering that this artwork has been painted by his one true love in another lifetime causes much of the tensi
Stephanie Ziegler
Investigator Luke Morganstern has found his "personal Holy Grail of art fraud" - a fake Arcoletti. Jeremiah Arcoletti was an American realist painter. He "[d]isappeared in 1945 along with all thirteen canvases from his last collection." Someone was painting Arcoletti's last collection and claiming them to be real. A mystery client of Luke's points him to a shack in the mountains. When Luke knocks on the door, he never thought he would see Stefan Cobbe.

Stefan and Luke were lovers and have not see
Jeannie Zelos
Sep 30, 2013 Jeannie Zelos rated it really liked it
Northern Light E J Russell.

ARC supplied by publisher.

I have a not so secret love of Gay romance, its surprisingly tender and it's not all Gay Queens...but often romance that’s really sensual. This book though, is far more than just a romance, its got elements of suspense, all packed in with some supernatural horror, though thankfully there is the happy ever after I always need :) I'm a bit of a wimp when it comes to anything too ghostly, and was reading this at night so once the paranormal par
Annette Gisby
Sep 20, 2013 Annette Gisby rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, ghosts, paranormal
A lovely little story with a bit of a ghost story along with the romance. It had been a while since I'd read the blurb, so I'd forgotten there was a paranormal element when I started reading the book but it flowed really well within the narrative, it didn't feel tacked on just to get something supernatural in there.

Although short on length, the book is not short on story or characterisation. The story is told through the eyes of Stefan and Luke, so those are the two characters we get to know the
Samanthe Tucker
Oct 05, 2013 Samanthe Tucker rated it it was amazing
Given the calendar, I was in the mood for a ghost story, and a friend recommended Northern Light by debut author E.J. Russell. I’m so glad I took the recommendation. I don’t read a ton of M/M romance, (although I find good M/M just as sweet, sexy and engaging as good traditional M/F romance, it’s just sometimes I feel like a peeping Tom-ette, checking out the salacious details of a different lifestyle). But Northern Light didn’t take me there. It took me on an emotionally gripping ride involving ...more
Oct 01, 2013 Beate rated it liked it
This story is odd. And kind of confusing. First, a lot of names are thrown at you, making you wonder who’s who. Eventually, all the names that confuse you disappear, and you’re left with the main players; Luke and Stefan.

Luke and Stefan have a troubled past, and even though they haven’t seen each other or spoken for years, you can tell they still love each other. Luke is an art forgery investigator, while Stefan is an starving artist. Looking for the artist who is forging a series of paintings,
Jess the Romanceaholic
A delicious combination of estranged lovers, art forgery, and a terrifying tale of ghostly possession, Northern Lights was just the tale I needed leading up to Halloween.

Stefan and Luke's failed relationship years prior and the strain of Stefan's newest (if not illegal) painting endeavors added the perfect amount of emotional tension, and the chemistry that had brought them together in the past was still quite strong.

I loved Luke, with his phobia of mountain driving and the limp that plagued him
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
Oct 22, 2013 Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey) rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, arcs
Quick review:

Cover: Nice
Rating: R
Thumbs Up: 3.5
Overall: Really sweet
Characters: Well done
Plot: Gifted painter with ghostly influence
Page Turner: Yes
Series Cont.? N/A
Recommend: Sure
Book Boyfriend: Luke

SUMMARY (50 words or less)
Overall, I thought the story was well thought out and the romance believable. As much as I like paranormal, I really wasn’t into the ghost aspect of the story and could have done without it. Still, it was a good quick read.

For a full review and yummy pic, see my blog
Eva Millien
Sep 30, 2013 Eva Millien rated it really liked it
This is a short story about possession by a ghost.

Luke is on a mission to find a forger and instead finds an ex-lover who seems to be a little off. Stefan is an artist and has no idea that he is being possessed by a dead artist. While the two try to overcome their past history, they must figure out what the ghost wants before someone gets hurt.

This story is intriguing with strong characters and vivid descriptions that draw the reader inside the plot. Plenty of chills, emotional turmoil, and roma
Sep 17, 2013 Patricia rated it liked it
This is a short story and was offered to me for an honest review. While investing art forgery Luke crosses path with his ex-lover Stefan who just happens to be the suspect. They discover he's being possessed by the ghost of the artist long dead. Theft may have had the ex-lovers crossing paths but it helps them to realize what's also been lost. Over all not a bad short story but it did start off a bit slow for me. I was a third into the story before I began to get interested. The concept is inter ...more
May 12, 2014 Sadonna rated it liked it
This story was good with the potential to be very good. Stefan is a very down on his luck painter who has accepted a place to live and studio to paint in - but he has no recollection of what he is painting or why. He's had a hard life since his 'boyfriend' died and pretty much left him destitute and creatively blocked. He feels guilt and remorse - but not the crushing depression of lost love - because that was not what the relationship was like. Instead he misses his first love, Luke, who just s ...more
Shae Keris
Sep 20, 2013 Shae Keris rated it liked it
Could have been amazing if it had been longer. More about the past of both MCs. Still good :)
Apr 19, 2015 Alisa rated it it was ok
Luke Morgenstern is a fraud investigator. He has had a few rough years. He has some injuries from a bad car accident and his professional ethics have been called into question leaving his career in tatters also. This is how he comes to take a case of possible art fraud from a mysterious client. Luke finds himself at a lonely cabin in the middle of nowhere looking for an artist who is forging famous paintings. Imagine Luke's surprise when he finds his ex-lover Stefan Cobbe at this lonely cabin.

Shirley Frances
When Luke finds out about his latest assignment, he is determined to get to the bottom of it. However, when he learns who is behind the forgery he hesitates. Even more so when he comes faces to face with Stefan. Although thinner and a shadow of the man he left behind, Stefan still brings to the surface feelings Luke had thought forgotten.

Stefan is surprised to see Luke on his porch. He never forgot the man who left him behind and now that he is in his presence he would give anything for another
Dec 14, 2014 Angie rated it liked it
I received an ARC through NetGalley.

Northern Light is a very short but good story about love lost, second chances, and ghosts. It follows art investigator, Luke, on his latest assignment. A forgery of a long since dead artist has made an appearance in a gallery, and Luke has been hired to find out where it came from. An art forgery isn't so unusual, except that no one has ever seen this painting in real life, only read descriptions. So who recreated it? His search leads Luke right to the doorste
Sep 29, 2013 Kai rated it liked it
Shelves: e-books
Northern Light is a M/M story of Stefan and Luke. Luke has been jealous of Stefan's relationship with Maruis and has left Stefan. After so many years apart, Luke chasing an Arcoletti forger ran into Stefan. Luke's reputation has been battered where his art expertise was in question in the art forgery world.

Stefan has lost Maruis and everything that Marius gave him were taken back by Marius' family since nothing were in Stefan's name. Stefan has lost his drive to paint again until his benefactor
Christi Snow
Sep 30, 2013 Christi Snow rated it liked it
My Review:

This book could have been so good, but it needed more. More words. More development. More explanation. More emotion.

Stefan and Luke were lovers once upon a time. They were also both artists, but Luke left Stefan because of jealousy. Jealousy over Stefan's artistic skill and jealousy over the other man in Stefan's life. Now Luke is an art investigator and his current investigation has led him to Stefan's door. The Stefan he knew would never have forged someone else's art. But when Luke
Heather  book whore & shifter slut extrordinaire
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

This is a complicated ghost story about loss - lost love, lost time and lost chances to say I'm sorry and I love you.

Art Investigator Luke is hot on the trail of a forger. Someone is claiming that the 13 lost paintings from Arcoletti have been found and they are displaying and even attempting to sell some! Luke knows these are forgeries and he is determined to find and prosecute this forger to regain is reputatio
Kristin (These Pretty Words)
Originally reviewed on These Pretty Words.

This book needs a new cover. I don’t usually comment on cover art because I know the author’s have very little (if any) input on the design, but this cover doesn’t even come close to marketing the wonderfulness that is contained within. See that? It’s so good, I’m making up words.

Characters – Luke and Stefan. So, so different from each other and yet E.J. Russell is able to write them both with compelling backstories which grab hold of the reader and firm
Luke spends his life bringing art forgers to justice. His thrill in the job disappears when his next case brings him to his ex lover Stefan. He knows Stefan is the best artist he knows and doesn't understand why he would try to forge someone else art. Stefan has become homeless and destitute after his wealthy partner dies. He doesn't remember the forgery and doesn't understand what is going on. The client who hired Luke may have the answers Luke seeks and they are as hard for him to believe as S ...more
Sep 30, 2013 Melissa rated it it was ok
Luke is an art investigator and has been hired to look into some Arcoletti paintings. Stefan can't remember painting but as long as Thomas is happy, Stefan doesn't care because he is not living out of his car anymore. Luke makes it to the cabin to investigate and is shocked that his ex lover Stefan answers the door. Luke ask Stefan about the paintings and Stefan swears that they are his paintings. Luke sees that Stefan is being taking over by a ghost and doesn't remember. Luke gets Stefan to see ...more
Oct 02, 2013 Misty rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc-ever-after
I received an ARC for exchange for an honest review:

Luke Morgenstern is on the hunt for the person forging Arocoletti’s an artist long dead. He hopes that finding this person will resurrect his career. His search sends him up into the mountains of Oregon where he finds his forger—his ex-lover Stefan Cobbe.
Stefen knows he’s been painting, but what he’s been painting he doesn’t remember nor does he want to.
Luke and Stefen race to figure out what is happening before Stefen has to pay by going to j
Alan D.D.
Un libro increíble, muy bien explicado y con unos personajes muy buenos, me encantó. Fue una lectura ligera como las que tanto me gustan, de esas que te hacen querer más y más, pero que te satisfacen al final :3 El único contra de esta historia es el excesivo uso de "Christ", "God" y "Jesus" como expreciones exclamativas, le restaron algunos puntos a la narración.
A total incredible book, so good explained and so good charactes, I loved it. Was a light lectura like those that I so much like
Oct 09, 2013 Tammy rated it liked it
I was given a copy of this story by the publisher in exchange for my honest review. The characters consist of Stefan, an artist who's fallen on hard times after the death of his boyfriend and Luke, an art fraud investigator who hasn't been in touch with Stefan since art school. Luke begins to investigate forgeries from a dead artist that are being sold in a gallery and comes across Stefan, who admits to painting them but he doesn't remember a thing. The mystery seems to be centered around a cabi ...more
Trixiter Marczak
Feb 11, 2014 Trixiter Marczak rated it it was ok
Good concept but parts of it lost me. The idea of a ghost painter and the history was very original, but it just didn't totally do it for me. Even the "happy ending" was a bit much.
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E.J. Russell writes romance in a rainbow of flavors — from M/F stories grounded in absurd contemporary reality to M/M tales splashed with the supernatural — but you can be sure that while the couple makes their way to HEA, they’ll never stray too far into the dark.
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