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The Ghost Slept Over

3.9  ·  Rating Details ·  204 Ratings  ·  60 Reviews
When failed actor Cal Parsons travels to rural New York to claim the estate of his famous and estranged ex-partner he discovers something he wasn't expecting...the ghost of his ex! And, worse, his ex invites Cal to join him for all eternity. Now. As Cal attempts to rid himself of the ghost by any means he begins to fall for the attractive attorney representing the estate. ...more
Paperback, 236 pages
Published January 19th 2014 by Createspace
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
**3.5 stars**

I was really pleasantly surprised by this book. I had read The Perils of Praline by this author about a year ago and I was a little put off by the main character. Though the humor missed the mark for me in that one, I was anxious to see what else this author had up his sleeve. And apparently he had this goody up there.

This story started off a bit slow. I wasn't exactly sure where the plot was taking me and I found Cal to be too self-involved for my taste. However, as the story prog

BR with Sofia and Rosa


What a crazy and amusing ride!

What a witty and sweet romantic comedy!

What do we have:

A failed actor Cal Parsons, who performes his one-man show in queer coffee shops across California for fifty bucks per week, who lives in his own truck and dreams about a big career in New York, becomes suddenly and totally unexpected for himself the only heir of his ex-partner's estate.

An attractive country lawyer Dewitt Morgan, who was the attorney of McCormack Williams, th
Ulysses Dietz
Feb 09, 2014 Ulysses Dietz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really wish this book would be bought by Hollywood and turned into a romantic comedy. But, since the movie-going market refuses to like gay romances, it seems unlikely. Sigh.

Marshall Thornton is best known to me for the "Boystown" books; his gritty and authentic detective series set in early 1980s Chicago featuring gay ex-cop Nick Nowack. "The Ghost Slept Over" is a departure, and a truly delightful one.

A comic romance about a struggling LA actor who inherits a fortune from a long-ago ex, it i
Rosa, really
Sep 15, 2014 Rosa, really rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: romantic comedy lovers
Recommended to Rosa, really by: My damn self
BR with Lena & Sofia! Thanks, girls!

It's official. Marshall Thornton has his romantic comedy claws into me as well as his detective claws.

He's sucked me in like a...sucky thing. A thing that sucks.

Clearly I suck at metaphors.

Not only does he write the best noirish detective novels I've read recently (this is where I mention Boystown for the 457th time - am I being too subtle?- read them), but he shows a talent for a light romantic comedy that I wasn't expecting from the author of t
Eli Easton
Nov 26, 2014 Eli Easton rated it it was amazing
This was my first book by Marshall Thornton, but it wont' be my last. As you would expect from a man with Marshall's background--long time novelist, screenplay writer and playwright--it is extremely well written. It's also very funny. The situation itself is funny and the witty dialogue is spot on.

I enjoyed this small peek into a world Thornton must know well--the ghost of a recently deceased NY playwright with an ego that can surpass even death, and the poor actor whom he dumped years earlier.
I can sum this book up in one word FUN.

A very enjoyable funny read with a cast of characters that perform wonderfully.

I did find the beginning a little slow, Cal was not the kind of guy I warmed to straight away, but once Mac entered the scene things picked up.

The romance is muted but still enjoyable.

The main focus on the ghost parts were what really made this book for me. I can easily see me re reading this when I need a shot of fun.
Apr 28, 2014 Sofia rated it really liked it
Buddy Read with Lena and Rosa

This was funny, light and poignant at the same time. It's a clever little story which plays about with the characters and the 'play' that they are doing.

Being my first Thornton apart from Boystown, I immediately noticed the different style he used and am happy about his versatility. The writing put me in a place where I could visualize the whole story and whilst reading I kept imagining that I was watching a film (probably it's the screenwriter in Thornton).

The stor
♣ Irish Smurfétté ♣
We get both Cal’s and Dewey’s points of view, alternating with each chapter. Dual first person POV’s, at that. Not an easy thing to, not just to pull off but, make it feel right. By the end of chapter two, I already felt like I had a handle on who these guys are while, at the same time, not having a clue where this would all end up. I mean, there’s a ghost (Mac) and he’s not exactly on the shy and quiet side of things. Nor is he very knowledgeable about how to be a ghost. Then again, he doesn’t ...more
Chris, the Dalek King
“Yes, the show must go on, but it’s also important to survive until the curtain calls”

Cal Parsons has a lot of things to say about the renowned playwright McCormack Williams, and none of them are ‘god bless.’ Which is to be expected, after all, since Mac went and dumped his ass hours before removing himself to New York, to be all famous and shit. And then there was that whole kerfuffle with the play that Mac wrote, concerning one Hal Perkins (like no one was going to figure that one out), and
It was absolutely delightful!

A romantic comedy featuring one gorgeous quasi-famous actor

one jack-of-all-legal-trades attorney

and one very persistent malevolent ghost..

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There's something to be said about breaking away from all the drama, and spending a quality time with a light and funny read. It lifts your spirits and instantly improves your mood.

The Ghost Slept Over is full of laughter. Some parts are outrageously hilarious, some downright crazy. It has a bit of
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This is one of those books one starts reading, blinks and they are almost past the half of the story and it is 3 A.M. At least, that's what happened to me.
It starts slower than I expected. Not a bad thing in itself, just different compared to the rest of it. The moment the ghost appears, the fun begins. The things Mac does or says are funny even when you are annoyed.

Basically, this is a comedy of errors, so there is that unavoidable moment when the truth comes out. What is uncommon is that
I give The Ghost Slept Over 3.5 highly amused stars. It made me laugh out loud quite a few times, which is always good. The only thing that took away from my enjoyment just a tad was that all the characters were pretty much assholes. Well, except for Dewey, he was nice.

The moral of this story? Gay men can be super catty. I knew this already, but it was still a fun way to spend an afternoon.
Mar 11, 2014 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm-read, z-2014
This was so much fun. It really cheered me up :D
You know when you sometimes come across a book where you think something along the lines of "not really sure it's my cup of tea but I'll give it a go anyway?" Well this was one of those examples for me. Given the choice I usually go for lots of angst and drama and don't mind shedding a tear or two over a story. Humour is therefore not usually at the top of my list. However I am so glad I read this book - it was fabulous!

Cal is an actor who suddenly inherits the estate of an ex-lover he hasn't se
Feb 10, 2014 PaperMoon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a rollicking fun and snappy read; the dialogue/banter style reminds me of Rick Copp's series - The Actor's Guide To Murder and the zany madcap antics a little like Joe Keenan's books - My Lucky Star.

Overall, I found the characters likeable and having the chapters coming from Cal's and Dewey's perspectives made it all the more interesting. I have to say that I had mounting anxiety throughout the middle section of the book as I wasn't entirely clear as to the ghost's intentions (malevolen
The humorous edge to this book hit me right in the sweet spot. Dry wit, morbid humor, subtle much fun. I liked all the main characters, even the rat bastard Mac.

One favorite quote:
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Aug 09, 2016 Kyle rated it really liked it
I should start this review off by saying that I received a (signed) copy of this book as part of the Goodreads First Reads program. The review is entirely my own, and I wasn't influenced by anybody else. Now, on with the show.

Gay writing has changed a lot over the years. It started off as something secretive, where the main characters were inevitably meant to end up dead, alone, or both, where they were punished for their deviance. Right around Stonewall, it started getting angry, and then it mo
I needed a good laugh and this book had been sitting there untouched on my TBR for a while. So what the heck, I thought I gave this a try.

Cal Parsons was a failed actor down on his luck – his agent didn’t even deign to talk directly to him. He was quite homeless when he got a call that changed his life forever: an ex-lover had died and left his estate for Cal. Leaving glitzy Los Angeles to cold winter rural New York, Cal discovered not only he inherited a picturesque house, but Mac, his ex-lover
Sep 02, 2016 Lucy rated it really liked it
Reviewed for Hearts On Fire Reviews

Oh Cal, almost forty, homeless, living in his car and doing his one-man-show for $50 wherever he can but never really losing hope. He’s best known for the soft core porn film, Lust/Anger/Joy and that’s what he’s recognized for. Poor baby, especially when men just want to be with him so they can say the slept with the guy from Lust/Anger/Joy.

Then, out of the blue, a message arrives - he’s the beneficiary of his ex-partner, Mac’s, estate. And ex is the right wor
3.5 stars

Huh, so I'm not entirely sure what to make of this/how to rate it. I think it took me a little while to get into it and I wasn't really sure where the story was going, but Cal and the premise were sufficiently interesting to make me keep reading past the sample.

It was a fun little read, especially once Mac turns up, but despite an interesting storyline, it's one of those books where there isn't really a huge amount of depth to anything. It's a kind of fun, spoof little story with a ghos
J.B. Sanders
Mar 14, 2014 J.B. Sanders rated it it was amazing
Thoroughly and completely enjoyed this book. I loved the snarky and almost pedestrian way the paranormal walked into the main character's life, and the way he dealt with it. Very much a fun gay turn on stories like "The Ghost & Mrs. Muir" (only less sad).

Highly recommended.

Notes score: 15

Some favorite quotes:

"I may not be six four but I can certainly act six four."

Thornton, Marshall (2014-01-30). The Ghost Slept Over (Kindle Location 149). . Kindle Edition.

“Okay. Still not big.” “Well, brac
Feb 03, 2014 KC rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun romantic comedy. I really enjoy Marshall Thornton's writing and this story is no exception. Plot: Cal is a struggling actor who discovers that an ex has willed him his estate and he travels from LA to rural NY to claim the property, only to discover it haunted by the very active ghost of his ex who's bent on getting Cal to join him "for eternity". In the meantime, Cal befriends his ex's handsome lawyer and a group of local actors who offer him the lead role on their upcoming play in the hope ...more
Jess Faraday
Jul 21, 2014 Jess Faraday rated it it was amazing
I loved Mr. Thornton's gritty Boystown series, and was eager to pick up his latest. What a delightful surprise! It's so different in tone and content, but equally beautifully done. The Ghost Slept Over is light, funny, and a quick read. It had me grinning the entire way through, and looking for excuses to stop what I was doing and read a few more pages. Another home run for a very versatile author!
Nov 30, 2014 Dan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't think I've ever read a bad book by Marshall Thornton.
This was an, at times, laugh out loud read. Several reviews thought it would make a great movie.
I concur.
Dec 05, 2015 Paul rated it liked it
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Genre: M/M Paranormal, Humor

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Review: Oh Cal, almost forty, homeless, living in his car and doing his one-man-show for $50 wherever he can but never really losing hope. He’s best known for the soft core porn film, Lust/Anger/Joy and that’s what he’s recognized for. Poor baby, especially when men just want to be with him so they can say the slept with the guy from Lust/Anger/Joy. S
Joyfully Jay
Jan 09, 2015 Joyfully Jay rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sammy
A Joyfully Jay review.

5 stars

My goodness what an incredibly funny and entertaining novel author Marshall Thornton has provided for us. I completely fell in love with this cast of characters, even going so far as to appreciate the annoying Mac who was set on keeping his former lover, Cal, from finding happiness in anyone else’s arms but his own. The supporting cast was just this side of crazy and their determination to get Cal to fund them knew no boundaries. But ultimately what made The Ghost S
Mar 10, 2014 Tricia rated it really liked it
If you need to smile, read this quickly. This story is something of a ghost story and something of a romance, but all humorous and charming. The characters are endearing, even the narcissistic ghost. There is some incredibly entertaining dialogue, especially between the Barnyard Players, the ghost and his ex-lover. The ending is silly, but it's not meant to be a serious read (even if it is seriously good). I only wished for a bit more romance between the two lead characters, they were both so ...more
The Novel Approach Reviews
Mar 02, 2014 The Novel Approach Reviews rated it it was amazing
As you can probably tell I loved the ghost. My only problem with the story is that romance between Cal and Dewitt seem a bit rushed, and I would have loved reading several more pages toward this end. Just needed more interaction between the two. Otherwise, it’s more like instant lust that is often mistaken for love. I would love to read a sequel with more McCormack, the sign of a good book when the reader wants more!

See the entire 4.5 Star review at The Novel Approach: http://thenovelapproachrev
Sep 02, 2016 Jane rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m
3.75. I enjoyed this lighthearted, sometimes laugh aloud story. The paranormal element was interesting and I'm a sucker for a theatre background.

Two things kept it from a five star; there were a few too many typos of the they're/their variety and they're like nails on a blackboard for me, and the ending fizzled out a little. Too abrupt a switch of focus from the (kind of) villain.
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Lambda Award-winning author, Marshall Thornton is best known for the Boystown detective series. Other novels include the erotic comedy The Perils of Praline, or the Amorous Adventures of a Southern Gentleman in Hollywood, Desert Run and Full Release. Marshall has an MFA in screenwriting from UCLA, where he received the Carl David Memorial Fellowship and was recognized in the Samuel Goldwyn Writing ...more
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