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Oleander House (Bay City Paranormal Investigations #1)

3.56 of 5 stars 3.56  ·  rating details  ·  1,312 ratings  ·  141 reviews
Putting his life and sanity on the line—for a man beyond his reach.

Bay City Paranormal Investigations, Book 1

Sam Raintree’s experience with things he can’t explain isn’t the only reason his new job as a paranormal investigator is a perfect fit. His coworkers, preoccupied with things outside the norm, will never notice he’s gay.

Once he settles into his first investigation a
ebook, 2nd Edition, 221 pages
Published November 12th 2010 by Samhain Publishing (first published October 3rd 2006)
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It is very much a story of two guys in the closet because although Sam accepts that he is gay, he doesn't really shout it loud and proud. Bo on the other hand is so far back in the closet, I think he might have a second job at Monsters Inc.

I really enjoyed the paranormal aspect of the storyline. It relied more on the creep factor, like old school horror than outright gore. I also liked how Ally showed the monotony and repetitiveness of the job. It's not all running along darkened corridors with
Oct 24, 2008 Heather rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Heather by: Collette
Shelves: e-book, erotica, m-erotica
I really enjoyed Oleander House. It is the first in the Bay City Paranormal Investigations series, and it did not disappoint. I was expecting a little bit more romance in this book, and instead I got suspense, action, horror, mystery and intrigue! I enjoyed all of those things and I cant wait to read the next in the series.

The romance element of this book focuses more on Sam and Bo admitting to their feelings for each other, as well as where they might go from here.

Intense, romantic and scary,
I like to read stories about shapeshifters, demons but this one is my first real ghost-story.
I wanted to try it because i liked some of Ally Blue's stories and i've read lots of good reviews about this serie.

I'll say that i was really pleased but surprised to find myself liking the plot a lot: i liked it more than the romance itself!

For the romance i would give only 2 stars because i had hard time finding Bo loveable! I really like Sam's character through.
But i did not felt much chemistry bettwe
My Review: This first book in the Bay City Paranormal Investigations series is a fast and tense read, not just because of the mystery unfolding during the investigation, but more because of the tension between the main characters. Ms. Blue has managed to create a realistic and painful bond between two very likable men that the reader wants to see resolved in a positive way. And she doesn't hand out pat answers, either. The reader is as aware that Bo has other people in his life to consider as Bo ...more
Kaje Harper
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I had high hopes for Oleander House. I liked it, just not as much as I thought I would. It's the first book in the Bay City Paranormal Investigations series. We meet Sam, who is hired to do technical work with BCPI. The group is investigating a haunting at Oleander House and things get really creepy. Some of the members experience a malevolent type spirit and they are trying to figure out what it is. Sam is gay, but is not out. He's attracted to his boss, but Bo is married with kids. However, Bo ...more
2.5's - God! This is one of those books I wanted to love. Every page I kept thinking "any second now, just one more page" but it didn't happen. Sucks because I love ghost stories and this is a series with a lot of books out already. So much was wrong with this story. The investigators seemed to not know so much, the "relationship" wasn't one (view spoiler) and the end? Well, that wasn ...more
Bubbles  Hunty Honest & Direct Opinions
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3.5 stars I'm a little torn on this. The introduction to both Sam and Bay City Paranormal Investigations was really intriguing. I liked Sam as a character and I enjoyed the 'ghost-hunt' feel of what they were doing. I think a lot of my reservations have to do with Bo. I just didn't like him very much, and didn't feel much of a connection between he and Sam besides just that they kept saying there was one.

I've read books where one character thinks/is under the delusion that he's straight. The tur
Well...One star is still too good for that trash of literature. I was trying to figure out what author was trying to say or rather what the characters were meant for. Sam Raintree was supposed to be main character of the show with "hey I am gay but I do not tell anybody well but I am ogling every ass around me" attitude. Sam joined the Bay City Paranormal Investigation agency as technician. The book is trying to pretend to describe paranormal investigation of the house where something from time ...more
I have no idea how to rate this :)

5 stars for the plot. 5 stars for the setting. 2 stars for the romance/main characters.

As a mystery this was outstanding. Loved the whole setting and spookiness and plot and WTF IS GOING ON-ness. However, the two main characters needed to get their heads out of their asses. And the book just . . . ended before they did.

However, I am reading the next book soon because a)Love the plots and setting and I'm a plot whore and b) I have a feeling that the head-extracti
Don Bradshaw
This is the first book in Ally Blue's PARANORMAL INVESTIGATIONS series. Sam Raintree joins Bay City Investigations which is a small business that specializes in ghost purging until they are asked to check out the old Oleander House. Being the first book in a series thr beginning is kind of slow as you meet the characters. The story is written with Ally Blue's terrific style. The romance between the closeted owner, Bo, and Sam is fleshed out slowly to keep you wondering. I found the series a gre ...more
Sam & Bo....

There is a slow start, which I like...cuz one has ties he needs to cut~

Slow burn ~

What I Love!

The Mystery
The MC
The Chemistry
The Ghost storyline
The Realness of the Romance
The fact that One is Straight and the other is not.
The idea of a series, because I want to see how this relationship unfolds

I'm so glad I found this series, it is so well written, intriguing and has wonderful MC's that I find myself wanting to know more about...okay, off to book 2
Barb ~rede-2-read~
I found this story to be an exceptionally well-written paranormal adventure. The author got me from the beginning and the story just kept getting more intense, more complex and more interesting. It wasn't much of a romance, however, but it did introduce the MC's and left the promise of romance at the end of the story. I'm so intrigued that I'm now going to have to shuffle some books around so that I can continue with this series soon.
Paul Wright
Wow! Blown away and thrilled to have another series to read. I'm hooked :)
This review was originally published at my blog

Genre & Keywords:
M/M, paranormal, Gay For You, ghost hunting, supernatural dimensions, violence

Why I read it:
Chris @ Stumbling on Chaos recommended this series to me

Sam joins the team of Bay City Paranormal Investigations, which is led by Bo. There’s an attraction between the two men but Bo is married with children. The team investigates a haunted house. While they discover dangerous supernatural dimensions Sam and Bo struggle with
Oleander House is all about the smut. I admire the author for attempting to create a mystery and an interesting paranormal setting. However, as is the case with too many smutty books, more attention was paid to the angst and the lurvin' than was to the character development or side plots. Unfortunately, protagonist Sam was so poorly written that he came off as a bit of a psychopath. That is, we know all about his dirty urges and wants and needs, but little else. This book wasn't bad, however it ...more
Okay, this is the third time this week that GR has insisted on treating different editions of the same book as though they were entirely different books, and only shown my review on one of the editions. I'm getting sick of this!

Here's my review once again. Please ignore if you've seen it already --

Overall I liked this one quite a bit. For the most part this was done with good logic -- and the characters actually sat there and *thought* about the implications of what they were doing and finding -
Overall I liked this one quite a bit. For the most part this was done with good logic -- and the characters actually sat there and *thought* about the implications of what they were doing and finding -- although that logic definitely did fail a bit when it came to the issues of leaving the house and protecting the ghosthunters. GR user Kaje has some good commentary on these problems, here. I liked the twist that (view spoiler), and I also lik ...more
3.5 stars

Sam Raintree has just started with Bay City Paranormal Investigations. His first job takes him to the Oleander House, where paranormal activity has been recorded and the history of the house's inhabitants is both mysterious and frightening. As the team investigates and records the unusual activity in the house, Sam tries to hide his attraction to his boss, Dr. Bo Broussard. This is easy enough to do, since Sam has had a lifetime of hiding his feelings from others, but when he begins to
Vicktor Alexander
Aug 12, 2011 Vicktor Alexander rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: M/M Romance Group
I enjoyed this book, although Beau pissed me off with his hot/cold act. I could sort of understand, but I'm a hopeless romantic *shrug* I was expecting him to act differently. There were parts of this book that had me glued to my Kindle screen and parts where I covered my face and read through the slit in my fingers (silly I know but I get into books the way other people get into movies). And I must say this is the first m/m suspense book I've ever read that actually made me tear up a little.

I a
This book kept me on edge, the paranormal stuff was very engaging. Not such a great opinion about the romantic elements, though. So many lines about Sam's sexual desire that felt misplaced in the general atmosphere and environment. I understand that Sam is obsessed with Bo, but still they're dealing with a non-human presence that has killed many times before, and worrying about their lives seemed a more appropriate concern. A good read that could have been better without the aforementioned detai ...more
Good, but not great. Might have to do with my own views on some of the conflicts portrayed in the story, but also a lot to do with some reactions by the main characters that did not make sense within the circumstances in which they happened. Anyway, the scare factor was very good, actually had me looking over my shoulder in the dark at times, *chuckles*.

Will probably read the next installment to see if the story gets more coherent and to get to the 'good stuff' between the main characters.
Karla Slusher
Really good read, but it CREEPED me the hell out. I was rooting for sam and bo from the beginning, but I was also wanting them to get the hell out of that house. I did not like how bo was being towards bo, he was teasing him and not being in the least bit fair to himself or sam.

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Freaking amazing! Going to next book immediately.

While this might be a romance book, it is so much more than that. So vivid, it was like watching a movie. The dialogue was perfect. The pacing was intense. This is required reading.

Note that it ends a bit cliffhanger like, I am assuming that the next book picks up right after this.

Unbelievable. Brilliant.

This might be my blogpost for this week.
I'm leaving the rating blank on this one because I'm going to have to read it again ... I just could not engage with this story at all ... I can't put my finger on the issue and in fact, it may be more about my frame of mind than the book ... hence, because any rating would be poor and possibly undeservedly so, I'll put this on my re-read shelf and give it another go before giving my final verdict.
Bobby Corry
um okay I guess? That is the feeling I got after reading this book. I try to stay away from paranormal romance and read urban fantasy. This book didn't complete either a paranormal romance or urban fantasy storyline. By the end you ask yourself "Is my copy of this book missing the last several chapters". I couldn't put this book down but not because the book was good, but because the story was situated in a haunted house and something major should come to happen. Unfortunately nothing major real ...more
Smokinhotbooks K.C.
A-spookie. Usually books don't scare me but this one had me almost running into my bathroom for baby powder to sprinkle on my wooden floors ( Paranormal Activity Joke reference Fy to the I).

I had read The Happy Onion which I thought was just okay, but I'm really liking Blue's Bay Paranormal Series.
Nancy L
An interesting read. I liked the sparks between Bo and Sam, drumming up some strong sexual attraction, always wondering if something will happen between them.
Michele ~ la Smoocherina
Apr 28, 2012 Michele ~ la Smoocherina marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Michele ~ la Smoocherina by: Laura the Highland Hussy
Bo is married with kids and away from home. I just figured, I have plenty on my TBR pile without reading about a cheater.
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