There are few things less romantic than a honeymoon on your own after your intended stands you up just a day before he is supposed to say “I do” at thThere are few things less romantic than a honeymoon on your own after your intended stands you up just a day before he is supposed to say “I do” at the altar. That is what Leo from Mickleham, England, faces in this story. After he endures the indignity of a Dear John letter from his fickle fiancé, the embarrassing cancellation of all festivities, and the pity from family and friends alike, he follows his mother’s advice and travels to Venice, Italy, alone. It turns out to be the best decision he has ever made.
Leo is not an adventurous soul. He likes plans, an orderly life, and to know what awaits him ahead of time. Those are also the reasons his traitorous fiancé names – in his note – for not wanting to go through with the wedding. But when Leo arrives in Venice and meets Matteo, everything begins to change. Leo has no defense against Matteo’s exuberance and enthusiasm, and anyway, Venice turns out to be more wonderful than Leo has ever imagined.
Matteo is an Italian who has suffered his own tragedy. He is spontaneous, giving, and loves showing Leo his hometown. He is an excellent guide, and as they spend the first two weeks of Leo’s three-week stay together, Matteo reveals more and more of the man he is. His sense of humor helps Leo to learn how to laugh again, and when he finally opens up about what happened to him, the emotions between him and Leo change.
‘Solo Honeymoon’ is a slow-burn romance that shows how two wounded men find love again. The setting is beautiful and exciting, the Italian food they consume made my mouth water, and the secondary characters who help them along – or, as in Leo’s fiancé’s case try to destroy everything – are wonderful and loyal supporters for Leo and Matteo.
If you like romance wrung from the depths of despair, if you want to find out how two men disappointed by love manage to fall for each other in an incredibly romantic setting, and if you’re looking for a read that contains drama, humor, and romance in abundance, then you will probably like this novella.
‘To Steal His Heart’ is an entertaining and suspenseful tale on more than one level. There are some unusual cases accepted and solved by a talented th‘To Steal His Heart’ is an entertaining and suspenseful tale on more than one level. There are some unusual cases accepted and solved by a talented thief, Matt Glenn, who uses his abilities to protect people against the real bad guys. There are a protective kidnapping, several creative break-ins, corrupt cops, a secret trial, and lots of fascinating details about a security business based on an unusual setup. But Matt manages to get in trouble in his personal life as well as his professional one, and things go far less easily for him there. And that just goes to prove that matters of the heart are more complicated than matters of the law…
Matt is an exceptional thief. He loves his job, and figuring out ways around people’s security systems only to then turn around to make them practically idiot-proof is his life. One case leads to another, with word of mouth his most effective way of generating new business. He has the occasional help of a friend who is a cop, a loyal employee and several other “sources” who are part of his network set up to provide him with information.
One case leads to the next, and by the time I was halfway through the book, I was deeply invested in finding out not just what was next for Matt on a personal level, but who was behind setting him up to look like a gang leader and drug dealer. The methods used by the criminals are quite clever, but Matt keeps his wits about him at all times. He does not know whether to follow through with Ben, whom he has just met and is about to fall for, or pick up things with Jordan, the cop he broke up with a few years ago, but events show Matt the best course of action – eventually.
If you like your stories action-packed and with more than one bad guy to catch, if talented security gurus with more than five guns hidden in their apartment are your thing, and if you’re looking for a read that is entertaining, suspenseful, and has a low-level romance running almost in the background, then you will probably like this novella.
The mystery of what is going on with the somewhat brusque oldest bunny brother, Barclay, and the enigmatic duck has been brewing for quite a while. IThe mystery of what is going on with the somewhat brusque oldest bunny brother, Barclay, and the enigmatic duck has been brewing for quite a while. I was excited to find out that this book is about Barclay, that the duck has a name –Elliot – and is, as I suspected, Barclay’s mate. There are also some surprises: Barclay and Elliot find out they have a third mate named Tavarus, the scientists are even more evil than previously shown, and Barclay can’t be in charge of everything. This story is suspenseful, filled with a few twists and turns, and contains some very hot three-way action once the guys find the time to work on claiming each other.
Barclay has known for a while that he is dying due to one of the scientists doing a particularly devious experiment with him as the subject. This fact explains some of his earlier gruffness (which I had a real problem with) and why he has been so focused on his brothers finding their mates. Now Barclay thinks he has reached the end of his road, but Elliot doesn’t want him to give up. Neither does Tavarus, once they rescue him, but Barclay has a hard time accepting anyone else’s opinion. He is as stubborn as they come, and it takes quite a bit of doing before he even begins to see the error of his ways.
It was good to see Elliot take human form at last and to get to know him a little. He‘s very dedicated, desperate to save Barclay’s life, and more than a little stubborn himself. He and Tavarus make a great team that focuses on protecting Barclay. His feelings of superiority over geese were hilarious.
Tavarus is big, strong and very dominant. He will not let Barclay run the mating, but he is also flexible when need be and can let Elliot or Barclay take the lead – on occasion. He is as possessive as they come and will do anything to save Barclay’s life. The fact that Barclay leads the Battle Bunnies does not sit easy with Tavarus, but he is smart enough not to interfere too much in that part of his mate’s life.
As with all triads, it takes a while for these three men to find their balance; They make a good start here, but I have a feeling there is more to come. That, and the fact that there is a hint about who Basil’s mate may be, and it doesn’t look like a natural fit at all!
If you like the ‘Battle Bunnies’ series, if you want to see Barclay fight for his life and see him accept a second mate, and if you’re looking for a read that is action-packed, suspenseful, and full of revelations, then you will probably like this novella.
Professional dedication is a good thing, but if it comes at the detriment of a personal life, it is suddenly less attractive. Gideon, with his interesProfessional dedication is a good thing, but if it comes at the detriment of a personal life, it is suddenly less attractive. Gideon, with his interest in recovering stolen art, is a fascinating character and I wanted to know his story ever since he first appeared in the previous book of this series. I wasn’t surprised to find out that he has suffered a significant loss in his past, and watching him slowly “unthaw” and dare to trust again was a very rewarding experience. Added to the crime of stolen archeological finds and trade in illegal Native American artifacts, this fourth book in the ‘Quint and Clay Art Crimes’ series made for fascinating and entertaining reading.
Gideon is dedicated to his job, but when he starts working with archeologist and art gallery owner Cole to figure out who stole artifacts from one of his digs, Gideon feels more for his new acquaintance than professional interest. He tries very hard to ignore these feelings, which is understandable considering his past, but he can’t fight his attraction. Also, it has been twenty years… As Gideon gets more involved in intricate plans to catch the perpetrator, he also grows closer to Cole – to the point where he has to make a decision about opening up again.
Cole is an enthusiastic archeologist, but he also owns an art gallery that keeps him busy when he is not on a dig. Then he discovers someone stole one or more artifacts from the dig he worked on last summer, a man turns up dead, and Cole is suddenly right in the middle of more danger than he ever wanted to attract. Then there is Gideon – the man with a deep sadness in his eyes – and even though Cole thinks Gideon is straight, and keeps telling himself to stay away, he cannot resist the lure of figuring out what is going on with Gideon and maybe discovering a way to get closer.
This novella is a slow-burn romance on top of a captivating investigation of an art crime, and had my full attention. The newest story in this series is as entertaining and suspenseful as the previous installments, and the characters are just as interesting as the men I “met” before. Quint plays a prominent role, Clay appears as well, and I am very relieved to see Gideon happily settled. He and Cole are a great match!
If you like the idea of watching the process of catching an artifact thief, if you want to know more about two men who don’t dare hope happiness is in the cards for them, and if you’re looking for a read with thievery, greed, and unscrupulous criminals facing men who are on the right side of the law, then you will probably like this novella.
In the best tradition of the ‘Law and Supernatural Order’ series, this third book is about a mixed-species couple – in this case a shifter and a human In the best tradition of the ‘Law and Supernatural Order’ series, this third book is about a mixed-species couple – in this case a shifter and a human cop. Luke is a fox shifter who owns a diner, and Silas is a human cop working with vampire detective Drew from book one. While it was good to see Drew and his boyfriend Jason again, the focus is on Silas and Luke and the kind of unique trouble they manage to get themselves involved in. With an intriguing mystery and some scorching interpersonal activities, this story certainly held my attention.
Luke runs a chicken shack – which is truly hilarious because he is a fox shifter. He has fun with the idea himself, but the fact that he has a lot of regular customers speaks for itself. Luke’s personal life is practically nonexistent since he works hard and only does one-night stands. But then he meets Silas and things begin to change… Between the cute cop who awakens unknown feelings in him and Luke’s criminal family, the tension remains high.
Silas is a cop and wants to make detective as soon as possible. His family, especially his mother, may be against his career choice, but Silas is determined to live his dream. And that includes treating shifters and other supernaturals with respect – not something his family would agree with either. His biggest problem is finding someone he can have a relationship with – as he is not one for one-night encounters. Once he gets to know Luke he begins to reconsider – the fox shifter is that attractive. But then Luke is attacked, Silas is involved before he knows it, and both of them need to keep their wits about them if they want to survive Luke’s cousins’ evil machinations.
If you like action-packed stories about cops and the men they fall for, if personal and interpersonal discoveries and entanglements are your thing, and if you’re looking for a very entertaining read with a supernatural touch, then you will probably like this novella.
‘On Wings of Thunder’ starts out as an epic battle of good versus evil – angels versus demons – and when the five elder angels combine forces to kill‘On Wings of Thunder’ starts out as an epic battle of good versus evil – angels versus demons – and when the five elder angels combine forces to kill Asagoroth, the demon leader, yet only succeed to imprison the mighty dragon, I thought I knew where the story was going. As the tale picks up a thousand years later with the dragon awakening, it turns out I was wrong. In fact, I was wrong on more than one level. The characters surprised me, the events twisted and turned a few times, the epic battle still happened but in an entirely unexpected way… and the final resolution was logical, yet its consequences surprised me in a good way. I love it when a book (or rather, its author) can do that to me!
Trystan may be an angel, and the angels are beings of light, yet they are not what I imagine angels to be. They are cold, cruel, set in their ways, and have more rules and regulations than should be allowed. Everyone is “chosen” from birth as to what they will be when they grow up – except very few “unchosen” angels – like Trystan. He is ignored, even shunned, by everyone, including most of his family. When he discovers a carving of a great dragon he is ready to listen to the one everyone calls a beast, and what he finds out surprises him.
Trystan has to learn to accept himself and Asagoroth’s love for him, and his need goes much deeper than it seems at first glance. But the angels keep hunting them down, unwilling to let them live in peace, and Trystan begins to understand Asagoroth’s anger. He is determined to find a way out… and that is when the surprises start to take over. I can’t say too much more without spoiling the story, but let me tell you - I followed the events with breathless anticipation and loved the final resolution.
If you like epic tales that combine existing legends and myths into a new whole, if you believe that opposites attract for a reason, and if you’re looking for an action-packed read full of love, betrayal, discoveries, and a perfect ending that is just the beginning, then you will probably like this novella as much as I do. It’s as entertaining as it is thought-provoking!
This is the beginning of what looks like an action-packed and exciting series about two men with secrets, different but equally dark pasts, and whileThis is the beginning of what looks like an action-packed and exciting series about two men with secrets, different but equally dark pasts, and while both of them are gay, one of them is deeply in the closet and the other is a playboy. Even though both are members of a biker gang, they do not, at first or even second glance, look like a good match. But Diego and Colby are better together than they would ever admit. Coincidence has them meet and the action practically explodes as events push them together more closely than they’re comfortable with.
Diego has a physically tough history and still earns money for his motorcycle gang by participating in illegal fights. He is as tough as nails, and showing weakness in front of anyone is unthinkable. But Colby gets to him, and after saving his life in a bar brawl, Diego cannot walk away. Of course he makes it all about gang business, but I believe the “perks” of being around Colby have something to do with it as well.
Colby has an emotionally unstable background with a crazy mother and is unwilling to commit to any one man. He is still looking for his younger sister who vanished from his mother’s care when she was young and Colby was living with his father. Colby’s best friend, Spider, is the leader of a rival motorcycle gang and Colby is the road captain. Colby’s father may have retreated from day-to-day gang business, but he is still able to get everyone in trouble. So much so that Colby needs protection – which comes from Diego. And the game is on!
If you like rough bikers and their dark lives, if you want to find out more about two men who seem like total opposites in every way yet are deeply attracted to each other, and if you’re looking for a read that contains action, mystery, and lots of hot man-on-man action without a mushy moment in sight, then you will probably like this novella.
‘Learning to Love Cats’ is as funny, entertaining, and crazy as the title suggests. Mike, a loving uncle who tries to deal with his exuberant four-yea‘Learning to Love Cats’ is as funny, entertaining, and crazy as the title suggests. Mike, a loving uncle who tries to deal with his exuberant four-year-old nephew, and Riley, one of ten sons who works in the family business, are a hilarious pair. They have almost nothing in common, yet their romance is fast and furious. Their dates are prone to disaster, Riley’s cats are a hoot, and both men’s families are teasingly supportive.
Mike is a contractor who prefers action to words. He is also a loving uncle, and even deals with the pets his sister thinks her son needs but doesn’t want to deal with herself. The problem is that Mike is not an animal person, so dealing with a dead hamster and the kittens that might follow if his sister has her way are actual challenges for Mike. Meeting Riley at the vet makes Mike’s day, and he sets out to date and court the man with everything he is – cats be damned!
Riley is used to chaos – he has nine brothers and runs a farm/orchard/cattery with them. He loves animals, especially cats, and is surprised when Mike seems interested in him. In fact, he can’t believe his luck and is very cautious. That only increases Mike’s determination, and who is Riley to resist? He does need to figure out how to deal with Mike’s issues around Riley’s cats…
If you like insta-lust and whirlwind romances, if you think that two men who seem to have nothing in common deserve a chance, and if you’re looking for an entertaining read with some hilarious moments and lots of hot loving, then you will probably like this novella.
Supposedly, having money solves most problems with ease. There are a few that need more ingenious solutions, and this story is about one such situatioSupposedly, having money solves most problems with ease. There are a few that need more ingenious solutions, and this story is about one such situation. I have to say I enjoyed seeing Channing so desperate, mainly because his son's behavior was exactly the same as his used to be; having the "sins of his past" come to haunt him was sort of poetic justice. With his sister there to support him, and an obvious solution at their fingertips, the stress wasn't too bad, and the story unfolded into distinctly un-angsty and humorous territory almost from the start.
Channing may be a rock star and have more money than he can ever hope to spend, but none of that helps when Nick, one of his triplets, gets kicked out of the last primary school in Boston. His only choice is to have him privately tutored, so he might as well pull the other two triplets out of school as well. Fighting his attraction to the tutor (for a while), his madwoman of an ex-wife, and his band's need to go on tour for weeks at a time, his life isn’t easy.
Brodie has fled from England and is trying to establish a new life in the US. He may not fly in with the help of a black umbrella and carrying a black miraculous bag, but he comes as close to a male version of Mary Poppins as I've ever seen. He is absolutely perfect, manages the kids with ease, and never looses his cool. A true gentleman! Of course, when he realizes how attracted he is to his employer, and that Channing has feelings for him as well, he realizes he is in trouble and may have bitten off more than he can chew with this assignment after all…
If you like stories about desperate fathers of misbehaving children, if you enjoy reading about saviors coming into the household in the form of a male nanny/tutor who happens to be gorgeous and close to irresistible, and if you're looking for a cute, sweet read with lots of passion, then you will probably like this novella....more
Rejection is tough, and when it happens while someone is young, the feeling of not being wanted and of not being “enough” can be soul-crushing. That iRejection is tough, and when it happens while someone is young, the feeling of not being wanted and of not being “enough” can be soul-crushing. That is what Zack faces in this novel, and he does not have an easy time of it. Since he is a sub and wishes for the older Andrew to be his Master, the whole BDSM dynamic adds yet another level of complication to Zack’s problem. By the time you consider that Zack’s and Andrew’s brothers are a couple, it becomes obvious that figuring out what they want, and how to deal with it presents a major task for Zack and Andrew. The relationship is a true roller coaster of emotions, a back-and-forth of serious complications, and a very convoluted path to happiness. If you don’t like drama and low self-esteem, this book is probably not for you. But if you’re curious about BDSM and are looking for a relatively basic approach with lots of explanations, give it a try.
Zack has known he is a sub for a long time and he wants to be Andrew’s to command. But he is seven years younger than the object of his admiration, their brothers are an item, and, at barely eighteen, Zack is entirely too inexperienced for Andrew to feel comfortable. Zack takes BDSM classes at a local club and thinks he is ready but Andrew still rejects him. Then Zack decides to be a Dom instead - and he is a switch, so it could have worked - but the constant interaction with Andrew at family functions and when on tour with Zack’s brother’s band is an ongoing reminder of what he can’t have.
Andrew is a Dom and wants Zack, but keeps telling himself he can’t go there. When he finally does allow himself a weekend with Zack it’s a huge success – except Zack runs from him once the weekend is over and they are almost back to square one. If Andrew weren’t so persistent I doubt these two would have ever made it as a couple. Andrew may be older than Zack by a few years, but his behavior isn’t exactly mature either.
If you like couples who struggle to find their way, if you prefer a simple, straightforward approach to BDSM with lots of explanations and technical details, and if you’re looking for a read with men who can switch roles but each have a clear preference, then you might like this novel.
Marriages of convenience have a long history and are usually made for economic or political reasons. In the case of this novel, there is a seemingly “Marriages of convenience have a long history and are usually made for economic or political reasons. In the case of this novel, there is a seemingly “simple deal” between two men: Ondrej is to invest money in Archie’s company (since his funds are tied up in unstable Greek banks), and in return, Ondrej gets to stay in the US (and away from his judgmental family in Eastern Europe) because he is now married to a US citizen. But, as the blurb already hints, the “simple deal” is not as straightforward as it looks. It became obvious to me pretty early on that both men are far more interested in their “business partner” than they want to admit – to themselves or their partner. This novel is about their journey to recognizing the connection they have, the feelings they share, and their fight for getting what they really want – as opposed to what the original business deal stated.
Ondrej is good-looking, he is a businessman with a high degree of experience, and he has inherited a significant amount of money from his grandparents. He is also desperate to stay in the US – and with a family like his, who can blame him? Ondrej secretly admires Archie a great deal and wishes they could have more than a piece of paper between them, but he has no idea how to go about it and if his advances would even be welcome.
Archie has taken over the family company from his father, only to find a huge mess of mismanagement, money tied up in accounts he can’t get to, and a board that is opposed to many of the changes he wants to make. He wants to get closer to Ondrej, is fascinated by him, but can’t see how this can happen while Ondrej is keeping him at arm’s length. He wants to keep up appearances at the very least, and taking Ondrej out to “be seen” is his excuse for spending time with a man he wishes he knew more about. Not that it is working, and he urgently needs a new approach.
In many respects this unorthodox love story follows the classic route of a marriage of convenience leading to true love over time. But the strength of both main characters, the intriguing and sometimes complicated situations they find themselves in, and the ability of both men to think strategically and work well together in a business setting gives it a fresh, modern feel. A set of secondary characters who cover everything from amusing to utterly irritating, as well as some unexpected twists and turns make this a very entertaining read.
If you like relationships that build only after the couple is already married, if business intrigue is your thing, and if you’re looking for a fun read that has touching moments, hilarious situations, and quite a bit of romance in unexpected places, then you will probably like this novel.
This story is a perfect example of how hot two so-called nerds can be when they come together. The build-up is wonderful, it's told with a great senseThis story is a perfect example of how hot two so-called nerds can be when they come together. The build-up is wonderful, it's told with a great sense of humor, and there are quirky secondary characters to ‘meddle’ in the best way. The stars of the show are Blake and Greg though: once they give into their lust, it changes into more and the depth of their emotions pulled me in even more.
Even though Blake, the research librarian, has a few issues and is predictably shy, he is also a very passionate man, and one who can cook as if born to it. His past, and the stereotypes people associate him with, have hurt him badly, and he is not one to trust easily. With a self-confidence that is too low for his own good, it will take all the help he can get to change his ways.
Greg, on the other hand, does not really fit the stereotype of an astronomer. Refreshingly attractive, aware of the world and people around him (not just the stars), and very caring, he seems to fall for Blake as soon as he moves in next door to the shy librarian. It takes him a while to understand what is behind Blake’s hesitant ineptitude, but when he gets it – boy, does he let Blake know how to deal with things.
If you’re looking for a hot, cute, and very entertaining read, this short novella may be just right for you. I definitely enjoyed it a lot!
While this isn’t a direct sequel to 'Sex on the Hoof', a previous book in the 'Protect and Serve' series, it does involve some of the same characters.While this isn’t a direct sequel to 'Sex on the Hoof', a previous book in the 'Protect and Serve' series, it does involve some of the same characters. Drew the vampire detective is back, as is his boyfriend Jason, the deer shifter, but the attention shifts to Drew's boss, police Lieutenant Seth Morrison and Brandon, a bear shifter who may or may not be involved in some serious criminal activity.
Seth may be a human, but he can growl with the best of them. He is a workaholic, believes in the good fight, and will bend the rules when he thinks it's the right thing to do. Which is why he stood up for Drew's right to remain a detective even after he was changed into a vampire and the majority of humans no longer wanted to work with him. This earned Seth a reputation with shifters, who are now more than happy to back him up. And that's a good thing, because the latest case he is working on is really hairy. So is the man he is supposed to arrest for murder, bear shifter Brandon. Not only is Seth more attracted to him than to anyone else, he also doesn’t believe Brandon did what the evidence seems to suggest. Instinct-1, rules-0.
Brandon owns a club, and has seen some shady business in his time, but this latest case makes his fur stand on end. He is determined to help, no matter the consequences, but he hadn’t counted on the complication of falling in lust with the detective in charge of working the case. It certainly complicates things and as much as Brandon wants to "get his paws" on Seth, he also has too much integrity to break his word and stop protecting the man who is at the center of the issues. Brandon is a typical bear in many ways, and protection, after all, is one of the things bears are good at. So is cooking, apparently, at least in his case, and his pie baking skills are almost as amazing as what he ends up doing with the finished product. Very, very hot!
If you like shifter stories that are entertaining as well as suspenseful, if you think a "bear of a man" and a "man who shifts into a bear" might be fun to follow when they run into each other, and if you're looking for a read that is as hot as it is full of criminals who need to be caught and brought to justice, then you will probably like this short story....more
The idea of ‘Three Wishes’ is interesting. The beginning and the end of the book consist of the story about the men who run a fantasy island. In the mThe idea of ‘Three Wishes’ is interesting. The beginning and the end of the book consist of the story about the men who run a fantasy island. In the middle there are three other stories – the ones about three wishes – of guest couples who come to the island to fulfill their wildest fantasies. From a kinky new relationship to an established Dom/sub relationship adding different elements to their play, and an established relationship discovering kink, this book has got it all. This concept worked well for me as I got to see a variety of couples who each had their secret or not so secret wishes fulfilled. In this first volume all three stories are somewhat kinky and there is lots of sex.
The ‘framework relationship’ between James, Guard, and Damien holds lots of mystery and a deep back story. These guys have a past together which put James in a wheelchair and left the other two feeling guilty. There aren’t too many details and much remains unresolved in this book, but there is a sequel on the coming soon list, so I’ll be reading that next. These three guys intrigued me and they are so emotionally broken that my heart ached for them.
The first guest couple is Benji and Thor and they are really cute. Benji wants body modifications (tattoos and piercings), but he is too afraid to just go and have them done. So he sets himself up to have someone else ‘force’ him to do them – and discovers all kinds of interesting kinks about himself in the process. Thor understands this perfectly, and I loved the way he went about showing Benji how much fun – and how sexy - it can be to get his body decorated.
In the second guest story, Alan is a sub who wants to be perfect for his Master and lover Roman. There are things Roman can’t do well enough, so he brings in other Masters to do them for him. When one of the fantasy scenes they have come to experience doesn’t go as expected, Alan loses it. It was interesting to read about the recovery process and how Alan handles it. This learning experience and pushing limits in a different way was a nice surprise.
The final couple, Quinn and Pierce, have an epiphany when they each discover a new side to the other. It was fascinating to see how they adapted to learning unexpected things and how they’d hidden a side of themselves that could have helped them become closer. Even though the medical fetish they indulge in will not be for everyone, the psychology and story around it was interesting enough to keep my attention.
If you like to explore different kinds of D/s relationships and some of the more unusual kinks, this is a good book to give you a flavor of some of them. I loved the variety and look forward to the next volume!
While inheriting a country mansion in the north of Scotland may sound fascinating, adventurous, and highly desirable, this story shows that it isn’t nWhile inheriting a country mansion in the north of Scotland may sound fascinating, adventurous, and highly desirable, this story shows that it isn’t necessarily as easy as it sounds. As Callum finds out when he confronts the fact that the grandfather he never met has left him the family home. The repairs and upkeep of the old house alone would require more money than he has, there is a bona fide ghost haunting (mostly) the library, and Callum’s life is in Edinburgh, a few hours drive away. But then there is the mystery of the family journal, a very attractive neighbor, and the fact that Callum is both curious about and drawn to the family residence once he has seen it. The resulting story is entertaining, very erotic, and has a touch of old wrongs that need fixing and ghostly interference that I found very charming.
Callum has both feet firmly on the ground, has a good job, is settled in his life (not to say stuck in a rut), and he is curious about why he has inherited his grandfather’s house. After all, his father was estranged from the old man, and Callum never even met him. But the more he finds out about the family history once he is there and is practically handed the family journal by what seems to be the family ghost, the more intrigued he becomes. I enjoyed the slow reveal about some of his relatives and the family secrets and scandals he uncovers. I could see him slowly sliding into liking the house far more than he was ready to admit, and the final solution – what he does with the house and why – was just perfect.
A big part of what attracts Callum to the mansion is his neighbor, a farmer named Craig. They meet when Craig drives by and comes into the house to check if Callum is a burglar. Lust flares and their physical relationship develops quickly, but both men know what they want and aren’t afraid to go after it. Callum has an ugly past relationship that taught him what he does not want in a man, and Craig is the exact opposite of his ex – so why not? Craig’s support and the friendship that grows as they get to know each other is fantastic and nicely complements all the somewhat dark family history.
If you like the idea of exploring an old country manor in Scotland, ghost included, if two men who meet by coincidence only to discover they work – and play – well together sound interesting, and if you’re looking for a read that has a touch of the paranormal, an interesting family history, and lots of hot action between the sheets, then you will probably like this novella.