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The Ghost on My Couch

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  1,908 ratings  ·  350 reviews
Alex Tanner is a male nurse who divides his time between his job and his television schedule. His idea of the perfect partner, like so many other people’s, is a tall, dark, and handsome man. Preferably alive and breathing. Surely that’s not asking too much? Then an uninvited guest—a ghost, of all things—forces Alex to question what he’s always looked for in a lover and his ...more
ebook, 168 pages
Published March 23rd 2011 by Dreamspinner Press (first published March 22nd 2011)
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
Feb 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Heather K (dentist in my spare time) by: Breann
This was a totally adorable and charming little story... thanks so much for the recs my lovely friends!

I have to say, the best part of the book was L.A. Gilbert's writing style. Funny, endearing, and with just the right amount of British-isms, this book pushed all of my favorite buttons. I loved each character and their individual voices. I fell for this book hard.

To top it all off, the romance was both squee-worthy sweet and completely believable, which is impressive considering it is a ghost p
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~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
4.25 stars

Inexplicably, I loved this book! You know it's a damn good story when you don't even question that someone can talk to a ghost. You just accept it wholeheartedly because it works. In parts funny, tender, and bittersweet, this one is all about soulmates, about making a real connection with someone you may have well ignored on the street.

Alex, a 27-year-old male nurse, comes home to his flat after a long shift involving puke and a nightmare homophobic patient to find he's no longer alon
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Breann
This review will most likely make zero sense as my thoughts are still rattled from all the adorableness. Just sayin.

So we have Alex, he’s a male nurse and a bit on the shallow side when it comes to his taste in men. Oh, he was one likeable character. His reactions to things were so completely, freaking hilarious. I couldn’t stop laughing. Could. Not. Stop. (This happened to me a lot in this book) He has his own brand of crazy and I am totally buying it! I mean, he eats his food in alphabetical o
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Ann
Jun 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I am by no means a writer, so I can only imagine how hard it can be to write a good paranormal love story. As an avid reader I can say how hard it is to read a poorly written paranormal love story. This story however was great! Very sweet without being overly so. Ok, maybe a little bit at the end, but oh well.

Alex is so funny, you want to hang out with him and give the poor guy a hug. The relationship he has with his best friend Andy is fun to read and the dynamic the two of them share compleme
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Justin
I'm a creature of habit and I like what I like. I make no apologies for the type of books I usually enjoy and that is almost always contemporary (realistic/mostly believable) romance. Having said that, GR has made it possible to interact with others who have varing taste and again I have stepped out of my comfort zone with giddy-like-schoolgirl success. What a surprisingly sweet, original, witty and absolutely adorable book.
Thank you Goodreads friends for encouraging (view spoiler)
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Vivian
Oct 12, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: borrowed, romance-pn
Adorably sweet.
Nope that's it, even Baldrick the cat gets a smile and I hate cats.

Bookie Nookie Erotic Lending Group loan.
Ami
Mar 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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SheReadsALot
Sometimes, you just need a book like this. A quirky, funny, M/M romance with an adorable pet (Baldrick the tailless, one-eared, three legged cat) and funny ass friends to make you just appreciate life in general. I'm not sure it really counts as paranormal since for most of the book one of the main characters was a ghost, Mr. Sid Jones.

It's almost sexless, so you M/M smut fiends might not care for this as much but I did. It was just SO funny. A bit mushy. And plenty entertaining. From beginning
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Vio
Apr 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
It was funny, sweet and touching I totally loved it, I want Baldrick....lolol!
Kaje Harper
Jun 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, m-m
This story is a sweet, well-written account of a ghost who teaches a young man with superficial tastes in dates to look beyond the surface at the man inside. It has a real charm, and will draw you in to the world of the MC and the ghost only he can see. The plot is fairly obvious, but the smoothness of the narrative carries the story along. I took off a star for one aspect of the ending that annoyed me.

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Britta ★ Nachteule ★
I'm tired so this will be short...

This was a cute story.

It tuged on my heartstrings.

I loved both MCs. They were so endearing.

Alex's friends Andy and Jackie were awesome. Especially Andy made me laugh a lot.

And the cherry on top? Baldrick the cat!
Sheri
Truly tickled. Phantom passion. Doomed desires.
Well, wasn’t this a lovely surprise!
I was quite taken aback by this book, actually I was completely blindsided- what an impressive story it turned out to be. I’ll be honest, I wasn’t expecting it to keep me up reading into the wee hours of the morning; but it did. Could be the cover, could be the title, could have been I was not familiar with the author (what a crying shame that is!)... but I went in with an open mind hoping for a decent read but n
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Macky
Jan 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I finished this in one sitting and could quite happily sit and read it all over again. I guessed the outcome but that didn't matter because overall its just a joy. Its funny, poignant, sweet, witty, tender, emotional and romantic. There is practically no sex but its still brimming with chemistry and a gentle but palpable ST between Alex and Sid, There is a lovely sensuality about the story so you don't miss the usual love scenes at all. In fact it was actually better for not having them and I'm ...more
Natasha
Jul 09, 2013 rated it it was ok
This book was cute. I liked it.


It was alright. I know it wasn't supposed to be a big surprise or whatever, but I already figured out the whole "omg ghost" thing from like 5% in and then the clues throughout the book.
I thought Andy was quite funny though. Very cute. But yes... I have no idea what else to say about this book.
It was cute and neato.
Catherine
Oh, I LURVED this book. I lurved it so hard.

Thanks for the rec, Breann! It totally broke my book slump. :D
Simsala
Mar 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m, paranormal
Soooooo sweet - in a good way!Two adorable guys and a cute,ugly cat in a "ghost"-story
with a surprising and satisfying solution.Recommended!
M
What an unexpectedly awesome book. It's a good thing I'm off work, because I stayed up 'til the wee hours of the morning to finish it. It tells the story of Alex, a nurse, who one day just has a random ghost show up in his flat. Why the ghost appears only to him is never explained; there's no metaphysical discussion, no spiritual reasoning. And I didn't even care, even though that sort of omission usually bugs me. This book was so charming and sweet. But not, like, diabetic-coma-inducing sweet; ...more
Heather
Sep 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Heather by: Breann
Aww.

Can I say I love Sid's temper tantrums in the fridge. :P
I can picture this 30 year old man in his PJ's complete with his bunny slippers sulking into he fridge.

This was a very easy and enjoyable read.
My heart broke and then rejoiced.

I'm not sure about the ending I'm torn between wanting Sid to remember his time with Alex as a ghost. Verse the way it went down.

Alex was adorable. Sid was just so sweet. They were a perfect fit for one another.
Andy. Good gravy he was a riot. His gay insults
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Bev


Another recommendation, and another winner, 5 stars from me

I'm not going to do an elaborate review. This was such a sweet and charming tale, Alex and Sid (shame about the name though) were absolutely perfect for each other....Alex because he was having no joy at finding the perfect man, just an ex that wanted to use him for sex, and Sid, well, I felt desperately sorry for him, he was such a gentle giant and definitely deserved someone special...luckily he found him in Alex. I loved that Alex, as
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Deeze
I loved this book. The story was original and sweet. I admit to crying at certain parts (I'm a sucker for animals ). I want to say more but am scared to ruin it for others. All I can say is I whole heartedly recomend this if your looking for a gentle sweet love story, with humour in all the right places. The characters are so real. I loved Alex's relationship with his best friend Andy :

ETA Still as enjoyable second time around. Although I can't help wishing (view spoiler)
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Chris, the Dalek King
Alex loves Sid. Sid loves Alex. And they both love Baldrick (an aptly named feline that has stolen both their hearts). Too bad Sid is rather more translucent than is proper and has a pertinacity to hide out in the fridge. Sometimes death can be a real downer in a relationship, but for Sid and Alex it is only the beginning.

Alex Tanner, male nurse, was not having the best of days. Luckily he has a nice week-long vacation to look forward to, full of mindless TV, large, comforting, glasses of wine,
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Laura
Oct 23, 2014 rated it really liked it

Bunny slippers, the cutest cat ever, and two very adorable guys all added up to pure reading joy for me! This warm hearted tale surprised me. Not as surprised as Alex was after spotting Sid on his couch one night, but still surprised. :)

You see Sid is a ghost. After getting over the “Oh-my-god-there-is-a-ghost-on-my-couch!” shock and craziness, Sid and Alex begin to open up and truly see and share themselves. I loved their conversations. It always amazes me how much truth comes out in the dark o
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DaisyGirl
4.5 Stars

Wow. This was different ... in a good way. At first, I thought, "How the heck is this supposed to work out?" And, I admit, it took me a bit to get into the story. But once I did, I was a gonner. I loved Alex and loved, loved, loved Sid. I was enchanted by Baldrick despite the fact that I'm more of a dog person. I kinda figured out Sid's situation half-way in, which was a blessing. Had I not, I would've been BAWLING more than I already was at 75%.

I did have one wish: (view spoiler)
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Lady*M
Mar 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
When you feel down, read this story! This story is a lemonade for a hot day or a cocoa for a winter night, a balm for your bad mood, really. It's funny (at moments hilarious - "Shit. How do I explain Baldrick?" - made me roar with laughter), sweet and angsty (but not overly so). It has a near-ghost, a three-legged cat called Baldrick, the most offensive and most loyal best friend ever, appreciation for Van Gogh and two ordinary, lonely and lovely men in it. What more could you possibly want?! I ...more
Mandy*reads obsessively*
This is a very sweet book!
Recommended!
ᴥ Irena ᴥ
Cute, funny and bitter-sweet story.
Alex Tanner isn't happy with his life, his job, his relationships. Then a ghost appears sitting next to him on his couch. The first encounter is hilarious. From that moment on, Alex's life changes completely.

While not exactly overused, the resolution was predictable. I was expecting it almost from the start. I didn't like the epilogue either. On the one hand, it was over the top (Alex's friends) and on the other, it was not enough (Alex's side).
Bonus points fo
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Jo
Aug 13, 2013 rated it liked it
I know I am in the minority, especially as some of the 4 star reviews were written by people whose book opinions I really respect but this book was just fine to me. I even skimmed some of the plot. I was like "oh ok he meets the Ghost, doesn't believe he's a ghost, oh but wait now you do ok got it- skip ahead, still living with the ghost, steals the cat oh that is kind of funny" ok now we are back to the ghost..skip. I started reading the book when I couldn't sleep at 4 am and I actually went ba ...more
¸. • * ° *❧Gwendolyn❧°**★°**★
Oct 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommended to ¸. • * ° *❧Gwendolyn❧°**★°**★ by: Sheri
4.5 Sweet Ghostley Stars~


I really liked this sweet light read, I LMAO , this book is so fun and refreshing, I did shed a tear, but...

In the end I guessed it right!(view spoiler)


Thank you Sheri,
This was a sweet treat❤
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Christina
Sep 13, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: pnr, m-m-romance, ghost

3.5 stars

This was a cute story! I enjoyed it very much, but I thought the ending was rushed. I wished (view spoiler).


This was a great little story about two lonely men finding love and friendship in a very unexpected way. It was touching and put a big smile on my face.
Sandra
Oh. My. God. Mother-Fucking SWOON! I cannot get rid of my shit-eating grin, which is a little surprising since I think I spent a large majority of this book trying not to burst into tears whilst still wearing said shit-eating grin. Funny and Sweet and Heartbreaking and Perfect. Read it. NOW.

Borrowed from Jo *Smut-Dickted* in Bookie Nookie's Erotic Lending Group
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