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Cameron has given up on romance, after a difficult childhood made it difficult for him to trust enough for intimate relationships to develop. But mostly he's happy with the life he’s built for himself.

When two paranormal investigators show up at the home he recently inherited, claiming he may be in danger, he sends them packing, convinced they're nothing but con men.

Until
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ebook, 252 pages
Published August 2nd 2017 by Less Than Three Press (first published August 1st 2017)
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☙ nemo ❧ (pagesandprozac)
this was a pretty solid paranormal mystery/thriller with no small dash of romance. the pacing was good, with action and twists preventing the story from lagging. one little gripe i had was that sometimes the romance seemed to be overly angsty and the conflict was being created for the sake of it, but overall it worked quite well.
Becca
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Possible Triggers: child abuse, murdered sister by mother, tried to kill them all, beatings from boyfriends, etc. Please be careful.
This was a hard one, just because what Cameron and his siblings had to go through from their mother and her ‘boyfriends’. The sad part is, now she’s dead and determined to haunt him and his tenants in ways that are unbelievable. So, when paranormal investigators show up, he thinks it’s all a hoax. Needless to say, the police were called twice. But somehow, Cameron l
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Joyfully Jay
Oct 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: elizabeth
A Joyfully Jay review.

3.25 stars


Personally. I had issues with this book — and this pairing — that I wasn’t quite able to get past. For one, Cameron ends up punching Jason in two of their three meetings, as well as kneeing him quite sharply in the groin. Not because he was afraid of Jason or feeling threatened, but because he was angry. And Cameron is angry a lot. If it weren’t for Jason’s own strength, he could have been seriously hurt, but — to be fair — he’s just as violent with Cameron. In t
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Colette
Nov 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 Good spooky haunted house/paranormal investigators/supernatural 👻 tale. Jason and Cameron needed a good slap upside their heads a few times, but on the whole I enjoyed it. The ending leaves an opening for more from these guys, so hopefully we will see more of them soon.
Amanda
Rites of Spring is a good paranormal romance with suspense. Fans of Supernatural might enjoy the similar investigative style. I know that aspect appealed to me.

This is a new author for me, so I wasn't sure what to expect, but I'm a sucker for a PNR. I’m giving this 3.5 stars. I had a few issues with it, but overall I enjoyed it.

It had kind of a slow start, and I found it a bit wooden at times. I also felt certain parts were drawn out longer than they needed to be.

Eventually, I found the story r
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Ashley S.
Aug 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
A Hearts on Fire review.

I was pretty conflicted about this book. On the one hand the paranormal aspects were very well handled and extremely interesting. And while the beginning was a little choppy once the story picked up I couldn’t put the book down. On the other hand, I hated Jason. He was one of the ghost hunters and the love interest, and I think Cameron deserved better. He started out an ass, he continued to be rude and cruel throughout the book, and by the end we were told to forgive him
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NoNo JoJo
Mar 25, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
Preface: I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review
Explicit content: Graphic sex scenes, child abuse, death, violence

I would describe this as a guilty pleasure sort of book. Obviously, it has a plot (that isn't half bad), but the central draw is the romance. Unfortunately, our romantic lead is, frankly, a complete jerk. He's violent, rude, obnoxious, and overtly hostile from literally the first minute he and our main character meet, and he never really gets any better.
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Debbie Benson
Mar 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received this book as part of an ARC review. Cameron has trust issues with just cause. Unfortunately when Jason and Reid showed up on his doorstep claiming he was in danger while saying he called them didn't go over well. However they were persistent and enough weird stuff was happening that Cameron gave them a chance which they almost blew by not be completely truthful. Jason reveals his secret and Cameron against his better judgement invites them to stay with him. They all end up with more t ...more
Sadie Forsythe
Aug 02, 2017 rated it liked it
2.5

Honestly, I wasn't all that impressed. It was a serious case of an interesting plot let down by lackluster writing. I mean, there was just not tension in the writing and absolutely no realistic emotions. Ghosts are real...no reaction. Psychic are real...no reaction. Werewolves are real...no reaction. Someone from you past is trying to kill you...no reaction. The occult...no reaction. Demons...no reaction. Oh, but a stranger knock on your door...go bat-shit crazy aggressive on them.

Then there
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Maryjo Laupp
Mar 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-in-2020
Cameron has inherited a house from a grandfather he hasn't seen since he was seven. His childhood left him with trust issues as well as physical and emotional scars so he's quite content to live a quiet life as a freelance artist, interacting occasionally with the family that rents the other half of the duplex he owns.

Then two strangers show up at his door. "Paranormal investigators" they call themselves but Cameron is convinced it's all a con. But even he has to admit that some things have hap
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John-Torleif  Harris
Sep 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was disappointed that the story had absolutely nothing to do with rites performed during the spring. Why give a book a title that has no relation to the story inside?

For a good majority of the story, Cameron was much more caricature than character, but having read this author before, it seems to be a bit of a personal trope. I had trouble believing that anyone could be as bad at emotions as Jason was portrayed and have to wonder how strongly Sonny's hate/rage effected Jason's mercurial attitud
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CV
Oct 14, 2020 rated it liked it
Cameron lives in a duplex that is haunted. Reid and Jason are paranormal investigators and come to the duplex because of a vision Reid has that told him that Cameron was in danger. When they first arrive at Cameron’s house, Cameron thinks they are quacks and runs them off by calling the police. Reid and Jason finally convince Cameron that they are what they say and he helps them solve the mystery of the haunting.

This was an okay paranormal book with a little sex on the side. There is no HEA, jus
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PortlandAvidReader
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A very well written paranormal romance story

Cameron has to deal with the psychological damage of 15 years of physical and emotional abuse by his mother and her companions. Reid and Jason show up claiming to want to to help him with his haunting. Through digging out from under the lies and the gradual realization that there really is a haunting, Jason and Cameron dance a love / hate relationship. Reid is the straight man on the team.

I really enjoyed this story and read it in one afternoon. There
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L Cam
I seem to be in agreement with many who read this. It was an ok story. The characters were likable enough, but the writing left something to be desired. For the story being written in third person I still felt that I didn't get to experience all of the story and characters. It's tricky doing third person to capture all aspects and senses of the characters in the story without it revealing everything and spoiling the story. I felt like the story was more tell than show. It made the story feel rea ...more
Paul
Aug 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Based on the description, I was hoping for a page turning paranormal investigation. What I got instead was a typical romance. If you walk in with more realistic expectations of the romance genre, then you will probably like this book. It was solid in delivering a romance to a T, so the author displays mastery of the genre.
The main reason I rated his book with 3/5 stars is how dislikeable Cameron is. He's immature, irrational, and constantly trying to pick fights with his love interest. I guess i
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P Leslie
Aug 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m
*I voluntarily read a review copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely my own and no one else's*

2.5 stars

I was left really disappointed with this book - it just didn't do anything for me. The plot was monotonous and the characters didn't draw me in.

Cameron didn't really show any genuine emotion to anything. Despite being wary of the new strangers, he allows them into his house yet didn't really appear shocked by their revelations or by what he was seeing.

This one lost my interest pret
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Leslie
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“Bad wolf. No biscuit!”

I received this book free as an ARC reader for review.

I loved this book! The characters were nuanced and dynamic. The plot was fast passed, unexpected, and well developed. The only let-down was the lack of HEA. That’s why I hate series.

The story is told primarily from Cam’s point if view. The reader discovers right along with him that all the things that go bump-in-the-night are not only real... but out to get you. The MM romance is hot and very “on-point” when it comes t
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Shannon
Sep 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
For such a short eBook, it is very detailed and informative of the past and present events; so that reader knows backgrounds on events and several characters. It wasn't over-saturated in sexual scenes, which I appreciate; and the story-line got ample time in the spotlight. The story itself is very inventive and new to me and I cannot wait to see what happens next in this series (I am assuming it is a series).

I was given this book free for my honest and unbiased review.
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Cassie
Mar 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Jay
Mar 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
My first thought after finishing this book was, "I hope there is a second!" It was a solid paranormal romance that I wanted more of. I loved the characters and the story, and it was decently written. ...more
NeRdyWYRM
Meh

I can't really pinpoint why, so I think it's a 'me' thing. The book was well written and decently edited. There was nothing in particular wrong with the plot, the themes, the pacing, or the chemistry with the characters. In fact, the unfulfilled sexual tension was thick enough to need a longsword to cut it. This story had a little of everything in terms of what I generally like in a paranormal title: magic, shifters, a strong villain, a little mystery or suspense, a believable crisis or confl
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Miriam
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

I really liked the paranormal elements in the story. There was a lot of little twists with the haunting of Cameron's house. Although there were some good scenes between Cameron and Jason, I thought the tension and misunderstandings between the two of them got tiresome. They spent so much time sniping at each other that neither of them could really focus properly on the threat. Reid was an okay character, but I almost wish we got a bit mo
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J J. V. Speyer writes LGBTQ+ romance novels heavily flavored with suspense, mystery, and adventure. She has lived in upstate New York and rural Catalonia before making the greater Boston, Massachusetts area her permanent home. She currently lives just south of Boston in a house old enough to remember when her town was a tavern community with a farming problem.

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