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Surreal Estate

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  171 ratings  ·  66 reviews
Sasha Michaels is a psychic with an affinity for houses. And he’s homeless. Go figure. After months of sleeping rough, he stumbles upon an abandoned house, and the lonely place beckons him inside. He’s finally safe . . . until someone comes blundering in to his hideaway.

House-flipper Nick Cooper lost everything in the recession. Desperate to revive his business, he turns t
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Published November 5th 2018 by Riptide Publishing
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
*3.5 stars*

I enjoyed Surreal Estate by new-to-me author, Jesi Lea Ryan. I read a lot of paranormal books and books with psychics, but I don't think I've read one yet that the psychic communicated with houses. I thought it was a cool premise.

I really liked Sasha, who went through so much with his mom and being homeless. He was young, but he really had his head on right. I connected with him a lot.

Nick... was a bit of a mess. He is the older MC by over a decade, but he didn't have his act togeth
Oct 22, 2018 rated it liked it

This was a cute little read.
I’ll admit after reading the blurb I was a little intrigued. It’s the first time I’ve come across a book featuring a psychic with an affinity for houses.
Sasha used to have a pretty good life. He had a home, attended college and played in a band. Now he’s twenty-four and homeless. While walking an abandoned house calls to him, he enters and squats there.
Nick is a house flipper who lost everything in the recession. He buys this house and borrows money from a danger
Anne Boleyn's Ghost
3.5 stars.

Paranormal romances have become hit-and-miss for me (I blame it on True Blood becoming a dumpster fire and Kresley Cole being SO good that most offerings pale in comparison to IAD). But I took a chance on Surreal Estate by new-to-me author Jesi Lea Ryan, and I’m glad that I did. It was a fun and quirky read.

Ryan included a unique element here: Sasha, a former musician with a troubled past, has psychic abilities that enable him to communicate with houses. He is squatting in a vacant hou
Diane Dannenfeldt
Sep 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book and hope there will be more in the series as his brothers need their HEA. I loved this new psychic phenomenon. I have never read a book where the psychic feels what a house/building feels. That was so cool. We got to see a little a little of the reconstructing of the house and would love to see it finished. I would also read a series about a psychic flipper with his hot construction boyfriend. And the new house Stephen called about, that would be fun. Maybe solve some ...more
I was curious with the blurb of this one. It says “psychic with an affinity for houses” and that was something NEW for me. I don’t think I’ve ever encountered such description for character in romance – I have read characters with psychometry power but not one that only limited to houses. So, I took the chance to read this from a new-to-me author – this is also her first M/M book, I believe.

And I wholeheartedly enjoyed it!!

From the two men, I had more affection towards Sasha. How could I not? Sa
Aug 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was given this ARC by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

24 yr old homeless Sasha Michaels is wandering the streets when he comes upon a house that calls to him. After some inspection, it's obvious that it's been abandoned, so he starts squatting there at night. Six months later, house flipper Nick Cooper buys the house and finds Sasha upstairs. Instead of sending him to a shelter he offers to let him stay in exchange for helping with the reno. Mystery surrounds the p
Nov 25, 2018 rated it really liked it

Ryan is a new to me writer. I was intrigued by Sasha’s psychic ability to read a house’s energy. Nick’s latest flip project adopts Sasha and brings the two of them together. A brick and mortar match maker.

Nick for his part often leaps without looking. The resolve of his money situation was a little too easy, but a romance allows for leeway.

If this becomes a series, I would definitely read the next book. Perhaps a book featuring Nick’s brother Steven.
Ije the Devourer of Books
Oct 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
A very enjoyable romance about two men who learn to face their tough times together.

It is a nice romance with difficult situations to overcome but no unecessary angst. I liked the fact that both men were trying to deal with their situations but at the same time they took risks and decided to acknowledge their feelings and try for love.

Nick and Sasha are realistic characters who make realistic mistakes and find ways of dealing with them. Sasha is homeless and Nick is trying to revive his busines
Tracy~Bayou Book Junkie
4 Stars

After reading the blurb I was really intrigued. I’ve read a few stories featuring psychics and one that is tuned into homes, like Sasha, was interesting and not a subject matter I’d read about in the past.

Sasha and Nick were both interesting and likable men and what I found most interesting, and different about the story was that both men were struggling financially, so there was no clear or easy way I could see for them to get out of their predicaments, so along with being an enjoyable
Nov 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

This was a new to me author and I'm glad I decided to try this. It was an entertaining plot and I liked both of the mc's quite a bit. I especially enjoyed Sasha's ability to read houses' feelings. I go in to a lot of different homes for my job and sometimes you can feel various emotions (such as sadness and grief). It's almost a tangible thing. I thought it was cool how the author took that kind of thing but made it an actual psychic ability.

Overall I found this to be a really solid bo
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Jul 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Actually, 3.5. I'd have rated it higher if it hadn't been for the loan shark side story. Added to Sasha's drug-addicted mother, it was just too much.

Having said that, I really would have liked to know what Nick and Sasha found out about the next house they plan to flip.
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read a lot of fantasy/paranormal books, so it’s really exciting when I find one with a unique twist. Surreal Estate was just that kind of book. I loved the way Sasha’s connections to buildings worked. I also really liked Sasha. I liked Nick too, but Sasha definitely brought out the “mom” in me… for a lot of reasons.

Then there was Nick… like I said, I liked him and I know he was desperate to handle his money problems on his own, but a loan shark? Really?!? Sasha had his own problems, but none o
Jess Gabriel
Nov 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
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This was fantastic. I loved almost everything about it, from the unique premise to the main characters and even the secondary characters. It even included fairly accurate real estate information- I got chills! (Shut up, everyone gets excited when their career field is depicted accurately! ;))

Why didn't I rate it a full five stars? I wanted a little bit more from the relationship. I feel like the relationship development was a bit lacking and it would have been better with more on-page time betwe
Feb 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
An appealing m/m romantic novel with a psychic twist! Nick is a straight house flipper who buys the house homeless gay Sasha is squatting in. Sasha is drawn to the house as he has a special talent that allows him to see visions from the past and pick up on vibes about places.
This is not really a ghost story as such, but I enjoyed the psychic elements as it was integrated nicely into the novel. The relationship is well paced with two good characters, and Nick's coming out isn't too rushed. The se
Christi Snow
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My Review:
Ooh, I loved this book so, so much. I love the idea of Sasha's psychic power and how he could communicate with the homes. So interesting and creative. But I also really just enjoyed the entire setup on this one. The irony of Sasha's intuition for homes and the fact that he's homeless killed well as just how the negative energy affected the homes when they've been neglected. It was such a cool story line. The whole setup of Nick's career flipping houses and how that brings the t
Dec 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sasha Michaels the hero of the tale somehow speaks psychically to houses and they communicate back.This book is so refreshing that I hope that there would be another.
Feb 21, 2019 rated it liked it
overall, this book was okay. it was fun to read. the writing started off forced, but eventually hit a rhythm. sascha's power to sense the feelings of houses was a fresh idea, and had all sorts of implications, such as his difficulty finding places to live that don't adversely affect him.

i really appreciated the insistence that nick, the other main character, is bisexual. many people throughout the book try to label him as gay, but he always corrects them and states his sexuality boldly. the des
Very well done

I found a new-to-me author to like! I read this in one sitting, it was unputdownable.
This title was a paranormal MM HEA title. It's nice to find something of the more original type and not just the same old same old. The pnr element in this was a fresh one; I don't remember reading such before.

It's not a ghost story. The other main character Sasha has a family background for extrasensory sensitivity and in him it expresses as an affinity and empathy for houses, feeling them as near
Jul 07, 2019 rated it liked it
A cute little read. I loved the uniqueness of Sasha psychic ability to connect with spaces vs people, it definitely brought something different to the table.

I’ll be honest though.. I was kinda bored a majority of the time. There was a little bit of financial anxiety, which imo is the worst kind of anxiety... but other than that I just wasn’t feeling it.
I liked the dynamic between the leads, and the writing was pretty strong. (I have to say, though, it was pretty jarring to read a book about a person experiencing homelessness that didn't include a single mention of the public library as a resource!) 3/5 stars.
Sasha can't live at home, so he's on the streets. He finds an empty home that calls to his 6th sense and moves in. Then Nick buys the house. The house reacts badly to Nick wanting to sell it, and makes Nick's already tight budget and time frame almost impossible. Sasha doesn't want Nick to end up in the hospital, or worse, so he has to come up with something quick, while clearly out and healing his grandfather's house.

I won a copy of this book, and I am so bloody glad I did! Ms Ryan usually wri
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A flipper, a squatter and houses that talk-- How can you not be intrigued? Here is Jesi Lea Ryan's very first M/M Romance and it's pretty brilliant!

I loved reading (had a real hard time putting it down) Ryan's terrific new book, filled to the brim with great story lines that take Surreal Estate far beyond the typical M/M romance. If I started listing all the interesting topics that come up in the book, I'm afraid potential readers might think it sounds too plot heavy but believe me-- this book
Sep 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
ARC from NetGalley for an honest review

“I don’t care where I sleep as long as I get to wake up with you.”

PLOT ---
Homeless musician, who is also a house psychic, is called by an abandon house to live inside it. Creepy? Not much really. Besides a few paranormal episodes with houses, the story is more focused on Sasha’s issues with his mom and his past, and Nick’s financial problems. The fact the Sasha could sense what houses wanted and felt, was really helpful for Nick and also for himself. It was
Nov 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a slow burn m|m romance with a paranormal twist - but not the vampire or werewolf kind. If you've not tried anything with a little supernatural or paranormal action this is a good place to start because it's an interesting take on the paranormal but it's not so far out there that it takes you out of the story. It's also not scary for those that might be a concern for. There's a clear focus on developing a relationship between the two main characters (Nick and Sasha), they have the fact t ...more
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sasha a homeless, young man wanders the streets not knowing where he’d end up. One fateful night he walks down just the right street, where an old abandoned colonel house calls to him. Sasha can feel it’s loneliness and pain and goes to comfort it. Who was he to be picky, he got a shelter and the house now had a friend. But six months of living in the moldy abandoned house, Sasha is startled when Nick Cooper comes walking in through the front door. From the first time, they meet sparks fly betwe ...more
Nov 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
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I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through Netgalley and voluntarily reviewed it.

The premise of this book caught my attention when I first heard of a it, a house flippers who falls in love with the squatter who lives in the new house he bought. And one of them is a house psychic, how cool is that? The house flipping theme and the psychic with a affinity for houses is what pulled me in. The house psychic thing also ended up being one of my favorite parts of this book.

Surreal E
Oct 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
What a refreshing story. Sasha has a psychic talent that allows him to understand the feelings and history of buildings- especially homes. Nick is a contractor who lost his shirt flipping houses during the recession.

Sasha is a gentle guy living the best way he can. And he's homeless. He easily could have been a caricature, but Jesi didn't let that happen. He's resourceful and hopeful even when his mother is a horror.

They meet and are really cute together. Nick is straight, sort of. His family i
Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
It’s not often I pick up a random book from an author who, not only have I never read before, but who I’ve never even heard of before, and without knowing if there is a sequel, and discover that I very much want there to be a sequel. I didn’t get nearly enough of Sasha and his unique ability. Plus, this couple has a good start, but I feel like there might be more to see from them. And what about Steven, recently heartbroken and in need of a much better man than the one who didn’t deserve him? Th ...more
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USA Today Bestselling Author Jesi Lea Ryan grew up in the Mississippi River town of Dubuque, IA. She holds bachelor degrees in creative writing and literature and a masters degree in business. She considers herself a well-rounded nerd who can spend hours on the internet researching things like British history, anthropology of ancient people, geography of random parts of the world, bad tattoos and ...more
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