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Oleander House (Bay City Paranormal Investigations #1)

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alternate cover edition of ISBN#9781599981475

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.

ebook, 2nd Edition, 221 pages
Published November 12th 2010 by Samhain Publishing (first published October 3rd 2006)
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Oct 09, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal, m-m, 2008

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
Sep 23, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Heather by: Collette
Shelves: erotica, e-book, 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,
Jun 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, mystery, fantasy, dark
I enjoyed reading Oleander House, it was fresh and easy to read; however now that it’s finished I’m not sure how to think about some parts in it. It starts quite eye-catching and potential, but gradually I found some scenes getting repeated. My serious problem with it was that the characters didn’t seem to take the investigation and the perils of the house and the dreams very seriously and were more concerned about coupling and relationship issues. Also Bo’s character seemed so distant and uncer ...more
Jun 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review
Spooky, creepy reading. I love things that go bump in the night
Kaje Harper
May 11, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, fantasy
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Jan 18, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m
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 was ...more
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
Feb 12, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal, m-m
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
Jun 04, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite-reads
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
This is not what I would usually like to read. I am not good with the paranormal element.
However, this was an interesting book. The paranormal investigation was aimed at just the right level. Not to techy and didn't have the ugh factor that some other books had.
The MCs were living in an old home with a bloody past. There had been killings and then the survivors had been catatonic and unable to help.
There wasn't much romance between the MCs in this book. Sam was gay but not out. Bo is in the clos
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Ally Blue penned her first tale at age eight, relating the breathless terror of her little sister’s not-quite-fatal encounter with a bee in the backyard. That was the beginning of a lifelong love affair with storytelling. She now writes gay romance of all flavors, and has recently branched into writing her first love: horror. She continues her neverending quest to scare herself. She is not a hippi ...more
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