A Ghost of a Chance

Josh Lanyon
A Ghost of a Chance
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MLR Press, LLC
Release Date
October 2011
LGBTQ, Paranormal Romance

A story of m/m supernatural doings thatspins a tale of adventurous ghost hunters.

Book Review by Sueroe (author)
Dec 17, 2011   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
371 people found the following review helpful
Quality fiction – as we've come to expect from Josh Lanyon who didn't disappoint with this novella.

Recovering from the break-up of his love affair, Rhys Davies is invited to stay at an elderly acquaintance's home on the Californian coast. Rhys's attraction is not with the host but with the nearby derelict house that reeks paranormal – Rhys's special interest. But when he arrives, he's unprepared for his host's nephew, police officer Sam Devlin, who is not only staying at his uncle's house but is a ghost skeptic and also convinced that Rhys is simply a cheap hustler.

Mr Lanyon manages a fine balance between the ebb and flow of emotional feelings between the men and also the thrill of the ghost hunt with the ever-present questions of whether anything paranormal exists in the creepy house and whether Rhys is going to survive his investigations.

The romantic side of the relationship is sensual and hot and well integrated into the paranormal side of the story. The pacing is fast and well developed, as it should be for a short work, and the hooks are tied up at the end in a believable and unsuspecting scenario. I certainly wasn't disappointed.

Rhys is a vulnerable character, hurt by his past, and seeming younger than he is but determined to stand up to, and thwart tougher and rougher-round-the-edges Sam who demands that he stay away from the derelict, creepy house. Sparks definitely fly from somewhat pig-headed Sam but he has a softer side to him so that I wanted the best for both characters.

A GHOST OF A CHANCE is a well-plotted read for a cozy winter's afternoon. My only criticism (and it's not much of one) was that it wasn't a unique story line; I've seen the elements before. But it is skillfully written by Josh Lanyon who pours his spirit into creating an M/M story in its purest form with characters who feel like old friends. I certainly recommend it to readers who enjoy their paranormal mixed in with romance.
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