The Candlewood Wraith

Mychael Black
The Candlewood Wraith
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Release Date
April 2014
LGBTQ, Paranormal Romance

Two hundred years ago, Noah Cunningham watched in horror as his secret lover's new wife, Mary Bishop, dripped blood on his doorstep and cursed him. Doomed to spend eternity as a wraith to the outside world, Noah has only his dog, Elsa, and a journal to keep him from going insane.

Sam Locke should have died. His wife, Mary, had certainly intended it. The vampiric witch turned him, then left him for dead. Sam's determination to warn his lover Noah kept him going, but Mary found Noah first.

Now, two centuries and many failed relationships later, Sam is still pining over his love. When he stumbles onto a rain-soaked border collie, he takes the dog home. She is the catalyst that leads him to the one place he didn't know still existed...and two custom baskets from Sundae' having the one person he never thought he'd see again.

Book Review by Bridget (reviewer)
Apr 11, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
157 people found the following review helpful
A lovely mix of sizzling love story, and dark, imaginative paranormal tale, Mychael Black's hot little novella is a fun, emotional read that will keep readers captivated from the very first page. Though I would have appreciated some more details, that is primarily because this story was so lush and creative that it made me hungry for more.

Two hundred years ago, Samuel Locke and Noah Cunningham fell in love. Though they both knew they could never share a future together, their connection was destined to be the love of both their lives. So when Samuel was forced into marriage to keep his father happy, Noah was heartbroken. But nothing could prepare him for the night when Samuel's wife, Mary, arrived on his doorstep, her clothing stained with blood. Mary uttered a curse on Noah that night, condemning him to live as a wraith, invisible to everyone but his devoted dog, and forced to watch the years go by, convinced that Samuel had died.

Samuel was meant to die, but he was so determined to find Noah, he managed to survive Mary's attack and has slowly learned to adapt to life as a vampire. Centuries after his transformation, he finally moves back to his hometown and begins to construct a life for himself. When a stray collie bounds into his path one day, Samuel thinks that he has merely found a new friend to keep him company. Little does he dream that this dog will lead him back to the man he has loved for years.

Samuel and Noah both pledged to love each other forever, but the years have wrought a world of changes, and neither man is what they once were. Can they find the strength to break the curse that binds them both? With the help of some of Sundae's baskets, it appears that anything might just be possible….

I love all things paranormal and gothic, so this story had my attention from the first intense, dramatic scene. The premise of this tale, of Noah's curse and Samuel's years of wandering was a fascinating and original one that had me hooked. I would have loved more details and more exposition about their lives and the nature of their new identities. There are years of history that are explained in a line, and because those references are so tantalizing, I simply wanted more. Nevertheless, the love between Noah and Samuel is completely, touchingly evident throughout this book, and made for gripping reading regardless of what was going on around them.

Both Sam and Noah were well-rounded, engaging characters. I like the differences between them and would have loved some more details about their history and the way their love grew before their curse. There were hints to some fascinating stories and meaningful moments, and these characters grew on me enough that I wanted to share them all with them. Nevertheless, those details helped build their relationship and made their separation that much more painful. Noah's quiet strength and Samuel's determination made them both real and unique characters. It was also absorbing to see the changes the years wrought in both men. Mary's curse is a particularly powerful one, but there are very few things that can overcome a love this strong.

This is one of those poignant stories where the love between the main characters was tangible, and it made the memories and interactions between these two meaningful and downright sizzling. The reunion scene of these two lovers was touching and urgent and wonderfully steamy, but was also smartly written and didn't obscure the boundaries that still lay between them. Despite the powers that had conspired to keep them apart, in the end, it was Noah and Samuel themselves who held the key to their happiness—or eternal loneliness. It was really nice to see these two in control of their own fate, especially after all they had both endured.

Though there were a lot of plot points that were glossed over and details that were missing, in the end, I genuinely enjoyed watching Noah and Samuel find each other again. The bond between them was distinct and undeniable and their desire kept the plot moving and made the story meaningful. Mychael Black's imagination and writing skills are considerable, and I'm very eager to see what characters and adventures fans will get to encounter next!
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