Over a century ago Illusionist David Berkeley committed suicide in his mansion by the sea, thus dooming his restless spirit to wander forever. Or so the local legend goes. Professor Rhys Davies, a part-time parapsychologist, is writing a book on California hauntings and he believes the crumbling ruins of Berkeley House will make a terrific chapter - if he can gain access to the house and grounds. The only obstacle is brooding cop and self-appointed caretaker, Sam Devlin. As obstacles go, Devlin is a big one. But you know what they say. The bigger they are, the harder they fall.
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Normally I am a great fan of Josh Lanyon and Kevin R. Free, this time however, I struggled to get through. I don't remember listening to most of it.
I did re-listen on a short trip I took and was able to appreciate this audiobook more. Don't use a credit on it.
I've been eagerly awaiting another Josh Lanyon paranormal thriller since "The Ghost Wore Yellow Socks" (one of my all time favorites). Although short, this new story was a classic JL romance with some spooky overtones. As usual JL masterfully handles the romantic tensions between the main characters while also building interest in the premise of the story (the haunted mansion). The characters have back stories and are as charming (or roguish in the case of Sam Devlin) as usual. I liked this story a lot, the only complaint was that it was too short, which is understandable as it was part of a compilation. But I can see the possibility of a sequel, or even a series??? (Oh please tell me there is another book coming!)
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I loved the fact that Sam wasn't movie star beautiful.
Fabulous audio, and even though only 3 hours, I felt so connected with these two. Another wonderful audio with a fantastic performance.
Another winner by Josh Lanyon and Kevin Free. This is a wonderful, spooky short story with a HFN romance. I listened to it in one sitting and was enthralled the whole time. The only bad thing is that it wasn't longer. I would love a sequel as it ends on a twilight zone type ending. Worth a credit.
Josh Lanyon does it again, this time in ghostly style.
You cannot go wrong with any of his novels, and the synopsis does the story justice without giving anything away.
And I really love the fact that Josh has a hand in picking the narrators for his books so your hearing the story how the author wants the characters to sound.
I will reread / re-listen to any of Josh's books anytime. Not really a HEA author but always ends his stories in a satisfying way.
Anything Josh Lanyon writes is great, never disappointed in plot, character development, and writing style. I automatically purchase anything Lanyon writes.
This is only my second audiobook, so I don't have a lot of experience to draw from, but I'm familiar with Kevin R Free's voice from the podcast, Welcome to Night Vale. I wasn't sure I was going to be able to disassociate his voice for the book, but Free made it easy. He's a gifted voice actor and very quickly, I forgot that it was only one person reading the different parts.
The story itself was enjoyable but only okay. I'm a fan of Lanyon's work, but I don't think this is Lanyon's best work. The "ghost story" part of the story and the "romance" part of the story don't feel well blended; it feels like two different stories that have been mashed up together. As well, Lanyon has a habit of rushing endings and this is one of those stories. As I said, it's an enjoyable story, but its potential to be better leaves it slightly disappointing. Free does the best he can--and his reading is, I think, the best part--but overall, it's just okay.
I love Kevin R Free. I wish he did more Josh Lanyon books.
Yes, especially if it's by Kevin R Free. Josh has a massive catalogue. While I don't always like all of his books (a bit unusual for me), the ones I connect with are lovely and on my repeat reading list.
I love his voice, how pleasant it is in the ears. A lot of how I connect with the characters is through the narrator and Kevin makes it easy to like the characters.
The book could have been longer. In all honesty, Sam Devlin was an asshole and treated Rhys like shit, both before and after sex. I felt like Rhys left him off the hook too easily. There needed to be more angry sex, especially considering some of Sam's comments. So the book felt like it was rushed and the sexual tension not milked as much as it could have been.
The mystery of the house also felt too pat. It's similar to others, so similar that once a few things were revealed I already knew how it was going to go, so I wasn't even reading it for the mystery but because I liked Rhys and his pov.
Interesting although characters quite different than I'm use to. Very good narrator who made me feel I was easily listening to each individual. Did feel it came to a more abrupt ending than necessary though.
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