Jonathan Lemke thought spending two weeks alone with his partner in a beachside cottage would help to rekindle the lost passion of their 10-year union. He'd chosen Tybee Island, a quiet seaside community on the Georgia coast, east of Historic Savannah. Jonathan had spent his childhood growing up on the pristine shores of the barrier islet, which continues to hold a special place in his heart.
The romantic surprise backfires when Paul, Jonathan's partner, rushes off to Chicago for the chance to woo a high profile client, leaving Jonathan alone and brokenhearted until a chance meeting with a mysterious and seductive stranger linked to a beloved island legend provides a chance at discovering forever love. But someone with strong familial ties to Tybee Island is desperate to expose its secrets and avenge a grudge decades in the making. An assailant so threatened by the forces of nature that defy explanation, he will stop at nothing to unmask ancient island lore...even if he must kill to prove it.
©2016 Jon Michaelsen (P)2016 Lethe Press
I really liked this story until the end. It had mystery, romance, heartache, and a little danger...all the makings of a good story. However I was very disappointed in the ending. Maybe it will feel like an HEA or HFN to others, but to me it just seemed sad. In spite of everything he went through Jonathan ended up alone. Paul betrayed and left him, and while Lucius might remain an occasional friend, it seemed that Jonathan would not have the love he wished for.
The narration seemed a little fast and stilted at first, but as the story went on, I warmed up to it, and it became comfortable and seemed to suit the story.
I would recommend this story for the romance and nostalgia throughout, but I would warn others like myself who want a wonderful, certain HEA ending as that didn't seem assured.
I was given a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review. I have read a book from this author in the past and was happy to listen to his newest story. I knew from the blurb it would be a lot different from the other book, which was a gay mystery with no romance in sight. From the blurb, it sounded like there would still be mystery, but not a private eye story. I also thought it might contain more romance. It is sort of true, but ultimately I would say that this story would still fall under gay fiction.
Jonathan is a successful Hollywood writer and his partner Paul is an agent. Both are so wrapped up in their careers that they barely notice the distance growing between them. So Jonathan suggests a trip to Tybee Island where he grew up. I've never been to Georgia at all, but I think the author really set the scene well, and I would really like to visit this place. When Paul's work keeps him from joining his partner on his trip, Jonathan explores his old stomping grounds and meets up with an old friend, Lucius.
Personally I'm glad Paul didn't show up. From the way he talked to Jonathan and treated him, I was ready for their relationship to end. Jonathan is a pretty easy going guy and takes his lover's tantrums and lets them roll off his back. I know in reality, I'm kind of like that too, anything to avoid confrontations. But as a bystander, I was frustrated. Jonathan could do better with Lucius, though that man has some secrets of his own.
Part of the reason, I'd really like to see Tybee Island is to see if the mythology in this book exists there. Do the locals gossip and talk of legends of mer-people? I like this twist in the story. It isn't just a story of a couple falling apart and trying to see if they can make it together or if someone else is better for them. The water dwellers exist in this book, and one man wants to see them hurt out of some strange sense of family revenge or pride.
The end of this book is left sort of open. I don't know if the author plans on continuing the story of if we are left to imagine for ourselves whether Jonathan and Julius will meet again. I personally would like another book in the series.
The narration in this book is decent. The author has a pleasant voice and does use different tones to differentiate between characters. He spoke a bit quicker than other narrators, which isn't a bad thing since speed can be slowed or quickened. I had to go back to normal settings because I usually speed other narrators up. There were really long pauses though between chapters and I kept checking my phone to see if I accidentally paused the book. A little bit of buzzing was in the background also. I would listen to the narrator again, but hopefully those little things would be fixed up.
Yes, it's thoroughly engaging, and offers the satisfaction of a romance coupled with the unexpected element of the paranormal.
None, to be honest. I haven't read another book that combines the elements of romance and the paranormal.
Excellent enunciation and very good characterization. My only critique is that he reads it very quickly, as if he's in a hurry.
Does Love Have a Ghost of a Chance?
I'd read the book and was excited to hear it - listening and reading are distinctly different pleasures. Michaelsen and narrator Church bring the island to life. I can hear the sea and the cadences of the characters' voices. The love gone bad (spoiler?) is made up for by the magical, mystical romance promised by the mystery man from the sea. And I'll confess: I love a happy ending, or at least a hopeful one.
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