When his Uncle Mortimer died and left him Hoxne Grange, the family's Gilded Age mansion, Tristan Pryce became the second generation of Pryces to serve as a caretaker for the estate, a way station for spirits on their final steps to the afterlife. Tristan is prepared for challenges, though not necessarily from the ghosts he's seen since childhood. Determined to establish Tristan's insanity and gain access to his trust fund, his loving relatives hire Dr. Wolf Kincaid and his paranormal researchers, Hellsinger Investigations, to prove the Grange is not haunted.
Skeptic Wolf Kincaid has made it his life's work to debunk the supernatural. After years of cons and fakes, he can't wait to reveal the Grange's ghostly activity is just badly leveled floorboards and a drafty old house. More than a few surprises await him at the Grange, including its prickly, reclusive owner. Tristan Pryce is much less insane and much more attractive than Wolf wants to admit, and when his team releases a ghostly serial killer on the Grange, Wolf is torn between his skepticism and protecting the man he's been sent to discredit.
©2013 Rhys Ford (P)2014 Dreamspinner Press
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Spooky.. Sexy... Hysterical
Definitely the Cole McGinnis series, Wolf and Cole both have the same dry, sarcastic, slap stick sense of humor.
The entire book was my favorite scene! I did really laugh my ass off though when Wolf woke up after a drunk night with the dog stretched out over his chest, instead of a softer, sexier Tristan.
Something slightly spooky this way comes.
Tristan Price has a keen eye for ghosts, he's been seeing and communicating with them since he was a child. The only place he ever felt comfortable in his own skin, found solace, was at Hoxne Grange with his uncle Mortimer. When Mortimer dies and leaves the estate to young Tristan, his beloved relatives make it their mission in life to prove Tristan is bat shit crazy. The task of proving Tristan's questionable state of mind falls on Wolf Kincaid, the owner and lead investigator of Hellsinger Investigations, paranormal researchers. It's not that Tristan doesn't believe in the concept of ghosts and hauntings, it's that he knows all too well that the majority of the time, the haunting is a hoax. Not so much this time around.
After spending just a few hours at Hoxne Grange, Wolf is certain of two things. Tristan may be a bit eccentric, but he's not crazy, sexy as all get out, but not crazy. The attraction is mutual, immediate and almost magnetic in its intensity. While they both fight it for a while, Tristan far harder than Wolf, it gets to a point where it almost seems like the house is pushing them into each other's arms. Trying to figure out whether or not they should pursue said attraction is the least of this twosomes troubles. Hoxne Grange goes from a friendly ghost hotel to the haunted mansion in a matter of hours and the malevolent spirit that now roams the halls recognizes Tristan's unique ability, and she wants in.
Rhys Ford's wicked sense of humor is present and accounted for in the hauntingly sexy, delightfully funny story. Wolf Kincaid is this larger than life presence that swoops into Tristan's world and really just turns it upside down. And while the attraction was intense and immediate, the connection took a little while to develop. Wolf is a skeptic by nature, knowing that there is the possibility of spirits and such, but being shown more often than not that what people claim to be, to see, is a farce. Tristan has never met anyone life Wolf Kincaid. The man is a force of nature, storming into Tristan's repetitive life and making him want things he never thought he was worthy of. They balance each other in the oddest way.
Narrated by Tristan James who has one of the most amazing voices. The man could read me my grocery list and I swear I would hang off of every word. His voice is melodic and entrancing and he has this way of capturing the soul of a character right down to the odd little quirks and characteristics of that person and bringing them out in his narration. Add his voice to Ford's uniquely detailed storyline and what you have is a work of art for your senses. The writing as always is amazing, layered with rich characters and intermingling storylines full of passion, intrigue and an almost hysterical sense of humor that is trademark Rhys Ford.
Fans of Fords books and James works will, of course, love this little gem. If you are new to either or both and you enjoy ghost stories with an edge, sexy guy on guy action, paranormal romance and a whole lot of wild, ruckus humor, you'll love this book!
Absolutely! I love Rhys Ford as an author and Tristan is one of my favorite narrators.
In the audio version it was Wolf - Tristan makes his voice very rumbly and seductive - very enjoyable to listen to.
As was said in a previous review - Tristan could read the phonebook and it would sound sexy! He is so easy to listen to - audio candy!
No - but only because I wanted to savor it.
I can't wait for Duck Duck Ghost to come out next - pretty please!
I don't have the print version, but since I bought this title specifically because it was narrated by Tristan James, then I'd have to say I prefer the audio version. I did buy the ebook at the same time as the audio version because of whisper sync, but I haven't even opened it.
Probably for people who like the author or those who want something like the show Supernatural with an m/m romance aspect.
Everything. He brings everything. This wasn't an especially interesting story, the flowery descriptions during the sex scene and the epithets used instead of character names (referring to Tristan as 'the blonde' for example even after he and Wolf have known each other for awhile) was somewhat annoying but Tristan James' narration made the book bearable. I've gone through enough Rhys Ford books by now to know that her writing just isn't my cup of tea, but Tristan James and his sultry voice is addictive to listen to so he remains on my auto-buy list.
The epilogue when Wolf 'hired' the ghost cook. I don't know, just felt sorry for her.
Is there any story line Rhys Ford can't write? I'd say no.
Paranormal investigator Wolf meets/investigates ghost hotel owner Tristan and all hell breaks loose. Literally! So what's a Hellsinger to do? Deny, deny, deny, and fall in love anyway.
And I could listen to Tristan James read a phone book and enjoy the experience. Probably my favorite narrator.
Love listening to great stories matched well to the right narrators.
may be .... was not trill with the narration.
I like both main Characters.
the main characters sound it the same ... there were no distinction.
o really enjoy the time spend with the 2 main characters
I really loved Tristan's confidence. He knows he's seeing ghosts in his home and he's completely sure it will all work out in the end. And it does. Great book, buy it!
Mostly use audio books in planes these days. Know I really like a book when I find myself with earphones still on from home to hotel
I will admit this is my first purchase in this genre; so, did not know what to expect. Having never read straight "romance" or Jackie Collins-type books, I was a little surprised by the jarring turns into basic badly written porn. Most of the book is sort of a ho hum comically written ghost hunters story until it suddenly veers to graphic sex. If it had been written in anything close to a realistic sexual relationship vs a gay porn video, it would have been more erotic.
Performance-wise, most of the characters are competently voiced with the exception of the effeminate voice used for Trystan (sp?). To me, nothing in the text leads one to think his character would sound more like the women's voices used for the book.
Also can't say the 2 characters on the book cover are what I'd personally believe accurately portrayed the 2 main male characters.
I like ghost stories so the premise of this book kept me going most of the way through. Not so much the characters, who were practically caricatures. I even ended up skipping the sex scenes. The evil villain of the piece was so one dimensional I couldn't finish the final boss battle.
The narrator, on the other hand, was fantastic. A lot of male readers struggle with women's voices, but James manages to make them distinct without over-sweetening his voice and making them insipid. I enjoyed the reader a lot more than the content.
"Very little plot"
It's okay, but not much happens. And the main plot point of his family wanting to get the Grange isn't answered at all. The characters are not really all that likable. Wolf is just unalterabley smarmy. Tristan is a bit better, more sympathetic, but still a bit one dimensional.
loved the story once I got used to the narrators odd tendency to suffix all pluralised words with apostrophes with -es, which detracted from the otherwise great performance.
"Promising start to a new series!"
If you like Rhys Ford's books, you will not be disappointed with book 1 in her new series.
The two main characters and the way their story developed.
I can't pinpoint one particular scene as the whole story is so well rounded.
There were so many, so it's hard to pick just one!
Yet again, Rhys has delivered another top notch story and I am eagerly anticipating book 2.
After his Uncle Morty died, Tristan is left Hoxne Grange. His other uncle, or rather his auntie, wants The Grange, so tries to prove Tristan is insane. For Tristan can see ghosts, talks to them, indeed, they check into The Grange for 3 days. Wolf KIncaid is sent to disprove what Tristan says. But immediately he feels the Grange is different. And when his team inadvertantly releases a deadly ghost, Wolf has to set aside his beliefs, and help Tristan.
This was brilliant! I Loved it. The ghosts, the drama, the love that springs from all that! I got a few twists very early, one that isnt revealed til the epilogue, I got that! I did! I'm rather pleased I did, can you tell??
Anyway, a fabulous story, with spooks and sceptres, cooks and hosuekeepers, wolfhounds and jack russels, this story will grab you, and not let you go. The relationship between Trs and Wolf is hot off the charts, but it builds, quickly, but its not an intsalove thing. It grows as the troubles at the Grnage grow, adding to the tension in the book.
Tristan James narrates, and he does an awesome job. I love his work, and he is fast becoming an auto buy if I find him as narrator. His ability to tell a tale, add all the "pictures"(for want of a better word) that you make yourself while READING is astounding. His voice is low and deep, and crystal clear. His voices of the characters is clear and definative, so there is no mistaking who is talking. The way he tells of Winifred and her coming and going is brilliant!
I should like to go back and READ this one at some point. I'm trying not to read and listen but this one warants it. I want to see if the same pictures pop in my head as I read, as they did while listening.
5 stars for the book, and 5 for the narration.
"Really, really good."
Fun, exciting, romantic
I really can't, that's why I enjoyed it so much. The author has a really unique idea here and I absolutely loved it. It's of just as high quality as her other books but, as much as I loved the Sinners Gin saga, this seemed so much more believable to me (I know, ludicrous given the premise) and I loved it from the first word. Rhys Ford is definitely becoming my favourite (if not already is) m/m author.
I honestly couldn't say as I haven't read the book. I know that I love his pacing, delivery and he really does keep me hooked on the story and makes it so easy to follow. My house seems very odd when I'm not hearing his voice at the moment as I've listened to him pretty much non-stop for the past month reading various Rhys Ford stories so for me the pairing of this performer and author is cemented in my head as the norm and I'm not sure I could listen to a Rhys Ford book without hearing his voice anyway.
Any conversation between Tristan and his housekeeper. I much prefer her to the female matriach in Sinners Gin as she seems much more rounded and three dimensional. She's really well written and helps brings real depth to the story.
I loved all the Sinners Gin books, I really did, but this book is brilliant and I can't wait to get the next one. The reading of it is sublime and it just feels like the author has really progressed and their talent just shines through in this. I can honestly say that you'll find something to enjoy in any of Ford's stories and James' performance of it, but of you're a first time to either of them then this is the book to start off with. Excellent leads, strong supporting characters, a really intriguing premise and a FLAWLESS performance from James - you can't go wrong!
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