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Restless Spirits (Volume 1)

Narrated by: Greg Tremblay
Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (131 ratings)
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After losing the family fortune to a fraudulent psychic, inventor Henry Strauss is determined to bring the otherworld under control through the application of science. All he needs is a genuine haunting to prove his Electro-Séance will work. 

A letter from wealthy industrialist Dominic Gladfield seems the answer to his prayers. Gladfield’s proposition: a contest pitting science against spiritualism, with a hefty prize for the winner. The contest takes Henry to Reyhome Castle, the site of a series of brutal murders decades earlier. There he meets his rival for the prize, the dangerously appealing Vincent Night. Vincent is handsome, charming...and determined to get Henry into bed. Henry can’t afford to fall for a spirit medium, let alone the competition. But nothing in the haunted mansion is quite as it seems, and soon winning the contest is the least of Henry’s concerns. For the evil stalking the halls of Reyhome Castle wants to claim not just Henry and Vincent’s lives but their very souls.

©2015 Jordan L. Hawk (P)2018 Jordan L. Hawk

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A thrilling supernatural mystery!!!

If you enjoyed her Hexworld books or Widdershins, you will LOVE this one!!!

This book was my first M/M, almost two years ago, and it not only introduced me to Jordan L. Hawk that has become one of my favorite authors. Jordan has a fantastic writing style and is one of the best world builder I have read to date. All three of her 19th century book serieses are fantastically written and have an ingenues way of being both realistic and raw while still having supernatural and magical elements. I love the level of research and feel of scientific accuracy this book has, the exorcism feels logical and true, and to be able to write it in such a way is a true gift indeed. The other thing I love about Jordan's writing is her inclusive, diverse writing. There are characters from every color, ethnicity, gender and gender identity in her writing and she fits each character and story to the time period with such accuracy it's astounding. She writes real people with genuine struggles in an other worldly setting, not an easy feat.
This book is a mystery both scary and intriguing, the plot twisting and unexpected.
I love the struggle between Vincent and Henry, both striving for the same goal but from opposing sides. The "hate-turned-to-lust-turned-to-friendship" between them is wonderful, with just the right amount of snark and fluster. They each bring something to the table and if they can only work together they might survive this hunted mansion. Lizzy and Joe, the wonderful and funny partners and co-workers are each a formidable female and show a strength and wisdom much greater then their sometimes dens male counterparts. This is the start of a wonderful series that puts a twist on Ghost Busters and combines science and spirit to save the day.

***Audiobook***
I remember e-mailing to ask if this book will come out in audio after listening to her amazing book Hexbreaker on audio (my first audiobook too!) and enjoying it so much. Little did I know that once it came out the narrator will be one of my favorites, Greg Trembly. He is a true master of emotions and has in incredible gift of understanding the characters in any story. I have thoroughly enjoyed every book he narrated and here was not different. Greg narrated the book with the perfect pitch, accents, emotion and pace. His performance was just what I wanted this book on audio to be, capturing the spooky dangerous atmosphere of the hunted house an delivery a shiver worthy narration. Having read this book and loved it re-reading it on audio was a great experience I feel only added to the story and I can not wait for the next ones to come out on audio!

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Very good!

I enjoyed reading this book back when it first came out and am so glad it is now available in audiobook format. Greg Tremblay does such an awesome job of bringing the whole thing to life with his performance.
Jordan's awesome storytelling + Greg's narration is a fantastic combination.

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wow

wow i couldn't put it down I think I found my new guilty pleasure .

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A ghost story in its natural format

I've already read the book before and loved it, so there were no surprises here. Anyone looking for an excellent ghost story with M-M romance elements should look no further than the Spirits series. Audio is the natural format for a ghost story and had I not known the plot beforehand I'd probably jump on my seat many times.
My only issue with the audiobook was that the narrator talked a little bit too fast for me sometimes (English is not my native language).
Hopefully the next volumes would come out in audio too.

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Creepily good book!

Good storie with likabell charachters! Parts of the story gave me the creeps! Get easily scared, especially by books and this one made the goosebumps appear. Greg Tremblay did a super good job!
Really liked the ending and cant wait for book 2!

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Jordan L. Hawk used to do social issues better

At the outset, the book reminded me strongly of the Whyborne and Griffin series. That was a positive, I have been a fan of those books and was definitely interested in more in that line.

But while the book has many of the same trappings and pulls off the time it is set in decently, it does seem slightly off with some of the social issue aspects.
For one, it seems to rather play down the legal situation of gays. We are talking about a time where criminalization was still the norm almost worldwide, so it seems to be a bit odd that it is getting a lot less focus compared to the authors previous series.Of course we are talking about an alternate reality here, more so than with Whyborne and Griffin by the extend of publicly recognized supernatural elements, but there are parts where it seems like it should be more of an issue than the book presents itself as.
This seemed a bit odd given that the book does devote a lot of focus on the other social issues presented, namely about ethnicity and transgender identity.
It just created an overall situation that did not seem to quite mash for me.
The author is apparently trying to work in more contemporary issues and while I think some definitely work in that context, I think others should be differently affected by the period.
To start with, we are talking about an era which actually tended to have gay and transgender identities as well as communities a lot more strongly mixed up.
And that makes one of the conflicts later on just seem really odd to me.

I just cannot help feeling like this is trying to drag current trends and issues too much into a historic setting and that rather ruins the immersion for me because it feels less authentic and true to the period.
And it does really not help that the big conflict in the main characters relationship is a very close rehash of the one in Widdershins, only that it is a lot more one sided.

I do not have a problem with rehashing elements of older works, but it is rather a let down if the same types of elements are done worse.

I would very much have liked to enjoy this book, but two of the biggest near the end twists just are executed very poorly and seem to hinge pretty much completely on one character acting stupid to serve the drama.

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Good but predictable.

I enjoyed the book and narrator. It was a little predictable. It could use more action.

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Victorian love and mystery wrapped in Spirits

I love Jordan Hawks Griffin and whyborne series and I have fallen hard for Greg tremberly/boudrouex and was not disappointed in this combo. the story is engaging and I could not stop listening to it. Greg does not just read the story to you but he preforms the story. I can see and here the world's he read and the house and the scene Greg narrated under the amazing pen of Jordan Hawks made this a story I will definitely be listening to again and again

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A bit predictable and formulaic.

The narration wasn't terrible. I appreciated that the more "heated" scenes were not overdone. The story line however was rather worn and boring.

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Mystery with a Gay Twist

This was slow to begin with, but the story was worth the wait. If you enjoy 19th century stories, paranormal stories, or gay romance, this is your book.