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Publisher's Summary

Gothic romance with a twist.

Elements of The Sound of Music, The Enchanted Garden, Jane Eyre, and "true" ghost hunting shows make this story feel familiar. Gay love makes it unique.

Seeing an ad for a position at a Yorkshire estate, typesetter Graham Cowrie decides to make an upward career move by passing himself off as a tutor. How hard can it be to teach a few subjects to a pair of nine-year-old boys? But on his arrival at the ancient house, he finds the staff creepy, the twins odd, and the widowed master temporarily absent.

His first meeting with brooding, stern, but oh-so-attractive Sir Richard doesn't go well, but with no other prospects vying for the teaching position, Graham manages to keep it. His mission soon becomes clear: break down the walls of reserve both father and sons have erected, and attempt to bridge the gap between them.

But strange sounds, sights, and experiences keep Graham on edge until he finally admits the Hall is haunted by two entities with very different agendas. Graham works to appease one and combat the other, while protecting the broken family he's grown to care for.

©2015 Bonnie Dee (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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THE TUTOR IS REALLY CUTE

I mean is a really cute story...☺️ I was very impressed- at first- because there seemed to be so much more to the story than has generally been my experience with this particular genre, where the sexual is the main thrust (so to speak!). But even here, I felt that the sex scenes were WAY too overdone for my taste. TOO graphic, and TOO much. I am not a prude and am not offended by sex scenes, but so much of contemporary writing these days overdoes it to the point where it is no longer titillating but becomes just BORING, BORING, BORING. Also, it seemed a little preachy to me with its politically correct message.

This is why I only gave it three stars. However, there were definitely redeeming factors to this audiobook: I enjoyed listening to the narrator who was quite good. And the story otherwise was pretty good, especially with the young twins.

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A thoroughly enjoyable Gothic tale

This lovely story reminded me why I fell in love with Gothic romance way back when I was a teenager in high school. Granted that was in a different lifetime, but the Gothic romance is still wonderful. We have the unique twist of the "governess" who has fallen on hard times instead being a tutor who fudged on his resume to get the job. But is didn't seem to matter. There was still the poor neglected children who need a firm, but loving hand. The bitterly unhappy "Master" of the manor who glowers and growls and also needs a firm, but loving hand. Things that go bump in the night. Let us not forget the "ghost" in the tower. All the elements of a old fashion Gothic novel are here, and put together very well. A thoroughly enjoyable Gothic tale that any fan of the genre would enjoy.

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Queer, magical Jane Eyre

The author didn't gloss over real poverty, class divisions, etc., but she still managed to write a sweet, funny, super sexy story. I was a fan of Jane Eyre as a kid, and reading gay romance over the essential parts of that plot was kind of a surreal experience. An enjoyably surreal experience!

The darker supernatural elements don't take away from the essentially light-hearted tone of the book. I don't want to give away spoilers, but the only time any gory or disturbing bits occur are in the second to last chapter. Even there, things are referred to pretty vaguely and interrupted by the protagonists fighting back with happy things.

The narrator managed to distinguish little kid voices from adult voices without making them sound creepy. Yay!

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The generic: The plot was seamless. The writing had some places that could use a more professional eye (for example, "seized" was used to describe an action that was also "delicate"). The writing surrounding the sex was trying for passionate romance but ended up sounding like someone who's never had sex but who's read a lot of bad romance novels in their time. Overall, I would have given this a better review, except for the below.

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This is a book about gay men wherein the only female character of any relevance is offscreen and a caricature. The other women are supporting caricatures. The dead mother is the most generic dead mother you can imagine - all-consuming love for the two children, and very little other personality of substance. Tragic and meek.

Then you have, in this book about gay men, a dead woman trope, and very graphic descriptions - which become first-hand - of the rape and torture of women. Then we find out the killer is also disparaging of the protagonists' sex life, but is somehow willing to enter Graham's (supposedly) impure body?

I don't know whether "Bonnie" is a pen name, but I expect better from authors, but women authors in particular, when it comes to inclusive casts and the tired track of the off-screen damsel in distress supporting a nearly all-male cast.

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fun

I enjoyed this story. the narrator isn't fantastic but isn't awful either. overall I enjoyed the story and would recommend it to others.

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Enjoyed this book.

I thought the storyline was really good.and It was enjoyable and the narration was terrific.

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Everything I Didn't Know I Needed

Such a perfect little gem. I am so glad I happened upon this story, it's really thrilling and each character is very painted in my head. It's not exactly a major novel but I feel it's an important one with a good blend of everything, I will want this in my library. It felt very modern in the way it all flowed easily, extremely connected to each of the characters and nothing felt too far outside of my understanding with a period piece. It's perfect and I will recommend it to friends ☺️. Thank you author and narrator!

The narration was actually a bit fast to my liking so I slowed it down to maybe around .90x if anyone has an issue about that.




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The climax of the book REALLY freaked me out VERY unexpectedly! I feel it would have only hit me as hard as it did because of the narration but I would have to read it to find out for myself. It ended so we'll!

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Perfectly Fine Simple Story

I don’t have a lot to say about this one. It is a simple story that relies too heavily on modern tropes and language. Often there were moments where the characters did not feel like they were in a period piece purely due to the language the author decided to use.

But before I get into specifics, overall this story was an attempt at a classic English period drama with modern views and language. It is an easy read that I did enjoy but won’t linger on my emotions/mind for long.

Many of the story beats really showed the authors hand in knowledge. Understanding the rules and setting perfectly well but not the atmosphere or culture. The restricted manners that should have been, could have provided more of a weight in the clashing of these two characters.

And, kinda spoilers but not really, the almost Kingdom Hearts approach to writing during the climax with the “villain” at the end really took me out of the weight of the situation. Everything was about the power of heart and love, becoming comical on how often it was being brought up and said.

The secondary characters almost did not have a point other to provide a breath between the two protagonists. They ultimately did not provide any new perspective and the one character that did was not as impactful. All the knowledge/aid provided by this character could have been provided by anything/anyone.

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Awesome

Great book, kept my attention all the way to the end, amazing audio delivery, loved it. Will be reading again, every chapter was received amazingly do recommend you give it a read.

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Could be better

I enjoyed the story as a whole. Graham (the tutor) is hilarious and his inner commentary never failed to crack me up. The love scenes were rather dull though and it got a little saccharine towards the end but I did spend a pleasant few hours listening. The narrator was phenomenal.

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Entertaining

A really enjoyable Paranormal tale just perfect. Ghosts and romance who could ask for more close to Halloween!