Book Reviews

Between the Devil and the Pacific Blue by Charlie Cochet at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Paranormal / Ghosts/Spirits/Hauntings / Romance
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 15-December-2015

Book Blurb

For the last six months, Detective James Ralston has worked the nightshift as security for the Pacific Blue Hotel, and every night at 2 a.m. his rounds lead him to the radio room where the handsome and mysterious Franklin Fairchild sits listening to waltzes as old as the hotel itself. James is drawn to Franklin, but Franklin is a man at the end of his rope, and James has no intention of getting caught up in whatever trouble Franklin is in. A heated encounter late one night sends James down a disturbing path and has him questioning everything around him, including his very sanity.

Book Review

I don't believe it was intentional on the part of the author, but the first few pages of this novella made me think of the movie 'The Grand Budapest Hotel', and since I loved that movie, I was thoroughly charmed right from the start. I do, however, have to admit, very shamefacedly, that this is the first work of Charlie Cochet's that I've read. Never fear, it won't be my last.

“Every night you sit in this room until I arrive, and every night you say just enough to get me riled up before you leave. I’m getting whiplash from your signals here, Fairchild.”

James has spent the past six months working security on the night shift at the Pacific Blue, an old hotel built in the 1800s that has lost most of its luster, and the guests, for the most part, are all long-term residents. Franklin checks in the night James begins working there, and each night they meet in the radio room, exchange a few words, and Franklin heads back to his room. James worries that Franklin has come to the end of his rope and one night he'll discover he took a header off an eighth floor balcony.

One night it all comes to a head - their desire and the man Franklin is hiding from. Worse than that though, is that things aren't adding up, and James is afraid he's losing his mind. He was injured by an IED while serving and shrapnel did cut through his brain, so it's not out of the realm of possibility. Because if he's not going crazy, then there's more to the Pacific Blue than James could've ever imagined.

A wonderful, mystical story that I greatly enjoyed. I'll admit that some of the plot I had guessed, but it didn't matter because the way the characters were written, and how the drama unfolded, is what captured me. Thank you, Charlie!





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 60 pages/16594 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 31-October-2015
Price $3.99 ebook
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