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Haunted by Brynn Stein at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Paranormal / Ghosts/Spirits/Hauntings / Romance / Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 13-August-2013

Book Blurb

When Lenard Blake is forced to leave his wife, he divorces not just her but her influential family, who makes it impossible for him to keep his job as a Denver police officer, never mind to find another one anywhere in Colorado. But a rural police force in Virginia has an opening, and the move could be just the change he needs, so Lenard buys a house based on an Internet ad. But when he arrives, he finds that the house looks nothing like the ad… and it’s haunted as well.

Lenard doesn’t believe in the supernatural, but he decides to research his supposed ghost anyway. Soon he learns that fifteen years ago, Jason Miller was murdered in the house, and his entire family died under suspicious circumstances. As he makes friends with his ghostly companion, they join forces to try to solve the old murders. Along the way, they find there are some things that conquer even death.


Book Review

“Happiness always comes and goes but I didn't know that I would find it there in you. If heaven is what you make it, then my heaven is in your arms.” ~ Swirl 360

Lenard Blake's of 'Haunted' by Brynn Stein life has been made unbearable because of his ex-wife and family. He comes to the little town of Jessup, Virginia hoping to start over and find some peace. He wasn't looking for a relationship and he most certainly didn't expect to find one with Jason Miller, who had died fifteen years ago, in the house he recently purchased.

Lenard has more curiosity than most people, probably due, partly, to the fact that he's a cop. He is trained to find proof before he accepts anything as real. He is told that the house he recently purchased is haunted, but he dismisses the idea and tries desperately to ignore or reason away the signs which point to the fact that he's not alone. Even though he's said he doesn't believe in ghosts, when the evidence becomes overpowering, although it defies logic, he is at least open-minded enough to accept it and proceed accordingly.

I loved the progression from friends to lovers portrayed in the story. Even before he encountered Jason, Leonard began to admire him due to things he noticed in the house, i.e., Jason's book collection. When he does further research about the family, particularly Jason and how he died, Leonard's fondness for Jason grows exponentially. The acts of kindness and consideration, i.e., Jason leaving breakfast for Lenard, and Leonard putting away Jason's books, was a wonderful way to show their growing mutual respect. Also, there were other signs of support. Leonard applauded Jason's developing mastery of viability; while Jason helped and encouraged Leonard with his research.

The men work together to try to bring Jason's killer to justice, even though they both harbor the same fear: once they've accomplished their goal, what will become of their relationship? Which is for the higher good—justice for Jason and his family, or the possibility of losing what they have together if it means Jason must leave? 

This is a good murder mystery and paranormal romance all rolled up in one. It has interesting, well-rounded characters who interact amazingly well both in and out of bed. Bryann had me believing that Jason was a real person instead of a mass of intelligent ectoplasm. Since Jason knew who had killed him, he and Lenard were working, not with the whos, but searching for the wheres and hows of the crime which added uniqueness to the investigation. I recommend this book to anyone who would enjoy an endearing love story with a paranormal touch combined with a good mystery. Thank you, Bryann, for a unique, touching story.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 84 pages/21317 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 17-July-2013
Price $3.99 ebook
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