Fish and Ghosts is a Wonderful, Romantic, Good Humoured, Hot and Spooky Tale. I had to read this as, well, Rhys Ford is an auto-buy for me.
Title: Fish and Ghosts
Author: Rhys Ford
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
My Rating: 5 of 5 stars
From the Publisher:
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.
Two immediately likeable characters, Psychic investigator Wolf Kincaid and owner of Hoxne Grange Tristan Pryce have, initially, different views of the ghosts at the Grange but strong attraction and a malevolent haunting, by a female serial killer, bring them together in more than just their views. This is a very descriptive tale, the Grange and it’s environs are beautifully pictured but somehow could be situated anywhere, as if the gateway for spirits ‘crossing over’ was a haven out of time and place. The story of the ghosts and the struggle to rid the Grange and Tristan of an entity, which Wolf’s team were responsible for unleashing, forms the main plot line of the book but against this intriguing backdrop is the burgeoning love affair between Wolf and Tristan. It is this romance in which Rhys excels herself with the descriptive sex scenes and the feelings of Tristan as he experiences his first real gay sex and with someone he is growing to care for. The following is thought by Tristan during their very first sexual encounter as things really heat up…
‘ If he’d been driven mad before, he was surely down the rabbit hole looking to kick a lizard up through a chimney now.’
It is not often that an author can successfully have the reader ‘snort’ with laughter whilst retaining the heat of a sex scene but Rhys Ford manages it really well! This story also introduces us to some extraordinary secondary characters including the team lovers Matt and Gidget, unwitting creator of huge problems for Wolf and Tris, the redoubtable ‘Mara’ and Wolf’s amazing Mother, Meegan Ocean-Kincaid. I’d love to see more of Wolf’s family as Rhys has written about some extraordinary families so well, in the Cole McGinnis Mysteries and in the Sinner’s Gin series. Fish and Ghosts sees her continue this tradition.
Her fight descriptions in the last scenes, during the team’s confrontation with evil ghost, Winifred, are very graphic, visceral and despite the fast moving action easy to follow (another big brownie point for Rhys, as many action scenes in novels become too confusing and I’m afraid I skip through)! I really loved this tale and gave a slightly fan like squeal when I saw who’s music helped rid Hoxne Grange of Winifred.
I would like to thank Rhys Ford for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion. Even though I had previously bought myself a copy of Fish and Ghosts beforehand 🙂
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
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