The Yearning by A.J. Rose ~ Buddy Reviews by Beverley and Brandilyn

Brandilyn and I both love A.J.Rose and I can honestly say I have enjoyed every book, by him that I have read. Often, when two reviewers really like certain authors we ‘buddy’ or ‘tandem’ review. It’s good to read what each of you found in the story and how different, as readers, we all are.

the-yearning-final Title: The Yearning

Author: A.J. Rose

Publisher: Voodoo Lily Press

Beverley’s Rating 4 out of 5*

Brandilyn’s Rating 4.75 of 5*


Eric is a fiercely passionate ghost with a complicated after-life. He’s in love with Justin, a mortician who is very much alive and very much in love with someone else, his best friend Darren. Torn between desiring Justin for himself or wanting Justin’s happiness, Eric never expected his death to be harder than his life. When darkness threatens Justin’s soul, is Eric strong enough to enlist Darren’s help, or will Justin be lost to both of them forever?

Beverley’s View

I wasn’t sure at first as I found Justin a little bland and Darren a bit dense, although I loved the idea that Eric, a ghost, has strong views about where he wants to spend eternity,

My ethereal ass is staying put.


…my heaven is named Justin.

As this is a short story at about 94 pages, I don’t want to go over the plot too much but I really liked the quirky take on the afterlife and the fact that even the dead didn’t know the answers to God, the universe and everything. I also love the idea that spirits can become technologically savvy and utilise texting. Darren and Justin grew on me as characters, although I felt Darren‘s change of personality less than convincing, unless you viewed it from how Eric saw him . This is a love story with, surprisingly, a happy ever after(life) for all involved except hopefully the evil spirit. There is no preaching, no heavy religious overtones there is however, a wonderful example of self sacrifice and of giving all for a loved one, with no hope for reward,

If Justin’s to survive, I have to give the darkness something else. Me.

In the end this was a sweet, stand alone love story and I enjoyed it.

Brandilyn’s View

Every time I open up an AJ Rose title on my kindle, it is a bit like coming home. His words just wrap around me and draw me into a sensuous world of his creation. The Yearning is a departure from my normal subject matter choice, but I couldn’t resist the only unread published work from one of my favorite authors. I will admit that my overall impression of his work is elevated by the quality of the writing and the beauty of the prose.

The Yearning is an intriguing take on a ghost story. That is to say, it is not what I expected out of a ghost love story. I don’t want to give any spoilers, but I will say that my heartstrings tugged for both the spirit and the humans involved. In the end, I was pleased with the resolution. Though it was just a little too nice and neat, you could not help but be happy.

As you are reading The Yearning, you would never guess that you are reading a novella. Many of the usual pitfalls inherent in the shorter form were missing. There were no plot holes given up to “not enough word count”. The characters, as they were presented, were rich and complete. They didn’t have backstory, but you didn’t feel the absence. The one complaint I had, is that there were times when I wanted Rose to use his gifts at world building to show us his creation rather than tell us about it. Specifically, the connection between the spirits and humans was explained through a conversation between spirits, rather than experienced.

In the end, I enjoyed this story immensely and will re-read it in the future.

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3 thoughts on “The Yearning by A.J. Rose ~ Buddy Reviews by Beverley and Brandilyn

  1. I absolutely loved this story! I’m not one to read ghost stories, so, for me, it was totally a fascinating “take” on the ever-after. I even FB’d AJ while I was reading, squeeing about how clever it was. He, as usual, was uncomfortable with the praise, saying, “Oh, come on…haven’t you read similar ghost stories?” NO! No, I hadn’t! And the funny thing is, I didn’t even realize it was novella length until you gals mentioned it here. It seemed like an entire novel to me! He amazes me how he can write such a wide range of stories, yet do them all so well.

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