The House on the Cliff by Jade Astor ~ Book Review by Beverley

HouseOnTheCliffTheLGTitle: The House on the Cliff

Author: Jade Astor

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Valerie Tibbs

Rating: 3.75 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 04/20/2015

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance, Mystery

Blurb:

A small-engine repair degree can only get you so far in a seaside tourist town—just ask Noah Camden. But his luck takes a turn when he stops to help a man change a tire. Obviously wealthy, the man offers Noah a job at the imposing manor, Cliff House. Noah is to care for the man’s vehicles and chauffeur the man’s son, Tristan Peterson, for the summer. Tristan is afraid to drive because of a mysterious accident–and no one will tell Noah the details.

Though the young men come from vastly different social backgrounds, Tristan and Noah slowly bond. One day Tristan confesses the truth: his first love, Martin Praxley, an estate handyman, was killed in the accident. Tristan believes Martin’s ghost is haunting him, bent on revenge. Noah vows to figure out what really happened, how it’s possible Martin is back from the dead to torment Tristan, and how they can find peace and happiness together with the secrets of Cliff House looming over them.

My View:

This is a good, well written mystery. I did guess the likely outcome, but there were some twists I didn’t see coming and I enjoyed the story.

Unfortunately, the love between the main characters, Tristan and Noah, didn’t really work for me. The first kiss was less than two days after meeting, and there didn’t seem to be a lot of romancing of any kind. Tristan is a deeply troubled soul however you look at it, and for him to fall in love, so profoundly and speedily, would have rung alarm bells for me – had I been Noah. Just sex – I could have understood better in this context. For Noah to put his desperately needed employment, accommodation and well-being, in jeopardy for someone he has only just met did not ring true. There were also too many references to the effect;

Though Noah felt no physical attraction to women…

‘Methinks he doth protest too much’, kept going through my head. I seriously thought maybe that would be the twist.

My rating is for the mystery, and the well written narrative  – I liked the character of Noah, and the staff mentioned. I didn’t really like the character, Tristan enough to care what happened to him  – I just disliked the characters of Adrian, Lloyd, Ryder and Sophia more. I did take issue with the rather simplistic approach of – the poor always hate the rich, and the rich look down on the poor  – unless they fancy them.

I don’t mean to seem too negative – this is a solidly written, very readable story, and I read it quite quickly, as I wanted to know what would happen next.

 

 

 

Links

The House on the Cliff on Goodreads
Dreamspinner Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
All Romance eBooks

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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