Author: Ally Blue
Cover Artist: Kanaxa
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 10/13/2009
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Contemporary, Fiction, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Mystery, New Adult, Paranormal
Truth. Lies. A century-old mystery. What a tangled web…
A Bay City Paranormal Investigations story.
At age eleven, Adrian Broussard accidentally used his mind to open a portal to another dimension. Now, ten years later, he’s successfully harnessed his strong psychokinetic abilities. In the process, he’s learned the lessons which have become the guiding principles of his life. Absolute truth. Absolute control. Always.
Sticking to his personal code of ethics has never been a problem, until two chance meetings—one with a hundred-year-old ghost, one with a handsome, very-much-alive man—turn his orderly existence upside down.
Having grown up in a family of paranormal investigators, Adrian is intrigued by the spirit of Lyndon Groome and determined to solve the mystery of his death. Greg Woodhall, however, affects Adrian in unpredictable ways. Not only does his every touch challenge Adrian’s hard-won control over his abilities, his company quickly becomes a light in Adrian’s lonely life.
As the mystery surrounding Lyndon’s death turns sinister, Adrian’s relationship with Greg deepens into something serious. Something Adrian wants to keep. But intimacy isn’t as easy as honesty, and when the heart’s involved, the line between right and wrong can blur.
I am torn on this one. While there were things I enjoyed, I found that my overall impression was one of confusion.
First of all I want to clarify that I did not read the previous Bay City paranormal Investigations books and found I didn’t need to order to understand this one. However, I will be visiting them in the future as I want to know more about Adrian as a child and the BCPI crew.
I enjoyed the mystery surrounding Lyndon. It was what I would call a mental mystery. There was no real tension or action since the mystery was over 100 years old. There was no big bad to capture or anything that I normally associate with murders. This was the happy resolution of a cold case. However, I felt like it was pushed to the backburner in favor of the romance and when the mystery was finally focused on again, it was rushed and resolved almost too easily and too perfectly.
I really liked the portrayal of Adrian. His uncertainties, his quirks, his idiosyncrasies were well described, well felt, and well represented. The writing and the tone were done so that I could easily picture Adrian, easily feel what he was feeling, and I as a reader felt like I understood his personality.
However, Greg as an individual and Adrian’s love for him eluded me. I spent the majority of the story feeling like I was a step behind. I think it was because I never connected with Greg. We never got his POV and I felt like I never understood his motivations or his mindset. And I really never understood why Adrian fell in love with him or why Adrian put up with his mood swings. I never got why Adrian always felt like he was in the wrong and needed to apologize to Greg so often. I felt like there were bits and pieces missing so the relationship portion of this story left me confused and dissatisfied.
In the end, I liked this story. Though my journey from start to finish was not always perfect, I finished this story wanting to go back and read the BCPI series and am eager to pick up the Mojo Mysteries.
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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