Author: Amy Rae Durreson
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Garrett Leigh
Rating: 4.75 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 01/27/2016
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance, Mystery, Paranormal
Military historian Luke Alcott leaps at the chance to live in the seventeenth-century country mansion of Eelmoor Hall, home of the Royal Military School of Medicine, after being offered a job cataloging the school’s archives. Luke believes he chose the perfect place to start a new life and put his broken past behind him. But soon after settling into the old house, he hears strange noises—like footsteps—and he begins to suffer from terrible nightmares.
The only person Luke can turn to for help is the taciturn caretaker, Jay, a veteran of the Afghanistan war who carries an old battle wound. Together they try to understand Eelmoor Hall’s history and decipher what could be causing the haunting. As the weather grows colder and snow dusts the countryside, a child goes missing. Luke needs to deal with his own demons and learn to trust in love again if he hopes to face down the angry spirit and find the missing girl.
A Frost of Cares was just about perfect! It had a spooky setting with the winter chill and the huge dusty manor; a creepy ghost with a tragic backstory; two damaged men thrown in together to face the challenge.
The way the story was told was unique – it was a recount of the situation from 10 years later in a written document Luke was making. We know how the couple ends up, we know in advance that there is a happy ending. What we don’t know is why Luke still suffers from nightmares and has to sleep with the light on more often than not. Sometimes I felt this style of narration took away from the tension built in the book. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing; it kept the story from being a horror novel.
I did love both Jay and Luke! They fit together and I really liked how the relationship progressed, even if it was a bit fast.
The ghost was great and the tone wavered between sweet and macabre just the way I like. The escalation of the ghost toward the end ramped up the tension and led to a fantastic climax.
Despite being a novella, it didn’t feel short or rushed. It was the perfect length for the story.
Definitely check this one out.
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