Nick Kelley is running away from his ghosts - literally. A psychic, whose ability to see ghosts and to help them pass on lead to the death of his partner in a car crash, he flees to his mother's ancestral home on a small Scottish island, where he hopes he can find some peace. What he finds instead is John McIntyre. Instantly attracted to one another, can their love survive the prejudice of the insular island community where everyone knows everyone's business? And can John help Nick to lay his ghosts once and for all?
This is a lovely book. A little like John himself, it is slow moving, soft spoken and full of charm. The island community in all its gossipy small-mindedness is instantly believable, and the authors do a wonderful job of showing not only the suffocation of that, but also the appeal. The ghosts are genuinely scary and disturbing, making it easy to sympathize with Nick's emotional exhaustion and fragility. And John, rugged but welcoming as the island, is a hero I couldn't help falling for. I enjoyed the slow, detailed build-up of the attraction and relationship between John and Nick. Their love was completely believable, yet never saccharine, and I found even their arguments touching. The sex scenes in the book are equally detailed, realistic and touching, with an intimacy and genuineness of emotion which is rare in my experience. Very sensual and hot. Unfortunately it's also the sex scenes, which stopped me from awarding that extra .5 of a point. However good they are, I felt that there were so many that they began to get in the way of the story. Having set up John's understandable fear of the community's reaction, the resolution of that fear could have done with a little more emphasis, I thought. That said, this is still one of the best romances I've ever read, and one to recommend wholeheartedly.
Genre: LGBT Paranormal
When John McIntyre sees Nick Kelley step off the island ferry, he's instantly attracted, and fairly certain that he knows what Nick is keeping secret, because he's been doing it himself for years. When he discovers Nick's real secret he's drawn into a world he never knew existed, one haunted by grief and guilt and ghosts. In the shadowed world of the spirits, Nick's power is all that the ghosts have to help them. But Nick is still mourning the death of his lover in an accident he believes he caused, and John's determined to keep their relationship secret.
It's going to take a lot more than attraction and really good sex to solve their problems but will they be lucky? Or will one week be all they have before they're left alone again?