Author: Kim Fielding
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: May 12, 2014
Page Count: 206
Reviewed by: Renee
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.3 stars out of 5
In the mid-1950s, Jack Dayton flees his working-class prospects in Omaha and heads to Hollywood, convinced he’ll be the next James Dean. But sleazy casting couches don’t earn him stardom, and despair leads to a series of poor decisions that ultimately find him at a cheap motel off Route 66, lifeless at the bottom of the pool.
Sixty years later, Tag Manning, feeling hopeless and empty, flees his most recent relationship mistake and takes to the open road. On a roundabout route to Las Vegas, he pulls over to rest at an isolated spot on Route 66. There’s no longer a motel or pool, but when Tag resumes his journey to Vegas, he finds he’s transporting a hitchhiking ghost. Jack and Tag come to find much-needed friends in each other, but one man is a phantom and the other is strangely cursed. Time is running out for each of them, and they must face the fact that a future together may not only be a gamble… it may not be in the cards.
Do you believe in ghosts?
Hailing from arguably one of the most haunted parts of the country, I have been around “ghost stories” my whole life. And I can rattle off at least five family members or friends who’ve had a “sighting.” I’m open-minded enough to believe in the existence of something.
So, you see, my GR friend, Dani, has been after me to read Kim Fielding for a while now. And when I asked her what I should read, THIS is what popped out of her mouth (or her keyboard).
So I read the blurb. A fucking ghost as an MC? Dani, are you serious? How do they have sex? Yes, I’m a perv. No shame. I go straight for that question with her. I mean, is there one part flesh and one part……mist?
And I can’t imagine very sexy….but Dani says to trust her, the sex is just fine!
And see, then my other friend, Ele, jumped right on that train. Nods. Read it, Renee. I don’t do ghosts in m/m, either. Read it.
Two trusted book buddies who pretty much share my reading tastes? Ok, I’m going in!
Our story begins with Jack as a young Hollywood actor from the mid 1950s, who is trying to get more than a handful of lines in the next big picture. He’s struggling and doing a few things that scream at my moral compass to get those roles. It’s Hollywood! And dies a tragic death at a very young age at a motel in the middle of nowhere. With a pool.
Then we have Tag – present day. Tag is sad and lost. Fucked up childhood. Fucked up life. Stops at an abandoned freeway exit to sleep a few hours in his car. He sees nothing other than a few abandoned buildings. But there is this old sign he notices. For a motel. And a pool. I’ll let you pick up on those hints and understand that Jack and Tag’s journey starts there.
I can’t give a whole lot of details because pretty much anything else would be spoilery. I will say (for those who require it like me) that there is a HEA. And for the pervs (also like me), we do get smexy times. And they weren’t awkward. They were quite beautiful.
This wasn’t the best story I’ve read. What struck me most was Fielding’s writing. She gripped me from the first chapter. It’s so smooth and flawless. I read this book in one sitting! That should tell you something right there. I will definitely be picking up more from her. She has a contemporary coming out later this month. I will eat that shit up with a spoon!
Best moment of the book – Jack’s letter. Gut me now! The feelz people! This woman can write!
Niggles – I felt the ILY came a bit too soon. And I thought the “job” at the end was not quite believable. But then I kinda smacked myself on the head. I mean, it’s a ghost story – am I really worried about suspending my belief about those little parts?
So yeah, this was a thoroughly enjoyable read! I applaud Ms. Fielding. She can definitely tell a story! Put aside your preconceived notions of not wanting to read about a ghost MC in your m/m and dive in!
Thanks to Ele and Dani for never steering me wrong!
As a side note, that book cover did nothing for me going in. And now that I’ve finished…..let’s just say goosebumps.Buy Link Author Link GoodReads