Title: Love Wanted
Author: John Inman and Ezekiel Robison
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: October 18th 2017
Genre(s): M/M Romance, Ghosts/Spirits
Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
When it rains, it pours. Not only has Larry Walls been evicted from his apartment, but his hours have also been cut at the department store where he works, leaving him facing homelessness.
Meanwhile, Bo Lansing, a total stranger to Larry, toils at a dead-end job as a fry cook while attending night classes to become a certified chef. When the school closes its doors without warning, leaving Bo in the lurch for thousands of dollars in tuition, his dream of becoming a chef is shattered and his financial troubles spiral.
Desperate for a new beginning, each man answers an ad for live-in help posted by a wealthy recluse, and wonder of wonders, they are both hired! Just as their lives begin to improve, a young Kumeyaay Indian named Jimmy Blackstone joins the workforce at the Stanhope mansion.
When Mr. Stanhope’s true reason for hiring the young men is discovered by one of the three, a fourth entity makes its presence known.
With all these players vying for position in a game of intrigue orchestrated by one lonely old man and a mischievous ghost, can a simple thing like love ever hope to survive the fray?
Told from multiple points of view the pacing is a little slow story-wise in the beginning as you get to know all of the characters and some of their motivations, however, the characters, conflict, and even the ghost are all richly portrayed.
From the blurb I had an idea of what was going to happen in the story – and was completely shocked by the turn of events. John Inman definitely got me. Though he has a sometimes heavy hand with the purple prose, he definitely wrote a story that had some twists I was absolutely not expecting.
Ezekiel Robison was a fantastic narrator choice for this story. Robison’s use of distinctive character voices and his complete performance drew me into the story and kept me captivated until the end. His timing and pacing were perfect for the writing, and he made this absolutely entertaining.