Lincoln’s Park (Links in the Chain #1)

Title: Lincoln’s Park (Links in the Chain #1)
Author: Sean Michael
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: October 15, 2017
Genre(s): M/M Paranormal
Page Count: 242
Reviewed by: Susan
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5

Hunting ghosts and finding more than they bargained for.

Blaine Franks is a member of the paranormal research group the Supernatural Explorers. When the group loses their techie to a cross-country move, newly graduated Flynn Huntington gets the job. Flynn fits in with the guys right off the bat, but when it comes to him and Blaine, it’s more than just getting along.

Things heat up between Blaine and Flynn as they explore their first haunted building, an abandoned hospital, together. Their relationship isn’t all that progresses, though, and soon it seems that an odd bite on Blaine’s neck has become much more.

Hitchhiking ghosts, a tragic love story forgotten by time, and the mystery of room 204 round out a romance where the things that go bump in the night are real.

This was quite the creepy ghost story and I was even scared a few times (yay!). I do have to say that the romance was not that great. That was mostly because of the bad dialogue. Hence the 3.5 stars.

Blaine is head of ‘The Supers’ a bunch of ragtag gay men who are interested in the supernatural and who are actively looking for ghosts every weekend.

We start this story with Flynn joining The Supers as their new tech guy. Flynn has always been interested in the supernatural so is totally ready to prove to the public that ghosts exist.

The crew decides to check out an abandoned hospital where several murders took place years ago. On their first night they immediately get readings and Blaine even hears a killed ER nurse talking to him.

After several visits to the hospital the crew has lots of data and recordings of all the weird things taking place there. But Flynn has a feeling something with Blaine is off. The two have gotten really close in the last few weeks they have been ghost hunting together and they are now even roommates. But just as their friendship is turning into something more, Blaine keeps calling him David and tells him they should stay out of room 204 in the hospital….

This had some really creepy scenes and I loved them. I used to read horror when I was younger, but I’ve never once been even a bit scared when reading a M/M ‘horror’ book. Well, this had me clutching my comforter just a little tighter while reading this in bed at night. So yay to the scary aspect of this story.

I do have to say that the ghost storyline was what kept me thoroughly interested, because really the romance part kind of sucked. And that was mostly because the dialogue in this was so bad. Like really bad. (Who says ‘thank you’ when someone says ‘I really like you’ in a romantic moment??) I felt the conversations with the rest of the crew were trying to be a bit too funny at times but other than that they were okay. But as soon as Flynn and Blaine would venture into romance land it got awful. It was like these guys had no idea what to say to each other so they had weird awkward conversations this entire book. I don’t think the author was going for that. I was just really missing a nice flow.

Still, the ghosts kept me very entertained and even had me a bit scared. And in this case I was happy the romance took a bit of a backseat.

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