Title: The Reluctant Ghost Whisperer (Barrow and Sparrow #1)
Author: Neptune Flowers
Publisher: Beaten Track Publishing
Release Date: October 10th 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary, Horror
Page Count: 74
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
All you need is love, or so they say!
Owning a building company means long hours, lonely days and too much physical labour.
When Adam Barrow employs a fit capable guy, life begins to look up. His business thrives from the extra muscle, and so does Adam. Being around chatty Johnny really helps the time fly past. Adam is shy and inexperienced in ways of the heart but very soon his awkwardness eases and he finds himself flirting and having fun.
Johnny Sparrow has a mysterious past and seems to have a knack of stirring up inexplicable presences. From the day he arrives on a motorbike, weird things begin to happen, like strange noises and creepy mists. Even motorbike Angus has a personality!
All you need is love, but can Adam find the strength to confront the ghostly goings-on? Can Johnny find a use for the egg whisk, and can Angus really carry them both to safety?
A story of paranormal divas, supernatural aromas and head-over-heels romance.
Barrow and Sparrow book one.
“I want him to see me hiding. I want him to see me losing it. I want him to know about the emptiness of every fucking morning since he left, me sitting with head in hands, unable to face the day.”
Well! What a nice little surprise! I’m not a paranormal kind of girl and I definitely don’t do horror. But I’m glad I decided to give this one a chance because I ended up loving it. Have you ever watched Ghost Whisperer, the TV series? This is the MM version of it, but even more light on the ghostly stuff. Not really scary, just spooky.
So the ghosts might play a huge role but what drove the plot for me was the romance. I absolutely loved the narration which alternates between now and then. Before, when Adam and Johnny met and got together. Then, when Johnny Sparrow left Adam, breaking his heart in the process. And now, six months later, that Johnny came back. Predictably, the now part was my favorite since I love separation periods and second chances in my books. It’s where the writing got so evocative but sharp and simple at the same time.
“He’s wearing clothes I don’t recognize and haven’t touched, not ever. It cuts, bad enough to make me struggle for air. He’s been shopping alone, made decisions and choices without asking for my opinion.”
I also liked that the characters were more like real people with regular bodies, imperfect hair and not so good habits.
The story is told from Adam’s single POV. It’s short but complete, with very well sketched secondary characters, and some nice, sexy times. In a few words, The Reluctant Ghost Whisperer is a quirky, pretty funny, romantic, spooky little Halloween story.
It’s hinted that there will be more in this universe. Please let it be more.
“I fell asleep with my head on his chest and my heart in a mess. I woke up in the middle off the night a whole other person, one who was part Johnny, part Adam.”