The Reluctant Ghost Whisperer (Susan’s Review)

Title: The Reluctant Ghost Whisperer
Author: Neptune Flowers
Publisher: Beaten Track Publishing
Release Date: October 10, 2018
Genre(s): M/M Paranormal
Page Count: 22,500 words
Reviewed by: Susan
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 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.

Sometimes you expect a book to be a certain way based on the blurb and the reviews you’ve read. Well, this was total different from what I expected!

First of all the way it was told was not like other books. And I’m not sure I liked it to be honest. This started with present day which is in italic (so it reads like a flashback), then we get 6 months earlier which is in regular font, so it reads like the present. We then constantly skip to present (in italic) and past (in regular font). Somehow that made the 6 month separation period more bearable, but it also made me feel a bit distant from the story.

Adam is running a construction company with his best friend Nick. When they are in desperate need of people to hire, someone recommends Johnny Sparrow.

Adam hires Johnny on the spot and the two of them immediately start a job building a house conservatory.

In the next few weeks they both feel weird vibes coming from the place where they are digging into the ground, but when they find a box, it expels this light. After this they suddenly see the ghost of a woman standing nearby.

Adam is more freaked out about this than Johnny is, but somehow the ghosts won’t leave them alone.

Adam says he can’t handle the ghosts and asks Johnny if it is ever going to stop. And that’s when Johnny suddenly breaks things off with Adam and moves to Germany….

What stood out to me was that the ghost plot in this could have been left out. I felt that there was enough relationship material to fill this (short) book. The ghost plot felt a bit like an afterthought at times. And while I love ghost stories, I would have been fine without the ghosts in this one. And the rules about the ghosts and how they could communicate were kind of ridiculous.

The relationship was sweet, but because of the format of the book I couldn’t quite connect with either guy. I thought Johnny was a bit strange and the whole ghost thing made him stranger.

I think if the format appeals to you, you will love this book. I had some trouble with it, so while I liked the story, I wasn’t a fan of the way it was written.

And for those of you who don’t like separation periods like me, there were no other people for either of them during this time and both were miserable without the other.

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