The Secretary and the Ghost (Kirstin’s Review)

Title: The Secretary and the Ghost: A Gothic Paranormal Romance (Read by Candlelight Book 1)
Author: Gillian St. Kevern
Publisher: Gillian St. Kevern
Release Date: March 6th, 2019
Genre(s): Gothic Romance
Page Count: 124
Reviewed by: Kirstin
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5


Pip Leighton is in a fix. His sister’s marriage hinges on him staving off the family’s impending financial ruin by taking the job of secretary to Lord Cross, a reclusive man with a temper befitting his name. Developing a passion for his employer was not on the cards. Neither was getting caught up in the deep mystery surrounding Foxwood Court and its resident ghost, but Pip has never been one to shirk a duty.

As Pip delves deeper into the past, he discovers that his only hope for a future with Cross may depend on a man long dead—a man with a curious resemblance to himself.

Written for lovers of gothic romance and ghost stories, The Ghost and the Secretary is the first in a series of gay romance novellas.

This was a ghost story with heart. Oh, man did I enjoy this.

Pip’s father is in tremendous debt to Lord Cross and, in repayment, offers Pip’s services as his new secretary until he can get out from under his bills and get Pip’s sister married. As Pip gets more and more acquainted with Cross and his staff, he hears and sees the ghost of Joseph Leighton, who seems to have a particular purpose in haunting the manor.

Set in the Victorian era, the writing was phenomenal. I am so awestruck at Gillian St. Kevern’s ability to create this world of mystery and passion in a time where bedclothes are worn and female doctors are laughed upon.

Pip was everything. He was smart, unflappable, unassuming and charming. And his smile that he threw upon Cross that sent his heart alight? Gah. So sweet!

Written in perfect prose, this story captured my heart, made me believe in ghosts and the ability of love to pierce even the most crotchety of souls. It was an honor to read.

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Galley copy of The Secretary and the Ghost provided by author in exchange of an honest review.


Reading has become such a huge part of my life as an adult. I love the escape, but I also try to take something from each story for myself. I am a lover of words. I love dialogue. I love a slow burn and a happy ever after. Favorite Authors: Garrett Leigh, Amy Lane, Mary Calmes, Lane Hayes, T.J. Klune, Roan Parrish, N.R. Walker, Cara Dee, Anyta Sunday
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