Tuesday, 20 September 2016
ARC review : Raven's Rest by Stephen Osborne
Michael Cook has left his abusive lover and settled in the small town of Banning, Illinois. Having nowhere else to go, he checks into the Raven’s Rest Inn and soon learns that the haunted reputation of the hotel is well deserved. Michael gets a job at a local café, where he meets Trey Ramsey. Though Michael has misgivings about starting up a new relationship, Trey seems to be the complete opposite of Michael’s controlling ex, so he decides to give Trey a chance.
Life at the Raven’s Rest becomes increasingly frightening when the ghost of Coleman Hollis appears in Michael’s room. Coleman seems to want something from Michael, and the mystery deepens when Michael discovers he’s the spitting image of Coleman’s lover from years ago. Together, Michael and Trey must discover why Coleman’s spirit is drawn to the Raven’s Rest—and to Michael.
Raven's Rest by Stephen Osborne
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Stephen Osborne is a new to me author. This is my first book from this author, and will definitely won't be my last.
I liked the story, I liked the writing style. Ravens Rest is one of those book I should've avoided in a first place, because I'm not a fan of ghost story. I saw too many in real life, and it's not pretty. But, this one caught my attention just fine. And I liked this. A lot.
This is actually the interesting story with ghost and mystery around them, not to mention a little distraction from a douche ex.
Many things happens in one go. Kinda good distraction for me to know this is not the ghost story only. I was even cry when I know how the ghost story ended in this book, and that solely broke my heart.
Moral of the ghost story :
Some parents, need to learn the hard way how to love their children unconditionally. And just so you know, I hate parents with 'conditional' love! HATE!
As for Michael and Trey, they have this one called 'insta-love'. I'm not complaining, the author did it smoothly with these two, starting with a kiss, and everything suddenly fit into places.
There's some scenes with Kevin, Michael's ex, I almost felt sorry for him. But once again, when you love someone, let them be who they are, not the one you want them to be. That alone, won't make your relationship last. And Kevin's finally knew that.
This is a good distraction from my usual read, so, I think, in the near future, I'll find some of Stephen Osborne books!
Thanks Ami for the recommendation :)
* I was given the ARC by Dreamspinner Press in exchange for a fair and unbiased review.
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ABOUT STEPHEN OSBORNE
He live in Northern Illinois with Christine, a border terrier mix with a diva complex. hE love Broadway musicals, board games, Doctor Who, and Dark Shadows.