Genre: Paranormal Romance
LGBTQ+ Category: MM Gay
Reviewer: Linda, Paranormal Romance Guild
About The Book
Lyle Atwood’s company is hired to costume a party given by multi-millionaire Warner Radclyffe. As he and his employees begin preparations for the job, Lyle begins to feel as if someone is watching him. Then he meets Damien Sauvage, the newest tenant in the apartment building where he lives.
Damien tells Lyle that he’s a waiter, and when Lyle confides in him that he thinks he’s being stalked, Damien offers to help find out who it is. What he neglects to tell Lyle is he actually works for Radclyffe, who wants him to protect Lyle from a very powerful enemy.
As Damien gains Lyle’s confidence, he becomes attracted to the younger man — an attraction that Lyle reciprocates. He fights his feelings, knowing Lyle will hate him when he finds out his secret — and even more so when he learns what Damien really is.
Radclyffe orders Damien to continue the job, as he has a secret of his own involving Lyle. A secret that cannot be revealed until the night of the party.
Can Lyle survive what is to come, or will the lies of omission be the death of him — or worse?
Lyle Atwood is the owner of a costume emporium and has been hired by multi-millionaire Warner Radclyffe to costume actors and actresses for a haunted house-themed party. Lyle is known for his costumes, since he designs and makes them himself – definitely not the kind of costumes that come wrapped in a plastic bag. This is a big job, one he is both excited and nervous about. With the help of his two friends and employees Joseph and Elaine, he is determined to make it the best work he has ever done.
Lyle is a man who is not comfortable around people, and chooses to stay in his workroom making costumes. He only goes down to the main floor when there are too many customers for Elaine and Joseph to handle alone. Lyle will learn that there is more to this haunted house party than he could ever have imagined, and that his life is in danger. The party is being thrown on his twenty-eighth birthday, for a reason which I will not reveal here.
Damien Sauvage has been hired by Radclyffe to watch over Lyle until after the party. He rents the apartment on Lyle’s floor and manages to befriend him. Damien has a secret, which wouldn’t be a big deal if not for the fact that he is falling hard for Lyle, and knows that his secret could end any chance of a relationship.
When Damien tries to get Radcliffe to hire someone else to protect Lyle. he is refused, and now is in a situation that could end with a broken heart. When Lyle discovers he was hired to protect him and when Lyle discovers what he is all will be lost.
Damien and Lyle are wonderful characters. The book is full of secrets, surprises and mystery.
My only problem was the fact that there were a lot of typos and the book’s editing was poor. I also wanted more of a reaction from Lyle when he finally comes to discover everything that is going on – he takes it all as if it is nothing unusual. I won’t reveal the secrets, but they were a doozie, and anyone else would have had a hard time adjusting to them. I just needed a little more suspense and passion.
All and all, the story was interesting and the characters, both main and secondary, were wonderful.
I am an avid reader the mother of 3 sons and grandmother to seven grandchildren. Since retiring I have been doing more reading while volunteering as a CASA worker. CASA is an organization that works with the family court system to ensure that children are in the best living situation. There are way too many children that get overlooked in the foster care system and I visit homes and make visits to the parents. I was born and raised in New York and my husband of 50 years and I live in Upstate New York.
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