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Over a century ago Illusionist David Berkeley committed suicide in his mansion by the sea, thus dooming his restless spirit to wander forever. Or so the local legend goes...Professor Rhys Davies, a part-time parapsychologist, is writing a book on California hauntings and he believes the crumbling ruins of Berkeley House will make a terrific chapter -- if he can gain accessOver a century ago Illusionist David Berkeley committed suicide in his mansion by the sea, thus dooming his restless spirit to wander forever. Or so the local legend goes...Professor Rhys Davies, a part-time parapsychologist, is writing a book on California hauntings and he believes the crumbling ruins of Berkeley House will make a terrific chapter -- if he can gain access to the house and grounds. The only obstacle is brooding cop and self-appointed caretaker, Sam Devlin. As obstacles go, Devlin is a big one.But you know what they say. The bigger they are, the harder they fall..."Ghost of a Chance" first appeared in the 2007 anthology, Scared Stiff, where Josh joined best-selling authors William Maltese, Sarah Black and Laura Baumbach for a quartet of very different stories of m/m supernatural doings that had readers panting (in more ways than one) under the covers....

Title : A Ghost of a Chance
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ISBN : 12976566
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Number of Pages : 101 Pages
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A Ghost of a Chance Reviews

  • Laura
    2019-05-15 08:31

    4.5 StarsA Ghost of a Chance is filled to the brim with everything I love about a Lanyon tale--mystery, chemistry, sarcasm, humor, and love. And just when I thought I couldn’t possibly love Josh Lanyon more, he throws in a guillotine! Guillotine, people! Haha….The sea breezes rustle the pines causing soft murmurs and shadows in the night. An abandoned house sits alone on a sea cliff slowly decaying and inching towards collapse or a cliff dive death. “Eerie glows”, cobwebs, moonlight, and a headless dead magician set the mood lamp on spooky for this mysterious ghost tale. A ghost story with magic, art, broken hearts, and blood that lures Professor Rhys Davies to town to investigate the validity of paranormal happenings and sightings in the old haunted house. Rhys hits town with a broken heart of his own and plan, which gets blown to all hell as soon as he bumps into Sam Devlin. A tall, lean, grim, green-eyed macho force of love and tension!”It felt good to hold onto someone, to feel bare skin. I wanted more. Needed more.”These two charismatic heroes light up the page with an instant “oh-my” intensity and spark filled with heat, humor, and jabs! Now make no bones about it--Adrien and Jake are my favorite Lanyon duo, but these two guys are a very close second. I could not look away! Sam and Rhys move, talk, and bump heads and egos with each other at first sight with a perfect mix of tension and steam that may just lead to a different kind of bumping and grinding. Hehe…That was classy. Sorry. Anywho…I loved their hold and power on the page. Pure magic! You can feel the heat between Sam and Rhys as they walk side by side in the woods or watch each other move around the kitchen preparing a meal. One of the sexiest ways to flirt is by watching his every move. Very hot! But it was their conversations and exchanges that truly made me sigh, smile, and laugh out loud.”Spam? Nobody eats Spam.”“I got news for you. Spam is delicious and nutritious.”“I’ll give you delicious. No, actually, I can’t in good conscience give you either of those.” The mystery, on the other hand, was pretty obvious here, which did not bother me at all. Mr. Lanyon sets, paints, and fills the stage with characters, humor, sounds, colors, and feelings that pull me in and keep me there long after the story is done. My heart loved it all. Have I mentioned the guillotine yet? :D Even though the sleight of hand tricks did not fool me, I still fell hard for this story. Charmed once again. With Rhys and Sam on the page, well you could say my heart didn’t stand a chance. Have fun! I want more Sam and Rhys.**Favorite Lanyon words in this story: nipping and nuzzling

  • Susan
    2019-05-05 11:43

    3.5 starsThis book scared the BEJEEEEZUS out of me! No joke, there were times I had trouble breathing out of sheer fear. True, I am a wimp of EPIC proportions. But when it comes to those "Do NOT go in there! Why are you going IN there?!" moments, I am especially terrorized. This books had LOTS of these moments.Rhys is writing a book about haunted houses and visits this small coastal town to research Berkeley house, the home of a magician who beheaded himself after his fiance ran off with his best friend. Whoa...drama much?! No worries, it's happened over 100 years ago! While staying at a friend's house, Rhys meets the friend's nephew Sam, a big, burly cop (Wheee! My favorite kind!) who warns him against going anywhere near the house!As you can guess Rhys and Sam get to doing the nasty and go all enemies-to-lovers on us and develop feelings. This part of the story left me unimpressed as I had no notion of what attracted them to one another (I mean, Lanyon even describes Sam, through Rhys' eyes, as unattractive!) And the just short of insta-lust to insta-love...well, I wasn't buying it.But this matters not in this book (what? A romance reader not caring about the ill-developed romance arc?). The true stars of this book where the creepy crawlies...the black figures in the night, the cold miasma coming from the cellar, the eerie sounds of chains, the guillotine. Those are the things that grabbed me and drew me into the story. The mystery and the suspense.I guess because of that, despite the fact that Lanyon sometimes has a tendency of leaving me hanging at the end of books in the relationship category, I felt complete at the end of this book because the mystery element was solved.Scary, with some smexy lovin'...and a rip roarin' good time. Caution: read with the lights on! :)

  • CrabbyPatty
    2019-05-20 09:40

    A mystery with a scary house, a dark chilly cellar, and an unlikely romance. I liked it. Loved Lanyon's writing:Like the philosophers say, the line between genius and stupidity is a fine one. Actually, it wasn’t the philosophers, it was Nigel in Spinal Tap, but the point is still a valid one. I took a sip of coffee and nearly choked. “This is terrible.” He nodded gloomily. “Yeah.” “It’s probably the worst cup of coffee I ever had.” “I know.” I couldn’t quite read him. “Do you… prefer it this way?” He took a mouthful from his own cup and shuddered. “No. It just always turns out like this.” He was permitted to carry a gun but couldn’t figure out how to use a coffee machine?

  • Chris, the Dalek King
    2019-05-19 11:24

    There are a lot of interesting ways to meet new men-–not that Rhys Davies is looking for any new men after what the last one did–-but being wrestled to the floor by a strong naked man, is definitely in the top ten. Which would be all fine and dandy except said naked man, Sam Devlin, is a cop and pretty much convinced that Rhys is either an inept burglar, or his uncle’s latest twink. That Rhys is neither is somthing Sam just can’t buy. But hey, it is his uncle’s house and if he wants to board a crazy, ghost hunting twink for the weekend, so be it.Except Rhys seems to be an expert at getting himself in trouble, and Sam can’t seem to just let the man die in some stupid ‘condemned house fell on your head and now aren’t you regretting not listening to me about staying out of the house you fucking idiot’ accident. He’s a cop, after all. Too bad Rhys is convinced that the Berkeley house is really haunted–-and that he is the best man to prove it.Oh, reading ghost stories at one o’clock at night…what could possibly go wrong?Yeah…that wasn’t one of my most brilliant ideas, I must admit. Especially since I am a great big wimp when it comes to all thing spooky. Blame it on my overactive imagination–-or that my house has way too many suspicious noises going on–-but I think next time I pick up a ghost story it shall be read at noon, outside, in the bright, non-threatening, ghost/shadow/darkness/creepy-ass creaking noise free sunshine. Just, you know, to be on the safe side.Despite the fact that I had to talk myself out of going to sleep with the bedside lamp on, I quite enjoyed this novella by Josh Lanyon. It has been one of those stories that I always planned to get around to, but there is quite a lot of Lanyon to go around, and it has been missed in my scattered attempts to read everything by this author. Until now.The ghost part was truly creepy, and even better for the fact that I never quite knew if the ghost was real or not. There was a lot of evidence going both ways for most of the story, and I liked that I was unsure if Rhys was a bit batty or if there really was something going bump in that old house.And while I was unsure about what exactly was going bump in the Berkeley house, there was some very obvious bumping going on over with Sam and Rhys. Like most mysteries by Lanyon, the romance plays second fiddle, but it is usually such a good accompaniment that you don’t mind. At least I don’t. This story only takes place over a weekend so there isn’t exactly a lot of room to grow as people or a couple, but it was a very nice beginning for them.My only niggle, really, is that the end felt a bit rushed. And the culprit a bit…well, it oddly felt a bit obvious and a bit out of left field as well. Which may just be me with my cold mucking up my head. I think this is just a factor, though, of the story being not quite long enough to build up the necessary clues to bring it up to usual Lanyon standards.Still enjoyed the story, though, and I’ll add it to the giant pile of Josh Lanyon books that I recommend you read. Just, if you are anything like me, don’t try and read it late at night when there are things like accident-prone cats around to scare you out of your wits.This book was provided free in exchange for a fair and honest review for Love Bytes. Go there to check out other reviews, author interviews, and all those awesome giveaways. Click below.

  • Tess
    2019-05-06 05:30

    4 starsThe paranormal aspect of this had me on the edge of my seat at times and the romance was unique (I especially liked Sam). I think I wanted the romance more fleshed out ... maybe it should have been a little longer?

  • Elsbeth
    2019-05-13 04:50

    - Narrator: Kevin R. FreeWell crap, this was way too short!!!I want more Sam and Rhys.. I was just getting into the ghost-story... Sam’s eyes met mine. “Congratulations, Professor.”“Kind of gives you a dim view of romance, doesn’t it?” I remarked.He said quite seriously, “I’m willing to take a chance. If you are.”“Okay,” I said. “Just this once.”You don't just end a book like this, dammn.... *pouts*I adored Kevin R. Free.. I love his voice

  • Paul
    2019-05-09 04:32

    This was an awesome book and the audiobook was excellent. I just wish it were longer.

  • Heather C
    2019-05-13 09:25

    Loved every second...and every goosebump of this story!! It was spooky. It was funny. It was engaging. I loved the ghost mystery...even though I DID have part of it figured out. I loved the hate-lust romance these guys had going on. Very smexy!

  • Natasha
    2019-05-02 06:40

    Ugly, muscled cop with a bad attitude, along with a blond, prettyboy ghost buster?Duh.

  • Emma Sea
    2019-04-28 09:44

    I'm perplexed by this book, because it wasn't a romance, but the MCs end up together at the end, and it devolved from a lovely atmospheric classic gothic ghost story to a Scooby solution.I feel like this was supposed to be a book twice the length, and then Lanyon got to 92% and the publisher said "Nah, that's fine, just wrap it all up in a single chapter."

  • Skye Blue ☆*~゚ლ(´ڡ`ლ)~*☆
    2019-05-05 11:40

    Loved this book, but then I always love Josh Lanyon books.This one isn't my favorite. It seemed like we just got to the meat of the story, and then it was quickly wrapped up. It felt like there was a chunk missing...and a big part of that chunk was the romance.It was still a great book. Fun and quick.

  • Sonia ~Ruber's fiancé in Crystal Court universe~
    2019-05-20 07:35

    As it usual is with a Josh Lanyon book, this was a fun, engaging and awesome book!I love the narrator's voice (Kevin R. Free) it's simply beautiful and he does an stunning job about changing his tonality for the different characters.

  • Desinka
    2019-05-16 05:41

    3.5 stars. This was too short and took place over a very short period! I hardly had time to get used to the characters when it ended. The story was interesting enough and it had potential to be great had it been twice as long...

  • Joy
    2019-05-14 09:52

    What a great read--Lanyon at his best---perfect little mystery/ghost story and as always, wonderful romance-

  • Dante Love Fisher
    2019-05-16 07:40

    This book has a million reviews, so I'm just going to say it was great, better than I expect at the start. Great atmosphere, a little creepy, nice mystery, and a more believable romance than a lot I have read.I also loved that Sam was ugly!There really needs to be more ugly MCs. I'm tired of all this MM physically flawless men bullshit. Looks have very little to do with actual attractiveness in the end, anyway.

  • Ije the Devourer of Books
    2019-04-23 05:32

    This was my first audio book. I am not a great fan of audio but I listened to this while doing some brisk walking as exercise. And I really enjoyed it and I am sure the exercise will do me good if I keep it up.I enjoyed the story. It was quite a simple ghost/mystery story but I loved the way it was narrated with different voices. It made the reading/listening experience thoroughly enjoyable and the story came alive. Great story and some excellent narration!!

  • Heidi
    2019-05-19 06:42

    That's one of the down sides to reading short stories or novellas, sometimes they leave you wanting more. This was no exception. I was really enjoying it and could only have wished it was a full length novel. Loved it!

  • John The Cosmic Wanderer
    2019-05-04 07:31

    Grrrr. Josh Lanyon! Why do you have to leave me wanting more?!

  • Nerea
    2019-04-25 07:23

    Nice mystery as always :)The main characters have a lot chemistry, I really wish this one would be longer :(

  • Vanessa North
    2019-04-25 12:30

    This one was so good!

  • Sandra
    2019-05-19 10:45

    3.25 stars I liked this story well enough, although I don't have anything in particular to point out with regards to the plot (good or bad). I liked the romance, and liked how Sam quickly changed his behavior after he realized he had offended Rhys and he liked him. The sweet looks, the gentle yet steamy sex that was sorta subtle in a nice way.After all that work at set-up, I think the main drop in rating is due to the abrupt ending. Sam had been justifiably upset. And while I did want them to make up, he didn't explain the 180. Also the plot itself kinda did the same thing, all in one line (view spoiler)["Hey guys, I think there is something under the floorboards. It looks like a skeleton, maybe two." How convenient to be exactly what Rhys suggested. (hide spoiler)] It just wasn't very suspenseful.And I like to toot my own horn when I guess ahead of time who the bad guy is, so, *toot! *toot! (view spoiler)[There really wasn't any other option. Was it supposed to be super obvious once Rhys found the hard candy on the floor of the Berkley house? (hide spoiler)]But as an audio this definitely works, I liked the narrators voice and nothing he did was annoying or distracting (as happens sometimes with audio). I also tend to like novella stuff length as audios in general.

  • Richard
    2019-04-29 09:34

    Quintessential Josh Lanyon. Perfection!

  • Debbie McGowan
    2019-05-06 10:44

    Another great story from Josh Lanyon. Strong characters with a bit of a childish streak, which leads to the usual fun and frolics; and ghost hunting. Great setting (Lanyon's good at these) and a strong plot. A compelling read that powered me through many minutes on the exercise bike, for which I'm always grateful.Recommended to anyone who is a fan of mysteries (especially those with a hint of supernatural happenings), intelligent characters, and/or Josh Lanyon.

  • Mandy*reads obsessively*
    2019-05-15 06:39

    3.5-4*As a mystery it was pretty good and i enjoyed the story.But I didn't really warm up to the MC's as a couple, maybe if Sam and Rhys had more time or dialog together it would have also worked as a romance for me.

  • Marc | Rainbow Gold Reviews
    2019-05-02 05:46

    4.5 stars.This book is creepy and fun and portrays the MC, who is a ghost hunter and the hunted house plot in a realistic way, which made it even creepier. The characters are sympathetic, especially the MC and the narration was well-done.The audiobook is a nice, quick listen.

  • Plainbrownwrapper
    2019-04-22 08:30

    I'm not much for paranormal in most romances, but I refuse to give Josh anything less than 4 stars at any time. His characters are just too great for a lower rating.

  • Wende
    2019-05-23 12:44

    I don't know how I missed reading it before now. Great book and glad I finally found it.

  • Carmen-Shea Hepburn
    2019-05-08 10:47

    I've been steering clear of Josh Lanyon for a wee while now, not because I don't like the author, but because I'm always terrified of getting swept up into their writing and devouring their entire back catalogue... and then not having anything else to read by them! But this one popped up as a recommendation, tickling my fancy and so I decided to dip my toes back into Lanyon's writing. Overall I enjoyed it. It was pretty light reading, made all the better for reading it off the glowing screen of my laptop in a pitch black room as our main character gets himself involved in some 'spooky' goings on with a stalking ghost and a haunted house!Even the romance aspect was enjoyable, and instead of being eyerolling, the transition from finding one another aggravating to getting more than a little drunk and having non-penetrative sex... well it was actually plausible and believable. Except... well Lanyon makes a point of mentioning a secondary character's previous partner died of AIDS, and has our main character- Rhys- chastising himself for doing what he did with Sam without protection. Which is fine. Is good even. Only... later on the boys are back together and having penetrative sex and lo-and-behold- not a mention of a condom so much as passed anyone's mind! I'm not saying you need to make a huge deal about it, but if you're going to make a point of mentioning it in a previous part of the story about how AIDS is still a killer of gay men... then you might want to back up your safe-sex-announcement by actually practicing it. Lanyon didn't even have to go into detail about getting one out and putting it on, a simple throw-away line about removing/disposing of it would have implied there'd been one on the whole time.Additionally, I found the lack of editing in this novel quite a bit of a distraction. It's not terrible, but there were enough for me to start noticing that some tenses were wrong or words were missing. Still, it was a good read all round. Light, easy, predictable, but still wholly enjoyable.

  • Emanuela ~plastic duck~
    2019-05-02 06:37

    Rhys is a history professor with an interest in parapsychology. Sam is a cop. They are more or less matched by Oliver, the owner of Berkeley's house, a haunted mansion that Rhys wants to investigate for a book he's writing. At first the two seem to clash: Sam thinks Rhys is Oliver's last fling; he doesn't believe in paranormal phenomena; he doesn't want Rhys to walk into Berkeley's house. Rhys is attracted to Sam, but at the same time he can't stand Sam's ways.The paranormal plot has also a bit of mystery. The haunted house is creepy, as are Rhys' walks in the woods at night and the apparitions he believes he sees. The two men find their way to each other physically quicker than their way to each other's trust. Both are not forthcoming and open and they keep something to themselves. It's not the stubborn miscommunication that comes from misunderstandings, it has more to do with a natural reserve on their part.There's also another lovely story in the background: Oliver and Thaddeus'. They are both painters, they've grown up together, they love each other. They're not young anymore, but Oliver keeps having flirts with younger, pretty men and breaking Thaddeus' heart repeatedly. It was moving and a sort of bonus story into the main plot line.I think you've read me tell repeatedly that Lanyon's writing is superb and always worth reading, so yeah, again. There are a few editing errors that come from the earlier anthology version (many other errors were fixed in this edition). Adding the chapters was the right decision. The correspond to the section breaks of the original version, but as chapters they give the story a better organization.

  • Katharina
    2019-05-04 07:36

    This was a seriously creepy story, with lots of dark places and weird happenings. What I'm meaning to say is that the mystery/suspense/ghost part of the story was good - really good in fact.However, I didn't really get a feel for the characters - I liked them well enough, liked the constellation of the geeky professor type and the big, burly, hardened, surprisingly not-incredibly-handsome cop. But somehow I didn't really feel with them as much as I tend to do in Lanyon's best books. So, yes, good story, very enjoyable, and as always, imaginative, well written, and well crafted. Josh Lanyon is a professional and you can see that in every concise sentence that says exactly what he wants it to say. Now give me a little bit more emotional bonding with the characters and there's nothing I could complain about :-D