Friday, September 23, 2016

Release Day Review ~ Raven's Rest by Stephen Osborne

Release Day Review ~ Raven's Rest by Stephen Osborne

Title: Raven's Rest

Author: Stephen Osborne

Release Date: September 23, 2016

Category: Paranormal: Ghosts/Spirits, Mystery/Suspense
Pages: 200


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.

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie in exchange for a fair and honest review. ***

Michael escapes from a toxic relationship and ends up in Banning, Illinois, where he finds the only vacant room in the town at a 'haunted' hotel, Raven's Rest, where he soon discovers that the haunted description is not just for show. Apparently, Michael is the spitting image of a local boy who disappeared in the 80's, and one of the ghosts in Raven's Rest seems to take a shine to him. 

Knowing his savings won't last more than a couple of months and realizing he needs to stay to discover the mystery between Coleman Hollis's ghost and his lover, Michael takes a job at a local café and meets the owner's son, Trey Ramsey. Realizing Trey is very different from his ex, Michael gives Trey a chance. However, there are many things that might threaten their newfound proximity.

I really liked the paranormal mystery portion of the book. It was intriguing and well-done. It was a bit predictable in the sense of who'd been behind Cole and Greg's murder, but there were a few twists that kept my interest until its resolution. 

I liked Trey and Michael. They were sweet together and it was nice seeing them fall in love, even if it was at lightning speed. They came across as a bit immature, but overall worked well as a couple. And I liked Cole and slowly figuring out what his story was. 

Lonnie, Trey's mom and Jesenia, the local psychic, were a great supporting cast, really added to the story. 

The part I wasn't too fond of was regarding Michael's relationship with his ex and how fast he moved on. After five years with him and suffering through psychological and emotional abuse, it just didn't make sense to me that he would just start a relationship and fall in love with Trey so fast, when it'd been just a week or two after he left his ex. 

Other than that, the book was entertaining and as I said, the mystery portion of it was pretty good, so I think fans of the genre will find it enjoyable. 

Rating: 3.5 Stars!

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