Friday, December 23, 2016

The Winter Spirit by Indra Vaughn

Title: The Winter Spirit
Author: Indra Vaughn
My Rating: B+

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: -
Main Characters: Nate and Gabriel
Release Date: November 2015
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Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview:
Nathaniel O’Donnelly likes his life quiet, his guests happy, and his ghosts well-behaved. 

Although a boyfriend wouldn’t go amiss. Someone to share his beautiful B&B with, even if it is in the middle of nowhere and he’s long past the wrong side of thirty. Problem is, Nathaniel’s living with a ghost who thinks he’s cupid, and whose arrows fly a little too straight. 

Gabriel Wickfield had the unfortunate luck of dying before his time, and now he’s stuck trying to make romance happen to earn his right to move along. Not that he’s bored in the meantime—Nathaniel is just too easy to tease. And also a little bit scrumptious… 

With the curse reaching its expiration date, Gabriel needs to make a final match this Christmas. Without it, nothing but darkness awaits. 

Love can conquer all, but can it beat death? 
My Quickie Review:
Aww, I loved this story. I have to admit that ghost stories work for me...there's a special mysticism to a good ghost story. Why are they stuck here? Will they be here forever? What is their quality of life like when they live in this half world? 

For Gabriel, his ghost has been at the Inn as long as Nate can remember...and Nate has ran it for years. But until the setting of this book, Nate has never really considered Gabe except to keep him from disturbing the guests. But as this book begins, things are changing between Gabriel and Nate...there's something 'more' to Gabriel and it's not just in his fleeting glances or obvious tries at matchmaking. 

I liked this story a lot. The great thing about ghost romances is that there's a built-in conflict that they truly can't ever find their happily ever after because of circumstances. I love seeing how an author takes that conflict on and solves it. (BTW, the solution for this one worked for me in every single way.)

This story had the added benefit of Gabriel's history. Gabriel lived in a time when being gay was completely amoral and certainly not accepted. To see him find that peace in this story was a beautiful thing. 

I liked it. The romance worked for me, the setting was gorgeous (an Inn at Christmastime...yes, please) and I liked the two characters. Overall, it was a great couple of hours entertainment. 

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