Author: Kiran Hunter
Length: Short (57pgs)
Publisher: Etopia Press (11th November 2011)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥4 ½Hearts
Blurb: A dream inheritance. A dark legacy. A new beginning.
We all have demons. They can be ignored, but they’ll surface eventually. Once they are out in the open should they be destroyed or tamed? Or perhaps they should be allowed free rein.
Harbinger House has a dark past. Shrouded in mystery, only rumors of what may have occurred inside its walls are left to fuel the local’s gossip. When Gareth Balaam inherits the house from a long lost relative he thinks his problems have ended. But it’s just the beginning. His partner, Tim, thinks the house is haunted. Gareth doesn’t believe in ghosts, but he does believe Tim is using the house as an excuse to not work on their relationship. Tensions rise as Gareth resents Tim for making him give up his lifestyle, and Tim feels Gareth doesn’t take him seriously. All the time they are being watched…
Luka is lonely and bored. Confined to the shadows of the house for decades, he has driven all the previous occupants insane with lust. Except the last. The one man Luka had loved had broken his heart and had left rather than lose his mind. The house stood empty, and Luka was alone. But not anymore. There’s life in the house again, two delicious lovers, two new humans to seduce. Except one refuses to play…
Review: This is Kiran Hunter’s debut story and after reading this story I think I may just start author hunting (and they are in my neck of the woods bwahhahaha).
Gareth and Tim are moving into a house that Gareth has inherited. It’s tucked away in a little village and Gareth thinks it’s the perfect place to show Tim he is serious about him. After all, there is no temptation, no nightclubs and no men to cheat with. Tim doesn’t really want to be there. He is having difficulty trusting Gareth and finds it very hard to believe a word he says. He also feels that the house is haunted and really wants to leave. Luka is all alone when the two new men move in and he has hopes that that will change, but his presence spooks Tim.
I think that this story is well-written, well-plotted, has a good story-line and more than anything else it’s a teaser. It teases us with Gareth’s infidelity, it teases us with Tim’s difficulty to forgive, it teases us with Luka’s presence and it teases us with the mysterious old man in the pub. What we have here is a build-up of a spooky paranormal and I really can’t predict which way it’s going to go in the next book (oh yes I checked). Will it tip towards a romance? Or towards horror? It has the potential to go either way and I have a feeling that no matter which way it goes it will be great.