Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Fish and Ghosts
Author: Rhys Ford
Series: Hellsinger #1
Heroes/Heroine: Tristan Pryce & Wolf Kincaid
Genre: M/M Paranormal Romance
Length: 240 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 30, 2013
Available at: Dreamspinner Press, Amazon, All Romance eBooks, & Barnes and Noble
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Blurb: When his Uncle Mortimer died and left him Hoxne Grange, the family’s Gilded Age mansion, Tristan Pryce became the second generation of Pryces to serve as a caretaker for the estate, a way station for spirits on their final steps to the afterlife. Tristan is prepared for challenges, though not necessarily from the ghosts he’s seen since childhood. Determined to establish Tristan’s insanity and gain access to his trust fund, his loving relatives hire Dr. Wolf Kincaid and his paranormal researchers, Hellsinger Investigations, to prove the Grange is not haunted.
Skeptic Wolf Kincaid has made it his life’s work to debunk the supernatural. After years of cons and fakes, he can’t wait to reveal the Grange’s ghostly activity is just badly leveled floorboards and a drafty old house. More than a few surprises await him at the Grange, including its prickly, reclusive owner. Tristan Pryce is much less insane and much more attractive than Wolf wants to admit, and when his team releases a ghostly serial killer on the Grange, Wolf is torn between his skepticism and protecting the man he’s been sent to discredit.
Tristan Pryce is a reclusive artist who’s caretaker of Hoxne Grange. He can see ghosts and that makes him crazy in the eyes of just about everyone, especially his family who hires Dr. Wolf Kincaid to prove the Grange doesn’t have ghosts. That’s just what Wolf plans to do until his attraction to Tristan and the things that happen at the Grange start to change his priorities. The story takes you on a wild ride by making the peaceful Hoxne Grange into a very dangerous cage for a vindictive ghost… who just happens to be Matt’s, one of Wolf’s technicians, serial killer great-grandmother. She’s much more dangerous than any ghost that’s been in Hoxne Grange and makes her presence known in the chaos she causes for Tristan and his guests, forcing Wolf to call upon his medium mother to put things to rights.
There’s something about Rhys Ford’s writing that always pulls me in. She’s got the gift of writing openings that are action-packed enough to draw you in and keeps you interested. Beyond that, I absolutely adore her characters and how different the main characters end up being. Tristan’s a sweet, sexy but innocent man that captures Wolf’s attention immediately. He’s a mild-mannered guy until you mess with his house. Wolf is different in that I would call him almost ‘loud’ in his skepticism of everything that Tristan represents. He’s tall, dark and dangerous especially when it comes to the trouble he’s brought to Hoxne Grange! The two together are very sweet but very hot and I loved that Tristan pulled out Wolf’s protective instincts while Wolf made Tristan more playful.
As I said, this book was a wild ride. It’s very fast-paced and explores a lot of the spectral beings but also has a good balance of the relationship Tristan and Wolf are discovering. I loved that Tristan and Wolf could be having a very sweet moment and it would be interrupted by something happening. The conflict they have to endure and its resolution was very well done. I don’t want to give any spoilers on that because I think readers will get a kick out of seeing it as it unravels. The secondary characters were loads of fun, especially the dogs that they’re forced to deal with.
I only had two issues with the story. One, we don’t really get a conclusion to how Tristan’s family will deal with the Grange having ghosts but considering this is book one in a series, I fully expect to get my curiosity of that sated in the next novel. Second, I felt like Wolf’s behavior in the beginning, didn’t exactly match up to his behavior and his beliefs after his past was revealed. It was a little hard for me to understand how someone that grew up the way Wolf did would be such a bastard to Tristan’s claims, even after Wolf started believing what Tristan was saying. Granted, I could kind of understand why but it took Wolf a very long time to actually start believing Tristan but there was just something in the way he was acting before everything became clear that just didn’t add up, IMO.
In the end, this was a very fun, fast-paced story. I absolutely adored it, its various characters and everything they ended up going through because of Matt’s crazy bitch of a great-grandmother. It’s got its funny moments, its sweet moments and its sexy moments but it also has Rhys’ trademark suspenseful bomb-dropping moments. Definitely worth the read!
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*