Reviewed by Susan65
Title: The Bone Orchard
Author: Abigail Roux
Heroes: Ambrose Shaw and Ezra Johns
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 110 Pages
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: August 11, 2014
Available at: Riptide Publishing and Amazon
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Blurb: After leaving a trail of terror and death in his wake, the notorious “Missouri” Boone Jennings finally meets his match in San Francisco when US marshal Ambrose Shaw catches up to him. The story of his capture, and the marshal’s bravery, has already become legend back east by the time Pinkerton inspector Ezra Johns gets off the train from New York City to testify in the murderer’s trial.
When Ambrose is unable to give witness to the evils he’s seen, Ezra becomes their lone hope for putting Jennings in a noose. But if Ezra thinks that’s his biggest problem, he’s got plenty to learn about life—and the afterlife—in the spirited West.
Fortunately, Ambrose is there to assist, and more than happy to oblige Ezra—in the courtroom or the bedroom. He spent his life bringing justice to the Wild West, and if he has a say in it, that’s how he’ll be spending his death too.
Review: I am not normally a fan of historical romances, but I am a fan of ghosts, so this one really worked for me. The fact that Ezra Johns ends up being Owen Johns’ (Sidewinder) great-great-great-uncle only added to my enjoyment.
The story is fast paced and quite entertaining, but also a little depressing. We meet Sheriff Ambrose Shaw when he is confronting serial killer, Jennings. That confrontation doesn’t end so well. Two weeks later, we meet Ezra Johns when he arrives in town to give testimony to finally hold Jennings responsible for murder. Ezra meets Ambrose when they are forced to share a room together when the saloon is full.
I guessed almost immediately that Ambrose was a ghost, but it was funny watching him and Ezra together, and then again when Ezra finally realizes he is the only one who can see him. It’s not a love at first sight romance; it’s not a human slash ghost romance, it’s not even a romance…yet. At this point, it’s more of a ghost hanging around to make sure that justice is served. And justice is served when Jennings is hanged for his crimes. Unfortunately…he begins to hang around too.
Jennings is a very nasty ghost, one that continues his killing spree even after his death. That is kinda creepy, and bad news for Ezra because guess what, yep, Ezra and Ambrose can finally be together forever. I was happy for Ambrose that he and Ezra were finally together, but it was kind of depressing that they are forced to spend so much time stuck in one place. I really hope that’s not what’s really waiting for us in the afterlife. How annoying.
Decades passed, and the book was almost over before Owen Johns comes into town, with a couple of his Sidewinder buddies, to look into the mystery of what happened to his great-great-great-uncle Ezra. That was funny and a bit unrealistic, but totally entertaining and a great finish to the story. I hope Owen goes back to visit his uncle again.
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*