Reviewed by Susan65
Title: The Medium
Author: Bonnie Dee
Heroes: Justin & Albert
Genre: M/M Historical Paranormal
Length: 53k+ words
Release Date: May 29, 2018
Available at: Amazon
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Blurb: To win a heart, he must risk his soul…
Cast out of his family for being a freak, psychic Justin Crump helps others find peace by using his ability. When he’s called upon to release a distressed soul from a haunted house, a child’s angry spirit draws him into a dark mystery. Equally intriguing is the skeptical homeowner, Albert, a man who has buried his sexuality deeper than the grave.
Albert Henderson humors his mother’s wishes by inviting the medium for a visit. While he doubts Justin’s gifts, he can’t deny one truth: the man stirs desire in him that Albert has spent a lifetime denying. Slowly, the walls of his proper life crumble. And when Justin proposes some emotion-free experimentation, neither imagines it might lead to love…and danger.
After learning the terrifying truth about the deceased child’s persecutor, the two men pursue a perpetrator of great evil. When they coax a confession from their quarry, the vengeful spirit unleashes power nearly beyond control. To free the earthbound ghost from the past that holds it shackled, Justin must risk his own soul. And Albert must find the courage to break free of the chains of doubt that will deny him and Justin the future of which they once only dreamed.
Warning: Contains mention of child sexual abuse.
I took a huge chance on this book because historicals are not normally my thing. However, I love paranormals, and knowing there was a medium as the main character was just too much enticement for me to pass it over. And I am glad I did. I admit that I struggled a bit with the Victorian Era English country life, but I was able to ignore all that and just focus on the plot and not the time frame. I did not deduct any stars in my rating for the historical aspect as I knew going in I would have a small issue.
Justin is a medium who is considered a near quack for that alone, but add in his queerness and he was just too much for “polite” society. Albert is a conflicted man who is so far in denial for his attraction to men that he nearly convinces himself that his choice to not date women was because of other things, like work and taking care of his mother. Until Justin. Justin comes in all hot and gorgeous and gay, and makes Albert question himself. He blames Justin for a while, but as soon as the paranormal aspects come into play, Albert has other things to focus on.
This is a story of a caterpillar becoming a beautiful butterfly. The Albert we meet at the beginning is nowhere near the same Albert we see at the end. Even though he was a bit of handful, and didn’t always treat Justin nicely, he was a man conflicted and Justin allowed him time and space to come to terms with who he really was. At the end, I was in love with both of them, and knowing that together they were able to stop a pedophile with the help of a ghost child, made this a very interesting, and in some ways, a tragic but beautiful 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.*