4 stars adult - 18+ Angst Level Audiobook Book class difference Contemporary Dreamspinner Gay Gay Geek/nerd/techie/gamer Ghost Heat Index Hurt/comfort m/m Mary D Medical Mild level angst Mild/low level heat Mystery Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Opposites attract Paranormal Part of a Series Secret Identity

Audiobook: The Charlatan’s Conquest by Vivien Dean Narrated by Simon Ferra


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With love and ghosts, the challenge is figuring out what’s real.

Software engineer Cruz Guthrie needs money for his sister’s cancer treatments. He needs it so badly he’s willing to stand in for a ghost hunter friend and investigate a millionaire’s supposed specters. It should be an easy gig—after all, nobody thinks the haunting is real.

Neurological researcher Brody Weber is furious that Cruz would take advantage of Brody’s father. But his mind changes when spirits manifest—and he realizes Cruz genuinely wants to help. When they learn the paranormal activity centers on Brody, Cruz is willing to fight to free Brody from the entities determined to make his life miserable. With a little help from friends and family—both living and dead—they must figure out why Brody is attracting spirits and how to banish them. Only then can they pursue a future together

From the title I wasn’t sure about this story but seriously I should not judge. This a lovely paranormal story. Cruz reluctantly agrees to stand in for his friend, who is a genuine ghost hunter, on a seemingly easy job. I liked how Brody whilst suspicious of Cruz as a ghost hunter was still willing, for his father’s sake, to see the eviction through. Especially as Brody’s relationship with his father is already tense. The flow of the story is really good and kept me interested. I wanted to know if Cruz would tell Brody he was not a real ghost hunter, if there really was a ghost and who was it. I do like a mystery and if it’s a real ghost story so much the better. This story took a great unexpected turn about halfway through which brought Cruz and Brody even closer together. As the story progresses I got more into it, it did feel a bit slow at the start. I really liked Etienne, the real ghost hunter and his sister. I liked the little surprises the story has. Overall an enjoyable story with a satisfying ending.
Simon Ferra is a new Narrator to me and I really liked his style. I loved Etienne’s southern accent with just the right a of snark. Cruz’s forthright and honest manner came through clearly as did Brody’s weariness. Very good characterisation and story telling.

4 of stars out of 5


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