Wednesday, March 2, 2011

The Haunting of St. Xavier


Title: The Haunting of St. Xavier
Author: Carol Lynne & T.A. Chase
Publisher: Total E-Bound
Publisher URL: http://www.total-e-bound.com/
ISBN: 978-0-85715-480-4
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary, Horror
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

Jason Bentley’s looking for the location for his newest resort—the perfect place to build the world’s best gay fantasy playground. When he comes across the awe-inspiring structure and grounds of St. Xavier’s Monastery, which has been empty for over fifty years, Jason knows the property is just what he needs. As soon as the papers are signed, construction is started to bring the wonderful old structure back to its former glory, but strange events and noises begin to occur almost immediately. Despite knowing the history of the building, Jason doesn’t believe in spirits but it only takes one sighting of a blood covered nun to change his mind. Unsure of what to do, Jason turns to the local Catholic Church for help and advice.

Deacon Ryan Christopher has struggled with his desire for male companionship for years and needs to make a decision on whether he can commit his life to the Church. Unlike Bishop Adler, his mentor, Ryan believes in spirits and when Jason comes looking for answers, agrees to help investigate what’s happening inside the monastery. The ghosts have waited decades to exact their revenge and if Jason and Ryan can’t figure out what happened and how to help them pass over, people could die and Jason could be faced with financial ruin.

I admit that usually I don’t read books that falls into the horror genre, but on discovering Carol Lynne and T.A. Chase had teamed up for The Haunting of St. Xavier, I decided to give it a chance and I’m glad I did. I enjoy these authors separately and together they make a winning combination, nicely meshing their writing skills and creative flair. They’ve put together a well plotted and written book, filled with great characters, a vividly described locale and a great background event that pulls the reader into the story and keeps their interest from beginning to end.

The romance between Ryan and Jason is nicely integrated within the horror aspects of the story, neither one overshadowing the other, but growing and changing as what happened fifty years ago comes to light. There are many twists and turns, bringing unexpected individuals into the forefront as this story races to the end, so take my advice and give this horror story a try.

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