Saturday, May 21, 2011

The Ghost on My Couch

Title: The Ghost on My Couch
Author: L. A. Gilbert
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publisher URL: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-61581-824-2
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary Fantasy, Paranormal
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

Alex Tanner is a twenty-seven-year-old male nurse with a job where no one appreciates him and the pay is terrible. He lives in a small, cramped flat in London and since he doesn’t have a boyfriend, he spends his spare time reading and watching TV. Alex knows what he wants in the perfect man—tall, dark and handsome—if you please, but he hasn’t had much luck finding him. One day after a tough day at work, he changes clothes, settles in to watch TV and finds a ghost sitting on the other end of the couch. They’re both shocked—scared really, but they soon find they have a lot in common and enjoy spending time together. His ghost—Sid—isn’t the image of a guy he’s usually attracted too but he’s kind, funny and easy to be with. The question is what are they going to do? Can they have a future together? What if Sid has to leave?

The Ghost on My Couch is the newest release by L. A. Gilbert. It’s a fun, well written story with an interesting, unusual premise that caught my attention from the beginning and didn’t let go until the very end. This story isn’t a typical M/M romance, not by any stretch of the imagination. Instead it puts two lonely, kindhearted men who don’t know their own worth together—and they can’t even share a single touch. The personalities of Alex and Sid are really nothing special, taken alone, but together they make a sweet couple, each with their own quirks, if only death didn’t separate them. The author did a wonderful job constructing their personalities and building their relationship despite it taking place within the confines of Alex’s small apartment.

Not a human but still a great secondary character is Sid’s three-legged, one-eared cat with the horrible name of Baldrick. The other important personality in the story is Alex’s best friend, Andy, a rather offensive straight guy, who’d do just about anything for his gay buddy.

The crazy situation of Alex and Sid does make for its share of pain, unhappiness and angst but overall, The Ghost on My Couch is an amusing and enjoyable read. Yes, the ending did seem a little rushed but it’s also filled with several twists and turns that help Alex and Sid get to their happily-ever-after. This one is definitely going into my keeper pile. Read this one. You won’t be sorry you did!

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