Author ~ Charlie Cochet
Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press
Published ~ 31 October 2015
Genre ~ M/M Paranormal Romance
For the last six months, Detective James Ralston has worked the nightshift as security for the Pacific Blue Hotel, and every night at 2 a.m. his rounds lead him to the radio room where the handsome and mysterious Franklin Fairchild sits listening to waltzes as old as the hotel itself. James is drawn to Franklin, but Franklin is a man at the end of his rope, and James has no intention of getting caught up in whatever trouble Franklin is in. A heated encounter late one night sends James down a disturbing path and has him questioning everything around him, including his very sanity.
Charlie Cochet did a fantastic job in setting the mood for this story. A bizarre but once grand New York City hotel that time forgot somewhere in the early 1900’s, its guests are mostly permanent residents and there is a strange aura about all of it. James is working a second job as night security which is pretty routine until one night when the mysterious Franklin Fairchild touches him. The handsome and refined Franklin Fairchild rarely leaves his room or interacts with anyone, but every morning at 2:00 a.m. James finds him alone in the radio room listening to waltzes. If Franklin had previously been intriguing to James, their brief contact places him firmly in the forefront of James’ mind; a mind he soon fears he may be losing as strange events quickly unfold.
James can’t resist seeking out Franklin when he is not in his usual spot the next morning and James gets more than he bargained for. While he would rather not get involved in any trouble Franklin may be in, and Franklin would like to keep it that way, the sexy man is hard to resist. The two spend the night together and trade stories of what brought them to the hotel. There is clearly a connection between them and James realizes he doesn’t want it to be their last time together. Unfortunately all hell soon breaks loose and the men are suddenly fighting for their lives.
It was very easy to picture the hotel and the people inhabiting it and I was able to immerse myself in the ambiance of the Pacific Blue. It was like a noir movie in my mind and I had to keep reminding myself that it was actually set in present time. I read this short straight through and without giving much away, there was mystery, romance, action and something otherworldly tying things together. There were things I figured out quickly, but there was still a twist or two I didn’t expect on the way to a happy ending that will remind you to never give up on love.