Title: The Haunting of Angus MacGregor
Author: L.J. Harris
Release: 26th August 2016
Genre: M/M (Paranormal)
Angus Macgregor has endured a lot in life. Mother passing when he was a small child, he also nursed an ill father to his last breath. But when he loses his one remaining relative, an uncle he’s never met, his existence is turned on its head forever. Bequeathed Clan Gregor Castle in the Scottish Highlands, Angus leaves Australia behind to take on the family business. It’s there he finds more waiting for him than he ever dreamed possible.
Daniel Ramsey is a man with secrets, none more dangerous than the fact that he can see what others can't. When he meets one particularly handsome Australian, the attraction is immediate. Hesitant to let down his guard, his hand is forced when a former guest of the castle comes calling and attempts to stake a claim on the very man Daniel wants.
Angus is beyond surprised when he inherits Clan Castle Gregor in Scotland. Along with it comes a whole bunch of family issues.
I’m always a sucker for a good story, but I’ll hold my hands up to having a soft spot for a wee Highland plot. This isn’t a teeny tiny drama, but well enough to be read in an afternoon. I canny help drooling over a Scottish lilt, especially when it’s well written. At times like those, I can hear the sound of the northern hills in my head as I read.
The scene setting was admirable. Even more so when I discovered that I am familiar with the area described. Yes, there were wee changes to accommodate the story, but I’ve driven through Tarbet many times, on route to Kintyre, and Loch Lomond is stunning. As for those exclusive family graveyards - they do exist – I’ve ridden past quite a few. I don’t know if that influenced my final mark, but it certainly connected me to the tale and allowed me to sink into the world created by the author. Other than a few unnecessarily passive phrases, which blipped on my radar, it was one of the few stories I read from start to end, and compiled my review after.
Aaaanyhow, back to our kilted boys.
The cast in THoAM is small. Our earthly heroes are Angus - the Ozzie raised new head of Clan Macgregor, and Daniel Ramsay – the embodiment of the word – Highlander.
As this isn’t a long tale, I don’t want to give too much away. So, I’m going to try to stay as tight-lipped as possible, while leaving a few hooks to encourage you to buy this book.
There’s a lot of history connected to Castle Macgregor, including some scandal and resulting ghostly happenings. Centuries ago Alexander was denied the love of his life and their affair ended in tragedy. When Angus arrives, the ghost of Alexander has a wuhooo moment believing his lover is back for him to claim. As a result, Alexander is rather possessive when Daniel makes a play for Angus.
What follows is both beautiful and heartbreaking and made this tough old broad, cry.
The author has the knack of drawing her reader into the story with those little idioms and actions that make a story personal to the person perusing the pages. This book is a novella that toyed with my weakness for Highland/ghost/human stories. If you have the same weakness, you’ll have to add this to your library.
Connect with L.J. Harris
L. J. HARRIS is a mother, wife, an introvert and author. Her family is her life, her soul, and the very reason she gets out of bed every day. Coming a close second is her writing.
She discovered a passion for putting pen to paper in her later years, jotting down poems in birthday cards for family members.
It was then a spark was lit, and ever since, she hasn't been unable to switch off the urge to share her stories.
L.J. Harris discovered that as much as experiencing pain, loss and betrayal can be devastating, capturing the feelings of anguish and loss that some of her characters have had to endure without firsthand knowledge would have proved difficult.
L.J. has been previously published and has shared several online stories and looks forward to continuing to share her work.