Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Release Day Book Brief: The Charlatan’s Conquest (A Phantom Fixers Story) by Vivien Dean

charlatans conquestTitle ~ The Charlatan’s Conquest

Author ~ Vivien Dean

Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press

Published ~ 15th August 2017

Genre ~ Paranormal M/M Romance





A Phantom Fixers Story

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.


Cheryl’s Book Brief

I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect when I chose this book to review. The blurb was intriguing but I still went into it without a clear idea of where I was going. In fact, it was exactly what it said on the box, and more.

Chaz is a darling. He’s a beautifully rounded character, product of a close, loving, and rather crazy family, all of whom are equally adorable, if sometimes frustrating. One of Chaz’ main issues is that he hates lying, so when he agrees to stand in for a ghost hunting friend, pretending to know what he’s doing is a real challenge especially when he discovers that, despite his friend’s insistence to the contrary, there are ghosts.

The reason for the confusion is that, unusually, these ghosts are attached to a person and not the house. That person turns out to be sceptical to the point of refusing to accept the obvious, and makes sure Chaz doesn’t have an easy time of it, especially when working closely together brings them closer in other ways.

While Byron struggles with accepting the ghosts that have been hounding him for most of his life, Chaz struggles to find a way to free him and they both struggle with moving forward as a couple.

This was such a lovely book for so many reasons. The people were genuine, the story was original and the plot was plausible. Even Etienne’s (the ghost hunter) sister, Simone, who was a ghost, had substance. In fact she was one of my favourite characters.

If you’re looking for a book that’s an easy read, engaging, interesting and just a bit different, this is definitely the book for you.

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Connect with Vivien Dean 

I’m a firm believer that love doesn't care about gender. The one word that best describes Vivien? Geek. Book geek. Theater geek. Movie geek. All she needs is a story to get lost in. The rest takes care of itself. It all began in Michigan where living in the middle of nowhere forced Vivien to escape to stories and her imagination. High school introduced her to the joys of performing, while college expanded those horizons to include filmmaking. When she met her geek soulmate, a British expat who encouraged her to dream, she spent two years rediscovering the world before he whisked her away to the UK to get married. It was there, as they started their family, that Vivien turned to writing again. She hasn't stopped since. In 2006, Vivien teamed up with fellow erotic romance writer, Pepper Espinoza. Together, they wrote as Jamie Craig for five years. Vivien currently resides in northern California with her husband and two children.


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