Monday, October 16, 2017

Release Day Review: The Supers by Sean Michael

the supersTitle ~ The Supers

Author ~ Sean Michael

Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press

Published ~ 15th October 2017

Genre ~ Paranormal M/M Romance





Hunting ghosts and finding more than they bargained for.

Blaine Franks is a member of the paranormal research group the Supernatural Explorers. When the group loses their techie to a cross-country move, newly graduated Flynn Huntington gets the job. Flynn fits in with the guys right off the bat, but when it comes to him and Blaine, it’s more than just getting along.

Things heat up between Blaine and Flynn as they explore their first haunted building, an abandoned hospital, together. Their relationship isn’t all that progresses, though, and soon it seems that an odd bite on Blaine’s neck has become much more.

Hitchhiking ghosts, a tragic love story forgotten by time, and the mystery of room 204 round out a romance where the things that go bump in the night are real.


Cheryl’s Review

Five gay ghost hunters, a van full of ghost hunting equipment and a spooky hospital full of ghosts waiting to be validated. Add in a love affair or two and it makes for a damn good story.

When Flynn joins The Supernatural Explorers as their new tech support guy, he expects to find a few ghosts, maybe validating his own experiences along the way. What he doesn’t expect is to fall for the sexy-as-hell front man, Blaine.

Blaine was up to his eyeballs working the family farm, renovating the barn and trying to make the big-time with the ghost hunters. The last thing he expected was to be knocked off his feet by the new guy.

Neither of them expected what happened when they started investigating Eugene Thurston Memorial Hospital where two particular tragedies pull them in and damn near result in a brand-new tragedy all their own.

Purists who like “sticking to the rules” might find this book frustrating. There is a lot of head-hopping going on, and some of the writing is quite na├»ve. However, I liked it. There was a sense of chaos that was perfect for the story and the characters. Personally, I didn’t find myself pulled out of the story at any point and I wasn’t confused about who was talking when. Each character had his own unique voice and the author took enough time introducing us and getting to know each other for those voices to become distinct and recognizable. When things get hectic, we know the characters well enough to keep things straight.

The five boys are quite an eclectic crowd in many different ways, but seem to mesh well. They’re certainly a close-knit crew and quickly adopt Flynn as one of their own, even when he starts a relationship with Blaine. The only jealousy is with Blaine who is initially a little put out that he is no longer the only psychic and feels, unjustly, that Flynn is usurping him and pushing him out. Fortunately, this does not last long.

There’s not a lot of sex, but what there is, is well written and natural. The boys actually laugh, talk and have a good time, rather than the intense, almost spiritual experience that some sex scenes tend to portray – everyone silent and concentrating. These were just two boys having fun – and later clinging together to try to inject some normality into the craziness they were caught up in.

I’m not entirely sure what genre to place this story in. Romance seems too…sweet. There definitely is a romance, and paranormal romance is an option. However, the story is much stronger than pure romance. Whilst the relationship, including the sex is an important part, the story has a life of its own and would make sense even if not only the sex but the entire relationship was taken out. That’s not to suggest in any way that it should be or that the story reads as if it would be better without it. The story is built around the relationship but has a life of its own and isn’t reliant on it. There were times when the story dipped its toe into mystery, or began to slide swiftly toward horror.

I found myself hovering at the edge of my seat more than once and I wondered if the crew would still number five by the time we got to the end.

All in all the book was a sweet read. It’s not the best written novel I’ve ever read but it certainly has a very gripping story and a cast of characters that bring it to life. As the boys joked, they would have felt very much at home in the Mystery Machine with Scooby and his gang.

The ending of the book left the scene set for a series, and I for one certainly hope we get to see more of the boys and their own personal brand of craziness.

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