After reading The Spirit Chaser by Kat Mayor I wanted to read more about ghost which is why I am so happy I stumbled on Less Than Three Press book The Haunted Pub by Melanie Tushmore. Ghost paranormal stories might actually take away my love for werewolf urban fantasy stories if these novels keep revealing themselves to me. I’m in a ghostly romance mood when after reading Kat Mayor novel, which is why I’m am so happy to review this novel for thosvae who are also looking for a little paranormal romance this summer. So let’s begin with the review shall we?
There are so many elements about this novel I truly enjoyed and then there were parts that I just couldn’t get pass, that being said I gave this novel a solid three stars. I feel that this novel is more of a short story that you can read with comfort under your favorite spider web blanket, a cup of wolfbane tea, nibbling on your fresh spiderweb scone. It’s rather enjoyable, simple read that will have you wishing your home was haunted by these type of ghost. The storyline begins with “Frizz” a 20 year old young man whose tragically been through out of his parents flat because of his mental inability to overcome his crippling social anxiety and deepening depression. His mental health is so horrible that he finds it hard to get out the house, find a job or even finish school, dropping out of high school at 15 because of the overwhelming nature of it all. As he stands outside his parent’s house he calls his brother for helping only to get denied again by family. Only person left to help him is his lucky cousin Daniel whose better known as Gin, whose also known better as Ginger because of his long multiple colored red hue hair. Ginger has the solution to Frizz’s, living with him at his punk themed renovated hotel pub, The Queen Anne’s Revenge. Have I mentioned their not alone because theres ghost.
While reading this book I was kinda confused because there were so many different narrations o Ash, Ginger, Ryan, Sammy, and Matt . . . and the ghost actually also took part in the narration of the book. There are a lot of things going on at this anything but boring pub. There are a lot of clients,and strange phenomenons that are seen or rather felt during the working hour. The building itself constantly interfering with the daily routine like pranks, lack of beer (which is a horror story within itself when running a pub), or creating sexual tension between others. As always I love how Less Than Three Press allows authors to write so freely about LGBT romance without any type of hesitation. It’s really refreshing for me as a reader to get straight into he romantic notion without having the hesitation of guilt about loving someone within the same gender identity or sex. That being said I did not like how Frizz was cured by the end of the novel from his mental health issues.
“Physically, he was fine. Fit and well, perhaps a little on the scrawny side, but there was nothing wrong with his body. It was like some sick joke, to give him a perfect able body, but not a head to go with it”
As someone who struggles with mental illness and depress I did not like how Frizz was “cure”. Mental Illness isn’t something that could be cured simple by getting help, then become 100% normal. Yes, you can get help. Yes, you can live a health life with mental illness but it’s not something that you could just simply be cured. Tushmore had a great opportunity to make a connection with who live with mental health issues but I feel that the mark was missed once Frizz was “better” since I am never going t be cured I’m just going to have to live with my “uncured” depression. I would have liked Frizz being comfortable with himself, his issues, and be comfortable within himself in what makes him “unique” versus Frizz feeling “wrong”.
That being said I really enjoyed this novel. There is a lot of romantic ghost action within the second half of this book, I mention that because I didn’t think I was ever going get to it but I assure you it’s their love.For the most front It’s really hard to find a book like this and I’m really glad I did. I’m hoping to continue to reading more novels from Melanie Tushmore.
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