Review: “Wight Mischief” by JL Merrow

TITLE: Wight Mischief
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Tiferet Design
GENRE: Mystery / Suspense
LENGTH: 216 pages
RELEASE DATE: Jun 1, 2018
PRICE: $6.99 e-book / $14.99 paperback


A ghost of a chance at love.
Personal trainer Will Golding has been looking forward to a getaway with his best friend, Baz, a journalist researching a book on ghosts. But on the first day of their camping trip on the Isle of Wight, Will takes a walk on a secluded beach and spies a beautiful young man skinny-dipping by moonlight. Ethereally pale, he’s too perfect to be real—or is he?
Lonely author Marcus Devereux is just as entranced by the tall athlete he encounters on the beach, but he’s spent the years since his parents’ violent death building a wall around his heart, and the thought of letting Will scale it is terrifying. Marcus’s albinism gives him his otherworldly appearance and leaves him reluctant to go out in daylight, his reclusiveness encouraged by his guardian—who warns him to stay away from Will and Baz.
The attraction between Will and Marcus can’t be denied—but neither can the danger of the secrets haunting Marcus’s past, as one “accident” after another strikes Will and Baz. If they don’t watch their step, they could end up added to the island’s ghostly population.

Will is a personal trainer, and he’s looking forward to spending a week on the Isle of Wight with his best friend Baz, a journalist researching ghosts for a book. His first night at the beach, Will saw a beautiful naked young man, with white hair and an ethereal skin. Will doubted he was real. Maybe a ghost?

Marcus is a successful writer who lives as a recluse in the old fort on the Isle of Wight. He’s lonely, and his albinism gives him this ghostly appearance so he’s reluctant to go out on daylight. But Marcus is clearly attracted by the beautiful athlete and hopes to see him again.

Marcus and Will are strongly attracted, but everything seems to be against them, and they’ll have to trust each other if they want a chance of a future.

I liked this book.
Marcus is lonely, very lonely. He’s traumatized by his past, what happened to his parents, and his guardian is a little bit over-mega-protective. He has albinism, and he’s reluctant to go out in the daylight because of his photosensitivity and people’s looks. So he lives in his fort, writes his books, but stays alone. I love Marcus, he’s fragile, lost and has insecurity, but he’s also very smart, stronger than what he thinks, and when he wants something, he fights hard for it. I like him a lot.

Will is a huge, tall athlete who became a personal trainer. He’s gay and out, but wants the real deal, not a one-night-stand. He’s happy to be with Baz, his best friend, on this trip on the Isle, but soon understands that Baz has other motives to be on the island, and Marcus the lonely author is one of his motives. Will, without realizing it, will do everything to protect Marcus. I adored Will. He touched me deeply. I found him adorable, smart, kind and sensitive. How Baz treats him enraged me, a lot, this guy is a big asshole, I hated him. But Will, oh my, he’s so sweet, natural and kind, I was completely in love with him.

I liked the plot, it was a light thriller (I say light because don’t expect a thriller with a lot of gory murders) funny with a little bit of supernatural. It was also a little bit different that my usual romance. The MC’s don’t spend a lot of time together, they met exactly 6 times, the author doesn’t write an insta-love story, so they don’t act like they were together for years when they only met for an hour. But the few times they met, the connection was there and strong. It was well written and well developed, and the “love” story between Marcus and Will mixed perfectly with the plot.

I had a good time with them and recommend this book.

4 OptimuMMs for Fish and his Ghost!

***The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

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