Arthur Cleary by Emily Glossner Johnson

ARTHUR
Arthur Cleary by Emily Glossner Johnson
Publisher: Musa Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Short Story (32 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Play
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Fern

Can one man find redemption through love while another finds true and lasting happiness?

Jake McAdams is living a life filled with meaningless sexual encounters and void of any real connections. Stuck in a snow storm, Jake mistakes a private residence for an inn and takes shelter at the beautiful Victorian home.

Arthur Cleary welcomes the handsome stranger on his doorstep, unwilling to leave him out in the storm. After a night of drink and conversation, Arthur opens up to the younger man in ways he hasn’t in years. But Arthur’s secret past haunts him no matter how warm the present.

Is Jake the man who can free him from his ghosts, or is Arthur destined to be forever alone?

Caught in a snowstorm, Jake McAdams pulls off the interstate and seeks refuge in what he believes is a small B&B. Arthur Cleary wakes to discover it’s 2012, and knowing instinctively Jake is a good man, invites him in out of the snow. The two men feel an instant attraction, but Arthur has many secrets. While Jake realizes he’s falling in love, he also understands there’s far more to Arthur than the sweet, gentle man he initially thought his host was.

This book is both erotic and quite mysterious. Written equally like an M/M romance and spooky campfire story it’s an awesome blend of both worlds. The author does a great job of giving the reader hints and tidbits of the secrets Arthur holds, and I found myself eagerly reading, wanting to know more. I found the authors style interesting and easy to get into, both Jake and Arthur are well drawn characters. Some of the mysticness around Arthur’s situation remains foggy – but I get the feeling the author did this on purpose. Too much thought or explanation might have left the story feeling clinical – but a part of me would have liked a better-explained solution, nevertheless. The setting of the big old mansion and the snowstorm reminded me vividly of many spooky stories, and the paranormal bent really makes this more than your average M/M erotic piece. I didn’t find the story pushed as far as horror or a graphic, scary tale at all, which really pleased me.

With mystery, hot romance, a hint of ghosts and the paranormal and intriguing characters this is a story that covers many bases. I enjoyed the meshing of these and felt it overall a well written and fulfilling read.

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