Ghost of a Chance by Ari McKay

Ghost of a Chance by Ari McKay
Publisher: Torquere Press
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (74 pgs)
Other: M/M
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Cholla

Dr. Mason Beaulieu thinks rival ghost hunter Haywood “Fort” Fortenberry is sexy but too credulous when it comes to the paranormal. Fort thinks Mason is attractive but too cynical. When they’re offered a chance to be locked up in reputedly haunted Wisteria Grove on Halloween night, however, both men jump at the chance.

Storms and mysterious sounds keep them busy during the night, and they discover a mutual respect for each other’s skills. As the investigation continues, Fort learns the truth behind Mason’s seemingly dismissive attitude, and Mason finds a new appreciation for Fort’s open-mindedness. But when an unexpected intruder derails the investigation, they learn that more than just hunting ghosts can offer them thrills and chills.

What do you get when you take a believer in the paranormal, mix him with a skeptic, and lock them in a supposedly haunted hotel overnight? Complete and utter chaos. Oh, and some pretty serious personal revelations.

Mason Beaulieu believes that there might possibly be something out there that he can’t explain, however, he also believes that if there is a logical, scientific answer to the supposed paranormal, it’s his job to point it out. While this makes him a bit of a stick in the mud, it also makes him come across as reliable, educated, and serious about what he does. I liked Mason a lot, especially his sense of humor and take no prisoners attitude. The truth is important to him and he refuses to sacrifice it for anything, no matter how tempted he might be to do otherwise.

Haywood Fortenberry, fondly known simply as Fort, is quite the opposite. Fort passionately believes in the paranormal and seeks it out. He is definitely more open minded than Mason, but is just as dedicated to his job and his view of the truth.

Together with Mason, they make for an investigative team worth listening to. One is open enough to believe in the impossible while the other tempers it with reason. When they both come to the same conclusion then they are positive it’s the right one.

One of my favorite situations is when two individuals start out with a rivalry or an intense dislike of one another and work around their differences to fall in love in the end. Ghost of a Chance employs this in a most beautiful manner since Mason lives to antagonize Fort at every opportunity. In Mason’s defense, Fort takes himself a bit too seriously and becomes an easy target. However, it’s all in fun and no harm is truly done.

Ghost of a Chance is a fun take on the ghost hunting scene, hitting both sides of the belief war. Whether you believe in ghosts or not, you’re treated to an engaging story with a bit of a twist at the end. I didn’t quite see it coming, although I should have, but I loved it all the same.


  1. That looks really good, I’m adding it to my list, thanks for the review 🙂

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