A Stella Release Day Review: Wight Mischief by JL Merrow

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RATING 4 out of 5 stars

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.

I have to say Wight Mischief could have easily been a huge disaster for me because a couple of things usually put me off. This time I actually loved the story a lot, although and maybe just because that little things. Or simply it’s that I so love the author, everything just sounded right.

What I don’t like at all in my readings is when the MC has sex with another character that isn’t the other MC, even if the main couple is not together yet, I don’t like it. Full sex or a blowjob or just a kiss, I don’t want it and usually this ruins the whole reading to me. Moreover I need my MCs to fall in love of course but to spend time together too, and in Wight Mischief it felt to me Marcus and Will didn’t actually know each other so well, and for Marcus to trust Will so much in a situation so tragic, was a huge leap in the dark. It could have seemed rushed and unbelievable, and rationally I can agree and understand these two adjectively, but at the end it wasn’t what I felt. Plus, was saves the book to me were the feelings. From the first time I met the characters, all of them, I could feel their hearts, and when Marcus and Will met, the emotions were clear and strong.  The author did an amazing work, she created a beautiful story, well written (no surprise here), with an engaging plot and a lovely romance.

Although this is a rerelease, I haven’t read the previous edition so I can’t tell you if and how much the story was edited. So if you like me haven’t read Wight Mischief the first time, give it now a chance. I feel to recommend it.

The cover art by Tiferet Design is well done and fitting. I like it.

SALE LINKS Dreamspinner Press | Amazon

BOOK DETAILSFirst Edition published by Samhain Publishing Ltd., November 2011.

2nd Edition, 216 pages

Published June 1st 2018 by Dreamspinner Press (first published November 8th 2011)

ISBN13 9781640802056

Edition Language English

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