Monday, March 28, 2011

Review: The Secret of Talmor Manor by Matthew Lang

Matthew Lang
MLR Press
Published February 28, 2011
ISBN: 978-1608202942
Paranormal Romance, Erotic, M/M, Mystery
E-book, 313 pages
Requested Review
Matthew Lang's Website

After a mysterious package arrives on Jake's doorstep, he starts having very strange dreams: when he falls asleep he finds himself in a dilapidated English Manor inhabited by a number of ghosts who believe he can free them from their eternal existence. But when the Lord of the Manor appears in Jake's living room, Jake finds himself facing some very difficult questions. What should he do about the attraction between him and this turn of the century living ghost? Why is someone trying to kill them in their dreams? And what should he wear to the upcoming Halloween party?




Overall, I enjoyed this book and the mystery surrounding Talmor Manor.   In the beginning you are really drawn into the story with Jake’s repeated visits to the Manor in his dreams.  In these visits things keep changing, and he meets new characters.  You really get into the story, and want to know what happens next.   There is quite a bit of humor throughout the book, and Jake loves to use sarcasm.  I definitely found myself laughing out loud while reading. 

Once Nate enters the real world things seem to slow down.  There are numerous time jumps where nothing happens for a few weeks.  Discussions on the Manor pretty much cease, and Jake and Nate act like a couple of roommates getting to know one another.  Jake is attracted to Nate, but doesn’t pursue his attraction at first because Nate believes himself straight.  Jake does tend to lecture and you feel like he is a know-it-all, which can annoy a person. 

As for the romance between Jake and Nate, it left me somewhat confused.  When Nate enters the modern day he has the mindset of someone from early 1900 England.  He doesn’t know about homosexuality or that people are openly gay.  While he’s never had sex with a woman, he’s never considered sex with a man.  Yet in the span of less than 2 months he not only considers sex with a man, but actually has sex and falls in love with Jake.  It’s a little hard for the reader not to feel like he’s experimenting or curious since he lives with an openly gay man.  Plus, with the way the story ends the reader is still left uncertain of exactly what Nate believes. 

The ending of the story had a bit of action.  And the story as a whole kept the reader wondering exactly what was going on and how things would be resolved.  The story wraps things up almost nicely, with the reader feeling a few things were unresolved.  

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