Thursday, December 27, 2012

Review: The Gravedigger's Brawl by Abigail Roux

Title: The Gravedigger's Brawl
Author: Abigail Roux
Source: NetGalley
Genre: Paranormal M/M Romance
Length: Novel (250 pgs) 
Release Date: October 15, 2012
Reviwed by: Kris

Dr. Wyatt Case is never happier than when he's walking the halls of his history museum. But Wyatt needs to draw a younger crowd, and he needs a big idea to do it. When his best friend, Noah, drags him out to play wingman at Gravedigger's Tavern, Wyatt is thrown even further out of his comfort zone by the eccentric bartender.

Ash Lucroix is everything Wyatt doesn't understand: Exuberant, quirky, and elbow deep in a Gaslight lifestyle that weaves history into everyday life. He coordinates his suspenders with his tongue rings. Within hours of meeting, Wyatt and Ash realize that attraction needs no explanation. But their meeting sparks a series of events that has everyone at Gravedigger's wondering if they're seeing ghosts, or just going crazy. The answer to that question could end more than just Wyatt and Ash’s fragile relationship—it might also end their lives.

Dr. Wyatt Case is a curator at a local museum. Unfortunately, the museum isn't doing very well financially, and the board of directors are holding him directly responsible. Noah, his best friend and co-worker, insists on taking him to a local bar, The Gravedigger's Brawl, for a nice break from the stress and to introduce him to the bartender.  Ash, the adorable bartender that everybody loves, take a decided interest in Wyatt.  While watching the romance develop, we are also watching some strange happenings at the bar that suggest it might be haunted.  After doing some historical research, it's determined some very disturbing things took place at the bar in the past.  All of this leads to several interesting paranormal events with the different characters and the bar. 

Unfortunately, the romance in the story was difficult to believe.  The characters weren't very well developed so it was challenging to understand the attraction. They also couldn't seem to make up their minds if they wanted to be together or not. There was also very little dialogue outside of the historical story-telling.  There was a sweet romance taking place between Noah and Caleb, the bar owner, and they were very interesting characters.  It would have been great to see that further developed.  The paranormal aspect  was interesting to a certain degree, but missed the boat on being scary or edgy. 

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