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Monday, January 10, 2011

Oleander House by Ally Blue

Released: April 17, 2007
Publisher: Samhain
Rated: Adult

When Sam Raintree goes to work for Bay City Paranormal Investigations, he expects his quiet life to change-he doesn't expect to put his life and sanity on the line, or to fall for a man he can never have. Book One in the Bay City Paranormal Investigation series. Sam Raintree has never been normal. All his life, he's experienced things he can't explain. Things that have colored his view of the world and of himself. So taking a job as a paranormal investigator seems like a perfect fit. His new co-workers, he figures, don't have to know he's gay. When Sam arrives at Oleander House, the site of his first assignment with Bay City Paranormal Investigations, nothing is what he expected. The repetitive yet exciting work, the unusual and violent history of the house, the intensely erotic and terrifying dreams which plague his sleep. But the most unexpected thing is Dr. Bo Broussard, the group's leader. From the moment they meet, Sam is strongly attracted to his intelligent, alluring boss. It doesn't take Sam long to figure out that although Bo has led a heterosexual life, he is very much in the closet, and wants Sam as badly as Sam wants him. As the investigation of Oleander House progresses and paranormal events in the house escalate, Sam and Bo circle warily around their mutual attraction, until a single night of bloodshed and revelation changes their lives forever. Warning: this title contains explicit male/male sex, intense violence, and graphic language.

What I thought:

I really liked this. It was the first paranormal book I've read that was m/m but not overly erotica. It centers around Sam who is gay, but doesn't want his new co-workers to know but ends up falling for his boss. It still had a romance aspect to it, but it centered more on the mystery. The story was very well written. I just love Ghost Hunters and I thought it was great that I could read a novel that captured the same interest as the show.

This is my first Ally Blue novel but I have to say I love the way she writes and I loved that this novel was more than just a cheap erotica novel. She gave depth to her all of her characters but most importantly to Sam. Highly recommended.

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