Book Title: THE HAUNTED PUB
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Category: Romance, LGBTQIA
Main Characters: An awesome ensemble cast!
Author’s Website: https://www.lessthanthreepress.com/author-melanie-tushmore/
Source: Review copy provided by NetGalley, ebook
Rating: An awesome 5 Batty Moons!
Suffering from depression, and going through a rough time because of it, Fizz’s misery culminates in his parents throwing him out, leaving him with two bags, twenty pounds, and nowhere to go. Desperate, he calls his brother, who takes him to The Queen Anne’s Revenge, where Fizz winds up living in a room that hasn’t had a human inhabitant for more years than anyone can actually count—a room that seems to already have an occupant…
The Haunted Pub is a story of 93,000 words and contains some explicit content.
It’s been an embarrassment of riches for me this spring when it comes to reviews. THE HAUNTED PUB is a sterling example! It is chock full of elements I adore, all beautifully written.
The characters are so well developed, it’s hard not to feel like every single one is a friend by the end. To add even more depth, the relationships — family, friends, and romantic — are so sympathetic, sweet and hot, and entirely believable. Sure, it might beg belief that all the men in the house are gay and fall in love with each other, but they’re so wonderful, I ultimately didn’t care. I’m more than willing to suspend disbelief for a great story like this!
And then there’s the central conflict around which all of these relationships orbit. Obviously, the title of the book gives the basics away — the Pub above which everybody lives is haunted. And the ghost ain’t friendly like Casper. This ghost story is genuinely scary and sometimes disturbing! A good throughline of horror lives in the center of this story too.
The combination of great stories and irresistable characters and ‘ships makes THE HAUNTED PUB a new favorite of mine.If you love pretty gay boys in love (punk boys, at that!), scary/gory ghosts, and an overall distracting story, don’t miss this unique tale!
FIVE enthusiastic batty moons.