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A Ghost of a Chance [Kindle Edition]

Josh Lanyon
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Over a century ago Illusionist David Berkeley committed suicide in his mansion by the sea, thus dooming his restless spirit to wander forever. Or so the local legend goes. Professor Rhys Davies, a part-time parapsychologist, is writing a book on California hauntings and he believes the crumbling ruins of Berkeley House will make a terrific chapter -- if he can gain access to the house and grounds. The only obstacle is brooding cop and self-appointed caretaker, Sam Devlin. As obstacles go, Devlin is a big one.

But you know what they say. The bigger they are, the harder they fall.

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Product Details

  • File Size: 317 KB
  • Print Length: 101 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Just Joshin (March 11, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007JCPFGG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,329 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A ghost of a Chance! December 4, 2011
By Krissu
Format:Kindle Edition
Rhys teaches paranormal studies (and history) at UCLA and is also a ghost hunter. So what that he has never actually seen a ghost before - there must be a first time some time! He stays at his friend's house to investigate local haunting. Friend's hot looking nephew Sam, a cop, thinks it's a huge waste of time. Soon things get dangerous and to stay alive Rhys has to solve a murder!

One thing I always appreciate when I read Josh Lanyon's books is how much fun I have when I read them. I was sitting here, drinking my evening glass of wine, and when I got to the second page I found myself smiling. And this is what Josh always does to me! It feels really good when the corners of your mouth start climbing upwards. Doesn't it?
This story has perfectly balanced romance, excitement and humor. The storytelling is, as usual, flawless. His stories for me are so contagious his books should be quarantined!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Josh Lanyon at his best February 25, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
The hero in this story is sympathetic and engaging as only Josh Lanyon can produce. His love interest/second hero is a big alpha sweetie-pie. Their reluctant journey to love is fun, funny and well worth your time.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Paranormal keeper May 22, 2012
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Rhys Davies is on a mission to study paranormal activity in a creepy old house on the California coast. Invited to stay at a friend's home while he investigates the house next door, the last thing Rhys expects is to run into police officer Sam Devlin, his friend's nephew, who also is staying there. The attraction between Rhys - who is a more vulnerable character - and Sam - who is rougher-round-the-edges - simmers until sparks fly. You cannot help but cheer them on. The mystery is filled with twists and turns and it will keep you hooked. Ghost of a Chance is masterfully written mystery by Josh Lanyon. It's a feel-good, spooky treasure to savor.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Romance with a twist of mystery March 9, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
No-one expects to be thrown to the floor and frisked when first entering a house for a weekend stay. However this is how Rhys ( ghost hunter) and Sam (cop) meet. The relationship they then have is quirky, amusing and sensual. All this while trying to determine whether a local property really is haunted. Josh Lanyon manages to give the reader two charismatic but quite different characters intertwined with a great mystery story. I look forward to reading every one of his novels and this one does not disappoint.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good story with a touch of paranormal and mystery January 16, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Rhys is a history professor with an interest in parapsychology. Sam is a cop. They are more or less matched by Oliver, the owner of Berkeley's house, a haunted mansion that Rhys wants to investigate for a book he's writing. At first the two seem to clash: Sam thinks Rhys is Oliver's last fling; he doesn't believe in paranormal phenomena; he doesn't want Rhys to walk into Berkeley's house. Rhys is attracted to Sam, but at the same time he can't stand Sam's ways.

The paranormal plot has also a bit of mystery. The haunted house is creepy, as are Rhys' walks in the woods at night and the apparitions he believes he sees. The two men find their way to each other physically quicker than their way to each other's trust. Both are not forthcoming and open and they keep something to themselves. It's not the stubborn miscommunication that comes from misunderstandings, it has more to do with a natural reserve on their part.

There's also another lovely story in the background: Oliver and Thaddeus'. They are both painters, they've grown up together, they love each other. They're not young anymore, but Oliver keeps having flirts with younger, pretty men and breaking Thaddeus' heart repeatedly. It was moving and a sort of bonus story into the main plot line.

I think you've read me tell repeatedly that Lanyon's writing is superb and always worth reading, so yeah, again. There are a few editing errors that come from the earlier anthology version (many other errors were fixed in this edition). Adding the chapters was the right decision. They correspond to the section breaks of the original version, but as chapters they give the story a better organization.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spooky Romance July 31, 2012
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This was the perfect story for me to test the waters in this genre. It is well written, with interesting characters. It is definitely worth a read.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another fantastic read May 4, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This is another fantastic and fun read from Mr Lanyon.
The characters are well drawn and likeable and the story is excellent, well paced and totally satisfying.
I'm really glad to be able to buy A Ghost of a Chance as a standalone title.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Meh April 17, 2014
By germywa
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I'm not really sure why all the other reviews are so complimentary.

I know this author is very successful and has a lot of really awesome books under his belt but this one fell short.

The main characters jump in the sack hours after meeting and after deciding they hate one another only to change their opinions of each other change incredibly quickly without much reason. As far as the mystery, the ending was predictable. You're encouraged to think that Thad and Sam have something to do with or know something about the odd happenings of the Berkeley house but that is never explored or explained. When the museum guy (whose name I forget because you meet him once and he's underdeveloped as a character) shows up to check on Rhys after his concussion you know he's responsible for the accident that left Rhys woozy in the basement. The story ends too soon with a lazy resolution for the ghosts, the burgulars and both sets of lovers.

Nearly the entire story takes place over 3 or 4 days. NOT ENOUGH TIME
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good story, great characters (Sam!), beautiful overall
I really liked this quick read. It had elements of the paranormal and macabre that added to the romance. My favorite thing from this book was Sam. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Adrienne
5.0 out of 5 stars Spooky, sexy & fun
If there's a paranormal show or film on TV, I've probably seen it. In 'Ghost of a Chance,' Josh Lanyon introduces a good-looking young professor whose hobby - and hopefully a book... Read more
Published 4 months ago by K. Reynolds
5.0 out of 5 stars great story
The story builds and is well thought out with suspense and interplay while creating good believable characters. I would recommend it.
Published 4 months ago by edmund t price
4.0 out of 5 stars Ghostly of a good time
I went into this one with a bit of trepidation, it could go either way. Luckily for me, it went in an enjoyable way. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Book from Josh!
Another great book from Josh Lanyon. He writes fun romantic books with just a touch of spookiness. I read this one in a matter of days. It was that good!
Published 5 months ago by Liam
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Lanyon with formulaic story line
Have to say I quite enjoyed this little novella. Lanyon is truly at his best with this short, concise format. I'm not much into ghost stories, but this one was quite enjoyable. Read more
Published 11 months ago by daveh
4.0 out of 5 stars A ghost of a chance
This was a fun short story. The characters are quickly developed and really appealed to me! I would recommend this to anyone
Published 13 months ago by R. Pflaum
4.0 out of 5 stars A good place to start
I liked it! I'm interested to see how Lanyon has perfected his process. It's less than 50,000 words, but is adequate as a long novella/short novel. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Shel Hollingsworth
5.0 out of 5 stars very good
I'm glad I bought this book. It was very exciting to read this mystery, I'm going to buy more books by lanyon in the future.
Published 16 months ago by Sharon
5.0 out of 5 stars Too Short, but Enjoyable
Josh is a good story teller and I like his writing. This book continues in the same fine tradition. The interaction between the characters is enjoyable and sometimes surprises. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Xanlthorpe
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More About the Author

A distinct voice in gay fiction, multi-award-winning author JOSH LANYON has been writing gay mystery and romance for over a decade. In addition to numerous short stories, novellas, and novels, Josh is the author of the critically acclaimed Adrien English series, including the Hell You Say, winner of the 2006 USABookNews awards for GLBT Fiction and a Lambda Literary Award finalist for Gay Mystery. Josh is also the author of the definitive M/M writing guide Man, Oh Man: Writing M/M Fiction for Kinks and Ca$h.

Josh is an Eppie Award winner and a three-time Lambda Literary Award finalist -- and lives in Los Angeles, California.

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