Book Review: The Haunted Heart: Winter, by Josh Lanyon

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Book: The Haunted Heart: Winter

Author: Josh Lanyon

Genre: M/M, Horror

Heat Level:  Mild (one very sweet sex scene)

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

This is actually the first of Josh’s books that I’ve read, and I found this to be an excellent choice. I understand this is the first book of what will be a four book series, and I’m eager to see where Mr. Lanyon takes this next. Flynn is a depressed, near suicidal young man living in his uncle’s old place in order to go through mountains of old antiques. He’s recovering from the death of his lover (an old trope, but a goodie) when he stumbles across a mirror with a ghost.

Flynn is grounded (sometimes literally) by his roommate Kurt, a bear of a man who is ex-military and speaks an entire language of grunts. It’s an interesting dynamic between the two of them which feels comfortable and yet tense at the same time. Naturally when the ghost shows up there is investigating to do. I found the plot drew me along at a nice pace with just enough intrigue to keep things interesting. The ending is exciting, but Mr. Lanyon has left plenty of room for more growth between the characters.

The language is clean throughout, the book is well-edited, and the story is engaging. This, ladies and gentlemen, is why you should support indie authors.