For Logan Conner, the answer is almost anything. Guilt-ridden over trapping his college roommate in a ghost war rooted in Portland's pioneer past, Logan has spent years searching for a solution. Then his new boyfriend, folklorist Riley Morrel, inadvertently gives him the key. Determined to pay his debt-and keep Riley safe-Logan abandons Riley and returns to Portland, prepared to give up his freedom and his future to make things right.
Crushed by Logan's betrayal, Riley drops out of school and takes a job on a lackluster paranormal investigation show. When the crew arrives in Portland to film an episode about a local legend of feuding ghosts, he stumbles across Logan working at a local bar, and learns the truth about Logan's plan.
Their destinies once more intertwined, the two men attempt to reforge their relationship while dodging a narcissistic TV personality, a craven ex-ghost, and a curmudgeonly bar owner with a hidden agenda. But Logan's date with destiny is looming, and his life might not be the only one at stake.
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Sooooo, I went back and forth as to whether or not I was going to review this book. I’m not a big fan of ghost stories. I’m not a fan of time travel themes. I’m really, really not a fan of reality-style ghost hunting shows. And yet, something about the blurb kept calling me back to it. I said no. Then I said maybe. I said no, again. Then I said, oh heck, I’ll give it a go. [Thank you, boss lady, for being patient with my indecisive self.] When I saw that the book was creeping up on my review schedule, I started it a few days early, just in case I had trouble getting into the ghost story – I wanted to be able to walk away for a day or two, and come back to it with a clear head (yes, that’s how hard of a time that I have with romances with spectral themes). In the end, I fretted for no reason. Stumptown Spirits was so freaking entertaining that I stayed up until 2 am to finish it because I HAD TO KNOW! I had to know if the ghost war was real. I had to know if Logan saved his roommate. I had to know if Logan martyred himself or if he managed to make it out. I had to know who was responsible for sabotaging the show. And most importantly, I had to know if Logan and Riley got back together. Because Stumptown Spirits is a bit of a romantic suspense and a bit of a mystery, I really cannot go into specific details because it would be way too easy to reveal a spoiler. And take it from someone who wasn’t convinced she would enjoy the book, you do not want the story spoiled. Any of it. This is the kind of book that you’ll want to experience for yourself, so if someone warns that their review might contain spoilers, AVOID IT! What I will say, is that I thoroughly enjoyed Russell’s writing style and I was hooked almost immediately. Oh yeah, I forgot that the reason I finally said yes to reviewing this book was because I read the excerpt on the publisher’s website that featured the first couple of chapters. I was hooked and when I got to the end of the excerpt, I wanted to keep reading – and that was with only meeting Riley. Once I began reading the actual book and Logan was thrown into the mix, as well as Riley’s best friend, and the crew from the cheesy ghost hunting show, I couldn’t stop reading until I reached the end. And what an ending it was! I literally exclaimed, “That was awesome!” when I got to the last page. I absolutely loved Stumptown Spirits and am so glad I got the chance to read it. My recommendation? If you enjoy romances that contain ghosts, then grab this. If you’re not a big fan of ghost stories, but find yourself on the fence, download the sample and read the beginning – you’ll figure out quickly whether or not it appeals to you. If you’re still undecided, I hope you’ll take a chance like I did and find it just as entertaining. As for me, I’m stoked to learn that there is a second book in the series (yes, series!!!) being released in October. I cannot wait for Wolf’s Clothing. I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. Reviewed by Angela at Crystal's Many Reviewers!
This was a very hard book for me to review. On one hand, I loved the ghost hunters and ghost legends theme, and I obviously love gay romance novels, but two complex storylines made for a very difficult reading experience. Don’t get me wrong, the book is well written, and it was enjoyable…but, just a tad long and drawn out. I believe my issue was the complete development of too many secondary characters. I really don’t think I needed to know so much about them and I found myself skimming because I really only wanted to get to two things: the mystery and the romance, the rest was filler. Riley and Logan split before the book begins, so you are not yet afforded their character development to understand the true depth of feeling they have for one another. At times you wonder why Riley would even want to go back to someone who treats him so horribly. Of course, as the story progresses, you learn more about the reasons why Logan took off, and why he continues to be a complete douche, but after a while, and all the miscommunication you start to lose interest and just want their story to move along. The mystery itself was very entertaining…and I was excited to see how it finally played out in the end. I admit I got a bit lost in the details, and was wondering how the third Stump ghost fit in because I kind of missed that part, but all in all, it was a great mystery. I would have liked to see how Travis recovered, and more Logan and Travis dialogue after he recovered, because the whole story was basically centered around Logan rescuing Travis. The fact that he was willing to give up his lover and his life for Travis, but then not have a bit more closure between the two at the conclusion was kind of a let down. As I am reading over my review, I find that I am not thrilled with it because it gives the impression this was not a good book and that I didn’t really like it. That is not the case – I did like it and it was interesting. There were just some things that really prohibited me from loving it and they needed to be mentioned. But I still think that those who love a good ghost story and mystery will get a kick out of this book, though.