Saturday, September 29, 2018

Portrait Of A Ghost by Parker Avrile

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A male/male romance about second chances...

Twenty years after a tragic accident, Mark still lives alone in a haunted house. Can a young artist from Brooklyn break the spell?

Leo has never had a serious relationship. He's all about the art. And then he meets Mark, a man with a face that compels him to create portrait after portrait. Is this obsession? Or is it something deeper?

Portrait of a Ghost is a May/December contemporary gay romance novel about second chances, triumph over tragedy, and a ghost who has to learn to let go of the past. Absolutely no cheating and no cliffhangers. Always a Happily Ever After.

My Rating - 5 Stars!

Portrait of a Ghost is a fantastic, unique love story by Parker Avrile.

First, let me say that I am not a fan of ghost stories. Despite that, I love this book! No, I don't love the ghost parts per say, but everything else more than makes up for them.

When we meet Mark, he's stuck in time, as he isn't aging, which makes him the subject of all the small time gossip. Everyone wonders why he stopped aging after the accident that killed his parents and his boyfriend. 

Mark is also left questioning why he hasn't aged in twenty years, and wonders if he's his own ghost, since he can feel Reed's ghost often. All he knows is that, for him, time didn't exist before or after Reed. 

And then Leo moves to town. He's there to teach for five years, in exchange for paying off his student loans. And soon Mark feels like he can trust Leo. The want between the two men is strong, the need is all-consuming. And now, after twenty years, Mark is opening his heart and learning to love again.

I really adore the lack of aging storyline. It is interesting and ultimately thought-provoking. For one thing, is eternal youth a blessing or a curse? And the way this storyline plays out is great. Overall, I am happy to have discovered Portrait of a Ghost and am left wondering what else Parker Avrile will come up with in the future. 

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