Buried Passions Book Cover Buried Passions
Andrew Grey
M/M Romance
Dreamspinner Press
January 9, 2018
176

When Broadway actor Jonah receives word that his uncle has passed away and named him the heir to a property in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, Jonah’s plan is to settle the estate as quickly as possible and return to his life in New York City. Much to Jonah’s surprise, the inheritance includes the Ashford Cemetery—and its hunky groundskeeper, recent Bosnian immigrant Luka Pavelka.

Jonah soon discovers Luka is more than easy on the eyes. He sees into Jonah’s heart like no man ever before, and his job at the cemetery is all he has. If Jonah sells, Luka is left with nothing. Luka is there for Jonah when Jonah needs someone most, and there’s no denying the chemistry and connection between them. But Jonah has a successful career back in New York. Now he must decide if it’s still the life he wants….

Reviewed by: Linda Tonis

Member of the Paranormal Romance Review Team

Jonah Hughes is a Broadway actor who discovered that his current show is closing and a phone call to his boyfriend added insult to injury when he found out that his boyfriend was leaving. Now Jonah is unemployed and alone. That day was a nightmare until he arrived home to find a letter from a lawyer, a letter that would change his life.

Jonah’s Uncle Sam died and left Jonah his house, car, a summer house in the Adirondacks and his money. Jonah has nothing keeping him in New York so he heads out to Carlisle, Pennsylvania to settle his inheritance. Jonah hadn’t seen his uncle for many years since his mother and Sam had a falling out, now in addition to finding out what his uncle left him he wants to find out about his uncle as well.

When Jonah meets with the lawyer he finds out that he also inherits his uncle’s cemetery. The Ashford Cemetery was owned by Sam and now Jonah is the new owner. Jonah’s reaction is “I own dead people” not something he ever envisioned happening. Sam was a funeral director and apparently was loved by everyone in town. He found a letter that Sam left him explaining that he wanted Jonah to live his life his way since apparently Sam was gay and even when it was okay to come out of the closet he stayed in. He lived his life alone unlike Jonah who never hid who he was.

Now he has to decide on what to do with the cemetery which is made difficult by the fact that caring for it is a man that totally rocks Jonah’s world. Luka worked for Sam and cared for him when necessary and now if Jonah sells the cemetery it would leave Luka unemployed. Jonah has a lot of decisions to make but since he is now without a job he can take his time and make the right decisions. What he never expected was falling for the drop dead gorgeous groundskeeper making his decisions much more difficult to make.

As Jonah and Luka get closer there is an understanding that once work came up for Jonah he would leave and return to New York leaving Luka behind. Luka comes from Bosnia where he became an outcast once his family discovered he was gay. It was Sam who helped pave the way for him to come to the United States. He found work as a busboy but because of his poor English most people looked right past him.

I don’t want to give away too much about this book but like all Andrew Grey books it touched my heart. This unlike other books was not a tear jerker but it did bring a smile to my face alot. Two men from two totally different worlds meet in a cemetery……….. and that is all I will say the rest is up to you to find out for yourself.