Reviewed by Linda Tonis
Member of the Paranormal Romance Guild Review Team
Lyle Atwood is the owner of a costume emporium and has been hired by multi-millionaire Warner Radclyffe to costume actors and actresses for a haunted house themed party. Lyle is known for his costumes since he designs and makes them himself definitely not the kind of costumes that come wrapped in a plastic bag. This is a big job and one he is both excited and nervous about. With the help of his two friends and employees Joseph and Elaine he is determined to make it the best work he has ever done.
Lyle is a man who is not comfortable around people and chooses to stay in his workroom making costumes and only goes down to the main floor when there are too many customers for Elaine and Joseph to handle alone. Lyle will learn that there is more to this haunted house party then he could ever have imagined and that his life is in danger. The party is being thrown on his twenty-eighth birthday, there is a reason which I will not reveal.
Damien Sauvage has been hired by Radclyffe to watch over Lyle until after the party and so he rents the apartment on Lyle’s floor and manages to befriend him. Damien has a secret which wouldn’t be a big deal if not for the fact that he is falling hard for Lyle and knows that his secret could end any chance of a relationship.
When Damien tries to get Radcliffe to hire someone else to protect Lyle he is refused and now he is in a situation that could end with a broken heart. When Lyle discovers he was hired to protect him and when Lyle discovers what he is all will be lost.
Damien and Lyle were wonderful characters and the book was full of secrets, surprises and mystery but my only problem was the fact that there were a lot of typos and the editing was bad in addition to the fact that when Lyle finally comes to discover everything that is going on he takes it all as if it is nothing unusual. I won’t reveal the secrets but they were a doozie and anyone else would have had a hard time adjusting to them, Lyle adjusted way too fast in my opinion.
All and all the story was interesting and the characters both main and secondary were wonderful. I just needed a little more suspense and a little more of a quiet man who can’t be around people taking all the news with more passion. Even when he gets upset it doesn’t last very long.