Blurb: Steven Macklin wakes up in a ditch one morning in foul, wet weather with no idea where he is or how he came to be there. He’s seriously injured but struggles across bleak heathland to find shelter. The only house he can find appears weather-beaten and deserted, although he’s too sensible a guy to fall for the cliché of a spooky ghost mansion – isn’t he? But when he collapses and is taken into the house by the handsome Eliot, he finds himself in a very disturbing situation – and also in the bed of this strange, very possessive man.
Review: This was surreal from start to finish. The whole atmosphere is very spooky, we don’t know what time the house is supposed to be in, what strange parallel universe. No other people are around, it’s really eerie.
Steven is down to earth, yet he can’t seem to withstand the strange attraction that Eliot represents. He’s basically putty in Eliot’s hands. We know nothing about Eliot apart from the few facts that he himself gives away. And even those don’t tell us much about his past, his family, his “affliction”. Steven is “his gift” that he wished for and was given and that’s that. Strangely enough in the course of time Steven accepts this more or less until one day he’s bound to leave to find out more about himself.
The love scenes are very sensual and I could easily see why Steven doesn’t really care to leave most of the time, ;-).
I can’t really say more about the plot without giving away the end which came as quite a surprise. The story is not very long and I just couldn’t put it down, I just had to know what is going on in that strange house.
Available at Aspen Mountain Press