Author: John Inman
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Jason Day, brilliant designer of video games, is not only a confirmed bachelor, but he’s as gay as a maypole. One wouldn’t think being saddled with his precocious four-year-old nephew for four weeks would be enough to throw him off-kilter.
Wrong. Timmy, Jason’s nephew, is a true handful.
But just when Timmy and Uncle Jason begin to bond, and Jason feels he’s getting a grip on this babysitting business once and for all, he’s thrown for a loop by a couple of visitors—one from Tucson, the other from beyond the grave.
I’m sorry. Say what?
Toss a murder, a hot young stud, an unexpected love affair, and a spooky-ass ghost with a weird sense of humor into Jason’s summer plans, and you’ve got the makings for one hell of a ride.
Spirit by John Inman is an excellent story about two young men out to find the truth about a missing family member, with the aid of their little nephew. When the story starts out, it has an almost light hearted feel to it and more than once I had to set it aside, I started it in the dentist waiting room, because I had a hard time not laughing out loud. The publisher’s blurb refers to Timmy as a handful and that is putting it mildly. This little one is a real firecracker who at times steals the show and the connection between Jason and Sam is intense.
It’s not long before the story starts to take a dark turn. I really felt for Jason, Sam, and Timmy. It is easy to see that this story is not going to end well and the thought that Timmy has to handle something so tragic at such a young age will bring you close to tears. While this story is a romance, that part of the story is more in the background, leaving the mystery of Paul’s disappearance to take front and center position.
I love that this story engages you right at the beginning and does not let the reader down. Spirit has a lot of twists and turns, some of which will leave you guessing. I did wish that the author would have let us see some of the police involvement at the end however; as I am curious as to how the young men were able to explain everything.
I have only read one other story by this author, however, between that one and this; I will be looking out for more. Everyone should have Mr. Inman on their must read shelf.
Reviewed by: Lydia