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May 28, 2019

Matchmaking Beyond the Veil

by Mara Townsend 

The Blurb:

Endure the company of his rival…or suffer ghostly retaliation.

Emery Belmont is a snarky, uptight realist who likes his life ordinary. Like any skeptic, he’s content using mundane explanations to write off signs of paranormal activity. That’s no longer an option when the spirit haunting his house wrecks his new kitchen, forcing Emery closer to facing the supernatural truth. Desperate for a new handyman, he unknowingly hires his hot ex-rival from high school to fix it. Paxton Santos, Emery’s former lacrosse team captain, followed in his father’s footsteps to take over the family business. Annoyingly, Emery requires his talented hands more than he needs to keep Paxton out of his life. However, getting Paxton to leave after the repairs may prove difficult with the meddlesome ghost taking a shine to him, which Paxton seems to take in his grating, good-natured stride, remaining irritatingly unruffled by numerous weird occurrences.

Emery is bombarded by mysterious paranormal hijinks, keeping Paxton at arm’s length, and deciphering things that aren’t quiet what they seem. There’s nothing Emery hates more than an unfinished puzzle. In his determination to solve this one, Emery reluctantly opens himself up to new possibilities all while trying to remain firmly rooted in life the way he prefers it—orderly, logically explainable, and, above all else, ghost-free.

Join Emery and Paxton as they face off with a spirit that has no limits to how far it will go to push them together, enduring locked doors, faulty plumbing, and sharing a bed. Together they are determined to navigate their way out of this mess using any means necessary to send the ghost packing. Will they make it out of the traps awaiting them before their pesky tormenter gets any other ideas to make things worse and further blur the line between them?

Matchmaking Beyond the Veil is a 107k slow burn MM romance of rivals to friends to lovers told in single POV. Featuring a meddling ghost playing at matchmaker, forced proximity, bed sharing, ghost tours that totally aren’t dates, and tongue-in-cheek humor. This story ends on a HFN ending with a soft cliffhanger. Emery and Paxton’s story will continue in the next book of the series, Telltale Ghosts Book 2. This book contains denial, an unreliable narrator, two men experimenting with sex magic, fighting what the heart wants, steamy explicit sexual scenes and colorful language intended for adults 18 and older.

Telltale Ghosts #1

MMy Thoughts and Review: 💜🌈💚 

The book:
• 350 Pages • Contemporary • Standalone • Happily Ever After • Third-Person Narrative • MC (Emery) POV

The romantic theme:
• Second Chances • Enemies To Lovers 

The read:
• Light Read • Slow Start • Takes Off @ 30% • Good Duality • Slow Burn

Heat level:
• 2/ 5 • MM scenes • 
Note: There may or may not be a super HAWT scene involving ritualistic sex-magic that is saggy HAWT! 🔥🔥🔥

Story ingredients:
• High School Rivalry • Hostile Spirits 👻 • Witty Friends • Interfering Mothers •

MC1 is…
• Arrogant • Bossy • Emotionally Unavailable • Bitter • Rich • Financial Analyst

MC2 is…
• Laid Back • Rugged • Loves Life • Strong • Unconventional • Close to Family • Did not finish college • Owns Home Impr. Comp.

I have to be honest and say, I did not think I was going to like this at first. I am pretty picky about the books I choose, so that rarely happens for me. This one though began slow, and then I absolutely abhorred the MC. I wanted to throat punch him in several occasions in fact. He was such an arrogant jerk, and I struggled with the issues he had with his HS rival. This guy went on to study at Yale, and has both money, and prestige to boot and he is still mad over a boy who could play a game better than he could as a kid. Ugh… 

Anyway, I adored the 2nd MC, and the story began to pick up and take off at a good pace around a third of the way in. Once that happens, the story soars. 

This was my first read by this authors, but I will def be back for a second helping. 🍨

4.25 Hauntingly-Happy-Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟•🌟

I received a free copy of this book via LesCourt and am voluntarily leaving a review.💋

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