- Title: Raven's Rest
- Author: Stephen Osborne
- ISBN: 9781634777018
- Page: 338
- Format: ebook
Michael Cook has left his abusive lover and settled in the small town of Banning, Illinois Having nowhere else to go, he checks into the Raven s Rest Inn and soon learns that the haunted reputation of the hotel is well deserved Michael gets a job at a local caf , where he meets Trey Ramsey Though Michael has misgivings about starting up a new relationship, Trey seems toMichael Cook has left his abusive lover and settled in the small town of Banning, Illinois Having nowhere else to go, he checks into the Raven s Rest Inn and soon learns that the haunted reputation of the hotel is well deserved Michael gets a job at a local caf , where he meets Trey Ramsey Though Michael has misgivings about starting up a new relationship, Trey seems to be the complete opposite of Michael s controlling ex, so he decides to give Trey a chance.Life at the Raven s Rest becomes increasingly frightening when the ghost of Coleman Hollis appears in Michael s room Coleman seems to want something from Michael, and the mystery deepens when Michael discovers he s the spitting image of Coleman s lover from years ago Together, Michael and Trey must discover why Coleman s spirit is drawn to the Raven s Rest and to Michael.
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I thought 'Raven's Rest' had the makings of a really good story. There's a spark of mystery here a chance for not one but 2 romance stories one set in the present, one tied to the mystery of the past, add in a bit of starting over, a bit of comfort and emotional healing, a ghost or two or three and I'm thinking this has the makings of one incredibly good read least it seemed to in the beginning.Somehow what seemed to me like it would be a story filled with awesomeness turned out to be okah, that [...]
Running from his controlling boyfriend Keith, Michael starts a new life in a nearby small town and in the space of a few days, acquires a new boyfriend and encounters a ghost. The mystery of what happened to Bryan Finn and Coleman Hollis is counterbalanced with Michael making a fresh start and learning to trust his own instincts.In the 1980's, rumor was Coleman Hollis and Bryan Finn were close friends - perhaps more than friends - until one day Bryan Finn disappeared and Coleman left town, neve [...]
I so love a good ghost story and Stephen Osborne delivered in Raven’s Rest. The MC’s were charming and unique, the supporting characters added a lot to the story and the ghosties were perfectly heartbreaking. Michael has broken away from his emotionally abusive boyfriend and has settled in the small town of Banning, Illinois. Michael has no real plan, he’s not sure how long he’s going to be in town and ends up staying at a beautiful and allegedly haunted B&B temporarily, The Raven’ [...]
I have enjoyed most of Stephen Osborne's books that I have read -- in fact, he's one of my favorite underrated authors. Unfortunately, this latest from him, didn't satisfy me as much Raven's Rest practically have two plots going on Michael's attempt for new life in Banning and new romance with local boy, Trey, after he left his verbally abusive boyfriend, as well as mystery about a ghost that has been haunting Raven's Rest.While the ghost story and what happened with Coleman and his lover, Brya [...]
This book was not what I was expecting at all. The synopsis gave me the impression that this was going to lean much further toward the mystery genre, but the was Michael handles himself and situations in the plot kind of toned it down a bit. I actually really liked it! I loved getting to know the MC's, who both had very complex pasts, but definitely Michael specifically. His history with his ex built up a lot of courage in him, and I think that's part of why he never really freaked out. Trey was [...]
Loved the characters, spooky setting, and intrigue. I especially adore Trey and his sense of humor. This book had me laughing, sighing, and totally freaking out, all within the span of a couple pages. Well written, fast moving, and sexy, a gem for all fans of M/M romance and ghost stories.
The blurb sounded so good. All the elements I love. Running away from an abusive lover - great! Finding a new love - yum! A ghost and a mystery from the past - yes-give-me-more! And it was all there, everything promised, but for some reason the result was dull. Everything was somehow disappointing. Michael keeps repeating he was in abusive relationship for five years, like, every two paragraphs - maybe because you don't actually see any effects of this abusive relationship at all. It was subtly [...]
Stephen Osborne is a new to me author. This is my first book from this author, and will definitely won't be my last.I liked the story, I liked the writing style. Ravens Rest is one of those book I should've avoided in a first place, because I'm not a fan of ghost story. I saw too many in real life, and it's not pretty. But, this one caught my attention just fine. And I liked this. A lot.This is actually the interesting story with ghost and mystery around them, not to mention a little distraction [...]
When I started this one I was pretty sure I was going to love it. From the small sneak peaks and the blurb I was convinced this was another winner. And it was, just not in the way I expected.For the first time reading a Stephen Osborne book I was not left chuckling out loud. Instead I was left holding my breath, desperate for things not to be as they were. This one has a rather bittersweet side to it regarding Coleman and Bryan, and to be honest I felt more drawn to their story than Micheal and [...]
After struggling through the last couple of m/m books I've tried to read, what a relief it was to open Stephen Osborne's latest novel, Raven's Rest. I dove into this story right away and swam around like a happy fish. (Just like I do all of his books.) I love ghost stories and not many people write them as well as Mr. Osborne. He uses humor, which I love, and he's really good at writing likeable characters, then putting them in spooky situations. For a simple straight forward read that won't lea [...]
Raven's Rest has all the mixed mellow sweetness and sadness of autumn, the season it is set in. It is a captivating book combining two storylines and the one from the past crashes with the present in the confines of a haunted hotel. Both are intriguing to follow despite having a very different tone. There's nothing perfect in the protagonists of the present story and that is one of the things that makes them a real joy to read. Michael and Trey are infinitely cute together, they just click so we [...]
“Raven’s Rest” by Stephen Osborne is my first read by this author. It is a combination of mystery and romance with the entire backdrop being paranormal. I have indulged in quite a bit of supernatural reads this year and I was looking forwards to another HAUNTING. I didn’t love this book due to many holes in the mystery plot but overall the romance and the characters were very enjoyable and I ended up liking it. The haunting parts were not that scary and there were no ‘OMG’ twists in [...]
Micheal Cook has run from an abuse relationship, landing in the small town of Banning, Illinois. Since he scrambled to get away from his ex Kevin, with little foresight in planning, he decides to stay at the Raven's Rest Hotel. It's seems like a nice place, but something seems a little hinky. Little does Micheal know, but he will soon be the center of a cold case involving missing lovers. Trey Ramsey, works at his Mom's cafe, spends time trying to write songs and is an all around smart ass. Thin [...]
Superb ghost story, not creepy or scary, but a proper suspense mystery. All characters are lovely, very fleshed out and full of life, even Coleman and he's the ghost! I really enjoyed this and I couldn't put it down. I read it in one evening which is rare for me. I think it's one of the best ghost stories I've ever read.
I enjoyed this spooky tale that is both mystery and love story. Two loves stories actually. As stated in the blurb Michael ends up staying in a hotel that has a reputation for being haunted. Almost immediately Michael begins seeing things and something that feels like a cold hand brushes his face. The townspeople all talk about the place being haunted and they also mention the previous owner's son and his best friend both disappearing within a short time of each other. As the ghost keeps appeari [...]
Raven’s RestBy Stephen OsborneDreamspinner press, 2016Cover by Anna SikorskaISBN: 9781634777001Four starsNot every prince charming rides in on a white horse. Sometimes he’s a slacker with a guitar and an attitude.Romantic ghost stories appeal to me. Maybe that’s because I yearn for there to be an afterlife where we’ll see those we’ve loved and lost. Stephen Osborne has created a spookily lovely ghost story/romance involving two slightly lost young men and two even more terribly lost gh [...]
4.5 Stars. I was given an ARC copy for an honest review.When Michael Cook checks into the Raven's Rest in the small town of Banning, he takes the talk of it being haunted with a grain of salt. Michael left his abusive boyfriend and is fighting the urge to go running back. Michael stumbles upon a job at the Coffee Cafe and is quite attracted to Trey Ramsey, the owner's son who also works at the coffee shop. Trey and Michael fall easily into a relationship and Michael finds that Trey is the exact [...]
4.5 stars For some reason, when reading anything by Stephen Osborne, I often find myself wishing the story could be made into a movie. Raven's Rest is no exception. There's a feel-good HEA and enough touches of humour throughout to offset the scary, and sad stuff.
3.5*What I really loved about this book was Trey. Sorry Micheal. I never expected that character of his. I thought him more like a brooding guy but it turned out he wasn't & that makes this book interesting. Along side the story of Brian & Coleman tragic love story of course. This is an easy read because I read this in just one day. Overall it was good!
After Michael Cook, of ‘Raven's Rest’ by Steven Osborne, moves into Raven's Rest Inn, he learns that it is haunted. Michael is skeptical until the Ghost of Coleman appears convinced that he's his lover, Bryan. The likeness of Michael to Bryan seems to have set off some psychic connection between Michael and the ghost. Instead of being afraid, Michael, against almost everyone's advice, feels strongly compelled to help Coleman.Michael is desperate to make a new start in his life. His ex-boyfri [...]
When I saw the title of this book, I had a strong suspicion it would have some influences from Edgar Allan Poe’s work. Ha! I was right…but only a little.I read Pale as a Ghost years ago and I remember really enjoying it, but somehow this author fell off my radar. Probably, if I remember correctly, Pale as a Ghost was one of his first books and I wasn’t able to binge on the entire series or other books by him…After running away from his abusive lover, Michael ends up checking himself into [...]
4.5* Review written for Love Bytes Reviews.Wow, this was such a good story! I was originally drawn to it because of the setting, a haunted inn nestled within a small town in Illinois. (I grew up in a small town in Illinois, though not quite this small and the only haunted house I knew of was my own, but still.) Despite the setting being what first grabbed my attention, the story itself very quickly took center stage and I was just completely hooked.Most of the ghost stories I’ve read have deal [...]
Wonderfully fun read. Loved it. If you haven't read it, you should.
To see the full review with tweetable and memorable quotes, visit GraveTells:bit/RavensRestReview (live on 10/20)One of the things I liked most about this story is how honest the characters are with each other. They don’t hide things from each other out of fear, and they understand how important sharing is to their relationship. That transparency allows the guys (and the story) to leap right over the trouble spots of some (more frustrating) New Adult romances by simply, consciously doing the m [...]
*3.5*Better than the last book about MM and ghosts combo I read and maybe its rating is higher because of that but I enjoyed the story :)Characters were sweet and easy to relate to, and I liked that the drama wasn't too much, too thick: I'm currently reading a young-adult series full of angst and I appreciated the light lecture this book meant for me. And yeah, it was almost an insta-love, but with a bit of room to al least feel the main characters also worked on their relationship.Mystery-thril [...]
Entertaining but could have been a lot better - felt a little hollow. I needed more feels and I don't mean the sexual type - just more tension.
3.5 StarsThe mystery portion of this story was quite well done. The slow unraveling of exactly what happened to the two lost lovers was fascinating to read and carefully drawn out for maximum scare factor. The séances, the corporeal ghostly visits, and even the possession Michael endured all bled together to make for a great creepy ghost story which never failed to make this reader jump just a little bit at each new twist and turn. The author had a definite grasp of just how to play out what wo [...]
Reviewed for Just Love3.5 stars rounded downAutumn is my favorite time of year so as the weather starts to change I love nothing more than to put on cozy sweats and sit by the fire with a good book and a cup of coffee. And with Halloween just around the corner, the spookier the book the better. Needless to say I couldn’t wait to sink my teeth into Raven’s Rest.Right out of the gate I was a little concerned that there would be a ton of repetition. Michael was really driving the point home wit [...]
Review can be read at It's About The Book3.5 starsMichael has finally left his verbally abusive boyfriend. A truck stop pamphlet leads him to a B&B called Raven’s Rest. It’s a Poe themed B&B which would be pretty cool and kind of works with the scary vibe the place has. It’s supposedly haunted which Michael finds intriguing but doesn’t really believe in. Until one of the spirits visits him. Michael doesn’t feel the ghost means him any harm. He has more important things to worry [...]
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