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When young cad Finlay Saunders spurns the wrong lover, he is murdered, his soul now tied to the place where his life ended. Though the building changes over the years, Finlay’s haunting of the living becomes so bad, that a priest is called in, trapping him in the wall of his ‘death room’.Ninety-three years later, Finlay’s room is unwittingly reopened, and given to a twentyWhen young cad Finlay Saunders spurns the wrong lover, he is murdered, his soul now tied to the place where his life ended. Though the building changes over the years, Finlay’s haunting of the living becomes so bad, that a priest is called in, trapping him in the wall of his ‘death room’.Ninety-three years later, Finlay’s room is unwittingly reopened, and given to a twenty year old boy suffering from depression. His negative energy feeds Finlay's soul, and as soon as the first crackle of blaring rock music fills the room, his ghost is free once again to wreak havoc upon the living.ThemesContemporary Horror/ParanormalGay FictionWarningsAdult ContentHorror, ghostsScenes of a sexual nature between men...

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  • Bookwatcher
    2019-05-01 20:56

    "Indians scattered,On dawn's highway bleedingGhosts crowd the young child’s,Fragile eggshell mindThe Ghost SongJim MorrisonA pub...Six main characters...Many ghosts... what can happen?The storyEverything begin with a problematic young man, Fizz, kick out from his home.Fizz is special, with a unclear disorder from the autism spectrum he can't socialize, and have to be forced in a new place... the worst of his nightmares. A pub. Ruled by his cousin, Ginger, it's the only place he can go. Even it go against everything he want... there are people... A LOT of people, living and working at the same place.But Fizz worst enemy will not be his problems of social interaction, but a malignant presence haunting the old build.The narratorsFizz, Ash, Ginger, Ryan, Matt, Sammy... and surprising, even from he ghost point of view the story will be told.Everything goes around a pub, the work, the clients, the strange phenomenons everyone see/feel in the build interfering with the routine. From pranks, as no beer, to real live dangerous situations... you will read everything, from a lot narrators.I enjoy it. It's not easy to read a book with so many voices and don't get lost or annoyed. And most of all, it's hard to find a book with so many voices that are really different voices! Have you ever read books, with many narrators, or just two, but the narrators mannerism are so similar you have problems to distinguish one from another? Not in this book... believe me, everyone is unique, and I appreciate it.The horrorIt's subtle, not immediately scary, and the suspense will grown... grown, with each page it will go on, and will reach the moment when you KNOW things will get bloody and scary. The ghost is not happy, the ghost want to be alive again... and if he can't, no one should.I must be honest I thought it would be much more scarier, but it worked.. when the worst arrived I was really biting my nails... and was completely engrossed by the book.Did I love, like or more or less like it?100% honest answer: I loved it.The story is not a romance, in a "sex without plot" fashion. It's neither instant love or love do miracles... but it's romantic, in a creepy way :-DYeah it's a scary story, so of course in the worst times the romance will be more pronounced. No need to say, near death experiences can be a good thing, to make someone decide to have the courage to declare their love.I would not recommend it to readers searching couples in love, because it's there, but as a subplot. Instead, it's perfect to readers searching a good ghost story that have also some (not much) romance. Do I have something to complain?Oh come on people... it's me, bitchy Camila. Of course I have. BUT my complain is not something wrong with the book, but maybe a personal opinion. It didn't diminish the pleasure of the reading, so I'm not taking stars because of it.My problem was... Fizz.Can't talk about it without spoil the story, so it's inside a spoiler.(view spoiler)["Physically, he was fine. Fit and well, perhaps a little on the scrawny side, but there was nothing wrong with his body. It was like some sick joke, to give him a perfect able body, but not a head to go with it"I don't know, maybe he has Asperger syndrome, I don't know. It's not specified. That's how he see himself, and he is BY FAR my favorite narrator. I love him... his sadness, his daily problems to even answer someone or look in the eye of another person.He is weak? No, he is the stronger character of the book, dealing with his problems by himself, BRAVELY dealing with everything, even what would scare him to death.I love him so much I wasn't happy when he... was "cured".I understood it... in the end, the good ghost, the soldier, is now helping him. Unfortunately, I didn't like it. I wish he could be himself, and be accepted as he is. Ash want him, as he was. Ryan and Ginger was happy having Fizz with them, and think that Fizz changed, get "better" almost "cured" going out is something that I wish would not happen.Why?Because it's not him.Fizz is Fizz... with his autism. It's who he was, what give his strength and what make me love him so much.(hide spoiler)]Because it's not a short story I recommend you to take you time, grab a hot drink, get under the covers and start it... but leave the lights on... or the suspense will kill you!“There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it.”― Alfred Hitchcock["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Kristen Burns
    2019-05-10 22:08

    4 StarsFull Review:*I received a free ecopy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*When you stick to reading almost entirely fantasy and science fiction, it can be kind of limiting in terms of diversity. So I love that I got to read a paranormal book with ghosts and M-M romance and generally just lots of things I like PLUS a main character struggling to overcome depression.However, that itself is not the reason I’m giving the book a good review. I decided to read it simply because it sounded good, and I liked it simply because it was good.I have become really awful at reading blurbs lately though, so I thought it would be about a ghost-human relationship. Instead it was about human relationships and a ghost who was simultaneously a sneaky asshole and an amazing matchmaker but who ultimately went full-on poltergeist and wrought havoc upon the bar and everyone in it—*MILD SPOILER ALERT* (view spoiler)[possessing people, making blood rain from the ceiling, the whole nine yards. (hide spoiler)] *END SPOILER ALERT* I really loved the ghost aspect exactly how it was though because it wasn’t scary for me as the reader, but it was definitely scary for the characters as things just kept getting crazier and worse and they were confused with no idea what was going on. The writing was really well done in that I felt so tense just reading it!But though I thought the story and the way it was written were great, I wasn’t so crazy about the ending. The climax came early and things still seemed kind of eerie after that which made me think some more ghost-y stuff was going to happen, but it didn’t. And then I was left confused about certain things that weren’t explained, like how it was that *SPOILER ALERT (it’s obvious this is going to happen, but just in case)* (view spoiler)[Fizz was suddenly cured (hide spoiler)] *END SPOILER ALERT* or what the sigils were about. Another review mentioned the explanation for the rifle thing *SPOILER ALERT* (view spoiler)[(that Martin was helping Fizz, which I suppose means Martin was possessing him at that point but just kind of hanging back?) (hide spoiler)] *END SPOILER ALERT*, which makes sense, but I hadn’t even figured that out. So maybe there was an explanation for everything at the end, but I feel like I just didn’t have quite enough clues to make all the connections. However, the ending did at least give a resolution and wrap up the main threads. It was in a kind of “this is how things are for now and where they most likely will go from here” way, but I prefer those kinds of endings to “here’s the names of everyone’s kids 15 years from now” epilogues.As for the characters, there were quite a few, all young males, but they were all so different in both looks and personalities that, once I memorized their names, it wasn’t hard to keep track of them.So overall, I think certain parts of the ending could’ve been better explained, but it was still a great story that I enjoyed!Recommended For:Anyone who likes M-M romance and who's looking for a paranormal story with a ghost who isn't so friendly.Original Review @ Metaphors and Moonlight

  • Majanka
    2019-04-30 02:02

    Book Review originally published here: intriguing ghost story and gay romance mixed in one. Finlay was an interesting ghost, and his background story made me compelled to understand him better. All characters were realistic, and the writing was very gripping.

  • Eeva
    2019-04-23 22:12

    Ok, if you know me at all, you know that the things I enjoy the most are my gay OTPs. Give me gay dudes in a book and I will ship them so hard it's not even funny.Why, thank you Kaylee! I really do know my ships.But in this book something just didn't click. Ok, let me be blunt - there were too many gay dudes in one building. Is that even statistically possible? Of course it was very convenient number of guys, so everyone has their pairing.Give me a break.Beside that I really enjoyed this book (just look, I gave it 4 stars!).I liked the boys, it was great to know them all, they were different enough not to confuse them.I enjoyed the ghost story, even though it played out a lot differently than I anticipated. I thought that the ghost will just interfere a bit in their lives, not necessairly take pleasure in wrecking havoc and hurting them. I'm not saying I didn't like it, I just didin't anticipate it.Talking about ghost! I loved his POV! It was amazing to see all of this through his eyes. I was actually starting to like him, because he was this poor poor boy (ok ghost boy) trapped in the room, unable to move. I felt sorry for him and I was rooting for him, until... well until he showed his true colours.Yeah, these are his true colours.Just so you know.Even though, his chapters were funny and his observations on point.Ash appeared at the door, holding two plastic cups. They were transparent, with domed lids, and straws stuck in their tops. The contents were thick and swirled with two tones of colour. I had seen the bar staff downstairs drink these strange confections by the gallon, sucking them up through the straws. As far as I could work out, fashionable fellows drank their coffee cold these days. My main problem with this book is the protagonist, Fizz. He was unique, with his depression or maybe even autism? I was looking forward to watch him slowly walking out of his shell and slowly beginning to function.(view spoiler)[I wasn't happy with him beaing so... idk, happy all of a sudden. He was boy fine enough, but it just wasn't him. I'd enjoy slow change a lot more. (hide spoiler)]Oh, and did I mention that it all takes place in Brighton!?yeah, I feel you Lydia. I want to go to Brighton as well. I received this book form the publisher in exchange for an honest review ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Daniel Mitton
    2019-05-01 02:01

    (Originally reviewed for Love Bytes Reviews with a copy provided by the publisher / author for an honest review.)I love a ghost story. When I saw this book pop up on our “available to review” list, I had to jump on it. I’m glad I did. It was a fast read, but I liked the premise and the storyline.The main character, “Fizz”, has been thrown out of the house by his parents because of his inability to get over his crippling depression and social anxiety. The twenty year old kid is unable to even go outside because he is afraid all the time. So where can he go? Luckily his cousin Daniel, more commonly known as Ginger, might have the solution. Ginger works at a pub in Brighton, and he is able to take Fizz in off the street.The pub is known as The Queen Anne’s Revenge and is well known by the punk rock crowd as a venue for Sunday jam sessions, and a friendly staff. But there is more to the pub than the customers or even the staff know.In the early 1900s a brutal murder occurred in the military barracks that once stood on the same spot. The victim is still around. I’ll be honest and tell you that in the first half of the book, I didn’t think there was going to be enough ghost action. I’m happy to say that was not true of the second half! Plenty of ghost activity and mysterious happenings.I liked the story. I thought the wrap up of the ghost activity was just a little anticlimactic. After the activity I expected a big bang scene, but didn’t really get it. It was a little too cut and dried for my tastes. I was hoping for more Poltergeistesque type activity, which I think we got, but the resolution just seemed too easy.Overall, I think the book was well written and was above average. I would rate it a 4.0 out of 5.0 stars on our rating scale, and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good story with ghosts. It wasn’t very scary, which was kind of a disappointment, but it was a good read.

  • Sylvia
    2019-05-15 03:04

    I adored this book. There wasn't a single character I didn't like or care about, they were so well drawn and vivid. I loved the creepiness of the haunted house, the slow build of both horror and romance, and I loved the settings, the angst, the humour and banter.This was one of those books that captured my attention and held it so I was barely able to put it down.

  • Anna Martin
    2019-04-21 23:21

    This book just gripped me. There are so many layers to sink your teeth into... the mystery, the horror, the coming-of-age aspect, the romance (and the other romance, and the other one!)For a self-published novel The Haunted Pub is of true "traditional" publishing quality and deserves the same recognition, respect, and readers!!

  • Wendy
    2019-05-18 01:56

    5++ It is everything you want in a great book. Humor, spookyiness, angsty, and well developed story/characters. I love that the ending was so realistic!! One of the best paranormal books I've ever read!

  • jules0623
    2019-05-13 00:58

    This review says it all:

  • Crissy Morris
    2019-05-22 22:56

    4 starsOriginally reviewed for Joyfully JayAfter his brutal murder in 1919, Finlay Saunders was bound to haunt the halls of the military barrack where his murder took place, although it has changed over the years, to a hotel and now a public house. When the structure was a hotel, Finlay, in all his arrogance, challenged the wrong priest and was imprisoned within the walls of the hotel – unable to leave, unable to see time pass by, cursed to pass his days alone. Until the day, ninety-three years later, when an unassuming young man moves into Finlay’s room and everything changes. Feeding off of the young man’s energy, Finlay frees himself from his prison, continuing to wreak havoc with one purpose in mind. Absolute freedom.Jamie “Fizz” Fitzherbert longs to be normal, but it’s apparently not in the cards for him. Living his life the best he can under a cloud of severe depression, Fizz was kicked out of his house, only to be taken in by his cousin, Ginger, and the other employees of The Queen Anne’s Revenge public house to live above and help out at the pub. The members of the staff, Ryan, Matt, Sammy, Pete, and Rachel, are all wary of the new addition, but eventually take to trying to help the broken boy heal.A living space filled with angsty, emotional, and love-sick men is the perfect feeding ground for Finlay to lay out his plan. As Finlay wreaks his own form of havoc, tension, anger and frustration fill the pub and the employees with seemingly no end in sight. When Finlay finally makes his move, it may be life or death for those living in The Queen Anne’s Revenge unless they can find and stop what they can’t see.I am a new Melanie Tushmore fan. In fact, this is only the second book of hers that I’ve read. And I must tell you, this author knows what she’s doing. The Haunted Pub is gay romance meets horror story. Now, if you ask the author, she may tell you that the story is not romance, but if you ask me it’s a different definition of romance, a romantic horror. There are definitely some lovey feelings and unrequited love happening in this book. Either way, it’s a fabulous story with a little bit of everything – unrequited love, heart-pounding mystery, and on-the-edge-of-your-seat horror. It is a ghost story…and not the friendly type.This book is full of personality and amazing personalities. Let’s start with Fizz. His life is clouded in depression. He lives with a massive amount of guilt and fear that rule his life. His balance, Ash, is patient, positive and so sweet. I adore Ash. Sammy and Matt are wonderful characters – both full of spunk and opinion. They butt heads more than not, but the chemistry between them is steamy. I love it. And finally my favorites: Ryan and Ginger. They are the perfect balance. Ginger’s temper and overprotectiveness are complemented by Ryan’s patience and calm, accepting demeanor. I love them all, really.I also liked the ghosts in the book – the good and the bad. They each had unique personalities that gave life to their stories. I only wish there would have been more of a backstory for Finlay and Martin. I’m unsure of their relationship before the murder. It’s not exactly clear if Martin was actually there when Finlay was killed or if he was a ghost that stood by. Was Martin Finlay’s lover? It wasn’t clear: Martin couldn’t help me even if he’d wanted to, exactly the same as the night he’d watched those soldiers strangle me to death in 1919.And I would have liked a little more backstory of why Finlay was killed. But all around the ghost story is intense and exciting. I was riveted.My only other quibble is with the ending. It seemed too easy. I don’t want to give too much away, so if you haven’t read the book, you may not want to read the next part because it may contain spoilers.(view spoiler)[First, the final two chapters feel more like an epilogue, and they dragged on a little more than I would have liked. Because they dragged on, I kept thinking something else would happen, something “ghosty” And I still have questions. How did Ryan know what the sigils were? Why was Ryan so sensitive to the spirits? Why Fizz’s personality change?(hide spoiler)]So, everything was not wrapped up as well as I would have preferred.In the end, the pros definitely outweigh the cons. I loved the characters. The personality contained within this story is a big selling point of The Haunted Pub. This story is intense and fun. Really, it’s a great read. And I look forward to what Tushmore has in store for readers next.

  • Simona
    2019-05-18 21:56

    *I've got this book from NetGalley in exchange of an honest review*Firstly, I have to say, that I didn't expect to like this book as much as I did, however I have to warn you, that it can be triggering, because it deals with depression. Secondly I didn't like the main character Fizz. I know he was depressed, but actually at some parts he reminded me more of a whining teenager, than a person with a mental illness, and believe me, when I say I know what depression is, because I had it myself. Other than that, I liked all the remaining characters in this book. I liked how diverse and interesting they were, how they developed feeling for each other during this book, how caring and nice they were. Thirdly, I liked the plot and the idea of a haunting in the pub. It was gripping and interesting, sometimes made me smile and sometimes it was proper creepy, but it surrounded the romance rather than haunting itself and only in the ending there were more paranormal events. However, because the romance was done well I enjoyed this book none the less. And talking about the ending of a book, I think, it was a little bit rushed. There were still a lot of question unanswered, some things didn't make a lot of sense and needed more explanation. Do I recommend this book ? Yes, if you like romance and ghosts.

  • Deeze
    2019-05-02 21:13

    An unusual story that had me intrigued from the start.I really enjoyed this one. The ghostly side was different and surprisingly creepy.I loved that we got 3 romances on the go at once. Fizz and Ash were sweet, Ginger and Ryan worked well but the sex felt like filler. Matt and Sammy need their own tale.The story flowed smoothly and held my interest up to the final chapters. Then I'm afraid things started to slip. There just wasn't enough detailed closure for me with Fizz. I have my suspicions but I'd of liked things to be spelled out a little more. I also felt that the ghost story wasn't ended. (view spoiler)[ The room is sealed again but is the ghost still there? And if my suspicions regarding Fizz and the soldier are true then there is definitely more story explanation needed for me. (hide spoiler)]Overall a really good story but the ending drops it a star

  • Agnes
    2019-05-14 00:03

    I had so much fun reading this one ;D It has an engaging supernatural plot that develops throughout the book, three romantic storylines (this might not be a romance novel, but it didn't disappoint my romantic self), fab characters among whom is a sexy, tattooed redhead (GAWD!). The way one of the other characters described him never failed to make me melt (I'm such a sucker for Ginger). There's lot of UST, which is awesome, loved being kept on the edge. Great read.

  • Erin
    2019-05-04 03:22

    I super enjoyed this one! I appreciated the relationships between all of the people who worked and lived at the pub, their interactions were believable and there's a smooth, easy flow to the story. I was a bit shocked by the abrupt ending... I felt a bit like BAM! It's over but beyond that it was a great read. :)

  • Kristy Maitz
    2019-05-17 20:53

    Even if it was a pulling start, I somehow could not connect with the story plot. It was boring for me, even though we had a bad ghost, multiple couple romances and okay interaction between characters. Something was off.

  • Betryal
    2019-05-19 23:53

    I'm a little sad that the ending left a feeling of incomplete, but otherwise I enjoyed this story.

  • J.J. Carroll
    2019-04-24 03:18

    Review at Prism Book Alliance

  • Aura
    2019-05-02 20:56

    Very enjoyable - my first book that featured gay/bi in a greater detail, the characters were very believable and sympathetic, as was the angle of the ghost haunting.

  • ReviewerLarissa
    2019-05-03 05:08

    The Haunted Pub by Melanie Tushmore is a re-release of a previously released story. It’s a tale of haunting, a bit of horror and lots of teen drama. It’s one of those stories that is an unlikely find and you can’t help but love. It’s not one that’s neatly wrapped up.What is The Haunted Pub about?The Haunted Pub is a story that’s about several people who live and work in the Queen Anne’s Revenge, a pub in Brighton. They are all (relatively) young a don’t conform to society, but follow their own path. The story starts when Jamie arrives. Chronically depressed and thrown out by his parents, but helped by his cousin Daniel ‘Ginger. He is the catalyst that wakes up Finlay and frustrated and manipulative poltergeist with an agenda.Tell us about the plot for this storyAs said, The Haunted Pub follows several people (Fizz/Jamie, Ash, Daniel/Ginger, Ryan, Matt, Sammy) living and working at the pub and therefore has several plots that are all blended together by Finlay who has his own voice in the story.It’s an engaging plot, especially because we don’t know a whole lot more about what’s going on than the characters. There are no explanations given. At the same time the story sometimes drags a bit because the author goes into details with some of the character’s exploits and they are not always that interesting. At least they weren’t for me.There are no big twists and turns, but the one that were there fit the story.Are the characters of this story dynamic, rounded?While The Haunted Pub is not a character driven story, we do get a lot of insight into the characters, though funnily enough not always from the characters themselves but how they are viewed by others. Fizz/Jamie is a good example. We know he’s chronically depressed, but from reading this story we get the idea that there is more to it than that. I would say he could easily have Asperger.They also behave typically like young men should. I thought it was well done at how the characters were portrayed. They were heavily flawed, but not imperfect. They fit an image typical college students / young men.How is the writing of The Haunted Pub?Despite some bits that lagged and could have been more compact, the writing was surprisingly solid and engaging with influences of pop-culture and at times witty and dynamic.So does The Haunted Pub explore a theme?Yes, while apart from being a horror story with haunting, it also has a bit of coming of age in it along with dealing with depression, unrequited love and first love. You can say it’s also a teensy bit of a mystery, concerning the haunting, but that never takes off.Why did you read this story and what is your opinion?I like stories by Melanie Tushmore as she quite often has characters that are in the alternative / goth scene and unlike some authors, she knows what she’s writing about. Also I’m a sucker for horror stories and who can pass up a story about a haunted pub?I loved The Haunted Pub. It’s not what you expect going in and it’s actually quite refreshing to have such normal men that are not perfect or aspire to be so.The haunting was well done and quite scary sometimes. I liked how there never really was an explanation for the how and what next.How do you rate The Haunted Pub?With 4 stars!Would you recommend the story?Yes, definitely. Everyone who likes something different or likes horror, this story is definitely for you!

  • ItsAboutTheBook
    2019-04-25 22:04

    Review can be read at It's About The Book3.5 starsI loved the Green Monster and like ghost stories so when I saw this up for grabs to review I snatched it up. I liked how it went to a darker place towards the end of the book. There were three different love stories going on in this book. I was cheering for them all. The problem for me was the first part of the book was slow to get going. Mostly it’s the day to day of the bar they all work at and live above. The characters are oblivious and frustrating at times. Adorable at others. There are a ton of older pop culture references that reminded me this story was a rewrite or re-release from years ago I never got around to reading.Fizz has just been kicked out of his parents house. He’s 21 and has always had a problem with depression. He cycles from not caring and then seeing how his actions hurt those around him to disappointment. Which just makes him feel worse. He can’t do anything right. He’s not good at anything. His brother takes him to stay with a cousin who runs a bar out of an old hotel. Once there he’s given the room that once belonged to a devious spirit who died a horrific death. The spirit is able to manipulate Fizz in his vulnerable state just when he seems to find his place in the world thanks to people caring for him.Fizz is super depressing to read about. You do feel sorry for him and I like that everyone was trying to rally around him after he’s basically dumped on their doorstep. A regular at the bar deemed a “player” takes a romantic interest in Fizz. He’s very good at be patient with Fizz and knowing just how far to push him. How to talk to him. They were cute but not exactly sexy since Fizz seems so childish at times and also unstable. It was hard to get into this couple even though I liked Ash quite a bit.There are multiple POVs so you do get inside the head of all the characters. It’s jolting at times and takes a bit to figure out whose POV you’re reading from. I think I actually preferred the other two couples. The not so straight chef and the slutty bartender, Sammy were pretty sexy. They fought a lot so the tension there was good. The other couple have been secretly pining for each other for years but neither has done a thing about it. I liked all the emotion you got with their POVs. Both were very sexy but not much on page action.The ending was wrapped up pretty neatly. I liked the love stories for the most part. I got a good sense of who the characters were. The horror aspect was amped up towards the ending. The beginning it’s more a pesky ghost who can’t stop butting in when the guys ignore their feelings for each other. His tragedy was probably the hardest to read about. To sum this up it’s about a group of men whom work together and have a bunch of repressed lust and love for each other that find themselves with strange things happening around them. Nobody knows what it is until it’s too late. For me this story had some highs and lows. I can see this going either way for readers.

  • Suze
    2019-04-24 23:59

    A different kind of story, one with 8 main characters two of whom are ghosts/presences. And perhaps one that wont sit well with pure romance readers but I liked it being different.The story revolves about the lives of the 6 people who live in the pub and how the malevolent presence of Finlay affects them all. Though we learn more of Finlay in the blurb than in the book.Fizz has severe depression which is firmly exploited by Finlay. He just goes into a deeper spiral of despair. Though Ash does give him a glimmer of hope. Ryan is also in despair as well as long term infatuation for Ginger, though as a main character Ginger remains more talked about than giving us anything to form opinions of.Sammy was a fun character though obnoxious too. And Matt, well needs to tell Sammy what he really feels rather than having a go at him.The haunting comes to a head though by this time we have lost Finlay's voice and I wanted to know more from him. There are a few TSTL moments ending in lots of unconscious people - thank goodness for Beth!!Though after this part the book seemed to wallow a bit, I think I wanted a bit more of a finish than what we got, though for Ash, Fizz, Ryan and Ginger there was a least a new starting point.There are many questions still left for me: (view spoiler)[ why was Fizz much changed after, did Finlay and Martin get any kind of closure, why was Martin there, why did the events happen to Finlay, what did Fnlay want to happen, what happens to Matt and Sammy (hide spoiler)]

  • Riina Y.T.
    2019-05-06 21:04

    The Haunted Pub is not a scary ghost story in my opinion. Which was what I was hoping for! :( It’s more like an episode out of a soap opera, plus the ghosts. We have a lot of main character and almost as many POV’s. That’s something I personally don’t seek out and rather try to avoid. But that’s just me, I guess. I prefer to focus on two, and occasionally three, main characters and get lost in their minds. With so many guys, and ghosts, it was difficult (for me) to dive in, let go and soak up their feelings and emotions. On the plus side, every character was unique and had a distinctive voice. What did I like about this book? The setting; a pub & hotel in Brighton. Lovely. Very British. It’s also haunted, like the title promises. It was easy to read, the flow nice. The story begins with Fizz being cast out by his parents. When he calls his brother for help, they make their way to their cousin Ginger’s pub, who takes in Fizz. Fizz is a sweet guy but suffers from horrible depression and some sort of Asperger syndrome maybe? It wasn't clear. Also, he has absolutely zero self worth and struggles with life in general. Ryan, one of the many main characters and part of the group who runs the pub, was my favorite. Punky kid, good hearted, madly, one-sidedly in love with Ginger, Fizz’s cousin who runs the pub. Ginger was also a very likable guy, caring, with a sad and heartbroken vibe, not really seeing Ryan. Sammy (twinky bartender) and Mark (hunky cook) were fighting a lot. Sammy’s a noisy guy, bit irritating. Mark? Didn’t really care about him. Then there was Ash, friend of Ryan’s, also member of their band. He had a bit of a reputation I think, very handsome but a nice guy. Probably also one of my favorites.Not to forget to mention, the ghosts, haunting the pub. Yup. We actually get their (Finlay's) POV, a lot. Objectively speaking, the book was nice; Personally speaking, some of the characters failed to charm me and their stories sadly didn’t fully capture me.I would recommend The Haunted Pub to anyone who is looking for a good time, a nice and easy story with a touch of the paranormal. ****Many thanks to the publisher who kindly provided a free copy for an honest and impartial review.

  • Sharon Tyler
    2019-05-10 01:05

    The Haunted Pub by Melanie Rushmore is a contemporary novel that will appeal to adult and new adult readers. Suffering from depression, and going through a rough time because of it, Fizz's misery culminates in his parents throwing him out, leaving him with two bags, twenty pounds, and nowhere to go. Desperate, he calls his brother, who takes him to The Queen Anne's Revenge, where Fizz winds up living in a room that hasn't had a human inhabitant for more years than anyone can actually count—a room that seems to already have an occupant.The Haunted Pub is full of characters with flaws. Fizz has struggled with depression, and perhaps more, all his life. His parents have just kicked him out of the house, and the only place for him to stay is with his cousin at a pub that is rumored to be haunted- in the creepiest room to boot. The majority of the pub’s staff lives in the upper floors as well, and one roommate’s band also reverses there. The story is about the haunted inhabitants of the pub, and the connections the living inhabitants make as well. I really felt like I got to know five or six characters really well, and enjoyed reading about their interactions and growth individually. The ghostly aspected built slowly, but that was the perfect pace to make the big conflict at the end so real and high emotion. I became so enthralled with the characters that I really have not stopped thinking about them, and how they might be doing, since I finished the book. Since it is the characters that hook me, I know I will be looking for more from the author.The Haunted Pub has a little bit of everything. Readers that are offended by LGBTQ relationships or characters will want to steer clear, but readers that do not care how the characters identify as long as they are well written and that their book is compelling will enjoy the read. There is a gothic feel, with plenty of adult angst and mental and emotional struggles to keep readers (and characters) guessing at every turn. I only wish I could read more about how the characters deal with whatever comes next, because life always throws something new at you when you least expect it.

  • Robin Lynn
    2019-04-29 05:20

    The Haunted Pub Fizz has just been tossed out of his house, has 20 pounds to his name, and nowhere to go. Fortunately his cousin Ginger works in a pub and happens to have a room for Fizz. It's a room that he'll have to himself. At least he's the only human occupant of the room. Fizz is struggling with some serious mental illness, and it seems to make him an easy target for the nasty, evil ghost inhabiting the top floor of The Queen Anne's Revenge. The room Fizz ends up in. The ghost begins siphoning Fizz's energy, gaining strength and losing patience. We're introduced to the other human occupants of the pub, Ginger, who happens to be Fizz's cousin. Ryan, another denizen of the pub who has a roaring crush on Ginger. Matt, the resident cook, and Sammy, the angry twink. We also meet Ash, lead singer of a punk band that meets up in the bar. As the entity takes more and more control of Fizz, the haunting in other places of the pub get worse, until Fizz is possessed. And that's when all the horror comes to a head. I can't really go into much more detail of the plot without giving everything away, but I enjoyed The Haunted Pub. It was a fun, queer novel, and had some good characters. I wasn't super keen on how Fizz was handled. In the beginning he was portrayed as being almost paralyzed by anxiety and fear, but after the encounter with the ghost, all his mental illness was gone. Life just doesn't work that way, and mental illness can't be flipped off like a switch. All the romances between everyone who lives in the pub was a little contrite, and completely unrealistic. It is a paranormal novel though, so I suppose in some other alt universe things like that could happen. Anyway, I liked it, and I think that while it has a niche audience, it could be well received by that audience. Queer romance with ghost stories aren't for everyone, but you really should give The Haunted Pub a shot. 

  • Crescendo
    2019-05-01 23:11

    3.5My only complaint is that the narration isn't smooth. It's jumps from person to person in an unorganized, sort of jumbled way. It only slightly diminishes from the intrigue and suspense of the story. So about the plot: its more of a suspense than a romance. Of course there is supernatural match-making going on, with the helpful aid of horny spirits and mysterious voices. So many, many years ago a young man was murdered in the most brutal way imaginable and now his malevolent spirit haunts the pub where all the cast of characters reside. Fizz, a young man suffering from social anxiety and severe depression , is brought into the room where this ghost is trapped and his powerful energy is absorbed into the spirit and sets it free. From then on, the spirit proceeds to manipulate Fizz and the whole cast of characters into hooking up with one another. Eventually, something unimaginable happens to Fizz and all things go downhill from there. It goes downhill in the most deliciously devious way.The author does a good job of connecting the reader to the character Fizz, and the other characters. There were many moments when I cringed, and felt irritated at Fizz's behavior, but after taking into consideration his already shady past, I started to feel pity for him. If an author is able to connect a reader to a supposedly weak character and turn around their perception in a span of a few chapters to a sympathetic and strong-willed character, then they're amazing. Fizz turned out to be a surprisingly unique character because often those with depression are portrayed as a sack of potatoes, lugging their problems around and wallowing in self pity, among other things. I definitively think having the point of view of others helped shape my new found perception of him.*Copy provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

  • Pépin Pomme
    2019-05-01 22:18

    It was a very good surprise!There are two major characters, among the six main characters.First one is Jamie (Fizz). This guy... this guy needs to be protected. I love him so much, and I was so happy for him when he found someone who was right for him. I have social anxiety, so reading about a major character with a very bad case of that illness, it was great. He is my baby. I was a little disappointed at the end, because he was magically cured, and well, it's was sad, and not well done since it changed his personality so much, and nobody really seemed to notice.The second one is Ryan. I like Ryan, even if he doesn't have a very original personality. But he is a sweet and brave guy, madly in love.What I liked the most was the house's (well, pub) dynamic. It's such a mess, it was awesome. This is a story about young people, and we trully feel that, and everything was, I think, very relatable. I could have done without the plot, really, just reading about them and their daily life made me happy. I would have love to know more about the characters and their past, but hey, we can't have it all.The plot was interesting, too. I feel a little bad for the ghost, because of what happened to him, but I don't like him. I like the fact that his actions weren't spelled out to us, we had to guess what was his doing and what was not, and how he did things. And the resolution was good, too. Quick, because the ghost wasn't a main character, and without to much drama or pathos.A great reading, really. I would have rated it 5 stars, but the magical curring disappointed me.

  • Anita Bianchi
    2019-04-30 02:57 un romanzo che mi ha fatto veramente [email protected]@are! Fino a più di tre quarti di libro gli avrei dato tranquillamente cinque stelline: è scritto bene, la trama è intrigante e i personaggi, anche se sono forse un pochino troppi, sono interessanti e delineati molto bene. Poi l'autrice rovina tutto, risolvendo la storia in pochissime pagine con un finale totalmente anti-climatico. Perchè mi arrabbio? Perchè odio veder sprecato un potenziale del genere!Ma veniamo alla trama: Fizz è giovane e soffre di una depressione fortissima e, come se ciò non bastasse, i suoi decidono di buttarlo fuori casa. Lui si rivolge al fratello che a sua volta chiede aiuto al cugino, Ginger, menager di un pub: il "The Queen Anne's Revenge", appunto. Fizz viene accolto e si trova a vivere in una stanza infestata dallo spirito di Finlay, un giovane morto in circostanze terribili. Il suo spirito però non è uno spirito buono e se ne accorgeranno presto Finn, Ginger e tutti gli altri abitanti del pub. Una lettura che, come vi dicevo prima, mi ha conquistata fin quasi alla fine con i suoi viraggi improvvisi da romance ad horror, passando per il dramma ma che, grazie al finale, mi ha lasciato veramente insoddisfatta.

  • H.A.
    2019-04-25 01:09

    It's been an embarrassment of riches for me this spring when it comes to reviews. THE HAUNTED PUB is a sterling example! It is chock full of elements I adore, all beautifully written.The characters are so well developed, it's hard not to feel like every single one is a friend by the end. To add even more depth, the relationships -- family, friends, and romantic -- are so sympathetic, sweet and hot, and entirely believable. Sure, it might beg belief that all the men in the house are gay and fall in love with each other, but they're so wonderful, I ultimately didn't care. I'm more than willing to suspend disbelief for a great story like this!And then there's the central conflict around which all of these relationships orbit. Obviously, the title of the book gives the basics away -- the Pub above which everybody lives is haunted. And the ghost ain't friendly like Casper. This ghost story is genuinely scary and sometimes disturbing! A good throughline of horror lives in the center of this story too. The combination of great stories and irresistable characters and 'ships makes THE HAUNTED PUB a new favorite of mine.If you love pretty gay boys in love (punk boys, at that!), scary/gory ghosts, and an overall distracting story, don't miss this unique tale!

  • C.E. Case
    2019-05-16 20:54

    The Haunted Pub Melanie TushmoreThe Haunted Pub is a charming, fun story about a mischievious ghost tormenting a motley group of earnest, gay characters who run a run-down pub in England. There's an ensemble rather than one pairing, which was a nice surprise, narrated mostly by Ryan, an even-keeled fellow at odds with the weirdness around him.The story aspires to scary but remains farsicle. There are hijinks and a bit of camp, and everyone gets a happy ending. It's even quite sexy.The story also aspires to some depth, but doesn't quite get there. Fizz, our introductory character, suffers from clinical depression and suicidal tendencies. His portrayal is realistic enough, but gets too pat a conclusion. There's also a harrowing account of rape that has meaning but lacks...accountability, somehow.That makes The Haunted Pub a somewhat guilty pleasure, but a pleasure indeed. Action, drama, scrappy humor, and British accents make a splendid escape for an afternoon's read. Four starsI was provided this book in exchange for an honest review by Inked Rainbow Reads. I was not compensated, coerced, or flattered into an opinion.

  • Janelle
    2019-04-23 00:20

    I really enjoyed this book! The characters were fun and I found myself invested in each of their relationships. The ghost story went a totally different way that I had thought, especially with Finlay showing his true colors in the later half of the book . And to think I was actually feeling sorry for him before all of that came to light! I loved all the pairings and while it usually ins't everyone's forte, I liked that they were all happy couples in the end. I felt they had enough emotional angst to last a lifetime.The pacing felt right, though I feel like the ending was a bit rushed. I also was a bit disappointed in Fizz's instant turn around after all that had happened. I was happy he was finally happy, but it felt like it came on very quickly and a bit from left field.Overall, I really enjoyed this read and am going to look up more from the author.