Title: Dan’s Hauntastic Haunts Investigates: Hawk Lake
Series: Dan’s Hauntastic Haunts Book 2
Author: Alex Silver
Genre: Paranormal, Romance
LGBTQ+ Category: Gay, Trans FTM
About The Book
When ghosts cry out, Dan and Chad heed their call.
Daniel and Chad are on the road to Hawk Lake, Maine, to investigate rumors of a haunting. With his new role in Daniel’s life, Chad feels like he has something to prove. He is determined to make the Hawk Lake haunting videos the best Hauntastic Haunts has ever aired.
Daniel gets sidetracked when he realizes that he might have gotten in over his head with his long distance apprenticeship to a genuine medium. Old insecurities rear their heads and threaten the budding relationship between Dan and Chad.
Neither member of the Hauntastic Haunts crew is ready for what they uncover when they discover the truth behind the ghost ship haunting Hawk Lake. Secrets and lies that threaten to tear apart a community that is still healing from their grief might be better left buried. Daniel and Chad have to decide which is more important, telling the stories of the living or preserving the memories of a handful of ghosts.
Get ready for a hauntastic time with this paranormal trans MM romance.
Believe it or not, I sat on this story a full week before writing this review. I needed to chew on the story for a little while, but I must confess there may have been a teensy bit of procrastinating going on too. However, the procrastinating and chewing sort of went hand so we’ll just go with “philosophically using our little grey cells,” and move on. *giggles…
In this story our ghost hunting adventurers, Dan and Chad find themselves in a small town, on the Eastern Northcoast. The town has been divided since a tragic boating accident killed a handful of teens several years ago. The leader of the small boating excursion was blamed and by proxy his parents.
So, as the years passed, people in this small town who once called themselves friends became enemies, families have become complacent and just go through the motions of daily life without living it. They too, phantoms, though they are still made of flesh and bone.
It is said Markus, the young man blamed for the boating tragedy who is said to now work in the afterlife to save strangers from time to time. Some say, he shows up to warn people of storms or pending accidents.
So, Dan and Chad the ghost hunting team have been asked to step in and find some answers for the families. Put to rest any ghosts, and hopefully bring to the surface some answers to the mountain of questions surrounding the deaths of ones so young.
I know I mentioned in book one about how fun, scary, and entertaining in equal measure Alex Silver’s writing style is, and it is quite the same in “Hawk Lake.” As the MC’s work on their professional relationship, they have to also work on their still new personal relationship. I imagine it isn’t easy to work, eat, sleep, breathe the same air, and be around someone 24/7. So, I liked that Silver gave both Dan and Chad layers and that not all those layers were YouTube star-worthy moments.
This was another winner for me, and I am absolutely in love with Karen, the secondary character who gives Dan hell. She’s a gifted psychic who sees Dan as a hack with toys, and while Dan may have extreme latent gifts of his own (because I believe we all have gifts to some degree) he has a heart of gold, and his goal is the same as Karen’s…to help spirits find peace. He just helps out scientifically whereas Karen works strictly by spirit and intuition.
What Dan learns however is not every spirit seeks rest or light, or to move on. This time the cost is something Dan pays real attention to. I think Karen will have both he and Chad worked into shape before all is said and done. Oh yes, she is definitely my kind of gal, and I have it on very good authority she will be around for a while yet. (thanks, Alex)
Lovin’ the heck outta this series so far!
These are always so hard so I will keep it simple: My four adult sons (28-21) call me Ma and Dragon Lady. Their ringtone ranges from the Imperial Death March to Stewie’s “Ma Mom Mommy.” Because of my disability, I am a hermit and stay inside and mostly in very dim light, hence the nickname Dragon Lady. I read for therapy and am slowly getting back into my art, thanks to friends I have made in authordom and fandom. If I had one wish, it would be to see Ru Paul and Donald Trump in an MMA ring and the winner after answering questions on censorship of books in our libraries, LGBTQIA advocacy, national healthcare, and our troops and vets, being the next POTUS. 😁