Title: Red Lettering
Series: Scare This!, #3
Author: Barbara Geiger
Length: Novella (89 pages)
Publisher: MLR Press (October 31st, 2014)
Heat Level: Low
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥3.5Hearts
Blurb: What was supposed to be a one-night stand for Colin, with a bit of strange, shouldn’t have been on Halloween when his departed lover still has something to say.
Colin’s boyfriend Ren was flamboyant and fabulous, in-or-out of drag. Colin has been mourning him for seven years. When Colin walks into the local diner, he doesn’t expect to see Peter the flirty waiter dressed as a waitress. Colin wants to let Peter go, but somehow he just can’t do it. It’s Halloween, the veil between the living and the dead is at its thinnest, and Ren still has a lot to say. Peter’s been hurt before, and Colin has truths of his own to face, but with Ren’s help, maybe they’ll have a hot at more than a one-night stand.
Product Link: http://www.mlrbooks.com/ShowBook.php?book=BGREDLTR
Review: Red Lettering is a standalone book in the Scare This series. So far, this is the third story I’ve read in this Halloween theme series. The premise is intriguing, although I’ve come across it before in other books. Ren, the long dead lover of Colin is playing matchmaker between Colin and Peter, showing them exactly what they need.
It’s good that this story features drag queens – Ren had been one and Peter is dressed as a waitress when Colin meets him. Colin sure knows his make up too. I say it’s good because many stories that I’ve read with drag queens are all light-hearted romps, but Red Lettering is more heartfelt and serious. Don’t be surprised if you feel the urge to shed a couple of tears!
This is a rather heartfelt and poignant story, in both the present and the flashbacks. It certainly isn’t one of those Ren literally haunting and pushing the two together, although his tragic life is certainly something entirely different from Colin’s version of Ren. Then Peter is just a kind soul, very patient, despite his own past experience. That being said I can’t say it was fun. However, it was thoroughly enjoyable, albeit intense. Even Halloween is the holiday for healing, it seems.
And the teaser, we get a “to be continued”! According to Barbara Geiger’s website, the sequel, “Black Shades”, is a Christmas novella that will feature Peter’s point of view. One thing I had thought was that there wasn’t enough Peter, so I’m relieved to see that there will be the opportunity for more!
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