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Restless Spirits (Volume 1)

Narrated by: Greg Tremblay
Series: Spirits, Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
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After losing the family fortune to a fraudulent psychic, inventor Henry Strauss is determined to bring the otherworld under control through the application of science. All he needs is a genuine haunting to prove his Electro-Séance will work. 

A letter from wealthy industrialist Dominic Gladfield seems the answer to his prayers. Gladfield’s proposition: a contest pitting science against spiritualism, with a hefty prize for the winner. The contest takes Henry to Reyhome Castle, the site of a series of brutal murders decades earlier. There he meets his rival for the prize, the dangerously appealing Vincent Night. Vincent is handsome, charming...and determined to get Henry into bed. Henry can’t afford to fall for a spirit medium, let alone the competition. But nothing in the haunted mansion is quite as it seems, and soon winning the contest is the least of Henry’s concerns. For the evil stalking the halls of Reyhome Castle wants to claim not just Henry and Vincent’s lives but their very souls.

©2015 Jordan L. Hawk (P)2018 Jordan L. Hawk

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  • Neta_BER
  • 31-07-2018

A thrilling supernatural mystery!!!

If you enjoyed her Hexworld books or Widdershins, you will LOVE this one!!!

This book was my first M/M, almost two years ago, and it not only introduced me to Jordan L. Hawk that has become one of my favorite authors. Jordan has a fantastic writing style and is one of the best world builder I have read to date. All three of her 19th century book serieses are fantastically written and have an ingenues way of being both realistic and raw while still having supernatural and magical elements. I love the level of research and feel of scientific accuracy this book has, the exorcism feels logical and true, and to be able to write it in such a way is a true gift indeed. The other thing I love about Jordan's writing is her inclusive, diverse writing. There are characters from every color, ethnicity, gender and gender identity in her writing and she fits each character and story to the time period with such accuracy it's astounding. She writes real people with genuine struggles in an other worldly setting, not an easy feat.
This book is a mystery both scary and intriguing, the plot twisting and unexpected.
I love the struggle between Vincent and Henry, both striving for the same goal but from opposing sides. The "hate-turned-to-lust-turned-to-friendship" between them is wonderful, with just the right amount of snark and fluster. They each bring something to the table and if they can only work together they might survive this hunted mansion. Lizzy and Joe, the wonderful and funny partners and co-workers are each a formidable female and show a strength and wisdom much greater then their sometimes dens male counterparts. This is the start of a wonderful series that puts a twist on Ghost Busters and combines science and spirit to save the day.

***Audiobook***
I remember e-mailing to ask if this book will come out in audio after listening to her amazing book Hexbreaker on audio (my first audiobook too!) and enjoying it so much. Little did I know that once it came out the narrator will be one of my favorites, Greg Trembly. He is a true master of emotions and has in incredible gift of understanding the characters in any story. I have thoroughly enjoyed every book he narrated and here was not different. Greg narrated the book with the perfect pitch, accents, emotion and pace. His performance was just what I wanted this book on audio to be, capturing the spooky dangerous atmosphere of the hunted house an delivery a shiver worthy narration. Having read this book and loved it re-reading it on audio was a great experience I feel only added to the story and I can not wait for the next ones to come out on audio!

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  • Aislinn Wolfsong
  • 29-07-2018

Very good!

I enjoyed reading this book back when it first came out and am so glad it is now available in audiobook format. Greg Tremblay does such an awesome job of bringing the whole thing to life with his performance.
Jordan's awesome storytelling + Greg's narration is a fantastic combination.

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  • raymond noland
  • 26-09-2018

wow

wow i couldn't put it down I think I found my new guilty pleasure .

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  • U.E.
  • 10-08-2018

A ghost story in its natural format

I've already read the book before and loved it, so there were no surprises here. Anyone looking for an excellent ghost story with M-M romance elements should look no further than the Spirits series. Audio is the natural format for a ghost story and had I not known the plot beforehand I'd probably jump on my seat many times.
My only issue with the audiobook was that the narrator talked a little bit too fast for me sometimes (English is not my native language).
Hopefully the next volumes would come out in audio too.

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  • Jessica
  • 29-07-2018

Creepily good book!

Good storie with likabell charachters! Parts of the story gave me the creeps! Get easily scared, especially by books and this one made the goosebumps appear. Greg Tremblay did a super good job!
Really liked the ending and cant wait for book 2!

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  • padme35
  • 19-09-2019

Great blend of mystery/spirits/romance/historical


This is my second re-visit to books 1 & 2(Restless Spirits & Dangerous Spirits) and my first for book 3, Guardian Spirits and I loved them just as much as my original reads. Following the journey of Henry and Victor, as well as Jo and Lizzie, is such a treat and I don't think it will ever get old. Such amazing characters and incredible scene setting, well Spirits trilogy is really an all around package of goodness. For newcomers, this is a trilogy best read in order so be sure to start at the beginning to see how the four meet.

As for the narrator, Greg Tremblay, well I can't imagine anyone else reading them. Would someone else be as good and enjoyable? Of course, but after listening to Greg read Spirits, I really don't see anyone else doing the characters and their adventures to find the truth justice. A reading and listening masterpiece that will pull you in, tie you down, and not let go till the truth is found. Entertaining for years to come.

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  • Sue C
  • 25-08-2019

fun ghost story

Did the story keep me engaged: yes
Were there any parts I found annoying: no
Did I feel an emotional connection to the characters: yes
Would I listen to it again: absolutely

Story comments: I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Jordan L Hawke has written a clever Victorian mystery with a nerdy well intentioned inventor at it's heart, combined it with a ghost story, set it in a slightly altered reality and resulted in a fun, creepy and entertaining adventure.
I look forward to starting book 2.

Side note: Not a book I should have started before bed … I didn't want to stop listening and then when I should have stopped, the malevolent ghost was active so it became one of those 'nope - cant stop here, it will give me nightmares' excuses (lol!)"

Narrator comments: I've never listened to a Greg Tremblay narrated book that I haven't been completely drawn into and this one is no different. Each character is vividly bought to life, distinctly voiced, emotionally captured and remains clear and consistent throughout.

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  • Annika
  • 05-08-2019

Good start

After listening to and loving Whyborne & Griffin series I decided that I needed to check out more of Jordan L. Hawke’s work. I mean their ability to create amazing stories and characters couldn’t have been limited to the one series, right? And I’m glad to say that it wasn’t. Restless Spirits hooked me from the beginning and held me captive to the very end when I was left salivating for more.

After a fraud medium made off with the family fortune Henry Strauss has dedicated his life to prevent others to suffer the same fate. With the help of science and technology (and his cousin Jo) he’s invented an Electro-Séance machine to detect and disband spirits. Now he just needs a spirit to test it on. That comes in the form of a challenge. A wealthy industrialist has purchased a haunted mansion and he wants the spirits inhabiting the place gone, so he ordered a challenge science vs. spiritualism and whichever team won would walk away with a hefty sum.

Vincent Night, medium extraordinaire is hiding from his gift ever since a haunting gone awry caused the death of his mentor. Now he and his business partner and fellow medium, Miss Deveraux, is running out of funds and are at risk of losing their shop. So he reluctantly accepts the challenge to rid Reyhome Castle from spirits. The only problem is that one of the spirits in that cursed place is determined not only to kill them all, but taking their souls as well.

Neither man is what the other expected; a Native American and a white man openly claiming his black cousin as his kin. One open to possibilities and the other mistrustful towards everyone and everything. They have both been hurt in the past and are reluctant to let others in. However they both have great hearts and I did enjoy them together – unsettling each other, but also working together.

Greg Tremblay’s narration of this book was great. He made you feel the cold when spirits were near, the fear of them. He made you feel like you were with Henry and Vincent in that haunted mansion, fighting for their lives. He also captured the essence of the characters, not only Henry and Vincent’s but the secondary characters as well. He narrates with such passion that you are sucked into that world and don’t surface until the book has ended and you are left with a want and need to go back for more.

A copy of this book was generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review for Love Bytes.

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  • Jeffrey
  • 10-06-2019

Left me wanting more!

My first time reading one of Jordan Hawks books. I was hooked immediately. I had to force my self from blowing through it! When I wasn’t listening to it I was thinking about it. It’s a powerful story lines interwoven with life stations and etiquette we’ve long since forgotten. The story was great, the characters strong, the connections between characters touching and the narrator Greg Tremblay great as usual! Can’t wait to read more from this author!

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  • Darrell Grizzle
  • 06-05-2019

Spooky & Exciting, As Well As Romantic

A thoroughly enjoyable Victorian mystery and ghost story. The story focuses on two rival ghost-hunters who seek to rid a haunted castle of its malevolent ghosts. Vincent is a psychic medium who has grown afraid to use his gifts, and Henry is a man of science who seeks to use an invention he calls the Electro-Séance (shades of the electric pentacle used by Carnacki the Ghost Finder). The novel's romantic elements grow organically out of the main story as Vincent and Henry find themselves attracted to each other despite their best efforts to remain rivals. Very well written, and the Audible narration by Greg Tremblay is a perfect fit for this story that is spooky and exciting as well as romantic.