My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Publication Date:October 31st 2015
Point of View: 1st Person (James)
Genres & Themes: M/M Romance, LGBTQA+, Contemporary, Novella, Short Story, Paranormal, Ghosts
For the last six months, Detective James Ralston has worked the nightshift as security for the Pacific Blue Hotel, and every night at 2 a.m. his rounds lead him to the radio room where the handsome and mysterious Franklin Fairchild sits listening to waltzes as old as the hotel itself. James is drawn to Franklin, but Franklin is a man at the end of his rope, and James has no intention of getting caught up in whatever trouble Franklin is in. A heated encounter late one night sends James down a disturbing path and has him questioning everything around him, including his very sanity.
“Maybe the Pacific Blue wasn’t where people who had no sense ended up. Maybe it was where people who had no hope came to find it.”
It seems I can’t let Halloween go or rather I can’t seem to escape it. I’m in no way complaining. I almost missed this novella, but in the span of 60 pages it held my attention and did not let me go (should I just break out into “Let it go?”).
The atmosphere is very Bermuda Triangle mixed in with some “The Shining” minus the psycho-ness, add in a transcending-time romance. Charlie Cochet is a favorite of mine and what I love about her writing is that it’s never-ending. She writers across genres and she does it well, captivating the reader and making them not want to end the novel, but wanting to know what happens.
Between the Devil and the Pacific Blue was set up with that chilly atmosphere, where the reader knows something isn’t quite right, even suspecting the plot twist, but the writing and story is so good it doesn’t bother you. Instead, you’re devouring the words in the page, trying to piece it all together and hoping for the best case scenario, cheering for the characters that have grown on you so quickly. By the end of the story, you want to know more, want to know more about the characters and their stories, and even then Cochet manages to deliver one last blow that makes you smile and grin and say this. More of this.