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When lonely artist Siôn Ruston retreats to the seaside village of Rosewick Bay, Yorkshire, to recover from a suicide attempt, he doesn’t expect to encounter any ghosts, let alone the one who appears in his bedroom every morning at dawn. He also doesn’t expect to meet his ghost’s gorgeous, flirty descendant working at the local museum… and the village pub, and as a lifeboatWhen lonely artist Siôn Ruston retreats to the seaside village of Rosewick Bay, Yorkshire, to recover from a suicide attempt, he doesn’t expect to encounter any ghosts, let alone the one who appears in his bedroom every morning at dawn. He also doesn’t expect to meet his ghost’s gorgeous, flirty descendant working at the local museum… and the village pub, and as a lifeboat volunteer. But Mattie’s great-great-grandfather isn’t the only specter in Rosewick Bay, and as Siôn and Mattie investigate an ill-fated love affair from a bygone era, they begin a romance of their own, one that will hopefully escape the tragedy Mattie’s ancestor suffered.But the ghosts aren’t the only ones with secrets, and the things Siôn and Mattie are keeping from each other threaten to tear them apart. And all the while, the dead are biding their time, because the curse of Rosewick Bay has never been broken. If the ghosts are seen on the streets, local tradition foretells a man will drown before the summer’s end....

Title : Spindrift
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ISBN : 9781634775243
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Number of Pages : 200 Pages
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Spindrift Reviews

  • ~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
    2018-11-27 22:30

    ~~BR with my girl Jewel~~Amy Rae Durreson's A Frost of Cares is one of my favorite books of the year. This author knows how to tell a ghost story. Spindrift is as creepy as A Frost of Cares, and perhaps more suspenseful. It's a good book, but it didn't enthrall me like A Frost of Cares did. Siôn leaves London to recuperate. He paints but doesn't consider himself an artist. He's lonely and sad, and desperate for something to give his life spark. He finds that something in Mattie, a local boy full of charm and charisma. Mattie is 21 to Siôn's 30. While Siôn is quiet and withdrawn, Mattie is affable, outgoing, and brimming with life. And he flirts with Siôn like crazy every chance he gets. As Mattie and Siôn begin a tentative relationship, they realize something sinister is at work.Mattie's great-great-grandfather, Matthew, and his lover, Joshua, begin to haunt the men. Matthew's ghost appears every morning apologizing to his dead wife and calling Joshua's name. Joshua's bloated body crawls out of the sea, stinking of seaweed, and with him comes the fog. Joshua stares through windows and writes Mattie's name over and over. Is it a warning or a threat? The ghosts in this story are very much present; they have a history. They were men once too, full of lust and love and hope. Mattie and Siôn's story runs parallel to that of Matthew and Joshua. Both MCs have secrets they hide. At one point, Mattie pulls away and runs. He acts like a child, and I was furious with him. Siôn doesn't lash out in anger, though; he loves Mattie, loves him so much he's not willing to walk away. I liked the sense of community in this small Yorkshire town. Siôn realizes that to make friends, he needs to give others a chance. So he talks to people, paints landscapes and dogs. He hangs with the locals, and he likes it. Mattie's teenage cousin, Caitlyn, is one of the locals, and she's a great secondary character: smart and sassy. I have to say that I was VERY disappointed by the lack of steam in this book. All the sex scenes are fade to black; there's one that begins on page, and then ends abruptly with a sigh and a murmur. I will never understand why authors who write romance shy away from steam. Sex is part of romance; it's part of life. It's human, and it's beautiful. Keeping it hidden makes it weirdly shameful, like it doesn't belong. We are told Mattie and Siôn have so much passion, but I for one didn't really SEE that. I loved the tenderness between the men, the way Mattie's family just accepted Siôn, but I needed MORE. The epilogue is set just a couple weeks down the road and feels fragile. The story ends with a strong HFN, maybe a tentative HEA if you're an optimist. I wanted to believe in these MCs. They went through so much together: a near tragedy, two ghosts, Siôn's ennui, and Mattie's shame. I was rooting for them, and while the story made me shiver, it also made me smile. Amy Rae Durreson writes brilliant prose. I was wrapped up in the plot. And for a few hours I believed in ghosts.

  • Jewel
    2018-12-08 02:38

    ~~BR with the fabulous Dani!!!~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~​​Ghosts and secrets and regrets of the past. ​Both for the living, and those that should be long gone from this world. ​A little creepy...a little scary...with some mystery thrown in the mix. Spindrift is a new ghost story ​by Amy Rae Durreson. I just finishedA Frost of Cares, and loved it pretty hard, so when I found out she had a new one coming out, I grabbed it with both hands.While Spindrift has a different feel thanA Frost of Cares, I still found I quite enjoyed it. I enjoyed the history and the mystery and the stories of loves lost. And the ghosts, though slightly less of a metaphor, do still parallel some things where our MC's are concerned.​Siôn Ruston is a sad and lonely man whose dreams are bleak and grey. After being forced to take a break from London life, he heads to Rosewick Bay for some peace and quiet and, hopefully, to get a handle on his life again. He's an artist in his off time, so he figures, if nothing else, he can paint. And he does. One morning, at dawn, though, he sees what he - at first - assumes is a hallucination. But no, not so simple, really. And later, when he meets a young man who resembles that apparition so closely, he's sure he's lost his mind. Mattie Jopling looks almost exactly like the apparition in ​Siôn's bedroom, but, thankfully, it wasn't he. No, the ghost would be Mattie's great-great grandfather, Matthew Jopling, who lost his life over a century ago. Mattie, like most of the people in living in Rosewick Bay, spends some his time as a lifeboat volunteer. Seaside life does not come without danger and storms and bad decisions, alike, mean that rescue can be necessary. Mattie is young and bubbly and flirty and definitely sees in ​Siôn a man he wants to get to know better. On the surface, Mattie is everything ​Siôn isn't -- social, charming, happy, flirty. Young. But Mattie has secrets of his own that he has no desire to tell. He wants to be perfect for someone. And that is where his youth really shows. Because there is no perfect.Siôn feels so much older than his 30 years, and that makes Mattie's youth (21) even more apparent. I felt really bad for Siôn because he honestly felt he wasn't deserving of someone like Mattie. Or happiness at all, really. Siôn tries so hard to resist Mattie, whom he tries to think of as too young, but Mattie is nothing if not tenacious and doesn't give up. Entwined with their fledgling summer love affair, are the increased sightings of not just Mattie's great-great grandfather, but of another, as well. And stories of death and curses and affairs gone wrong. The mystery of the ghosts and why they are here and what they want is pretty front and center in Spindrift. The romance, while I did feel it, did seem secondary. Spindrift is about two men learning to live with their pasts and learning from their mistakes. It's about life and living. Its about allowing oneself to love and be loved. The ending presents a strong-ish HFN that is meant to give hope for the future, without telling the story.All in all I enjoyed Spindrift and would give it 4 stars.-------------------------ARC of Spindrift was generously provided by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

  • Tess
    2018-11-14 22:42

    4 starsI enjoyed the romance between Sion and Mattie and felt that they really worked well together. The first half seemed slow but the second half was very engaging. The ghost story was perhaps a little too unbelievable? Enjoyable overall but not at the same level as A Frost of Cares.

  • Adam
    2018-11-16 23:17

    BR with Ann!Recovering from a suicide attempt, Sion Ruston is spending the summer in a small seaside Yorkshire village. He spends his days alone, painting, walking, and avoiding the locals. His routine hits a bump when Sion wakes up one morning to a strange man in his bedroom, who turns out to actually be a ghost.Sion’s lonely existence is further disturbed when he meets Mattie, a descendent of the ghost. Mattie is the complete opposite of Sion - younger, out-going, and fun-loving. Mattie makes no secret of his attraction, but Sion doesn’t do casual, or any kind of relationship at all. But when the ghost keeps coming back, and another one begins to crawl out of the ocean, Sion turns to Mattie for help. As Sion and Mattie try to find out what’s going on, they find it hard to keep their distance from one another.I really liked the setting of Rosewick Bay. It wasn’t hard to imagine the quaint village and its residents. The village’s atmosphere was a good backdrop to the story. I could easily understand why Sion would go to Rosewick Bay for peace and quiet.Amy Rae Durreson’s writing, as always, was excellent. The prose was evocative without becoming purple. It was easy to feel the despondency that Sion felt early on, and later the hope that Mattie gave him. It was also easy to be sucked in by the genuinely creepy ghost plotline.When we first meet Sion, he’s in a very bad place. Suffering from depression, he’s closed himself off from any human connection. He’s also a pretty grumpy person by default. It took me a few chapters to warm up to him, but I liked him.Mattie, on the other hand, was immediately loveable. Flirty, charming, and always on the lookout for new friends, Mattie was the perfect yang to Sion’s yin. The two were complete opposites, but fit so well together. I loved how patient Mattie was with Sion, and how his understanding pushed Sion to work for a future together.I’m a sucker for some comfort/healing, and that’s something this author does very well. Reading about Sion and Mattie fall for each other, and in the process help each other deal with their hurts, was a treat. This book is low on the steam, but I thought the sweet romance definitely made up for that.The ghost story was kind of like a parallel romance, though with a very different, and unfortunate, outcome. While this book didn’t give me nightmares like Durreson’s A Frost of Cares, it still sent chills up my spine. The ghosts in this book were just as enthralling as the main couple.‘Spindrift’ grew on me. It starts off slow, but by the halfway point I was hooked! If you’re looking for a low-steam sweet romance with a paranormal twist, I’d recommend this book.

  • Ofelia Gränd
    2018-12-03 03:39

    Ok, here we go! Buddy read with Mr Love, Amy Spector, Al Stewart, Noah Homes, Wicked Jack and Debbie McGowan.I come from a long line of lighthouse keepers and pilots of rescue boats, and this story really made me miss living by the sea. There is nothing quite like the salty storms, the terrifying roar of the crashing waves. It’s fright and freedom at the same time.I loved the Yorkshire of this story, the seaside village was lovely with all its inhabitants—both the living and the dead. I like Durreson’s writing, I would however have loved to feel a bit more fear. Had I woken every morning to a ghost I might not have snuggled up next to my bed-partner while waiting for it to go away. The story build up nicely and Siôn was perfect for his role, if only he could’ve stopped nagging about thirty being so freaking old LOL.

  • Dante Love Fisher
    2018-11-10 22:32

    Nice low-level creepy read. August 12th buddy read with Amy Spector, Ofelia Gränd, Debbie McGowan, Noah Homes, Wicked Jack and the extremely tall Al Stewart! :DWe're helping Amy Rae Durreson pay her mortgage.Amy's getting impatient.

  • Debbie McGowan
    2018-12-05 20:15

    Buddy read with Ofelia Gränd, Dante Love, Amy Spector and Al Stewart. Woo! Or Woooooooooooooo! in fact. :DSo, I finally finished it, and I really enjoyed it, but I'll tell you what. The editing really got on my nerves - not because it's bad overall, but to me, the publisher's mandatory decision to publish in US English is utterly ludicrous when a story is set in England with English characters, and much of the dialogue is in local dialect. I'm sure US readers would find it more authentic in UK English. To me, as a UK reader, the US English was a distraction. But I'm finnicky about stuff like that.This story has a literary classic feel (references to popular culture notwithstanding), with many beautiful descriptions of the Yorkshire coastline. The scene-setting is perfect. The story is character-driven, which I love. Siôn's mental health is depicted sensitively but realistically. Mattie - seen from Siôn's perspective - is also believable, and I felt like I got to know him quite well. Mattie's family are supremely awesome. I especially loved Caitlin. The author portrayed female characters positively, which is a big plus.Contrary to my buddies in this read, I thought it was plenty scary enough, and not because I'm a wuss. OK, partly because I'm a wuss, but I liked the way Siôn treated the ghosts (mostly) with the weary inevitability of one who had faced death. (view spoiler)[I did think the multi-ghost scene was a bit over the top, though, and may well have muttered 'good grief' when they all popped up out of the sea. Never mind that it was too foggy to see the boat, but they could see all those dead men, but anyway...I'm nit-picking. (hide spoiler)]The ending, whilst not a surprise, was lovely, and once I found the time to read, I did so until I fell, bleary-eyed, into my pillows and didn't dream of ghosts.

  • Meep
    2018-12-11 00:34

    Buddy-read to-be, as soon as it's released ;)- Renée Yes-I-know-I-read-too-damn-much- ~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~'s- EleAnd anyone else who feels like joining ;) just give a shout or jump on in.

  • Ann
    2018-11-27 03:37

    Amy Rae Durreson can write the hell out of a ghost story! It’s best to read a ghost story with a friend. They can hold your hand and you can squeeze the hell out of theirs when you get stressed out with the oogie boogies. Thankfully I had myself an Adam for Spindrift.I fell in love with this author’s ghost story, A Frost of Cares, and so I was really excited to read this one. Spindrift delivers the moody atmosphere, the romance and the ghosties in spades. Amy Rae Durreson is so good at settings, tone and characters that the story would stand alone even without the haunted souls that live by the sea in Yorkshire. Not that I would want to give them up at all, because I LOVE a good ghosting. Sion has come to Yorkshire from London to recover from a suicide attempt and find some peace. He’s not an artist by trade, but his painting brings him satisfaction like nothing else has. He’s incredibly lonely and feels so much older than his chronological years. Reading his retelling of his tale and his life alone in the cottage is heartbreaking. Sion is not there very long before he gets his first glimpse of one of the spirits. The fact that Sion is the one to see him is even more frightening given his mental health history. The tension is palpable and adds to the overall eeriness. When he decides to do a little investigating at the local museum he meets Mattie who is his opposite in just about every way. Sion is immediately attracted to Mattie’s vivacious nature and he almost doesn’t know what to do with the perfection that is Mattie.Mattie has his own issues though and while Sion sees Mattie as all that is amazing, Mattie sees Sion in the same light. I loved reading the evolution of their relationship. Mattie has some moments he is completely humiliated by that brought him back to his small town that Sion doesn’t know about. At the same time, Mattie doesn’t know what brought Sion to the seemingly sleepy village. Being inside each of these MC’s heads and getting the impressions they had of one another was so incredibly romantic. What each saw in the other was exactly what the other needed. Of course it took time, UST and same angst but they worked their way together and they worked hard to convince each other of their worth, flaws and all. In amongst all of the relationship growth and drama were a couple of ghosts with tragic lives and deaths of their own. The ghosts are legendary in town and because Mattie is the grandson of one of them, they are able to get some insight into what the motives might be behind the ghost’s appearances and if there is any truth to the legends of their sightings. The way the author gave just enough information about their history at Sion cracks the code of an old diary kept the mystery going up until the end. While the book started a little slowly, it fit with the introduction of the characters and as the mystery unravels the tension rachets up and by the time you hit the second half or so, there is no putting this one down. Spindrift is a perfect balance of romance and mystery. The ghost story was balanced perfectly with the story of Sion and Mattie. I loved the resolution, the epilogue made me happy and was just warm and fuzzy enough without taking the story too far away from whence it came. **a copy of Spindrift was provided to BMBR for an honest review**

  • Line
    2018-11-27 00:29

    So I ended up in this Amy Rae Durreson-hole, and I haven't emerged yet. I loved A Frost of Cares, and thought I would give this a try since it had some of the same plot-points.But this did not do the same for me as AFoC, which was too bad, since the bones were there.So Siôn rents a house in Rosewick Bay, after he tried taking his own life and needed a change of pace and outlook on life. Siôn's an acctuary and a painter, so he's a quite diverse character. In Rosewick Bay he meets Mattie, who's the nephew of the owner of the house. Mattie is a sparkling character; he's very outgoing with lots of energy and humor, while Siôn is stoic, cool and awkward.Siôn has not had a relationship in 8 years, and this dude is so so lonely, and so so awkward, you could not help but feel for him.They start a tentative friendship+ (NO flirting, Mattie!) and slowly but surely Siôn is coming out of his shell. They are both, however, hiding things, and still both have the notion that the other is perfect!While they're trying to navigate their 'relationship' and their lives, the ghosts are literally coming out of the woodworks.Mattie's great-great-grandfather is haunting the house, and every time he appears he says his wife's name. Siôn sort of ignores the ghost (which I thought was quite brilliant) but the re-appearing ghost pushes Mattie and Siôn closer since they start investigating the story.The ghost-part of the book was quite fun, and I loved the story of Matthew, Sarah and Joshua. It was quite creepy, and kept me entertained throughout.This IS a good 'mystery' novel, and I loved the way the story and characters were put together. However I had some issues; first off the smexy times were sometimes fade-to-black and sometimes over in 10 sentences. I really thought that was too bad, since the chemistry was there, and the smexy times in AFoC were done really well.Second this book was quite angsty! I get that Siôn was depressed and was struggling (thumbs up to Amy Rae for making him go to a therapist) but the back-and-forth between Siôn and Mattie was doing my head in. Especially when Mattie decides that they should not be together. This was not the end of the relationship though, and they do get a HEA.So yeah, this book had some entertaining points, but also some annoying parts, that meant I didn't love it as much as AFoC.

  • Amy Spector
    2018-12-05 20:28

    Buddy read with Mr. Love, Wick Jack, Debbie McGowan, Noah Homes, Al Stewart and, once she has pushed that skull off her reading chair, Ofelia Gränd. Would anyone else like in?

  • ♣ Irish Smurfétté ♣
    2018-12-06 22:26

    Full reviewage on Prism Book Alliance®, yoSiôn Ruston is a painter. Mattie Jopling is a local, in the town Siôn is spending some time, and works at the local museum, an ice cream stand, and volunteers with the lifeboat service.They both have things from their past they’re wanting to keep from people, forever secret, including each other. The big question is, will this tactic work for either of them, especially as they begin to realize the feelings developing between them? Hmmmm…As with most of the stories I’ve read by Durreson, her sense of place is a strength, and one she succeeds in demonstrating here from page one. Atmosphere, always laden with emotion by the way it physically and mentally impacts the characters, is always one of the things I enjoy most about her books. Same here. Well done.Siôn is thirty years old, though his attitude and the way he carries himself would have you thinking he’s closer to 80. Well, not really, because he’s not fooling anyone, least of all Mattie. As for the man himself, he’s twenty one and trying to save money in order to complete his thesis and move on to graduate work. Don’t let their ages fool you, they each exhibit atypical traits regarding them… sometimes. ;)Siôn is pessimistic (though, again, not really, just like his continual professing to being old – not really) and Mattie is an optimist. What’s interesting is, we slowly learn what is fueling their individual outlooks on life at the moment, and how complicated they really are, how the surface doesn’t always reflect what’s underneath.I did feel like there was something missing, or a disconnect somewhere that rose to the surface of this story now and then. I still can’t quite put my finger on it. This is a contemporary story, while most of the others I’ve read by Durreson are not. It could very well be me and not the story, missing that extra indefinable magical something that usually accompanies and ups the enjoyment factor for me.It is enjoyable, though, never you fear. Experiencing as Siôn and Mattie attempt to navigate something neither of them has legitimately done before: share in a relationship that is honest, expecting realism instead of perfection, and feeling those things that sometimes surprise us in how much someone will do for us when they love us.Also as usual Durreson’s writing is so much fun to read. To touch. It’s tactile and interactive, making me feel like I’m in the mix, right inside the room when the ghosts are approaching and acting a fool, or trying to warn the living.Oh. Did I not mention the ghosties yet? Yup, they’re here for the mystery, humor, fear, revenge, joy, heartbreak, suicide ideation, comic books, and ultimately love that make up this story and these characters. Durreson likes including the supernatural and I like that she does. :)The heat between Siôn and Mattie builds just like the rest of the story, becoming unrestrainable like the tide and fog that barrel their way into the bay, wreaking havoc, reuniting old flames, as it were, and providing opportunity for resolution.

  • Ele
    2018-11-16 00:20

    *3.5 stars*

  • Wicked Jack
    2018-12-09 03:30

    This was exactly what it was offering up, a contemporary gothic tale that felt more period than it did modern much of the time. When you think of gothic, you think seaside villages and haunted pasts, and there is always (always!) an old portrait of someone and the subjects attractive descendant. The ghosts in this one are real, as we expect in our modern tales, but quieter while still playing a major role. Siôn's past seemed perfect for the story, Mattie's maybe a little less so, but it helped give it that modern sensibility.Creepy ghosts, a love story and overly poetic sex that seemed a perfect fit for the style.I really enjoyed it. Rounding up.This was a buddy read with Dante, Amy Spector, Ofelia Gränd and a few others I have yet to meet. :)

  • Tatiana
    2018-12-05 02:37

    Честно говоря, первые 70 процентов книги было скучно, еле дочитала. Проигрывает A Frost of Cares того же автора практически по всем статьям.Призраки - совершенно безобидные, максимум, что делали, - это писали похабные словечки на окнах.Любовная линия - пресная, с insta-lust, быстро перетекающей в любовь, что для меня большой минус. Главный герой, от лица которого ведется повествование, страдает от депрессии и все время ноет, что он старый, уродливый и никому не нужный. Я сначала думала, что ему не меньше полтинника - нет, оказалось, всего тридцать лет. В целом, первые три четверти данного произведения напоминают своей меланхолией классические готические романы о призраках. Ближе к концу главному герою надоело мучиться, изменился авторский стиль, появилась динамика, активизировались привидения – книга превратилась в бойкий триллер, вот тогда уже читалось с неослабевающим интересом. Жаль, что весь роман не был написан в том же духе.

  • Lena Grey
    2018-12-08 01:37

    “Spindrift from seas with passion erupts stinging the eyes, pouring down cheeks castles of sand, now all washed away by oceans of tears that flow through the pail. Tears in a bucket filled from above blurring the vision in sorrowful eyes spill their liquor as weeping clouds precipitation from rain filled skys."~ Howard Brace (Bucket of Tears)Siôn Ruston, of 'Spindrift' by Amy Rae Durreson, goes to the village of Rosewick Bay to try to regain his sanity in, what he thinks, will be a small, uneventful place. Little does Siôn know, that Rosewick is the most hazardous and precarious place he could be.For the first few weeks, Siôn tries to relax and busies himself taking photographs and painting. One morning he is awakened by a ghost walking through his bedroom moaning, stinking of death and sea water, and calling out for Sarah and Joshua. At first Siôn thinks he's completely lost his battle with regaining his sanity until he goes down to the village museum and meets a young man who is the spitting image of the ghost haunting him. Mattie turns out to be the ghost's great, great grandson and tells Siôn the story about Matthew's drowning and the curse attached to it; if the ghosts are seen then a young man will drown before the end of the summer. Mattie stirs up feelings Siôn has not felt for years, but his first thought is that at thirty, he's too old for the twenty-one-year-old bundle of energy and enthusiasm and that he has nothing to offer him. But Mattie lives downstairs from Siôn, making avoiding him almost impossible. Mattie begs to come up to Siôn's and “ghost watch” with him. Reluctantly, Siôn agrees. When Mattie witnesses the ghost firsthand, it frightens him more than he'd imagined it would. Despite Siôn's reservations, he and Mattie grow from friends into lovers.When Siôn has more “ghostly” encounters with not only Matthew but also his lover, Joshua, things really get intense. Each event brings with it more information and Siôn is convinced that there is a great deal more to the tale than what he is learning from the research he's been doing. A big breakthrough is when he is able to contact a partner of one of the victims who drowned years ago. Another is when Mattie discovers a journal that belonged to Joshua but it is in code. Siôn works with the journal and is able to decode most of it, but the results still don't give them all the answers they need. The closer they get to the truth, the more complicated things become. Conclusions that Siôn and Mattie have come to about what happened between Matthew and Joshua seem to be completely wrong. Matthew is convinced that if Siôn stays, he will be the one on the bottom of the ocean floor and begs him to leave. Siôn is stubborn and feels that he's run away from too much in his life and is determined to stay and find a way to break the curse, once and for all.This well written story quickly captured my imagination and had me on the edge of my seat throughout the book. Since it is written in first person, I discovered things at the same time as Siôn. I knew no more or no less than he did, which was fine except that I really would have liked to have known Mattie's side of the story as well. The ghosts were frightening and intriguing. Siôn and Mattie have to work hard to be able to untangle the confusing facts and get to the truth. Mattie's cousin, Caitlyn, was a great character, full of life, intelligent, and cheeky. She had an amazing impact on the story, to be a bridge between Mattie and Siôn as well as her role in helping them discover the truth about what happened between Matthew and Joshua. She absolutely won my respect.The “search for the truth” was delightfully suspenseful and deliberately misleading, adding to the overall intensity of the tale and surprising me with an ending I didn't expect but that worked out perfectly. If you like tales about ghosts, secrets, curses, hot sensual encounters, and opposites attracting, you may enjoy this book. Thanks, Amy, for the unique, suspenseful tale.NOTE: This book was provided by Dreamspinner Press for the purpose of a review on Rainbow Book Reviews.

  • Lisazj1
    2018-11-22 21:22

    Amy Rae Durreson has proved to me that she can write one hell of a creepy ghost story! After A Frost of Cares, which I loved, I was excited to get to this one. This was wonderfully atmospheric. When the ghosts were on page or the MCs, Siôn Ruston and Mattie Jopling, were feeling unsettled, you felt it with them. I loved the small Yorkshire fishing village the story was set in, which was steeped in the traditions and history of the area. I also really liked Siôn and Mattie. They were real, believable people with with messy, difficult problems. The ghosts themselves are very much a part of the story here, seen and heard and disturbingly fixated on Siôn and Mattie. What I didn't like so much was that I didn't get the sense of connection between the two guys that I would expect, and *never my favorite* almost all of the sex takes place off page. In AFoC, the story was strong enough that I really didn't miss it but here I think it would have helped that missing chemistry. Still, I very much enjoyed this, it was a terrifically told ghost story. I'll be on the lookout for more from this author!

  • Karen
    2018-11-10 23:31

    A Frost of Cares was the first true ghost story slash romance I'd ever read. And Amy Rae Durreson did it so well! So I was anxiously waiting for this book to come out.Wow, did it ever live up to my expectations. Still the same combination of creepy, dangerous ghosts and romance, but the setting was phenomenal. The writing is lyrical and poetic, drawing the reader into the community of Rosewick Bay, the people, the history, the tourists, and of course, the sea. It was reminiscent of Harper Fox's descriptions in her books. The MCs are both utterly captivating -- Sion's brokenness and Mattie's vibrancy are the perfect foils for the other.Another absolute winner for this author. And I'm looking forward to her next book!

  • Fenriz Angelo
    2018-11-29 01:17

    I liked the combination of paranormal elements and romance. Both Siôn and Mattie are great characters and the building of their relationship didn't feel too rushed. Even though the mystery regarding the ghosts wasn't unexpected it still was sad. Entertaining bittersweet read, would have finished earlier if had free time.

  • Pianka *call me PIU*
    2018-11-23 02:36

    Spindrift is a ghost story which also features a beautiful romance and a compelling mystery behind the haunting. It was creepy and sometimes scary but the romance and the mystery balances out the creepiness perfectly.Siôn Ruston is a lonely man who after a serious depressing episode is now spending time getting his life back together in the Spindrift cottage. He is an artist too and spends all his day capturing the picturesque town in his canvas. But his life is still far from being on the tracks. Siôn finds a spark of hope and life after he meets the young grandson of the cottage owner, Mattie Jopling. Mattie is a shameless flirt and also the life of the party with his ever present smile and good humor.Just before he meets Mattie, Siôn gets haunted by a ghost who has a startling resemblance to the young Mattie. Siôn finds out about the local legend of the ghost of Mathew Jopling, Mattie’s ancestor haunting the town. But this time Siôn and Mattie is haunted not only by one but two ghosts. Siôn repeatedly sees a drowned man who after much research is discovered as Joshua Haymer, the alleged lover of the already married Mathew Jopling.Siôn and Mattie’s budding romance is punctuated with their research and effort in uncovering the history of Mathew Jopling and Joshua Haymer, two unfortunate men lost at sea. As they dig more into the past, truths about their own past comes to light. Mattie and Siôn both have secrets and they need to work through them together to solidify their fragile romance.The ghosts of Mathew Jopling and Joshua Haymer were a big part of the story. Their presence is tangible and they have a history which oddly resembles the current situation between Siôn and Mattie. The gradual uncovering of Mathew and Joshua’s story runs parallel to Siôn and Mattie’s relationship. This entire read reminded me of the 2002 film Possession. The thrill of discovering bits and pieces of a past forbidden affair no one knows along with a growing romance in the present time is like an adventure to uncover the unknown.The setting of this story was what kept me glued to the book more than the mystery. I fell in love with the small sea side village of Rosewick Bay, Yorkshire. The natural beauty of the place described through Siôn’s paintings and then the deadly but alluring pull of the sea was perfect for a ghost story and a romance. The various accounts of ships getting rescued and all the fearless volunteers ready to save lives gives a very authentic and strong feel to the village. The village folk were also very nice. Their community was tight knit and supportive and not judgemental at all. Being gay in a small town always attracts some homophobic crap from the residents but in this story everyone was supporting and accepting of Siôn and Mattie’s love.The ending was a little over the top and dramatic considering that the villain plaguing the couple and the one helping them are both ghosts. The last encounter between the two ghosts and then Caitlyn felt a little tacky and reduced the scare factor a little bit. This was the only complaint I had with the story.I was drawn in by the story and I was enthralled by the romance, excited by the history and then scared by the killer ghosts. It was a perfect combination of horror with romance. I am not a big fan of ghost stories but this book was something else. I would definitely recommend this book.*This review has been cross posted at GayBookReviews*

  • Tamika♥RBF MOOD♥
    2018-11-19 00:17

    3.5 starsThis was bit of a letdown for me. I absolutely loved A Frost of Cares. It was spooky, amazing, and damn near erotic to me. I know every book can't be the same. I was really betting on the same formula in fact. It did take a bit of getting into the ghost/mystery aspect. I felt like it took to long to put the pieces together. I did enjoy Sion and Mattie as a couple overall. I liked them, and wish that the epilogue could have been them longer together.I'm annoyed with Sion the most. **Rolls eyes** The amount of times he mentions him being older was over the top. 30 isn't that older in the grand scheme of things, and yeah you are experienced more, but if his age bothered him that much then he would have cut off all ties to Mattie. Yeah eventually he got over the issue, but it was already drilled into my head about his excessive wining. Sion came to Rosewick Bay to escape his demons in London. He's recovering from a suicide attempt. Scion is a lonely person, and I couldn't image being so lonely and to himself that suicide is the answer. I did feel for him. He had no one and that is a hard pill to swallow. I liked Mattie for him. Mattie was a breath of fresh air to a sullen Sion. He was exuberant and larger then life at times. I love the aura that he had about himself. He is a happy person and his character made the story for me. Mattie has his secrets as well, and when they are revealed I want to protect him. I want to call it naivety about being the situation, but his explanation and reasoning was spot on. I did enjoy the ghost story, and I do feel like the author did a good job with the imagery of the story. It was told in a way that I can picture it with my eyes closed. I liked the history of the ghost, and found that part of the story was solid. I didn't like the fade to black in the romance department. I didn't understand why, not for nothing but if it was in here then I would have rated it higher. I do feel like the story was missing some heat. I would have liked to read about it. I do look forward to more from this author. She has a proper way with words, and her characters are always amazing!

  • Joyfully Jay
    2018-11-15 01:32

    A Joyfully Jay review. 5 starsWhen one is in the mood for a good old fashioned ghost story it is so very nice to turn to an author who is able to weave both romance and mystery into a chilling tale that had me reading late into the night—with lots of lights on. I am, of course, speaking of the talented author Amy Rae Durreson and her latest novel, Spindrift. To say that there were more than the fair share of scary moments in this story is really to speak ill of such a delicious fright fest, which is what this novel turned out to be for me.I can honestly say that there were more than a few moments when I wanted—no needed—to close my kindle and stop reading this story. As the ghosts made themselves more intrusive into Sion and Mattie’s lives, the fear factor ratcheted up rapidly and I found myself silently begging the boys not to go near the windows even in broad daylight. But beyond the ripping good scare this novel delivers, it also sends up a most beautiful and tender love story. The loss that both these men have borne—their shame over their mistakes from the past and their desire to remain hidden from the light that would have to be cast on those same mistakes in order for them to become more than a summer fling, all combined to make this one stirring romance that tugged at the heartstrings.Read Sammy’s review in its entirety here.

  • Alison
    2018-11-24 20:40

    Excellent. I loved this. Amy Rae Durreson writes cracking ghost stories and this one is no exception. It's gripping and creepy and vivid and a bit dark. The accompanying romance is tender and lovely and hopeful, which makes for a nice contrast. I loved the small town setting and the dramatic Yorkshire countryside. There's a almost a bit of a Gothic feel to this story with its angry ghosts and storms and crashing waves and cliffs and tragic ancestors and curses and suspicious deaths. The slightly sinister tone of much of this book is wonderful. The writing is beautiful and lively and the main characters are very engaging. I really enjoyed reading this.

  • LDDurham
    2018-12-09 23:35

    Good ghost storyThis is the first book by Durreson that wobbled for me. I just couldn't connect with Mattie. His character just wouldn't solidify for me. Until the ghost story really kicked in, I was starting to think about returning this one. But the ghost story is incredibly intriguing and I became quickly invested in it. By then, Mattie started to work better for me. Loved the created setting, the amalgamated history, and all the things that make me adore Durreson's work. A very gripping tale and I was very happy for Siön's happily ever after.

  • AIly
    2018-11-24 23:40

    I liked how real the MCs felt throughout the whole journey this book has offered. The various descriptions were well delivered and I could see the bright colors, smell the air, and feel the beauty of the delineated places. Very tender and sweet story, with author’s research only making it so much more believable. I only got somewhat bored when the end was approaching - maybe couple of pages could have been spared. Nevertheless, this was an amazing read overall.

  • Emilia Barnes
    2018-11-27 03:23

    I only got to 34% so this isn't really enough to give it a rating. But I found it boring, unfortunately, and while the writing was good, in the sense that the sentences were put together competently enough, I didn't really feel the place, or the people or the problem. So this is a no for me :(

  • Elizabeth Fitzgerald
    2018-11-13 00:30

    The book utilises a few light horror elements to good effect and the couple are utterly charming. I just want to give Sion a giant hug.

  • The Novel Approach Reviews
    2018-12-10 01:19

    Spindrift is my second foray into Amy Rae Durreson’s brand of ghost story, and I must say that overall, it was another intense and suspenseful trip into the supernatural. The way the author plays the dual plots off of each other in this novel—the historical relationship that makes up the paranormal aspect of the story, and the present day relationship that grows between Siôn and Mattie—not only added some great contrasts within the storyline but offered more than its fair share of empathy pains too.Comparing this novel to the author’s A Frost of Cares, I have to say that Spindrift didn’t reel me in at quite the same speed that Frost did—the barren sort of gothic horror setting and the friction between that book’s protagonists went a long way there—but as I got into the meat of this particular story, the pace picked up as well as the emotional investment that came along with the unravelling of the forbidden romance between Matthew Jopling and Joshua Haymer, Spindrift’s doomed lovers. Theirs is a tragic romance which plays contrast to the contemporary relationship between Siôn and Mattie and adds a poignant undertone to the Then versus Now storyline. It’s a stark reminder that while things are currently far from perfect, the way that Matthew and Joshua were forced to live and love in 1907 is nothing less than a tragedy in itself.Which, is what then adds some great tension to the romance between Matthew Jopling’s great-great-grandson, who happens to be Mattie, and Siôn, the newest resident of the haunted Spindrift Cottage. There’s a sort of doppelganger effect at play here in the history of the ghosts and the two men who might end up nothing less than history repeating itself, and once the paranormal encounters evolved from simply macabre to outright life threatening for them, that’s the moment this story took off in an adrenaline pumping way.A May/September age difference and some serious baggage throw more obstacles into the road to romance for Mattie and Siôn, so the conflict between them goes beyond the supernatural and owes a lot to the secrets they’re keeping from each other. Mattie’s extroverted cheek and Siôn’s more subdued and staid personality also throw in a nice opposites attract element to the story. And, when Spindrift’s dramatic arc hit maximum tension levels, Amy Rae Durreson delivered, and I was nothing if not invested in the way it all played out.While Spindrift took a little more time to hook me than is usual for this author, all was well that ended well, and I couldn’t help but love the way both of the romantic storylines resolved.Reviewed by Lisa for The Novel Approach Reviews

  • Mari Cardenas ~ Bayou Book Junkie
    2018-11-16 03:22

    *** Copy provided by Dreamspinner Press to Bayou Book Junkie in exchange for a fair and honest review. ***The last thing Siôn Ruston expected when he decided to spend the summer recuperating from his suicide attempt in the quaint little village of Rosewick Bay, Yorkshire, was to encounter a ghost that visits his bedroom every day at dawn or to find said ghost's doppelganger, aka the ghost's great-great grandson, Mattie, working at the local museum, and the ice-cream shop, and the pub. They are both attracted to each other, but their age difference is something that is difficult for Siôn to overlook. However, as they grow closer while they investigate Mattie's great great grandfather's death, they fall deeper and deeper for each other. They both are keeping secrets, though, and they might create a chasm between them and separate them, if the curse hanging over the little town doesn't do it first.This book was a delightful surprise for me. It was intriguing, well-written and kept me guessing almost until the last page. The progression and the pacing were pretty good and the characters were well-developed and tridimensional. Siôn was my favorite of the two, and my heart broke several times for all he'd had to go through with his family and then his loneliness and depression. He was so strong, though, so patient and understanding with Mattie and he just kept trying even when Mattie pushed him away. On the other hand, I was more than a bit annoyed with Mattie. He was 9 years younger than Siôn and sometimes it felt like it was a whole lot more, with as immaturely as he behaved. That's not to say that he wasn't likable, or even lovable, it's just that I hated that he kept pushing Siôn away when things would've been resolved easily if he'd actually spoken about what had happened to him before. They had great chemistry together, though, and I loved that they got their HEA. I loved Mattie's cousin, Caitlyn, who at 16 seemed more mature than Mattie sometimes, and who was such a great part of the story, without taking away from the romance. And I loved the whole ghost arc and its resolution, it was so different from other books involving ghosts that I've read before. Very recommendable!Rating: 4.5 Stars!!!

  • Sarina
    2018-12-12 03:24

    4.5* Review written for Love Bytes Reviews.While I really don’t like horror movies at all, there’s just something really appealing about a ghost story. The house I grew up in was haunted and while our resident specter did manage to scare me sometimes, I’d never felt any sort of menace behind her actions. Making it through one of her appearances was kind of like a right of passage, really, and was sometimes even comforting. :DIn Spindrift you have not one but two ghosts, both creepy and scary in turns and each with a much different agenda. I think what I loved most about this book was the believabilty of the story; from the setting to the characters and the appearance of the ghosts, everything worked together to create something that could legitimately happen. I loved it! While both of the main characters gave the impression that what you see is what you get, as the story progressed you began to see the layers they kept hidden from everyone else and that gave a nice depth to them both. I liked Mattie’s persistence in his pursuit of Sion, despite how Sion was determined to keep him away. That stubbornness was paid back in full later in the story and it was great seeing Sion fight for what he wanted when before he hadn’t cared.The full tale of the ghosts is parsed out over the course of the book and I enjoyed getting to learn the truth right along side Sion. The truth was both bittersweet and just plain sad; the truth of what had really been happening in the village came as a surprise and just added another layer to the whole affair thus far. I also found the resolution to the ghost problem satisfying and I was left with my always sought after happy ending. This was a great paranormal read that I enjoyed quite a bit; it didn’t creep me out as much as A Frost of Cares did but I believed this one more. Anyone that enjoys a good ghost story should enjoy this one; I thought it was great and will definitely read it again!http://lovebytesreviews.com/2016/08/1...