The Sweet Flag by Jeanne Barrack
Publisher: Loose ID
Genre: Contemporary, Historical, Paranormal, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Short (Novella)
Other: M/M, Dubious Consent
Rating: 5 Cherries
Review by Cholla
Brandon Keats is a paranormal investigator, specializing in Civil War phenomena. As a gay man, he's searched for years for evidence of gay paranormal activity. When he finally finds what he believes to be an example of this, he decides to confront the ghost of a homosexual Civil War soldier at the grave where he's been sighted.
Ron Tayvail has guarded the grave of Matthew Hardesty for years. When he learns of Brandon's interest in the legend of "The Vigilant Soldier", he's determined to dissuade him from any deeper investigation. He didn't realize that he'd fall in love with the fellow on first sight. And yearn to become his lover. For always.
Paranormal investigator Brandon Keats is drawn to the legend of The Vigilant Soldier. Discovering that it may actually be the first known case of a gay legend from the Civil War, he’s doubly intrigued. During the first days of his investigation, he meets Ron Tayvail, keeper of the grave of The Vigilant Soldier, Matthew Hardesty.
This was a fascinating story combining so many elements into one cohesive and addicting story. You have paranormal aspects relating to the legend of The Vigilant Soldier, mystery surrounding it all, a steamy passionate love story that lives in both the present and the past. The story of Matthew Hardesty in itself was enough to keep me reading, however the story unfolding between Brandon and Ron is just as intriguing. Ron constantly keeps Brandon on a leash, feeding him bits and pieces of the story he so desperately needs to know; Brandon forces himself to remain objective no matter how hard it becomes.
The Sweet Flag is the perfect story for anyone who loves a good old-fashioned ghost story with a twist and a half!