Possession by Jessica Skye Davies
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Horror, Sci-fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (74 pgs)
Other: M/M, anal sex
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Nymphaea
Confirmed skeptic Tyler Ward dismisses his horoscope when it warns against bringing home anything “impish.” Then he finds an antique cast-iron doorstop shaped like Punch from the Punch and Judy puppet show, buys it as a reminder of his youth in England, and mysterious misfortunes begin to befall Tyler the very next day. His longtime partner Kevin begins to believe an unseen force is out to hurt Tyler... does he believe enough to find the truth?
Guaranteed chills. Don't read in the dark or you'll have the heebie jeebies for the rest of the night. Maybe longer!
I know when I pick up a Dreamspinner Press book, I know I'm in for a treat. This book was no exception. Ok, actually there was an exception. There were moments it scared the dickens out of me. Now, I don't generally scare easily, but in this case, it was the 'it could happen to you' vibe that was the scariest. How many of us buy things for the home and think, gee, that just speaks to me? I do that a lot. So, that part stayed with me long after I closed the book.
Jessica Skye Davies writes with fluidity. I was drawn in immediately and didn't want to put the book down. I felt as though the characters, Kevin and Tyler, were people I knew. They care for each other, and Ms. Davies has penned them very realistically. Their passion and devotion is palpable. Tyler has a streak of I'll smile and get what I want, but he's totally committed to Kevin. Kevin's fear of the statue, a mere wrought iron character resembling Punch from the Punch and Judy puppet show, is believable. I loved the measures they take to get to their happily ever after.
As much as this story had the "willies" moments for me, there are moments where I laughed and smiled. Kevin and Tyler really are a great couple. This is a book which should be enjoyed and savored. 4 cherries indeed.