Book Review – Willowhope Manor by Sammi Cee

Beyond the Realm: Remember #2
Publisher: Indie
Pages: 122
Characters: Chance/Jet
POV: 1st
Genre: Contemporary, Fantasy, Series

“There’s no time. Remember Willowhope Manor.”
All Chance wants is a change of pace and a little excitement, so opening a B&B in a town surrounded by ghost stories sounds like the perfect solution.

Throw in Jett, the super-sexy handyman, who is as willing to work him over as he is to help return the manor to its former glory, and Chance knows he made the right decision.

On the surface, the renovation is moving along perfectly. Then Chance asks questions that were better left buried, and the manor is quickly overrun with restless spirits.

Will Chance have to sacrifice his dreams, tuck tail, and run, or will Jett stand by his side to face-off with the ghosts of Willowhope Manor?

Willowhope Manor is the second book in the multi-author series, Beyond the Realm: Remember. Each book is set in its own world and can be read as a standalone novel. Join eight authors on eight very different, romantic, and magical stories as each one writes their own take on the same concept.

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I love how each author has taken the prompt and gone in completely different directions with their story. This story has its setting much more fixed in our world, and yet the other realm isn’t very far away. I loved how the theme of family and love weave through both the contemporary and magical parts of the story.

I also enjoyed how the plot unfolded and kept me guessing, although with plenty of hints, until the truth of the manor was unrevealed with a cool twist. This is the first story I’ve read by this author. I’ll be looking out for more.

I liked Chance, and felt for him with his reaction to Jett’s flirting and truly caring about him. It showed how badly his relationship with the nasty Niles had gone far more than flashbacking to the details. I really hope Niles gets a taste of his own reality at some point. I loved Chance’s personal journey and how he finds the courage to be true to himself and his heritage. His moving to Willowhope, with its reputation for being haunted, has the potential to be a great series especially as Chance comes into his own. I thought his looks and clothing being at odd with his personality was a clever way of showing he wasn’t following the path in life he should.

Jett is wonderful. He’s very sweet and although attracted to Chance immediately takes it slow and carefully. I loved the part in the story when he realises he’s referring to Chance as his.

I loved Skylar and Kingston, the best friends. I hope they get their own book. I want to read more about them, and from their POVs. I’m very pleased Harry is sticking around. This has the potential to be fun, and I’d love to learn more about the town too. It felt like its own character. Chance’s mother is a great character, and I loved how she knew exactly what to do. Poor Samuel. I’m glad he got the closure he needed.

A very satisfying read.

5 out of 5 stars.

About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at
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