Molly Reviews: The Ghost Slept Over by Marshall Thornton

When failed actor Cal Parsons travels to rural New York to claim the estate of his famous and estranged ex-partner he discovers something he wasn’t expecting…the ghost of his ex! And, worse, his ex invites Cal to join him for all eternity. Now. As Cal attempts to rid himself of the ghost by any means he begins to fall for the attractive attorney representing the estate. Will Cal be able to begin a new relationship or will he be seduced into the ever after?

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This is such a fun story. I thoroughly enjoy Mr. Thornton’s voice and this story is no different. There’s just enough humor to get you to chuckle, but it’s not over the top making you think it’s forced. Cal, Mac, and Dewey are so well written. They have their own issues and the way they’re woven together and overlap made for some hysterical scenes.
Cal is someone I wasn’t sure about at  first. He came off self centered and a tiny bit self important. He grew on me quickly because you could tell there’s far more to him than what you see on the surface and he acts that way for a reason. He became my favorite character by the end of the book. I liked how he was so skeptical of things in the beginning but eventually learned to not only accept everything but roll with what got thrown in his path. He was adorable in his denial of his feelings for Dewey but I so enjoyed seeing his emotions as he accepted he was in love.
Oh Dewey. Not only was he in denial, he had his own island there. Watching him fall in love but think he’s having an affair with a time limit, to extending the time to full blown acceptance was so fun. Dewey struggled to balance everyone’s wants and that struggle came through clearly as you read. I felt bad for Dewey at various points because it was obvious he wasn’t very happy before he met Cal and at some of the circumstances along the way. At the end though, you could tell he was all in no matter what.
Mac cracked me up. He came off as a petulant toddler at times. But it was to a degree that was comedic. His interference in everything to do with Cal was so funny but made you feel for Cal a little bit more each time. Mac’s insistence he get his way no matter what was so typically Mac. But I adored how Cal and Dewey handled it.
The whole story had me not wanting to put the book down. I loved how in love Cal and Dewey are by the end of the book. You can tell they’re going to make it and be together for many years to come. I would love to see more with the Barnyard Players. They were so much fun and had their own crazy personalities. It would be fun to catch up to Dewey and Cal and see what their future is like. But it’s not necessary since they have a clear and complete happily ever after.
Four and a half

About Marshall:
Lambda Award-winning author, Marshall Thornton is known for the best-selling Boystown mystery series. Other novels include the erotic comedy The Perils of Praline, or the Amorous Adventures of a Southern Gentleman in Hollywood, Desert Run andFemme. Marshall has an MFA in screenwriting from UCLA, where he received the Carl David Memorial Fellowship and was recognized in the Samuel Goldwyn Writing awards. He is a member of Mystery Writers of America.

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