Book Reviews

The Sceptic (Arcana Books 1) by Lily Morton

Genre Gay / Paranormal / Ghosts/Spirits/Hauntings / Psychic Powers / Romance / Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 13-June-2022

Book Blurb

As the best friend of a psychic, Will Buchanan can’t help but believe in the dead. It’s the living that he finds to be problematic. However, after a spate of betrayals, he finally has the chance of a new life within his grasp, and he’s not going to risk it for anyone or anything. Staying safe is the name of Will’s game.

Jem Dawson defines the word temporary. A talented cameraman, he’s here today and will undoubtedly be gone tomorrow chasing adventure and danger. But, while he’s in York, he’s made it clear he wants Will, and Will can’t help liking the charming daredevil.

This inconvenient attraction results in Will accompanying Jem to the site of a notorious poltergeist outbreak. A malevolent spirit has targeted a family, and now the ghost hunting team for whom Jem does camerawork are going to be locked down in the house for three days.

The house is strange and filled with sinister and violent undercurrents. One by one, the group experiences threatening incidents, and as events escalate, Will has to ask himself if he's risking not just his heart but also his life with this impulsive gesture.


Book Review

“Each of us must confront our own fears, must come face to face with them. How we handle our fears will determine where we go with the rest of our lives, to experience adventure or to be limited by the fear of it.” ~ Judy Blume


Will Buchanan, of 'The Sceptic' by Lilly Morton, has been drifting through life, trusting few people since his parents threw him out for being gay. Almost everyone has let him down. Will has no intention of letting anyone get that close again, especially Jem Dawson. If Will were to entertain the idea of a relationship, it would not be with someone whose job as a wildlife photographer could take him away in a minute.


Jem Dawson has made it very clear that he is interested in Will, but Will won't reciprocate. Jem's attempts to flirt with Will have failed, but he has come up with a scheme that may allow him time to get closer to Will. Jem occasionally works with a ghost hunter group. He convinces Will to join the group on their latest project by posing as their “resident sceptic”. With Blue Billings, a psychic, as his best friend, Jem knows Will is anything but, so he will have to do a lot of play-acting. Reluctantly, Will agrees to join Jem but intends to remain aloof. However, their forced proximity gives them time to get to know each other, leading to a closeness neither expected.


Events progress rapidly from mischievous to dark and dangerous. Soon, it becomes apparent that the happenings at the house are far more sinister than the poltergeist they first assumed. Will is a target of the resident evil spirit that plagues him with frightening visions and intense nightmares, trying to get its point across. When events around them get beyond scary, Will and Jem want to leave the house but feel obligated to help the family who lives there. Eventually, it becomes clear that what is occurring is more than they can handle. That's when they call in Blue to help.


'The Sceptic' is a remarkable, frightening story dealing with the dark side of the spirit world. Jem and Will were great characters who showed character growth that led to a better understanding of themselves and each other. I was thrilled to see Blue again in this spin-off of Lily's ‘Black and Blue' series. Thanks, Lily! I can hardly wait to read the next book.




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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 365 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 26-May-2022
Price $4.99 ebook
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