The Ghost Had an Early Check-Out (The Ghost Wore Yellow Socks #2)
To live and draw in L.A. Now living in Los Angeles with former navy SEAL Nick Reno, artist Perry Foster comes to the rescue of elderly and eccentric Horace Daly, the legendary film star of such horror classics as Why Won’t You Die, My Darling? Horace owns the famous, but now run-down, Hollywood hotel Angels Rest, rumored to be haunted. But as far as Perry can tell, the scariest thing about Angels Rest is the cast of crazy tenants--one of whom seems determined to bring down the final curtain on Horace--and anyone else who gets in the way.

The Ghost Had an Early Check-Out (The Ghost Wore Yellow Socks #2) Details

TitleThe Ghost Had an Early Check-Out (The Ghost Wore Yellow Socks #2)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseDec 18th, 2018
PublisherJustJoshin Publishing, Inc.
Rating
GenreRomance, M M Romance, Mystery, Contemporary, Lgbt

The Ghost Had an Early Check-Out (The Ghost Wore Yellow Socks #2) Review

  • Ami
    January 1, 1970
    This is one occasion where I actually took time to re-read the first book before jumping on the sequel. I usually don't do that because I'm not very much a re-read kind of girl. But I practically read the first book almost a decade ago, and I thought, well, I needed a "refreshing course" on Nick and Perry.Now, I'm not sure whether THAT is a good thing to do now, after I finished. On one hand, I thought Lanyon was able to keep the same "tone" of the first book, which was impressive because, well, This is one occasion where I actually took time to re-read the first book before jumping on the sequel. I usually don't do that because I'm not very much a re-read kind of girl. But I practically read the first book almost a decade ago, and I thought, well, I needed a "refreshing course" on Nick and Perry.Now, I'm not sure whether THAT is a good thing to do now, after I finished. On one hand, I thought Lanyon was able to keep the same "tone" of the first book, which was impressive because, well, like I said, the first book was released in 2008.However, this book set only 10 months after the first one, and because of that I felt like there wasn't any significant development with Nick and Perry. Nick can still be aggravatingly protective; Perry is still, well, nice. While I can see that they are still sweet to each other, but I guess I need something more. The mystery is okay but the ending is VERY ABRUPT.Therefore, this falls only on my so-so rating. I did get my own squeeing moment though, because my name is in here, as one of the secondary characters. It feels surreal, that's for sure ^^
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  • Linda ~ chock full of hoot, just a little bit of nanny ~
    January 1, 1970
    The Ghost Wore Yellow Socks was one of the earliest Lanyon books I read, after Fair Game and the Adrien English series. I adored Perry and really liked Nick. The atmosphere of the old house full of crazies was perfectly written and eerily portrayed, and the mystery was engaging and just as zany as the people in the house. I've read that book at least three times and enjoyed it more each time.However, it wasn't a book or a pairing that was crying out for a sequel. Even so, I was one of the ones ( The Ghost Wore Yellow Socks was one of the earliest Lanyon books I read, after Fair Game and the Adrien English series. I adored Perry and really liked Nick. The atmosphere of the old house full of crazies was perfectly written and eerily portrayed, and the mystery was engaging and just as zany as the people in the house. I've read that book at least three times and enjoyed it more each time.However, it wasn't a book or a pairing that was crying out for a sequel. Even so, I was one of the ones (semi-)excited when the sequel was first announced a few years ago. But I was nervous too because so many of the JL's books lately just haven't appealed to me or haven't lived up to those earlier books, so I went into this with mixed feelings.This was painfully average. Once again, I found myself asking "who wrote this" while I was reading it because this isn't the JL of ten years ago, or even of five years ago. The writing was adequate but there was no real sense of atmosphere or the space this story was taking place in, which is too bad because she really could've done a lot with this setting of a broken down hotel full of B-movie horror props. The characters were zany but randomly so, as if their characteristics were chosen by throwing darts at a board. They didn't play off each other very well at all, and there was so little interaction with them - or maybe they were just so forgettable - that I couldn't really keep them straight, even though this only took a little over a day to read. The mystery was all over the place and didn't even make any sense. There are just too many unanswered questions, and it felt like Lanyon was just making things up on the fly instead of plotting out the mystery elements ahead of time.Most importantly, Nick and Perry's relationship was just there. Because they're a couple and in the same book. It was barely touched upon. They have next to no conflicts in their relationship. Nick is gone a lot because he's the low man on the totem pole at work and has to do the overnight and away assignments, but Perry's busy with work (whatever that is) and school and his paintings, so while he misses Nick it's not really an issue for him. Perry's homesick, but that's hardly touched on either. Nick misses Perry but that's just mentioned in passing. He's frustrated their rare weekend together is being hogged up with a silly mystery in an old house, but other than a couple of short conversations about it, it's also not really an issue. So there was no real development, either individually or as a couple. There was only one sex scene - interrupted thank God, because it was averagely written as the rest of this.I have to say, I finished this and had to wonder why this story was even necessary. Maybe a lot of this could have been improved if the story had been longer, but then we'd still be waiting for it.
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  • Meep
    January 1, 1970
    I approached this warily, seeing no need for a sequel, but having loved the first book so much -it was my first Lanyon and a genre I enjoy- I wanted to read it. And, I still don't think the first book needed a sequel. This doesn't offer anything more.The first 20% could have been condensed into one page. I was struggling, wanting the story to progress but instead being treated to Perry telling me what Nick must be thinking then Nick's concerns for Perry... it felt heavy handed, there's no relati I approached this warily, seeing no need for a sequel, but having loved the first book so much -it was my first Lanyon and a genre I enjoy- I wanted to read it. And, I still don't think the first book needed a sequel. This doesn't offer anything more.The first 20% could have been condensed into one page. I was struggling, wanting the story to progress but instead being treated to Perry telling me what Nick must be thinking then Nick's concerns for Perry... it felt heavy handed, there's no relationship development beyond repeated assurances that Perry likes sex, yet at the same time it stops us getting on with the mystery. They don't come across as a joint front.An indifferent mystery. Perhaps the level of separation is part of that, in the first book they lived in the building while here they're outsiders. The fact the mystery seems more silly than a real concern. The solving was Perry jumping to conclusions and Nick giving a learned evaluation. No detecting. And no one involved garnered any care. Even at the ta-da my reaction was 'oh that's the end then'And seriously when the powers off who immediately gets into an elevator? Got the feeling that was pointed out and there was a hasty acknowledgement of it a few pages later - but why would you do that?Ah the quirky, quirky cast. They read like caricatures; there must by a psychic as there was one in the first book, lets give her rainbow hair, it'll be a way to identify her. Their personalities aren't fleshed out in the slightest so they remain pinpointed by their oddity and never feel real or amusing. Also one character referred to by his first name was suddenly being alluded to by his surname in the next sentence. Both nice four letter names. Cue confusion. The only person who sounded vaguely interesting was the Detective, wouldn't be surprised if he got a book of his own, though with this sequel taking a decade...To me the story felt forced, there's no enjoyment to it, in the writing or reading of. There's none of the fun, the jumping at shadows or odd noises. I LOVED the first book it remains a favourite but this is instantly forgettable. It's so meh it doesn't impact the first.There's a note that joining JL's newsletter gets you a free audio - but if it's the audio for this no thanks. Sadly I'm going to have to acknowledge JL is no longer an author for me.
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  • Natasha
    January 1, 1970
    SAY. FUCKING. WHAT.
  • Ria
    January 1, 1970
    Heart-breakingly average after years of waiting...After a chance meeting with terrorised senior citizen and retired Hollywood star Horace Daly, Perry enlists Nick’s help in solving the mystery of who’s trying to kill Horace set against the backdrop of a crumbly, gothic hotel. Now. The writing, as always, is skilled. The mystery was well thought out. The romance was kind of sweet at times but lacklustre at best. There was no real character development, or growth, or anything that really made me Heart-breakingly average after years of waiting...After a chance meeting with terrorised senior citizen and retired Hollywood star Horace Daly, Perry enlists Nick’s help in solving the mystery of who’s trying to kill Horace set against the backdrop of a crumbly, gothic hotel. Now. The writing, as always, is skilled. The mystery was well thought out. The romance was kind of sweet at times but lacklustre at best. There was no real character development, or growth, or anything that really made me feel... anything. Which was so SO disappointing after looking forward to this sequel for so long. I am a huge, huge fan of Josh Lanyon and have read the majority of her back catalogue. The first book of this series is one of my favourite Lanyon books, and I was so looking forward to reading the follow up to Nick and Perry’s story. I don’t know if it’s the fact that my expectations were so high but as I turned the last page of this book, I couldn’t help but feel a little bit let down.
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  • Dumbledore11214
    January 1, 1970
    Disclosure: I have read reviews before reading this book and the book itself was a loan from a book friend. Several more or less recent books by this author were not exactly hits for me, let's put it this way so I worried and I read reviews and I worried more and kind hearted friend offered to loan the book. Thank you Linda. I wanted to love it though, darn I wanted to love it.I have reread the first book before starting this one as well, and what hit me this time is that I actually loved it *mo Disclosure: I have read reviews before reading this book and the book itself was a loan from a book friend. Several more or less recent books by this author were not exactly hits for me, let's put it this way so I worried and I read reviews and I worried more and kind hearted friend offered to loan the book. Thank you Linda. I wanted to love it though, darn I wanted to love it.I have reread the first book before starting this one as well, and what hit me this time is that I actually loved it *more* than when I read it first time around. This one? I actually did not mind at all that the book was set so close in time (ten months I think) after the first one - I mean why not. And because the book was set so close in time I thought it made a perfect sense that guys did not really change that much or at all. Their circumstances in life changed somewhat for the better and they are together, but not their personalities. As somebody else said in the review - Nick is protective, Perry is nice. Moreover, especially after rereading the first book I realized that I was pleased with Nick, because to me he was protective, but not an alphahole - for the most part he tried to encourage and not undermine Perry's confidence when he showed it. I also found Perry to be much stronger character this time around - both in this book and the first one.What I did not like is how similar plot of this book felt in comparison with the first one. I mean it was not rewritten to the smallest details of course, but I felt as if Nick and Perry were transported to another estate with the weird cast of characters and they were reenacting a very similar story if you look at the broad brushes so to speak.And I reread the villain's explanation of why they ( I just don't want to reveal the gender of the villain hence pronoun "they", I do not want to imply whether there was one villain or many) were after Horace and I was still confused . That's it? or was it supposed to mean that (view spoiler)[ they were jealous? (hide spoiler)]?Also, maybe this would sound contradictory to what I wrote, however while I was pleased that neither Nick or Perry received personality transplant, I was disappointed that we did not learn anything new about them as people. Surely the first book did not reveal *everything* about them and there were still things to learn? I guess not.Also, maybe this will sound contradictory
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  • Mymymble
    January 1, 1970
    Perry and Nick are the best. A fascinating whodunit. I'll probably write a longer review at a later date.
  • Leanne
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsI'm not a big fan of sequels and established couples so my rating reflects that rather than some huge literary disappointment. It was an enjoyable enough read as far as cozy crime novellas go. ; )
  • Giedre
    January 1, 1970
    I'm not the biggest fan of the first one, but I did enjoy it. This one, however, just felt really lackluster. And, in my opinion, this sequel wasn't really necessary in the first place. Anyway, The Ghost Had an Early Check-Out isn't a horrible read, but it does feel filler.
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  • LynW
    January 1, 1970
    Don't get me wrong; it was a good short story. Keyword short. It was nice to see Nick's love for Perry and Perry was sweet. But after TEN years between books, I read this in one work day! I just wanted it longer.
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