The Left-Hand Path
by Jeff Erno

Published by Dreamspinner Press Genres: Fantasy, Gay, Paranormal, Suspense, Urban
Source: Publisher

Reviewed by Lisa

William Austin has always wanted to be a nurse, though he’s no longer sure the gratification is worth the pain of losing a patient. For now, he’s a nursing student and works two jobs—barista and private nurse. Will meets Blaine Coventry at the coffee shop, and when the altruistic young attorney offers him a job caring for his Uncle Elliot, Will accepts. Will finds that Elliot’s stroke has left him unable to walk or talk, and Elliot's husband, James, says the goal is to keep Elliot comfortable until he passes. But Will starts rehabilitation, and his patient soon begins to make progress. When James resists, Will realizes something isn’t right, and investigates. Then he discovers a chilling secret that threatens to forever change Will's life... or perhaps end it.

The nursing field is typically filled with women, so William Austin is used to the questioning stares.  It’s been Will’s experience however that the nursing staff are the ones who actually help the patient get better.  He only doubts his career choice sometimes when someone dies and it makes his soft heart so sad. 

 He also works part-time as a barista at a local coffee shop to supplement his income while in nursing school.  Not only does Will make decent money, but he also enjoys seeing the regulars and meeting new people, like a hot young lawyer called Blaine Coventry.

 In a very short amount of time Will and Blaine have grown close.  As luck would have it Blaine’s uncle Elliot recently had a stroke and needs specialized care.  The money that his uncle’s partner is offering would supplement the next semester’s class fees. Sometimes though when an offer appears to be a godsend or too good to be true, it just might be.  Because from the moment Will arrives he senses something isn’t right, but what is Elliot trying to warn him about?

 Supernatural forces bring eerie and scary to life.  Strange happenings hide within normalcy in The Left Hand Path.  Will is the bright spot in a twisted tale that hits when you least expect.  Sometimes The Left Hand Path even edges towards creepy too.  A fascinating story, but not a HEA, at least not the usual kind.

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