Title: Ghosts in the Wind
Author: Marguerite Labbe
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Buy Link: Buy Link Ghosts in the Wind
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
A Guest Review by Sammy
Review Summary: A romance that is part action adventure, and part paranormal with just a hint of a scary Stephen King-like overtone. This is one love story that will have you checking over your shoulder and wishing you had never opted to read it at night.
Blurb: Shattered by a random, insane event: On his way home from closing a business deal, Dean stops on the parkway to help a young mother with her flat tire, and her ex arrives, murders them, and takes off with his two kids.
Ghosts have haunted Andrei all his life. He bears the guilt for his sister being stuck in limbo, because ghosts are frozen at the moment they died, unable to adapt to the changes in their living loved ones. When Dean returns to Andrei as a ghost, the double punch of losing him and having to watch him founder if he doesn’t move on is almost more than Andrei can bear.
Despite dangers in limbo—Jackal Wraiths that devour souls are hunting him—Dean isn’t going anywhere until he helps Andrei track down the missing children. Andrei is in danger as well when he pays dearly to feel Dean’s touch one last time. Time is slowly running out as Dean and Andrei try to say good-bye while they track a killer who’s more than happy to kill again.
Review: Well, my hands are still clenching my kindle and my eyes are still misty eyed as I begin this review of Ghosts in the Wind by Marguerite Labbe. There were times in this fast-paced, action packed thriller that I was sure I was reading a Dean Koontz or a Stephen King throwback. The bad guys were indeed scary and had me glancing around my darkened bedroom more than once.
But then, Ms. Labbe would write a poignant and emotionally searing love scene between our two heroes and I would be transported right into the heart of a romance novel once again–despite one of the main characters actually being a corporeal form of a very real and very dead ghost.
Ghosts in the Wind picks up on the story of two men who could not be more polar opposite. Andrei, a rough and tumble gypsy of sorts, angry and driven to reclaim lost, abducted or simply thrown away children had met his redeemer shortly after being kicked out of his home–not just for being gay but for his ability to see and communicate with his sister, his dead sister.
He is bounced from one foster home to another until he meets Dean’s father, a DC cop, who helps him into a good foster home and introduces him into his family, and to his son, Dean. As young men, Andrei and Dean become inseparable and eventually fall in love. When we pick up their story they have been partnered for over 10 years and are deeply committed to one another.
Dean, a personal trainer and gym owner is a genuinely kindhearted man, wanting one day to adopt children and loving Andrei more than life itself. These two are so good together. Their banter is witty and humorous, their lovemaking sexy and fierce, and their regard for each other genuine and warm.
So , it is with profound horror as we watch Dean be shot and killed by a man intent on kidnapping his children from his runaway wife, whom he also lets dying by the side of the road. But Dean has unfinished business and he returns, only to be accompanied by Andrei’s little sister Ileana, who becomes his guide of sorts through the ofttimes twisted and terrifying realm of the spiritual world.
So begins the race to track down Dean’s killer while Dean;s own anger sparks a creature that is the stuff nightmares are mad of–the jackal wraiths who threaten to eat Dean’s soul unless he is able to control his anger and thirst for revenge. He and Andrei run against and ever slowing clock as the other side beckons for Dean to cross over and the killer escapes time after time.
I was thrilled beyond belief. Here was a smart, thought-provoking paranormal story the likes of which I had not seen in a long time. Each moment that these men held their breath and plunged headlong into danger I too plummeted right with them, white knuckled and breathless with anticipation for the next twist and turn in this stunning plot line that kept me on the edge of my seat.
Frankly, how author Marguerite Labbe managed to resolve this story and wring from it a happy ever after amazed me! Thankfully, there was no eleventh hour miracle pass–no, that which was dead remained so and for a moment my heart lurched as I realized that rather than give me a contrived happy ending, the author would remain true to herself and this amazing story and keep me guessing until the very end.
Five stars…five stars for Ghosts in the Wind and it deserved every one of them. Bu, as always, dear reader the choice is up to you. All I can say is read this one with plenty of lights on and a box of tissues by the bedside–but don’t miss it, it is worth every moment!