Title: Shadows Fall
Author: J.K. Hogan
Publisher: Euphoria Press
Buy link: Amazon.com (Second Edition)
Release Date: June 10, 2015
Genre(s): Paranormal, Contemporary
Page Count: 329
Reviewed by: Jewel
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
For him, the whole world is a graveyard…
A gift—or curse—gives Titus McGinty the unwanted ability to talk to ghosts. When he starts seeing the same few apparitions repeatedly, appearing with similar gruesome injuries, he begins to wonder what they want from him.
Detective Charlie Hale has a serial killer on his hands. On the loose for weeks, the Queen City Slayer has left the police nothing to go on, no forensic evidence other than what he wants found. The city is running out of time.
The crisis brings Titus and Charlie together—Titus stumbles upon a body and finds himself a suspect. Their budding romance is tested as they are sucked into a web of underground laboratories, restive spirits, and religious fanaticism. They’ll have to work together to find the identity of the killer before he takes his next victim…Titus.
Shadows Fall is the first book by J.K. Hogan that I’ve read – and I loved it! This is my kind of paranormal story. We’ve got 2 hot men (one of whom is a cop), some mystery involving ghosts, some romance, some smokin’ hot sexy times… Yeah, sign me up! And Shadows Fall did not disappoint.
Titus McGinty is a Gypsy and he sees dead people. All around him, all the time and he does his best to drown them out, but for a few of the spirits, he is having more and more of a difficult time blocking them. He has no idea who they are, but it is unusual for ghosts to actually follow him, so he knows he needs help learning to control his “gift”. He contacts his grandmother, asking for help. Being a ghost talker runs in his family, and the ones with the gift are both feared and revered. But Titus was cast out because he’s gay and refused to marry a woman. And because of that, he’s never learned to control his gift, at all.
Charlie Hale is a closeted detective working a serial killer investigation, and it’s starting to get to him. They’ve got no leads and the killer isn’t leaving any evidence of himself behind. With the bodies piling up, Charlie is at his wits end and desperate to find the killer before he strikes again. He met Titus at the coffee shop that Titus owns, and when Titus calls Charlie one night after he stumbled upon another dead body, things get sticky.
Titus can’t exactly tell the cops how he really found the body and everything he manages to come up with just makes him look more and more like a suspect. What’s a ghost talker to do?
Charlie and Titus are amazing together. Their chemistry runs hot and they make a really good team. Charlie knows he’s gay, but he never acted on it before meeting Titus. And he cannot resist Titus. Charlie also finds that he can really let himself go with Titus. Titus loves Charlie’s dominant nature. And, truth be told, so did I. It was hot!
Though the mystery does overtake the romance a bit, I was fine with that, since I was enjoying the story so much. I did have to suspend my disbelief, not only with the ghosts and paranormal, but also with the more every day activities, like the police work and things like them breaking into a secure medical research facility without getting caught. I didn’t buy that for a New York minute. But I was still entertained, so I let it slide.
All in all, I found Shadows Fall to be an excellent read and it was left open enough for continuing the story line, which I am happy about. But don’t worry, we’re not left with a cliffhanger here.