Title: P.S. I Spook You
Author: S.E. Harmon
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: June 12, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance/Paranormal/Ghosts
Page Count: 256
Reviewed by: Renée
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
SSA Rain Christiansen used to be the agency’s golden boy. It just takes one moment of weakness, one slight, tiny, itty-bitty paranormal sighting, and all of a sudden he’s the agency’s embarrassment. His boss gives him one last chance to redeem himself—go down to Brickell Bay, play nice with the local police, and leave the ghost sightings behind. Rain is determined to do exactly that, even if it kills him.
Cold-case detective Daniel McKenna’s latest investigation is going nowhere fast. Five years earlier, high school student Amy Greene went missing after leaving her part-time job and was never seen again. Daniel is glad to finally have the FBI help that his department requested, even if it does come in the form of his ex.
It doesn’t help that Rain is pretty sure he’s falling in love with Danny all over again—if he ever stopped. Add to that the frustration of seeing ghosts at every turn while he works a case that’s stalled in its tracks, and Rain is starting to wonder if second chances and happy endings are just for fairy tales.
I really enjoyed the hell out of this. With the whole ghost part in the blurb, I thought I wouldn’t really care for that aspect of the book, but I was very wrong.
Rain Christiansen can see dead people. No, not like this:
Rain (snort, go ahead, but his parents are ultra-hippy – he and his sister are Rain and Sky) is an FBI profiler who was inadvertently outted, not because he’s gay, but because he let on about his “gift” to his unit. He was on a two month psychiatric leave as a result, and is still not allowed to return to his team. Instead he gets to choose from a list of cold cases across the country to help local law enforcement with. Brickell Bay, Florida catches his eye, since it’s his home town.
But he didn’t realize he’d be working with his ex once he arrives. His very fine ex. Who he may not be as over as he thought he was.
I thought that Brickell Bay PD would send someone I hadn’t slept with. Considering how celibate I was, that shouldn’t have been a challenge.
The BEST part of this book was the banter. The absolute snark that comes out of Rain’s mouth (and Danny too, Danny can go toe to toe with Rain like nobody’s business) just simply made this book for me. It’s not bitchy snark. It is pure comedic snark. The kind of snark you have with your best friend, your soul mate. If I’d have been drinking at any point of reading this book, my Kindle would’ve been fried.
“Maybe. Kind of looks like a vagina.”
“What? No. Two clams,” I insisted and squinted at the painting again. “I know it’s been a while since I saw a vagina, but it doesn’t look like that.”
“This is his take on one…surrealism almost. Besides, I’m pretty sure the last time you saw a vagina, you were coming out of one.”
These exchanges went on throughout the whole book. DED.
But this book wasn’t a comedy. No, it was better. It was a serious drama with the banter thrown in for levity. That equals Renee’s crack!
Rain and Danny don’t know how to communicate. These two men take stubborn to a whole new level. There’s a lot of hurt, on both sides. With only Rain’s POV, I understood him really well. But I really got Danny too. Harmon did well with character building in a single-POV story.
That wasn’t just desire on his face. There was anger there too. Anger with me for leaving. Anger with me for trouncing all over our unspoken truce. Anger for even wanting me at all.
Ok, you’re gonna ask me about the ghosts……yeah, Rain sees and can communicate with ghosts. And he uses this gift for the first time professionally. Which wreaks all kinds of havoc with his boss and with Danny. Cuz who would believe that shit?
And Rain does something incredibly stupid toward the end. Phenomenally stupid with regard to the cold case. But, me?
I could not be forced to care. I was IN. Totally invested in this relationship. What murder mystery? The mystery itself wasn’t cheesy at all. It was actually done pretty well, Rain’s fuck up notwithstanding, but all I cared about was our boys finally admitting how much they still loved each other. I just wanted to lock them in a room together until they fucking talked! So damn oblivious.
The one thing missing was an epilogue. We still get a strong ending. I was totally fine with it. But I’m an unrepentant epilogue whore.
Love this book. Recommended!
“You taste soft and sleepy and sweet.”
I could do a little better than that. “You taste like home.”