Title: P.S. I Spook You
Author: S.E. Harmon
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: June 12, 2017
Page Count: 256
Reviewed by: Kristin
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.
After some early trepidation that the set-up for this book felt a bit too similar for my comfort to another well-known series where the main character can see ghosts, I was able to settle in and enjoy the story.
And I really enjoyed this!
So many things hit my “oh yeah, baby!” buttons:
I liked the push/pull between Danny and Rain. It wasn’t angsty, there were no Big Misunderstandings, it was simply two people trying to get past their personal shit and trust the person they want to spend the rest of their life with.
The story really wasn’t about the ghosts – it was about Danny and Rain. I did like how Rain’s struggle to understand his abilities was interwoven into the overall context of the story, it helped define his character, and provided context for the murder mystery.
Ethan – Ethan is awesome. I loved all of Rain’s nicknames for him and how at one point called him his Buddhist-ghost. Again, well written and it just fit so well with the overall plot.
Rain’s Mother and sister are a hoot – just enough quirkiness to off-set the seriousness of the murders and ghosts. They’re not overplayed by any means, but between their on-page appearances and Rain’s references, it made for some light humorous moments.
And a few things that were less than woohoo! for me:
Rain’s snark and sarcasm became a bit much. Yes, it helped define Rain’s character, but knowing folks who are constantly sarcastic in real life All. The. Time – it’s just as annoying on the page as off.
Rain confronting the murderer solo. Why, oh why do mysteries have the protagonist confronting the murderer solo?!? It never goes according to plan and they always have to be rescued. Yeah, yeah, it sets up the climatic conclusion, but it’s also incredibly predictable. Just sayin’…
Ultimately, I thought this was a very well written romantic murder/mystery. Characters are well defined, the romance was emotionally spot on, and the sex hot! Hot! Hot! There were a few odds and ends left unresolved along with a newly formed police team, which lends itself to speculation – will we be seeing more of Danny and Rain?
I sincerely HOPE so!