Title: Ghost of a Chance (Requiem Inc. #1)
House Line: Dreamspun Beyond #12
Author: Kris T. Bethke
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: January 16, 2018
Genre(s): M/M Paranormal Romance
Page Count: 216
Reviewed by: Susan
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
A Requiem Inc. Story
Only love makes life worth living—over and over again.
Ghostwalker Blake Jones dies every day. It’s his job and how he helps trapped souls cross over. But to return to life, he needs an anchor. His new partner, Derek Scott, is a surprise. Not only is he male, but his appearance belies a caring and gentle heart. Despite attraction and a strengthening relationship, they know they shouldn’t take things further.
But there’s a big difference between knowing and doing.
Their growing love presents a problem, though not the one they expect. Blake and Derek have to decide if they should take their relationship to the most permanent level—an unbreakable metaphysical bond. Doing so offers both risk and unimaginable reward. Can Blake let go of his fears and put his complete trust in Derek in order to have the happily ever after he’s always craved?
I loved this! I had no idea what to expect when I started this, but I ended up with a very intriguing story and a sweet and intense romance.
Blake has the ghostwalker gene. Ghostwalkers can walk the spirit plane when they die, but they can also come back to life again. And that’s what he does at Requiem. First Blake gets stabbed to death by a sword, then helps the spirit cross over into the light, and comes back to life when the sword is removed.
But this entire process isn’t a walk in the park. And that’s why Blake always needs an anchor. An anchor is someone who cares for people deeply and takes care of the needs of the ghostwalker. An anchor cleans him up, helps him heal, puts him to bed and makes sure he gets enough food and water.
Blake is not happy to be getting a new anchor, but since his previous anchor retired, he has no other choice. But when Blake meets Derek he knows he cannot have the gorgeous man as his anchor. Mostly because Blake is a sobbing mess every time he comes back to life. But he can’t deny that the big friendly man does take good care of him. Perhaps Blake should give their partnership a shot..
I loved the whole concept of ghostwalkers helping lost spirits cross over. It was just so intriguing! I loved that Blake’s brother Sam was a ghostwalker too since it’s genetic (and oh man, I can’t wait for Sam and Michael’s book!!).
There was also a bit of soulmate bonding going on (they called it an anchorbond, which were incredibly rare), so my inner romantic did a little happy dance with that. I just love those kind of intense romances. I was also very happy that there was no relationship angst. There was a little inner fear from Blake’s side, but that was solved rather quickly.
I loved the secondary characters as well. You know they will get their own book, but they were all introduced naturally and not simply put into the story because of a setup for the rest of the series.
I haven’t read much of Kris T. Bethke’s book, but this was by far my favorite. I can’t wait to read the rest of this series!