Title: Ghost of a Chance (Requiem Inc. #1)
House Line: Dreamspun Beyond #12
Author: Kris T. Bethke
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: January 16th 2018
Genre(s): M/M Paranormal Romance
Page Count: 216
Reviewed by: Steph
Heat Level: 2.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
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 did like this new take on the Grim Reaper storyline. Here the Ghostwalker is not only a living being, but they actually have to die to help the troubled soul get to the other side. While they are under, their partner “anchors” them to the physical plane. While I enjoyed the thought of an anchor, I honestly didn’t feel that the author went into too much depth here. Therefore, I really didn’t see or feel the emotional connection between Blake and Derek; especially given the exceptionally rare anchor bond they have.
The world building for the most part was decently done. My only complaint has to do with Requiem itself; the place that employs Blake as a Ghostwalker. This business has been around for over 150 years, and the world knows about them and the services they provide. However, it is not families of the deceased hiring them to make sure that their loved ones get to the other side. No, their job orders come from the Mediums that are employed by Requiem that sense the a deceased soul in distress. So, my question is….How does Requiem make money to pay their staff? I know this is such a little thing, but it bothers me.
My only other qualm would be the conflict in the story. IMO, there wasn’t much to it. The big moment with Blake trying to help a bothered soul could’ve been amazing, but I felt it was short-lived and then bottomed out. Most likely I am the only one that will be bothered by this, but I had to put it out there.
In the end, both MCs experience their HEA. To be honest, it was an okay read. However, I will definitely try the next book in the series if it involves Blake’s brother Samuel and their boss Michael King. I am really intrigued with the Ghostwalker/Guardian storyline here. That and the fact that I could actually see/feel the connection they had; even with the little interaction their was between the two of them.