Title: Lost Souls Found (Requiem Inc. #2)
House Line: Dreamspun Beyond #18
Author: Kris T. Bethke
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: April 17th 2018
Genre(s): M/M Paranormal Romance
Page Count: 212 pages
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
A Requiem Inc. Story
Dying is all in a day’s work. Love is more dangerous.
Ghostwalker Sam Jones has been half in love with Michael King since he started working at Requiem Inc. But Michael is his boss and a Guardian, to boot. Sam thinks they could make it work anyway, but Michael uses his position and his age to keep Sam at arm’s length.
When Sam continues to volunteer for the most dangerous cases, Michael has to intervene. He tells himself he’s just doing his job, but he’s always seen Sam as more than another operative, and he can’t bear the thought of not taking his chance. The connection between them has been strong from the beginning, and Michael’s telepathy adds unexpected depth and an edge to their new romance, but working together while they try to build their relationship might be the hardest part of their job if they don’t make some sacrifices.
Ten years is a long time to love someone who doesn’t love you back.
For ghostwalker Sam Jones, his reality is the man he’s half in love with has been keeping him at arm’s length for a decade. Michael King is a Guardian. He has the anchor gene, but it manifested strongly and he also developed telepathic abilities. He doesn’t just take care of one ghostwalker – he takes care of them all. King was made for the job, he’s genetically predisposed to care but because he can also read his employees’ minds he is particularly suited to take care of their needs.
But Michael doesn’t read Sam. He keeps barriers up between the two and for some good reasons: Michael is Sam’s boss, which puts him in a position of authority over Sam, and he’s almost a decade older. Though it doesn’t seem like an enormous age gap to Sam, to Michael it’s a chasm as wide as the Grand Canyon.
But it was wrong for a lot of reasons—mostly because Michael was Sam’s boss, but also because Sam had been harboring a crush on him for years. Though Michael’s own feelings had developed too, it was taking advantage.
But wanting Michael and not being able to have him is hurting Sam too deeply.
Sam dropped his head and just breathed for a moment. Then he walked toward the door and spoke in a voice so low Michael almost didn’t hear it.
“It hurts less when you shove a sword through my chest.”
Sam has some hard decisions to make, ones that will make it easier to have a life, even if it isn’t with Michael as he’d hoped.
“It’s never going to happen. Ten years is a long time to love someone who doesn’t love you back.”
Dom gave him a watery smile. “He loves you back.”
Sam shook his head. “He could if he’d let himself. But he won’t.”
Lost Souls Found has less to do with the spirit plane, and only has a couple of instances of ghostwalking. The story is far more about the relationship, or lack thereof, between Sam and Michael and the will-they-won’t-they finally listen to one another and take a chance.
Michael spun around. “I don’t do that with you.”
The fierce determination on Sam’s face startled him. “I’m asking you to. Read me. Because words aren’t working with you. I don’t know why but… just read me.”
When the relationship does kick in, it goes at a pretty fast clip. That made sense to me being that the characters had already wasted a decade, why wait longer? My only complaint about the romance was how much give there was on Sam’s part to make Michael more comfortable, whereas there wasn’t much give on Michael’s side.
There’s still not a lot of explanation about the spirit plane or the different jobs at Requiem, Inc. as a whole. Lost Souls Found is definitely more of a UST-packed romance, but, personally, while I enjoyed reading the story I was hoping for more world building and better relationship development between Sam and Michael.
However, the HEA is sweet and there’s an exclusive excerpt for Somebody to Die For, the next story in the Requiem Inc. series, at the end, and I am really excited to see what Bethke does with Avery’s story!