Somebody to Die For (Susan’s Review)

Title: Somebody to Die For (Requiem Inc. #3)
House Line: Dreamspun Beyond #27
Author: Kris T. Bethke
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: September 4th 2018
Genre(s): M/M Paranormal Romance
Page Count: 218
Reviewed by: Susan
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5


A Requiem Inc. Story

Dying is easy. New love is terrifying.

Avery Wagner quit ghostwalking when he lost his beloved anchor to cancer. Now teaching others who have the ability, he’s beginning to live again—but he’s not looking for another lover, not now, maybe not ever.

But then he meets Jameson… younger, talented, dedicated, almost perfect, even though his mouth sometimes opens ahead of his brain. And Jameson wants Avery desperately, though he’ll settle for friendship if he can’t have more.

When an emergency demands they work together in the field, Avery discovers just how perfect Jameson is. But he had a perfect love once before, and he’s scared to even consider that he might have a chance at another. Can he trust Jameson with his newly healing heart?

I always have a hard time with the deceased lover trope. It’s because I loved Avery so much that I still enjoyed this.

We met ghostwalker Avery in the first book when he helped Blake and Derek with their newly formed bond. Avery knows all about anchor bonds, because he had one with his anchor Luke. But Luke died of cancer 4 years ago, and Avery has a hard time getting through each day.

When Avery meets young Jameson when he is teaching classes to the new trainees, he doesn’t know what to think. Jameson doesn’t seem to have a filter, but he is also caring and considerate. Avery never expected it, but the two become friends when they keep bumping in to each other during Jameson’s training.

Jameson has been half in love with Avery from the moment he sees the man. He knows he can never replace Luke in Avery’s life, but he will take anything he can get. Now Avery needs to see there is more to life than just his grief…

It was different reading about the one true love, the one person destined to be your soulmate, the big love, not being the love interest here. Avery had his bonded, and then he died. We read about Luke being Avery’s everything. It is rare for a ghostwalker and an anchor to form an anchor bond, but Avery and Luke were meant to be together.

So this did not only dealt with a deceased loved one, this dealt with the death of the one big love. It was strange reading about Avery falling in love again after he lost the love of his life. Yes, I thought he and Jameson were very sweet together, but Avery kept insisting, ‘it’s not the same’. And I get that, but it did feel like a second rank love at times, since Avery and Luke were the real thing, and Jameson was just the person Avery fell in love with after Luke died. Now, that is special in itself, but it didn’t make me swoon all that much as Blake and Derek did in book 1.

I think I would have preferred it if the special bond between Avery and Luke had been toned down a bit. Now it was like nothing could ever compete.

But….. I still liked this. Avery was a very likable character, sweet and sensitive. And Jameson was a good fit for him. Jameson was kind of like an eager puppy at times, and I loved how much he just wanted to take care of Avery.

This series has so much potential left, and the ghostwalking is still such an intriguing concept. I can’t wait for the other books.

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