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 pages
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 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?
This series has such an intriguing setup. A ghostwalker’s mission is to help stranded souls cross over. Ghostwalkers are assisted by their anchors, who provide medical care, meditation, and grounding techniques to care for their ghostwalker.
When Avery Wagner’s anchor, and husband, Luke died of cancer four years ago he quit ghostwalking, but after some time mourning agreed to teach at the Requiem Inc. branch office in Duncan Moor, outside of Rochester, New York.
When a new batch of students arrive to learn the ins and outs, Avery finds himself drawn to one student in particular: Jameson Parker. Avery isn’t quite sure what to make of Jameson. He’s aware of Jameson’s attraction to him, but isn’t sure he’s ready, or wants, to move on from Luke. The two agree to be friends, and as their estimation for each other grows, Jameson, who sometimes puts his foot in his mouth and speaks without thinking, begins to fall deeply in love with Avery. It’s just a matter of time before Avery realizes what Jameson already knows – that they’re a perfect fit for each other.
Avery is sweet and sensitive and his grief in the story is a quiet thing as it’s been years since Luke died, but the pang of loss is clearly still there. I have to admit, it was a little odd that Avery’s bonded mate (his destined soul mate), wasn’t the love interest. I loved how caring and considerate Jameson is and loved his interactions with Avery with how in tune he was about taking care of Avery in every way possible.
“Luke was yours for a long time, and the things you did together, the bond you shared, that can’t ever be replaced.”
Avery’s eyes were wide, a mixture of surprise and affection swirling in the dark depths. Jameson wanted to kiss him, to hold him close, but he kept a rein on his desires. Because this was about Avery.
“I’m not trying to replace him.” Jameson’s voice was soft but sure. “I never could. I wouldn’t want to. Anything we have… it’s different than that… something else. And that’s how it should be, right?”
But I was sad because I felt Jameson was presented more like a runner up and I worried he would always be second best to the true love of Avery’s life. However, Jameson handles this well, never making it a competition, and never tries to make Avery forget Luke’s memory.
Everything that Jameson does is for Avery. All of his energy, concentration, everything is centered on Avery, so I was glad that Avery realizes how lucky he is in finding Jameson.
“I’m so lucky I met you.”
“I’m the lucky one, Avery. Don’t ever doubt that.”
Avery pulled back. “You really believe that, don’t you?”
Jameson nodded. “I do.”
Avery shook his head, but he was smiling. “You’ve taken it in stride since the first moment we met. My being a widower and having been bonded never fazed you.”
“You being with Luke? All those years and experiences made you who you are today. And that’s the man I love. I can’t be sorry about it.”
Somebody to Die For is a dual POV, hurt/comfort, age gap, second chance at romance love story with a lovely happy ending.
I’m looking forward to seeing where else the series takes us.