P.S. I Spook You (Lily G’s Review)


Title: P.S. I Spook You
Author: S.E. Harmon and Noah Michael Levine (Narrator)
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Release Date: October 23rd 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance//Paranormal/Ghosts
Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
Reviewed by: Lily G. Blunt
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5

Blurb:

SSA Rain Christiansen used to be the agency’s golden boy. It just takes one moment of weakness, one slight, tiny, itty-bitty paranormal sighting, and all of a sudden, he’s the agency’s embarrassment. His boss gives him one last chance to redeem himself – go down to Brickell Bay, play nice with the local police, and leave the ghost sightings behind. Rain is determined to do exactly that, even if it kills him.

Cold-case Detective Daniel McKenna’s latest investigation is going nowhere fast. Five years earlier, high school student Amy Greene went missing after leaving her part-time job and was never seen again. Daniel is glad to finally have the FBI help his department requested, even if it does come in the form of his ex.

It doesn’t help that Rain is pretty sure he’s falling in love with Danny all over again – if he ever stopped. Add to that the frustration of seeing ghosts at every turn while he works a case that’s stalled in its tracks, and Rain is starting to wonder if second chances and happy endings are just for fairy tales.

This is a highly entertaining murder/mystery, paranormal story and romance combined. I particularly enjoyed the banter and snark that spilled from the lips of Rain, the POV character, and Ethan, the friendly ghost who popped up frequently throughout the story. It took me a chapter or two but once I sussed out their humour and the tone of the story they had me bursting out laughing many times.

Rain is a great character—an FBI profiler, who is still learning how to deal with the ghosts he sees. He’s already received psychiatric counselling at work and he’s determined to prove he is capable of doing his job in a professional manner. His new partner on a cold case is Danny, his ex-lover of four years, who for some reason was not privy to the fact that Rain was talking to ghosts. The lack of trust went both ways as Danny kept certain information about his own sister and father from Rain. But now they’re back together working on a case to find a girl who has been missing for five years. Rain and Danny are friends and it’s clear they still harbour feelings for each other. Danny had been hurt the first time Rain left and is reluctant to start anything in case Rain disappears back to Washington DC again. The chemistry between these guys is sizzling and Rain’s inner comments are hilarious as he tries to resist his ex. The sex scenes when they do come are hot and dirty. They need to learn to talk and trust each other this time around and as they work the cold case together, they gradually learn to do that.

The writing is superb, the story-telling skilfully done and the characters are well-developed. There are a few wobbly plot points but nothing major to spoil the overall story for me. I certainly hope we’ll be getting more stories in this series and more of these two guys.

Noah Michael Levine is a new to me narrator. His voice suits Rain’s character and he delivered those snarky lines well. Noah made it enjoyable and easy to follow the story—so much so, I listened to it all over again straight away.  Highly recommended.

 


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Audio copy of P.S. I Spook You provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.

Author

Lily G. Blunt writes contemporary gay romance. She loves to explore the relationship between two men and the intensity of their physical and emotional attraction. Angst often features in her stories as she feels this demonstrates the depth of the men's feelings for each other. Lily is forever writing imaginary scenes and plots in her head, but only a few ever make it to the page. There never seems to be enough hours in the day despite having left the teaching profession to concentrate on her writing! Lily discovered the wonderful world of m/m romance novels five years ago via fan fiction and went on to write stories in her spare time. With the encouragement of her friends and readers she decided to publish some of her work. Lily subsequently self-published several stories via Amazon and later published short stories with Torquere Press, Wayward Ink Publishing, and Pride Publishing.
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