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A Reason to Believe [Kindle Edition]

Diana Copland
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Detective Matthew Bennett doesn't believe in ghosts. So when the spirit of a murdered child leads him to her body, he's shaken to the core—and taken off the case. Unable to explain his vision, or to let go of the investigation, Matthew turns to renowned medium Kiernan Fitzpatrick. Though he has doubts about Kiernan's claims to communicate with the dead, Matt is nevertheless drawn to the handsome psychic, who awakens feelings he thought were long-buried.

Haunted by the lingering spirit of the little girl, Kiernan is compelled to aid in the search for her killer. The chance to get closer to the enigmatic Matt is an unexpected bonus. Although Kiernan's been betrayed by people who turned out to be more interested in his fame than in himself, with Matt he's willing to risk his heart. As the two men grow closer, Kiernan helps Matt rediscover that life offers no guarantees—but love offers a reason to believe...

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Product Details

  • File Size: 431 KB
  • Print Length: 217 pages
  • Publisher: Carina Press (October 22, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008O53SPW
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,396 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 stars for m/m story and 2.5 stars for plot October 30, 2012
By ~CKH~
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As a m/m romance, the story was...nice. Nothing exceptionally hot in the sex scenes, but still a pretty decent romance that builds between Matt and Kiernan, although the falling in love within 4-5 days was a little unbelievable.

The plot though, was a little predictable. The ending was no surprise and maybe a tad clichéd. I couldn't help but roll my eyes at how the woman became a hostage at gunpoint during the climax, it's been done that way so many times.

This feels like a very middle-of-the-road review, but it fits with the story, as nothing really jumped out to make it a cut-above-the-rest kind of story. For the price/page count of 1.99/217 though, it is a good buy for a nice solid story.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great combination of mystery, suspense, and romance January 15, 2014
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I loved this book. It's the kind of book that leaps from the pages and lands squarely in one's imagination. Put another way, Diana Copland's prose is so effortless that you forget you're reading and are transported into the world she creates. And what a world! By turns chilling, haunting (literally and figuratively), and engrossing, Copland knows how to mix up the love story, the horror story, the thriller and turn them into one compelling and thoroughly satisfying read.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars great start, but silly ending November 14, 2012
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I always like a stoic cop and Matthew Bennet was a well-drawn character with a believable background. His first meeting with the 'ghost` of a recently murdered child was actually handled well, and his sister in law/bf's subsequent meddling introduces him to the very cute Kiernan Fitzpatrick. And I liked Kiernan too, so that also worked.

What I didn't like was the handling of the supernatural element which, frankly, just became too silly for me. It snapped me out of the world of the novel and just made me sigh and shrug. It's a pity, because the characterizations were well done, there were signature notes (Kiernan's tee shirts) that added charm. But the silliness of the powerful and manifesting ghost, coupled with the standard crazy villain, just robbed the book of any grounding, and brought it down to 3 stars for me - I read it from start to finish, but I won't read it again, and I won't really remember Matt and Kiernan, they are too overshadowed by the ghost and mishandled crime plot.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read! October 26, 2012
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I was very excited to read this book. I know the author, and her style of writing, and hoped that that style would translate into original fiction.

It does. And how!

The premise, that of a police officer being guided to the body of a child by that child's ghost, is one that could lend itself to parody quite easily in the hands of a clumsy, untested author. Not only does Copland handle this delicate subject matter with care and compassion, she immediately pulls you in for the ride. The characters are well drawn, engaging, funny, and, in one case, annoying as hell. But that's part of telling a story. You don't have to love all of the characters, but you have to listen to them, because they each have something to say.

Det. Matt Bennett is your not-so-average cop: hard-nosed, pragmatic, believing in what he can see and feel and hear. So when that very system is challenged by the ghost of a six year old girl, he does something that, in ordinary circumstances, he never would. He tells what he saw. Big mistake. In an effort to pull Matt out of his funk, Sheila, his best friend, sister-in-law and resident pain in the ass, drags him to see a cable tv medium, Kiernan Fitzpatrick. Kiernan is a young man with the energy and spirit of a twelve year old on a perpetual sugar high. Witty, irreverent, with a suitcase full of t-shirts bearing sometimes inappropriate messages, Kiernan is easy to like. When it comes to his 'gift', that of communing with the souls of the departed, Kiernan is compelling to watch. Even the most disbelieving of people would be hard-pressed to deny what he is able to do. When he approaches Matt with a request for a private audience, Matt, and the reader begin a journey of discovery that keeps you turning the pages, deep into the night.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars October 22, 2012
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If you are a fan of paranormal ghost stories, then you are going to love Diana Copland's A Reason to Believe. It is a captivating mystery starring Matt Bennett, a police detective who is quite skeptical of psychic phenomena and a famous medium, Kiernan Fitzpatrick.

Matt Bennett is no stranger to tragedy and he is still recovering from a traumatic loss of his own when he is called to the scene of a missing young girl. Matt is led to the victim's body by an unlikely source: the ghost of the victim, Abby. With his career already on the rocks, he is placed on administrative leave when he admits Abby's spirit led him to her body. In an attempt to help him understand what he experienced, his sister in law and best friend, Sheila, takes Matt to "A Paranormal Gathering" where Kiernan Fitzpatrick is conducting psychic readings. With Kiernan's (and Abby's) assistance, Matt is soon hot on the trail of a killer.

The two protagonists of A Reason to Believe are fully developed, three dimensional characters. Both men have complicated pasts and although their personalities are complete opposites, they perfectly balance one another. Matt is a no-nonsense and slightly cynical cop with a sharply analytical mind who does not believe in communing with the dead despite his experiences to the contrary. Kiernan is light-hearted, full of energy and the more impulsive of the two. He is comfortable with who he is and completely at ease with his psychic abilities. The chemistry between the two men is sizzling and their relationship positively simmers with sexual tension.

The mystery aspect of the storyline is very well done. Although I was able to guess the killer's identity fairly early on, I was completely stumped as to the motive for the murder.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters! Oops, I mean Matt and Kiernan!
A very interesting and different read. I'm not one for horror flicks, but the occasional ghost story is okay as long as it's not to scary, lol. Read more
Published 9 days ago by PhillyGirl
5.0 out of 5 stars A Reason to Belive
A wonderful book one of the best I have read in a long time. I couldn't stop,I hated to take time to charge my Kindle!!
Published 18 days ago by Patricia Collins
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! What a great book!
I wasn't familiar with Ms. Copland's work but was totally blown away by this story! I loved the drama, ghosts, romance, and the happy ending! Read more
Published 27 days ago by DaisyJo
4.0 out of 5 stars So much fun to read!
I wish I could give 4.5 stars to this. I only give 5 stars to books I think are perfect, but this was deserving of more than 4 simply for the fact that it was so much fun to read. Read more
Published 1 month ago by spock74
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
This was one of the best stories I have read in a long while. Aside from the short but intense sex scenes the story line was great. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sunshine
5.0 out of 5 stars Goose bumps awesome!
I. Absolutely loved this book.. I read a lot and this is the first book I actually got goose bumps(good ones) So refreshing to actually read a gay romance novel, with a plot that... Read more
Published 1 month ago by BruceD
4.0 out of 5 stars Good whodunit with some unrealistic eroticism
I enjoyed the read and the characters had depth. The ending was a bit too pat but it wasn't a gimme. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Michael Laudone
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Paranormal Gay Romance
Nicely done story with likeable characters. The mystery, really isn't that mysterious, but the journey through this evolving romance, in this touchingly sad, and sometimes funny... Read more
Published 1 month ago by DJ 323
5.0 out of 5 stars I just wish the author had written another story with ...
I just wish the author had written another story with Kiernan and Matt. An enjoyable read, mystery, ghosts, hot guys falling for each other - what else do you want?
Published 1 month ago by Lori
5.0 out of 5 stars liked the characters. book was ok
I enjoyed this book. Liked the characters. It was an interesting story line. Would of liked a better reason for the murder seemed a little overboard. Read more
Published 1 month ago by sn he
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More About the Author

Diana Copland began writing in the seventh grade, when she shamelessly combined elements of Jane Eyre and Dark Shadows to produce an overwrought Gothic tale that earned her an A- in creative writing, thanks entirely to the generosity of her teacher. She wrote for pure enjoyment for the next three decades before discovering LiveJournal and a wonderful group of supportive fanfiction writers, who after gifting her with a "Best New Author" Award encouraged her to try her hand at original gay fiction.

Born and raised in southern California, Diana moved to the Pacific Northwest after losing a beloved spouse to AIDS in 1995. She lives in eastern Washington near her two wonderful adult children and her surprisingly supportive parents.

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