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Giving Up the Ghost (13 Shades of Red) Paperback – April 15, 2013
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S.A. Price is the shorter pen name for Stella and Audra Price. Bi-continental, Stella and Audra break all misconceptions about siblings. Writing as a team they have produced well over eighteen novels as well as several novella's and short stories. And nary an argument has come from it. On their off time from writing, Audra is a makeup artist and Stella is a graphic artist and web designer, as well as the convention director for the Authors After Dark convention. They both love animals and have several including several snakes and a peacock. Audra lives in Scotland with her husband and children, while Stella Lives in South Carolina with her dogs Moo and Poe and her husband.
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WARNING: This book is intended for an adult audience, 18 or older.
Saffron Richards may have just gotten in over her head in taking on a gig with an up and coming band who's lead singer is known as a love'em and leave kinda guy. Then again, that is the reputation put on by Rhys Bellamy.
After losing the only woman he'll ever love, Rhys goes on a trip of self pity and refuses to emerge... well that is until he meets his new band manager, Saffron.
Rhys has this special ability about him that Saffron learns about and trust me, it's not just in his pants. ;) haha! When she realizes things that go bump in the night are real, her world is turned upside down in this roller coaster ride of emotions, sex and ghosts!
Rock 'n Roll meets Paranormal in this exciting, cutting edge paranormal thriller! It had me on the edge of my seat and I found myself thinking about this book often. Tell me that's not a great story! I also found myself wondering about Winter and I'm looking forward to reading more about him!
If you're into ghosts, demons and paranormal stuff... and maybe have a taste for the bad-boy rock'n roll band, then go pick up Giving Up the Ghost today!
Rhys Bellamy is the front man for the wildly successful 13 Shades of Red, a band hailing from New Orleans that is just a bit more then they appear. He’s sexy, caustic and on a path of self destruction that has everything to do with the fact that he can speak to the dead. A man hounded by the death of his fiancée, Rhys is a lothario of the highest caliber. His life, his band, and his agony celebrates his lost love, Phaedra, and it has made him a very popular man with the ladies, even if they will never mean anything to him. Too bad Phaedra has never and will never contact him.
When the band’s first US tour meets with some unforeseen management issues, Saffron Richards is brought in to take care of it. A veteran of the business, Saffron knows all about Rhys and his reputation and doesn’t want to become another notch on his belt. Too bad fate has it in for the both of them, and gives them an attraction neither can deny.
But life on the road with an up and coming band has its problems, from bosses to groupies to just plain old flat tires. And Phaedra, who has been watching from the mists and reveling in the misery of her lost lover doesn’t want to see him happy. Being together is harder than it sounds, especially when Phaedra crosses the veils on All Hallows Eve to reignite the love that Saffron has set to ash in Rhys. And Phaedra is not giving him up without a fight. Not because she loves him, but because she doesn’t ever want him to forget.
WARNING: This book contains an egotistical rockstar, a tough as nails tour manager, magic, mayhem, a witchy boss and her demon of a boyfriend and a ghost that cant let go. It is intended for reader 17 and over.
Here is what I love
1) Of course, the relationship between Rhys and Saffron, the two leads. I loved the fact that Saffron was able to hold her own and didn't back down in the end. I do wish she would have waited a bit longer to jump in the sack with him, but oh well. The sex scenes were awesome and really drove point the home of how combustible their love and relationship was.
2) I loved the relationship that Saffron had with the band members. She didn't come in to try to take over or make it "her band". It was very much a loving big brother/little sister feel, and that is endearing. She had their backs, and they had hers. The guys watched out for her and wanted her to stay in the group, and it seemed like they respected her for putting up with Rhys' bulls****.
3) I loved the dynamics between Saffron and Rhys' family, and Winter (NOT Winter's family). I loved how the author drew the stark contrast between the two families and how very different they were.
4) The imagery that the authors were able to draw did not leave me wondering what the areas looked like, and they did describe NOLA perfectly.
5) The ghost cat....how could I forget? :-)
6) And not to spoil anything, but the plot twist with Phaedra and her relationship with her mother was awesome.
What was lacking:
1) Alot of grammatical errors, but I got the jist of the story and was able to read over them. The story line was easy to understand. I know alot of authors have to self-edit due to time and money, so I wasn't expecting a pristine Stephen King book. No big deal.
2) The confrontation scene between Phaedra and Saffron was a tad disappointing. I wanted more of a sh**storm but actually I was very surprised by the way it went down. Just wish the scene was a big longer.
3) Saffron should have waited before jumpin in the sack with Rhys....calm your ti** girlie ha! :-)
4) Would be good if the authors could number the books on the front so you know which order to go in. But again, no big deal.
Other than that, I think anyone would really enjoy this read as it's quick and easy.....kinda like Rhys ;-), and the entire rockband scene mixed with a dose of supernatural was awesome. Loved it!!! Can't wait to read the rest of the series.
Giving Up the Ghost is a story I didn't know much about when I started it. Going in blind was a perfect way to start and I quickly became fascinated with the entire cast of characters. Each character held a unique feeling to them and as the story went on I became even more intrigued by the psychology of the story. What happens when the one you were so in love with dies and your grief shades the truth of who they truly were. Rhys Bellamy had obtained his obsession and then lost her again. Consumed by grief for years he finally begins to resurface, only to realize maybe his reality was only a shade of what it was. This aspect is what pushed this story to the 4 mark for me. The beginning held a few things that I didn't quite understand especially regarding Saffron. Although, I loved her character I thought a few of her actions in the beginning didn't really fit her overall personality. However, as a whole Saffron and Rhys' story is truly unique and entertaining!
The paranormal aspects were not overwhelming and just added enough to the story to enhance the depth of not only betrayal, but of true friendships.
I rate Giving Up the Ghost 4 out of 5 Bullets!
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