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No Surrender: Badlands Book 5 - A MM Psychic Detective Romance Adventure Kindle Edition
Psychic medium Simon Kincaide and sexy homicide detective Vic D'Amato met hunting a supernatural serial killer. Since then, Simon has become a police consultant on cases involving the paranormal, and Vic has gotten over his doubts about Simon's abilities being real. Along the way, they fell in love and got engaged. But it seems like the danger never ends.
Now, the first case Simon and Vic worked together comes back to haunt them as the killer goes to court and all hell breaks loose. The killer has a crazy fan setting curses on key players in the upcoming trial. Ghosts from an old cold case suggest that someone got away with murder. And a supernatural creature attracted to fear and death is using the Grand Strand as its feeding ground. Simon and Vic feel like they’re waging a war on all fronts, but with the stakes so high, there can be No Surrender!
No Surrender is a fast-paced thrill ride MM paranormal romance packed with supernatural suspense, haunted tourist attractions, monsters, visions, hot sex, hurt/comfort, loyal friends, wedding planning, found family, ghosts galore, dark magic, and an evolving, established romantic relationship with all the feels.
No Surrender is Book 5 in the Badlands series but can be read as a standalone.
- ASIN : B09YLGHTFY
- Publisher : Darkwind Press (April 20, 2022)
- Publication date : April 20, 2022
- Language : English
- File size : 2795 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 224 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #124,439 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The Slitter Trial is rapidly approaching, and it’s causing some stress for Vic and especially for Simon, who William Fischer, infamously known as the Strand Slitter, almost killed. As the trial date rapidly approaches, Vic is approached by a reporter asking about a series of disappearances back in the ’80s. As Vic agrees to look at those cold cases, a second mystery appears as several people closely connected to the Slitter Trial receive gifts that appear to be of personal significance to the recipient. Each gift brings devastating results when touched by the intended victim. Vic and Simon are now concerned that the Slitter Trial might be postponed. Even worse, they fear it will be declared a mistrial. Can Simon and Vic uncover who is sending these cursed items, do they have a connection to the disappearances from the ’80s, and can they solve all of this before the Slitter Trial is scheduled to take place?
Brice’s gift of storytelling, world-building, and character development are some of the best. It helps that she lives in North Carolina and is quite familiar with the settings where all of her stories take place. Her familiarity is very much on display as she perfectly describes the beautiful locations her characters visit. Some authors might venture into the area of info dump, but not Brice. She gives just enough information to allow the reader to visualize the scene, but never at the expense of what the character is experiencing or the action in the story. The result is a constant page-turner where after completing one chapter, all you’ll want to do is immediately start reading the next. Brice is also highly skilled in pacing the action. Pacing is where many authors fail by either dragging a scene out too long or compacting it too tightly to where the reader might feel that all they’re reading is a series of vignettes. Not with Brice. She has practically perfected the art of drawing out the action and the tension of a scene to where the reader is almost left breathless. Brice then brings about some form of resolution to that dramatic moment, only to start ramping up the excitement as our characters are about to face their next challenge. It always makes for the perfect thrill ride.
One other aspect of “No Surrender” is how this story is multi-layered. Brice calls back to “Restless Nights” by bringing up the upcoming Slitter Trial and then adds what appears to be these separate storylines with the cursed objects and the missing people from the ’80s. I did have some questions bouncing around in my brain as I tried to understand how these were all connected, but I also have great faith in Brice’s writing. I have lost count of the number of her books I have read, and I have never been disappointed. She has deftly told her stories with astonishing detail and skill that I feel I’m reading an account that she has personally witnessed. For that reason alone, I soldiered on with complete faith that I would not be disappointed in how she would wrap it all up with these three storylines, and I can assure you that she succeeded. “No Surrender” was both thrilling and heartwarming to read. Reading about Vic’s and Simon’s upcoming wedding warmed my heart, and the moments of ghostly horror raced my heart! It had all of the excitement of an amusement park ride and all of the warmth of delicious comfort food. With that, I only have one very tiny issue, and that is regarding the actual Slitter Trial itself. I would have enjoyed seeing more detail of the trial, especially since Simon might have been called to testify (given that Fischer shot him) and how it might affect his PTSD. Still, it did not take away from my enjoyment of this book. It was a joy to read, and anyone who is a fan of paranormal stories, especially those with a solid LGBTQ element, will unquestionably love it.
I must add that this book contains some extremely steamy same-sex love scenes and should only be read by those who are 18 and over.
I give “No Surrender” 4.5 out of 5 Springsteen Tickets!!!
To complicate things, there is also a set of cold cases from the eighties brought to their attention that may be tied to what’s happening…and you know that means more ghostly contacts to keep things interesting. We’re also treated to an appearance by Simon’s own ghost relative, Dante, to try and help with the cold cases.
As I’ve come to expect from this author and this series, there’s enough going on to keep you on your toes and guessing through much of the story. I did feel like the resolutions to the different aspects going on felt a little rushed this time in the last quarter of the book, like things were jumping quickly from one thing to another so to me it seemed more tell than show, but I still enjoyed the reveals as they happened.
A fun bonus was the wedding planning for Vic and Simon…I kinda hope to get an invite as it sounds like it’s going to be a great time ;-)
No Surrender was a strong 4-star read for me, and added a nice twist to the series by revisiting their first case. While you probably could read this one on its own, my recommendation would be to read the series in order for a more complete background on the prior events and a better feel for the fierce connection between the two main characters.
This story, however, was well mixed up and written. I loved having 2 separate mysteries that were tangled together yet still their own. Getting justice for some cold cases, stopping a new bad guy, and working with new people who believed in them- this was a great book.
Absolutely loved it.
I really love how Vic and Simon’s relationship has evolved and how well they work together.
As they get ready for the Slitter trial, cursed objects start showing up for the primary players in the prosecution and a cold case of disappearances that happened in the early 80’s come to light. Simon and Vic are once more in the crosshairs of both human and paranormal evil and have to rely on each other and their friends to triumph over both, all while beginning to plan their wedding.
One of my favorite parts of this series is that it crosses with the other series by Morgan Brice as well as series by Gail Z Martin. Definitely a great read, series and world!
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The Badlands series was my first foray into the writing of Morgan Brice and I’ve become very invested in the lives of Simon, Vic and the whole Myrtle bay crew.
The Bay itself sounds like the perfect holiday destination, provided you can survive the ghosts friendly and not. Oh and don’t forget the serial killers!
It’s heart warming to follow established couples through books, watching their relationship develop and mature and despite everything thrown at them in this book Simon and Vic are coming along nicely!
This episode in the Guy’s lives starts in top gear and doesn’t let up. Serial killers, Nightmares and Mad Magic. Yep everything you need for a compulsive read.
Now, I’m just waiting for my invite to the wedding!