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- Publisher: Riptide Publishing (May 14, 2016)
- Publication Date: May 14, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01FPSU24A
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Normally when one sees a paranormal tag on a book one knows one can expect shifters, or vampires, those being the two species most popular with paranormal writers, but this book is about ghosts and, as such caught my attention from the beginning. Now I personally am about as psychic as the stump in Stumptown but I’ve known people who have seen inexplicable things and see no reason to doubt their word. If there are spirits I just hope they are fairly benign.
In the case of this book, however, they aren’t. Logan Conner can attest to that. During his college years ,he and his friend and roommate messed around with things they should have left alone. Logan escaped, traumatised, but his roommate disappeared off the face of the earth. Cue a lot of suspicion and an investigation of murder with Logan as the prime suspect. Ever since, Logan has been determined to undo the wrong that was done, but couldn’t see how. Eventually he gives up and allows himself to fall in love. Two years later he gets information that changes everything.
As far as Riley is concerned he and his boyfriend Logan have everything going for them. Then Logan walks out on him and Riley is devastated. His faith and drive ruined he drops out of school and takes a job on a rubbish TV show as an advisor. Riley is a delight, such a sweet character, and I loved his interactions with his friend Julie, the stage manager for the show, and even with Max the pompous pretentious front man whose understanding of anything that didn’t bolster his own ego was non-existent. This side of the story was a super ensemble piece with strong performances and some great relationships. Maybe this was why I had to strain a bit to understand why Riley would be so invested in Logan, a man who betrayed him in a very cruel way at a crucial moment in his career. Logan is handsome, but handsome is as handsome does and he treated Riley abominably.
But that aspect of the romance apart I enjoyed the plot very much, especially where the cynical sceptics on the TV show are put in a position of having to face something genuinely eldritch and terrifying with life changing consequences at stake. The peril felt real, the ending wasn’t one I could guess and there were some very entertaining set pieces along the way. Great fun.
I enjoyed this book. I also thought it could have been better, as though it were full of untapped potential. I liked the characters of Riley and Logan, but felt many of the secondary characters were two dimensional. The bad guy was bad. I didn’t feel hearing his story from his perspective would make him the hero. He was just a greedy creep. The star of the TV show in which Riley worked was shallow. There was no real nuance, he was just shallow and frequently used for comedic relief.
On occasion I felt the prose itself was a little funky. Several times we’re told one of the characters felt his heart beating in his chest. Good. That’s the best place for it. I’d worry if it were elsewhere. The nerd falling for the bad boy trope is cute, but at times felt overly-stressed with Riley never realizing how cute and attractive he really is.
Like I said I did enjoy this book. Logan, the bad boy, was trying really hard to do the right thing. He was burdened with the weight of his own family history and his own impulsive decisions. His attempts to right wrongs were not impulsive or ill conceived. He’s a bad boy, not an idiot. It’s the nerd that really saves the day, though. Riley does the research to figure out how to actually resolve the paranormal problem facing Logan. Logan tries to brute force the situation, and it isn’t a feasible solution. The real hero of this tale is the guy who spent hours in front of his computer and made a bunch of phone calls. It was less dramatic and self sacrificing, but real work is rarely glamorous.
I think this is a fun and enjoyable paranormal romance. I had some issues, but they weren’t extreme. It wasn’t awesome, but not everything can be. I definitely want to read the sequel.
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Riley, a folklorist, still devastated after the disappearance of the love of his life, is working as the 'production bitch' on a low budget supernatural investigation series when he runs into his missing love, Logan.
Logan is a man on a mission - he feels responsible for the disappearance of an old friend and is determined to right a wrong come hell or - well, hell - no matter how much he still loves Riley.
This is where it all went wrong for me - Logan is adamant that Riley is the love of his life, but he's determined to 'do the right thing' and sacrifice himself to rescue his old friend, and keep Riley away from any danger. Ok, that's a plot device and I get it, but I got increasingly annoyed by the way Logan ignored and belittled Riley by dismissing the huge amount of research and effort Riley put in to figuring out what was going on, and offer a solution not only to Logan's problem specifically but the ghost war generally. He completely ignored the fact that Riley is a folklorist and if anyone would be able to help it would be him. About 10% from the end Logan did something so unforgivable to Riley that I almost stopped reading. It wasn't to Riley directly - I can't be specific because spoiler, but I went right off Riley at that point, as he was still 'oh I must save the big lug from his hero rescuer complex I still love him so much, he didn't mean it'. I wanted to shake him and say 'Riley: Logan doesn't care about you, he definitely doesn't care about collateral damage, and he's just, figuratively speaking, spat on your job and career. Take a hint for f* sake.'
I did finish it, but, reluctantly.