Dead Man and the Restless Spirits by Lou Harper
Dying sucks hairy monkey balls, even when you’re not the stiff.
Denton Mills has a secret: he can see dead people. Or rather, how they died. It’s quite a drag in a city like Chicago, teeming with the echoes of the no-longer living. Rather than whine about it, Denton has learned to live with his troublesome talent. His adaptability comes in handy when he meets his enigmatic new neighbor.
Bran Maurell catches Denton’s eye right away, but unfortunately Mr. Tall, Dark, and Mysterious is as standoffish as he is alluring. However, after an unexpected introduction from Bran’s cat brings the two men together, Denton discovers they have a mutual interest in the spirit world. Herbalist by day, Bran moonlights as a witch, performing house cleansings for a fee.
From Bran, Denton learns that his knack for interacting with the dead qualifies him as a necromancer. It makes good business sense for them to team up and rid Chicago of its pesky spirits one grateful client at a time. Amongst ghostly adventures the attraction between the men is impossible to ignore. They seem like perfect partners—unless Bran’s not-so-little secret comes between them.
Warning: men loving men, ghosts with attitudes, and a portly feline with hidden talents.
Note: Denton also plays a small but important role in Spirit Sanguine
When we are introduced to the two MC’s they appear such totally opposites that there seems no way for the two men to ever even get along let alone have a relationship. As the story progresses you can see the two characters in a different light and see how their differences aren’t more than the things they have alike. I liked the story line. The idea of the two men getting together to made a team and be all “ghostbuster” like, but that part of the plot isn’t strongly developed in the story. It seems to be more about the two men getting together. The romance was a little…blah. I mean to take out the paranormal and you’d have a lot of other books that are out there. This is the first in a series so I have hope for that being developed. The characters are lively. I could picture them so clearly. I loved that about the author. The way that the characters were developed was amazing. The two men were vividly real and so fun to follow even with the relationship angle being a little common place. I would definitely look for the next book in the series.
Posted on Friday, August 9th, 2013, in Book Review, Four Roses, M/M Romance, Novella: 100-150 pages, TJ and tagged Four Roses, Harper Books, Lou Harper, M/M Romance, Novella, Paranormal. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.