Dead Man and the Restless Spirits (Dead Man #1)

     Author: Lou Harper

     Publisher: Harper Books

     Rating: 4 stars

     Buy Links: Amazon 

     Type: Novella from Series

     Purchased by reviewer


Blurb:  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.


Review: I’m a fan of Lou Harper’s writing. There’s something about it. It’s witty and funny. My favorites are her paranormal series. This is actually a spin off of her Sanguine books. If you’ve read them you of course remember the odd but wonderful Denton. This is told from his POV. I love good spin offs and this one doesn’t disappoint. You don’t have to read Sanguine, which is mostly about vampires, but I highly suggest you do. The main characters of that series appear in this series.

Denton moves into a new apartment. He’s warned his new neighbor is pretty weird so of course he’s intrigued to meet him. One morning he does from the balcony of his apartments. Too bad the sexy mysterious neighbor isn’t nearly as friendly as his black cat is. He’s cute though. A few chance meetings don’t seem to make the neighbor warm up to Denton until one day he sees him watching a ghost in the lobby. That seemed to make Denton a whole lot more interesting to his neighbor, Bran.

Turns out Bran is a witch so he doesn’t think Denton seeing dead people is weird at all. Score for Denton! Bran is sexy and doesn’t think he’s a weirdo. Bran even tries to help Denton control his ability. He takes him on jobs to clear properties of ghosts getting to know each day by day. Denton and Bran start fooling around. One minute Bran is hot for Denton the next minute cold. They never get beyond quick hand jobs. It’s messing with Denton’s head but the reason why is nothing I saw coming. Denton did not either. I found this little revelation particularly clever. It really added to the story and explained why Bran was so odd and reserved.

I enjoyed every minute of this quick and fun read. The characters are quirky and endearing. The paranormal aspect has a very real every day feel to it. Not too over the top. Kind of like an everyday witch and necromancer in love might be like in a real life relationship. Bran and Denton are so different in their personalities but were so good together. I love the cameos from MCs of the other series and how Bran reacts to them. It’s always interesting to see how someone else views a character’s whose head you’ve been in. Another book by this author I like and can recommend.

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