Author: Lauren Sattersby
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Rating: 4.5 stars
Received from Publisher
Blurb: I’m Tyler Lindsey, and until recently, I had an okay apartment, an okay girlfriend, and an okay job as a bellboy at a respectable Boston hotel. Then rock star Chris Raiden died right before I brought his room service—stiffing me on the tip, by the way—and my life went to hell. My fifteen minutes of fame was more like five seconds, and my girlfriend left me in disgust.
Review: Tyler Lindsey finds Chris Raiden dead of a drug overdose. Classic rock star death. It was a bad time for Tyler. His girlfriend left him as a result. Okay, that relationship was pretty much over anyway, but Tyler still had nightmares about a dead man. So it’s perfect he finds himself haunted by Chris. And of course Chris is a ghost who is very emotionally needy. Tyler has to help Chris find closure before Chris can move on to… whatever is next for Chris. Tyler works to save the money for a trip to California, which isn’t easy when you’re a bellboy and the money for a transcontinental trip has to come from tips. What Tyler really didn’t expect was he’d find himself in some kind of relationship with Chris. Chris’ ghost. Tyler is in a relationship with a ghost and he’s got no choice but to help that ghost move on to some place Tyler can’t follow.
There were things I liked and things I didn’t like in this book. I’m going to start with the dislikes, so I can finish on a high note. In a love story with a ghost the physical aspects of the relationship are obviously a problem. I didn’t always like the way they were handled here. I didn’t really care for the paranormal aspects of much of this story. But at the same time I really liked that Tyler and Chris found out physical contact was possible in a way that ramped up Tyler’s jealousy. It was deliciously tropey. A lot of the tension of the story came from something wanting Chris to work on saying good bye to people. An unseen and incomprehensible force made the story move forward ’cause it had to. As far as devices and plot strings go this one felt too obvious for me to be able to suspend my disbelief.
As Tyler and Chris got to know each other in the first half of the book it was easy to overlook the fact Chris was dead. Chris was lost to his friends and family. They are grieving. Each of Chris’ goodbye scenes had him dealing with not only saying goodbye, but what role he played in the problems in his life. Chris’ heroin overdose wasn’t out of the blue, it was the final bad choice in a long string of bad choices. This had me bawling while sitting in a parking lot thinking I was going to have to go in the gym and get my kid out of practice and I didn’t want people to ask why I was crying ’cause I’d have to explain the scene where Chris said goodbye to his dealer was so incredibly poignant. And that wasn’t even the really hard scene! Let’s just say the final third of this book had me bawling non-stop. But the kind of bawling that leaves me thinking the book was really good when it’s all said and done.
Ultimately, Tyler gets a fantasy relationship with a rock star, even if Eric does keep the Joe Walsh approved car. Chris can still write music and play for Tyler, he can’t really cheat, and he can’t use drugs. Chris gets a second chance. Now I want to know what’s going to happen with Chad.