Author: Terry Poole
Publisher: Loose Id
Rating: 2.5 stars
Received from Publisher
Blurb: As the only witness to the murder of a police detective Max never thought the dead detective’s ghost would appear at the foot of his bed two days later. Not only does Max have to deal with the often ridiculous fallout of being bonded to a ghost, he ends up falling in love with the dead man haunting him.
Although Nick expected a tunnel with a light at the end of it, instead of wings and a harp he ended up bound to a writer of romance stories, a sweet lonely man who brings out all his protective instincts.
But when the murderer comes for looking for Max, non-corporeal Nick has to find a way to stop him. If Nick succeeds, he may be forced to leave the man he loves but if he fails, Max could become the next victim of his killer.
Review: Max held Nick’s hand as Nick died. Max found himself surprisingly heartbroken. He didn’t even learn Nick’s name until after his death. Then he woke up to Nick standing at the end of his bed. Technically, it’s Nick’s ghost standing at the end of his bed. Neither man nor ghost really knows what to do about the situation, but they’re both aware of the intense attraction between the two of them. Unfortunately for Max he is the only witness to Nick’s murder. Murderers don’t appreciate witnesses. Since Nick was a cop during his life he’s aware of how much danger Max is in. Max has trouble accepting not only that he’s in danger, but that Nick could conceivably have a legitimate romantic interest in him. The killer strikes closer than is comfortable for Nick and the police. The investigation into Nick’s murder becomes more serious and there is now an investigation into Max’s attempted murder. Despite falling in love, Max and Nick need to figure out how to make a relationship work between a still living person and a ghost when the crime is finally solved.
This book is a fun weekend read if you want to turn off your brain and escape into a fantasy. There is insta-love, possessive/protective behaviors, and a bond so deep it transcends death itself. Those things can all be fun to read. I tend to prefer greater depth when I read, though. Despite being a love story involving a ghost, the world building was set up in such a way that the romance worked physically between Max and Nick. I had no worry things may not work between them because of Nick being a ghost. I need to worry things may not work. I have to feel the characters worked for their HEA.
I never really understood the killer’s motive. In terms of the mystery aspects several things felt off to me. Paranormal stories do require suspension of disbelief, but I still want the mystery aspects to make sense. Killing a cop is a pretty serious thing to cops. The only one who seemed to care was Nick’s partner? Really? Bucci would know the cops would be pissed one of them died. Given the way Nick’s murder happened he’d also know exactly who did it. The murder investigation central to the story didn’t really work for me.
If you’re looking for pure fantasy this book has plenty of enjoyable qualities that would be just right. If you’re looking for a book where the characters have to work hard and you truly fear they may not make it to their HEA you may want to take a pass on this one.