Book Reviews

Dead in the Desert (L.A. Paranormal 3) by Lou Harper

Genre Gay / Urban Fantasy / Psychic Powers / Romance / Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 16-September-2013

Book Blurb

Jon Cooper used to think he wanted a life free of complications, but that was before he got involved with his roommate, Leander. Jon knows that the only thing he can't lose is what he doesn't have, but where does that leave him?

Leander Thorne, on the other hand, is an easygoing bookworm, with an addiction to books and cooking shows, and a soft spot for Jon, despite Jon's grumpiness. He also happens to be a psychic specializing in finding lost pets and—more recently—lost people. He's good at it. Too good if you ask Jon,

Unsolved crimes, missing people and bodies buried in the Mojave Desert make Jon's and Leander's lives anything but uncomplicated. Jon is forced to dig into his soul and find a way to let go of his past if he wants to keep Leander.


Book Review

I could not wait to get back in Lou Harper's world! I missed the writing, the humor, the story line, and, in this case, I really missed Jon and Andy. I fell so hard for them, particularly Andy, in 'Dead in L.A.' that I was just squirming to get to this next installment. Lucky for me, all the great things I adored about the first book were also present in this latest novella. Ah, the mystery, the sex, the laughter, the sweetness. I felt as if I came home.

Jon and Andy are still living together and keeping to the friends with benefits situation they sort of fell into, pun intended. It's rather funny watching them because it is painfully obvious that they both care far more than just a FWB situation, but neither wants to say anything. Men. Sheesh. *grins* What is even better, at least for me, is watching Jon mother Andy. Making sure he eats a good breakfast, stays hydrated, and has sunscreen. Frankly, it's adorable and just made me love Jon, the grump, even more. Meanwhile, Andy brings the laughter and lighthearted goodness into Jon's life that is so desperately needed. These two men are one hundred percent perfect for each other.

When Detective Lipkin asks Andy to help him locate a body, Jon isn't thrilled to end up out in the desert between Las Vegas and L.A., in scorching hot temperatures, looking for a dead gangster. What Andy finds is not just one body, but two, and one of them is a child. Leaving the coppers to their work, Andy is then contacted by a lawyer to locate a missing person who disappeared seven years ago. It appears the young man is to inherit quite a lot of money and if he can't be found, his relatives will have him declared dead. It also turns out he's the natural son of a convicted serial killer who was put to death in Louisiana. And, his birth mother may or may not have helped with the killings. Hmm.

'Dead in the Desert' was just as fantastic as the first installment. I loved it. I loved getting back to the guys and watching Andy work his mojo and solve old mysteries. I loved watching Jon and Andy fumble around their feelings. And, I really hope Lou Harper doesn't make me wait too long before the next installment.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 33000 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 13-September-2013
Price $2.99 ebook
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