Book Reviews

Dead Man and the Restless Spirits (Dead Man 1) by Lou Harper

Genre Gay / Urban Fantasy / Psychic Powers / Erotic Romance / Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 11-August-2013

Book 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.

Note: Denton also plays a small but important role in Spirit Sanguine.


Book Review

Denton Mills, of Lou Harper's book entitled 'Dead Man Restless Spirits', is having a hard time finding someone special and he's lonely. It could be that potential suitors are put off by the fact that he's an unconventional, somewhat antisocial computer geek with lots of body piercings and an unusual sense of humor. Surely it has nothing to do with the fact that he's a necromancer and has supernatural knowledge that would scare the pants off of most people. Denton finds that in Bran Maurell. Now it is just a matter of convincing Bran.

Denton is eccentric and definitely on the road less traveled. He's got a wicked sense of humor and his deadpan delivery makes something that might normally be awful, funny. Like most computer techs, he spends too much time at home behind the computer and not enough with people. Denton is patient and compassionate and can be charming on occasion. He didn't ask for his abilities, they were forced upon him, but he's slowly coming to terms with the episodes of observing horrific deaths. When his next-door neighbor's cat, comes to visit him, he thoughtfully takes him back home. His neighbor, Bran, is anything but welcoming, but Denton knows there's more to the man than meets the eye and feels a strong sexual and magical connection with him. This makes Denton even more determined to get under Bran's skin and into his bed.

Bran is aloof, distant, and sedate. He's content to stay home with his cat and his plants. Bran has a secret which he shares with no one for fear of being ostracized. Being a witch, dressing in black, and being unfriendly is enough to put off most people, but he soon finds that he's met his match with Denton. Bran also senses Denton's arcane energy and decides to help him learn how to control it. His first lesson is a field trip to a haunted restaurant where Bran has agreed to perform an exorcism. It is a tough way to start, but Bran knows that Denton is up for the challenge. As their physical relationship burns brightly, so does their demand as a very special team of ghost busters.

This is one of the most delightful stories I've read in ages. It's extremely well-written and the characters are unique and creative. I'm not usually one for vampires and such, but Lou portrayed them in a wonderfully unique way which constantly surprised me throughout the book. Even their relationship isn't romantic in the traditional sense, but they fit together perfectly, yin and yang.

I recommend this story to anyone who likes vampires, ghosts, demons, necromancers, and all the drama that generally accompanies them. Thank you, Lou. I'm still smiling. I look forward to the next adventure filled sequel.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 37000 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 25-June-2013
Price $3.99 ebook
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