Book Reviews

P.S. I Spook You by S.E. Harmon at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Paranormal / Agents/Spies / Officers of the Law / Ghosts/Spirits/Hauntings / Romance / Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 23-February-2018

Book Blurb

SSA Rain Christiansen used to be the agency’s golden boy. It just takes one moment of weakness, one slight, tiny, itty-bitty paranormal sighting, and all of a sudden he’s the agency’s embarrassment. His boss gives him one last chance to redeem himself—go down to Brickell Bay, play nice with the local police, and leave the ghost sightings behind. Rain is determined to do exactly that, even if it kills him.

 

Cold-case detective Daniel McKenna’s latest investigation is going nowhere fast. Five years earlier, high school student Amy Greene went missing after leaving her part-time job and was never seen again. Daniel is glad to finally have the FBI help that his department requested, even if it does come in the form of his ex.

 

It doesn’t help that Rain is pretty sure he’s falling in love with Danny all over again—if he ever stopped. Add to that the frustration of seeing ghosts at every turn while he works a case that’s stalled in its tracks, and Rain is starting to wonder if second chances and happy endings are just for fairy tales.

 

Book Review

“A bright light at the end of a tunnel can seem warm and inviting, or it can seem mysterious and terrifying.” ~ Mary Roach, (Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife)

Even though he is not entirely sure that his ability to see ghosts is not all in his head, Rain Christiansen, of 'P.S. I Spook You' by S.E. Harmon, can't resist the opportunity to try to comfort a family who lost their daughter with information they and everyone else think Rain couldn't possible know. Instead of being comforted, the family becomes incensed. Since Rain has been an exemplary FBI profiler, his boss gives him one more chance. He sends Rain to Brickle Bay, Rain's hometown, to work on a cold case. Rain is not happy with being sent back to a place that he has tried so hard to get away from, before his family and ex-boyfriend discover what Rain believes is not a gift, but is insanity. Yet, if Rain wants to restore his credibility he has no choice but to make the best of it.

At best, it's uncomfortable walking into Rain's old police building where he used to work, but things don't seem to have changed much. Even harder is seeing Danny, his ex-boyfriend whom he has unsuccessfully tried to banish from his heart. Even though it was Rain's choice, he was upset when Danny didn't follow, or at least make an attempt to talk him out of going. Rain isn't sure what kind of reception he will get from his ex or if they will be able to work together, but Danny surprises Rain. Instead of being angry and hostile, Danny is indifferent and professional. Danny even invites Rain to stay in the house they used to share while he is in town. Rain's emotions are mixed but it makes sense, so he accepts Danny's invitation. Almost right away, Rain and Danny fall back into a familiar pattern, making it more difficult than ever to be professional. With their objectivity faltering, things get more physical between them as well. The problem is, if they do get back together, it won't last because they have never discussed how they truly feel.

While working the case, Rain's ability to communicate with spirits is enhanced by an increasing number of ghosts, all wanting his help. It gets to the point where Rain can no longer doubt that he is a medium. With the help of one ghost in particular, he learns that the more he ignores the ghosts, the louder and more demanding they will become. At this point, Rain begins to trust his instincts which greatly enhances his investigative ability. He begins to get information from the ghosts that he has no other way of knowing and although Rain can't explain how, he makes great strides toward solving the case. Rain has no idea how he is going to explain his abilities to Danny, but he must. Now that Rain knows his gifts are real, he can't go back to the way things were.  More importantly, if Danny can't believe him, if he can't accept what Rain can do, then they can't be together.

S.E. has written a frightening, steamy mystery romance, with two gorgeous men who are almost too stubborn to admit what they want and need. As with most mysteries, there are many twists, turns, and dead ends, but the tale is woven so intricately together, it's almost impossible not to appreciate its complex value. Danny is just as stubborn as he is hot and the banter between him and Rain eased the tension between them and was entertaining as well. Rain is a wonderful profiler, regardless of his inability to accept that he can “see dead people”. His confusion about whether he was going crazy or not touched me. It would be difficult for anyone to accept such a paranormal gift, much less for someone who is usually so analytical. Things got a lot less tense when he finally gave in and started trusting himself. Rain's family was hilarious, particularly his mother. She lightened up the story which would have been darker without her input; her banter with Rain was very amusing. If you enjoy mystery, romance, hot, stubborn men, and the paranormal, you may like this book. Thanks, S.E., for an intriguing and enjoyable book.

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook, print and audio
Length Novel, 256 pages/86974 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 12-June-2017
Price $6.99 ebook, $16.99 paperback, $16.99 bundle, $17.49 audiobook
Buy Link https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/ps-i-spook-you-by-se-harmon-8565-b