Some of y'all said this was like PsyCop.
This was more like Ghost Whisperer, without the cleavage. Or brain smarts. Or cooperative ghosts.
Really, for the first half of the book, the ghosts seemed almost coincidental to the plot. Rain saw some ghosts, mostly ignored them, and then went about his day. Of course, he's new to all this, so I guess in the long-run that makes sense, but it definitely wasn't what I was expecting.
Then the plot seemed to start to gel for awhile as they made some breakthroughs on the case, and I was able to get more into it. And then, Rain went into TSTL territory at 90%, and even though he called himself out on being TSTL that didn't take away the fact that he did a stupid thing that even amateurs would know to stay away from - and him being the so-called FBI profiler should definitely know better.
There were also a few plot fails. The first time in the book any kind of timeline was mentioned for her cold case was the case going cold after two years. Then later Rain is talking to his mom, who mentioned noticing something of Amy's went missing a year ago and that she figured Amy had given it away. Then later still, it's finally mentioned - twice - that Amy's been gone for five years. These should've been caught by an even half-way competent editor, but this is DSP so I guess that's asking too much. (Yes, it says five years in the blurb, but I don't reread blurbs before I read a book since I expect the book to make these reveals in non-confusing ways. I shouldn't have to read the blurb after the book to clarify things.)
Then there's the whole nonsense with
the storage locker. Amy's had paid for the locker in cash under a false name, and yet the locker was still being rented out to her five years later? No discussion on who's been making the payments, if anyone has. No reveal on what name she rented it out on. And if no one has been making the payments, that locker would've been emptied out and the items in it sold, and the locker rented to someone who actually pays. Also, keys are encoded, so it would make sense for the rental office to have a list of key numbers to match with locker numbers, but nope, not here. Maybe this office manager is lazy. *shrugs*
The romance between Rain and Danny is just kind of there. I didn't feel their connection. They were good as friends with benefits, but I wasn't convinced of their romance/love. Oh, and then Rain's significantly injured right before the first sex scene, but of course this doesn't slow them down at all, and the injuries are never mentioned again even though the rest of the book only spans a week or two at most.
I thought Rain's mom was a hoot when we met her, but then she never made another appearance. We meet Rain's sister a couple of times, and they have a great dynamic, but I don't think we ever meet his father. If he did, I already forgot about it. I would've liked to see more of his family, but alas.
The ending was a little too tied with a bow, and there's this whole thing with Danny's sister that's left unresolved that felt like a weird choice for the story.
There are a lot of good ideas here but it never really came together.
Ezra Greene has made a pretty decent life for himself. He has a nice apartment and spends his days doing the one thing he’s always loved—creating art. Despite being somewhat of a grumpy recluse, he’s even made a few loyal friends. When he takes a side job painting a mural at a local holistic center, he can’t help being curious about a certain friendly and self-assured yoga instructor, even if he doesn’t buy into any of that Zen crap. His holier-than-thou family already tried fitting him inside a box, and he swore he’d never be molded into anybody’s belief system again.
For Daevonte Randall, adulthood has worked out pretty well. He’s close to his parents and lives with an awesome roommate. He’s content with weekend hookups, teaching yoga, and taking college courses. What he doesn’t expect is to be so intrigued by the brooding and reserved painter he’s been tasked to stay after hours with at the center. Something fascinates him about Ezra, even after Daevonte’s attempts at flirting gets him friend-zoned on the spot.
As weeks pass, Ezra and Dae get to know each other, and soon their friendship catches fire. But Ezra’s been burned pretty badly before so trust and intimacy has to be earned. Daevonte feels up to the task, but it proves difficult as Ezra continues to keep his emotions in check. Dae’s only willing to wait so long, and when they’re dealt a surprising blow, Ezra needs to decide if love is worth the risk, that is…if it’s not too late.
This is a great romance between grumpy artist Ezra and warm Daevonte the yoga instructor.
We get to visit the friends in this series and watch a love story unfold. Erza's sexuality and personality make a great tension with Daevonte sexuality and personality. They like each other and it a treat to read.
All the little details of this book and work make it a really lovely tender and hot read.
Christmas… Ghosts… Mystery… Romance…
Something evil lurks in the charming town of Jenkins Cove. When Sophie Caldwell devotes a room in her B&B to communicate with spirits, dangerous secrets rise to the surface, and the lives of three couples will never be the same.
Christmas Delivery (Return to Jenkins Cove Book 3)
Haunted by ghosts, Jenkins Cove will now have to deal with Simon Shea who has “returned from the dead” seeking revenge...only to reconnect with Lexie Thornton, the girl he loved, and the daughter they conceived thirteen years ago.
Christmas Spirit ...Christmas Awakening ...Christmas Delivery
Each of these stories are complete novels, but only the full series will get to the bottom of all the ghostly happenings in Jenkins Cove. Be sure to read them all!
Excerpt from Christmas Delivery:
The fog was lighter here, the chill greater, and once past the fence’s wooden gate, which had been left open, Simon realized where he was.
Why had the spirit brought him here?
Following the curving redbrick path lined by boxwood on both sides, Simon kept track of the mop of pale hair, which appeared on the other side of the hedge, then lost him altogether. When he came to the open area dotted with gravestones and markers, Simon only half hoped he would actually find him again. He gazed around, past a couple of large willow oaks and a magnolia tree in the center of the graveyard, then spotted the ghostly figure at a far gravesite, touching the stone that identified its occupant.
Again, he looked up with hollow eyes and gestured that he should come.
Reluctantly, Simon did. Not wanting to cross anyone’s grave — he’d had enough of that in his former life — he stayed on the brick path, keeping his gaze locked on the figure still summoning him.
One minute the fog seemed to circle the kid, the next he seemed to fade away into the mists.
“Wait! Don’t go!”
But the demand came too late. He was already gone. And Simon was moving to the headstone he’d touched, had obviously wanted Simon to see.
A deep, arctic cold suddenly surrounded Simon and then the breath was knocked out of him as he stopped in the spot where the wraith had disappeared. Looking down, Simon understood why Lexie believed he was dead and buried. The headstone bore his name and the dates of his birth and of his supposed death on Christmas Eve thirteen years before.
Not a man who easily believed in what he couldn’t see, Simon had no doubts about who had led him here. Or who was buried in his grave. He was certain the kid he’d seen shot had taken his place.
Thirteen years ago and his ghost still wandered, unable to rest, Simon thought.
How many ghosts inhabited this area?
How many souls were denied eternal rest?
Of one thing he was certain. The boy he’d seen shot had been buried in his stead. How had they pulled that one off? They looked nothing alike. A closed coffin, then? How had he supposedly died so that no one would have raised the alarm? Who had been in on his supposed death?
More questions that needed answering.
Another reason for him to stay undercover awhile. So he could find the answers.
Did ghosts seek retribution? He wondered.
Considering the evil that had stalked the town unchecked, probably not.
But now the town had to deal with him.
Jenkins Cove is once again the setting for a chilling mystery and a wonderful second chance romance during the holiday season.
Simon and Lexie are spirited characters with lots of emotional angst that has readers empathizing with the characters and hoping for that happily ever after for this couple. Their story draws readers in from the very beginning and keeps them glued to the pages as the romance and mystery unfold. Overcoming the past is an obstacle that most everyone can identify with and reaching for the future is something everyone should definitely reach for and this story brings those two together with a bit of mystery and holiday cheer which makes this one enjoyable read. One that can be enjoyed while reading by the fire or while preparing for their own family holiday traditions.
There is never a dull moment as Simon and Lexie try to keep everyone safe while solving the mystery of what happened to force Simon away and to spice things up even more Simon receives help from a few ghosts along the way. While the book can be read as a standalone story, the overall questions and trouble that take place in Jenkins Cove are finally answered so really you should read all three to get the full enjoyment out of your visit to Jenkins Cove.
The first book is Christmas Spirit by Rebecca York
Michael and Chelsea both are engaging characters that draw readers in with their holiday romance as both have to suspend their disbeliefs in order to push forward with their relationship. This keeps readers engrossed as they empathize with the characters while becoming caught up in the mysterious happenings that tests the couple’s beliefs.
The suspense builds as Chelsea and Michael try to figure out why someone is after them and what the ghosts are trying to tell them. This keeps the anticipation building as the reader tries to determine the outcome as well and I have to tell you that it was I didn’t see coming. The story is well written and the characters are developed which made it easy to feel as if I was part of the town and I shivered with delightful chills with each ghost visitation.
The second book is Christmas Awakening, by Ann Voss Peterson
When Marie Leonard returns to Jenkins Cove for her father’s funeral, she never expects to rekindle her romance with billionaire recluse Brandon Drake…nor to be haunted by the ghost of his dead wife.
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