Title ~ Duck Duck Ghost (Hellsinger book #2)
Author ~ Rhys Ford
Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press
Published ~ 8th September 2014
Genre ~ M/M Paranormal Romance
Paranormal investigator Wolf Kincaid knows what his foot tastes like.
Mostly because he stuck it firmly in his mouth when his lover, Tristan Pryce, accidentally drugged him with a batch of psychotropic baklava. Needing to patch things up between them, Wolf drags Tristan to San Luis Obispo, hoping Tristan’s medium ability can help evict a troublesome spirit haunting an old farmhouse.
With Wolf’s sister handling Hoxne Grange’s spectral visitors, Tristan finds himself in the unique position of being able to leave home for the first time in forever, but Wolf’s roughshod treatment is the least of his worries. Tristan’s ad-hoc portal for passing spirits seems to be getting fewer and fewer guests, and despite his concern he’s broken his home, Tristan agrees to help Wolf’s cousin, Sey, kick her poltergeist to the proverbial curb.
San Luis Obispo brings its own bushel of troubles. Tristan’s ghost whispering skill is challenged not only by a terrorizing haunting but also by Wolf’s skeptical older cousin, Cin. Bookended by a pair of aggressive Kincaids, Tristan soon finds himself in a spectral battle that threatens not only his sanity but also his relationship with Wolf, the first man he’s ever loved.
Wolf and Tristan are back again, and its about a month after the whirlwind aftermath of Winifred, who— if you've read book one, you'll be hard pushed to forget— caused our ghost busting duo, and their Scooby gang, a fair bit of trouble in the 'scare the shit out of them' department; only this time the fairly new lovers start the book at odds with each other because Wolf, despite what he'd encountered and seen with his own eyes, still refused to fully believe that everything that had gone down at the Grange had been real, instead, choosing to blame a lot of it on getting stoned off some hinky iced tea and a piece of baklava he and Tristan had consumed, that had been tainted by some of his hippy dippy mom's 'hallucinogenic' honey! Not only that, the report he'd delivered to Tristan's family of disbelievers, the ones who'd originally hired him to debunk their ghost magnet relative, seemed to enforce their belief that Tristan's actually one sandwich short of a picnic. One more nail in the coffin for him, as that aids their mission of trying to get him declared incompetent so they can finally get their greedy hands on Hoxley Grange. The last straw is the amount of ghostly guests who used to regularly pass through the Grange's doors have almost decreased to nil and that worries Tristan as much as the possible loss of his beloved haven for spirits, who use it as a hotel style stepping stone to cross over to their final resting place...wherever that may be!
Wolf's been away for a week on one of his ghost hunting trips and on return, before going to see if he can patch up his and Tristan's relationship, is asked by his mom to go to see his second cousin Sey, to investigate some strange occurrences that have been happening at her home, a place he has really fond memories of; to cut a long story short, after a bit of a rocky reunion with his new lover, he persuades a still slightly pissed Tristan to accompany him and from that moment on the story starts it's supernatural spiral into more mayhem and madness.
At times the two of them really are a pair of stubborn SOB's...they're mad crazy for each other but both carrying chips on their shoulders pertaining to their relative families. Tristan because of the fact that his family won't accept his ability to commune with the dead, whereas in Wolfs case, it's his decision to look at the supernatural in a more scientific way that has estranged him from most of his family, the majority of who are steeped in the world of the paranormal...some genuinely so, some, he suspects, not so much. Add to that the fact that their relationship has happened so quickly, and you have two guys who although they're pulled to each other like magnets, generate a fair bit of tension, that's both sexual and (sometimes) emotional.
Tristan ended up under Wolf's skin, and part of the argument—most of the argument if Wolf was really honest—was that he was really scared. He was frightened by how quickly Tristan hooked his soul and pulled in Wolf's heart. He hadn't been looking for love when he went to debunk Tristan's ghost-hunting inn, but that's what found—and he didn't want to ever let him go.
And that scared Wolf most of all....
Outside of all the emotional baggage and warfare though, this is still a well plotted, sexy, amusing, spooky romp, filled with lots of snarky humour, witty banter and some snort out loud moments supplied by some of its madcap supporting characters (think gun totin' nutty Aunt Gildy...lol) who add to the story's fun factor as well as it's creepy, scary bits...and it doesn't disappoint on that side either. In fact I'd say this one probably produces a few extra blood chilling instances than book one as there's a couple more graphic, grisly bits that Rhys has popped in to up the fright factor, however she does them in a way that still complements the romance and lighter moments. Nothing so horrible that it will have you hiding behind the couch but still spine tingling enough to make you shudder and give you a shiver or two. It's turning out to be a great series with some really likeable and loveable characters who draw you in enough to make you want to keep coming back for more, so I think this series is definitely going to be a favourite with everyone who loves the ghostly side of paranormal. The actual ghost/horror story segment was excellent, I loved it but I have to say my fave up to now is still book one, as I did find myself missing a bit of the original snap, crackle and pop between Tristan and Wolf that really shone for me in 'Fish And Ghosts', but in this, for a while, even though they still spark, didn't seem quite as standout, until the storyline began to heat up midway into the plot. But as I always say, that's a me thing and I still enjoyed my time spent with all these guys because I have a real soft spot for this entertaining cast of characters...the solid and the see through ones...well the not so evil see through ones...so I'm in for the whole spooktastic ride!
This time around, as well as a few new faces, who I'm pretty sure we won't be seeing the last of, we also get to meet Cin, Wolf's cool cousin and one of the few in his family who he gets along with. I'm guessing he'll get to star in his own spine-tingling romance and if his love interest turns out to be the guy who I'm hoping it will be, then I reckon it's going to be a real fire cracker of a story. Especially with the 'to be continued' teaser Rhys Ford leaves us with at the finish of this one. More spooky sizzle on the way....
Oh and I might have fibbed a bit about not wanting to hide behind the sofa...because there's dolls...creepy... old fashioned... dolls...lots of dolls... **Shudders and grabs cushion**
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Fish & Ghosts (Hellsinger book #1) by Rhys Ford
Rating ~ 5 Stars
When his Uncle Mortimer died and left him Hoxne Grange, the family’s Gilded Age estate, Tristan Pryce knew he wasn’t going to have an easy time of it. He was to be the second generation of Pryces to serve as a caretaker for the estate, a way station for spirits on their final steps to the afterlife. The ghosts were the simple part. He’d been seeing boo-wigglies since he was a child. No, the difficult part was his own family. Determined to establish Tristan’s insanity, his loving relatives hire Dr. Wolf Kincaid and his paranormal researchers, Hellsinger Investigations, to prove the Grange is not haunted.
Skeptic Wolf Kincaid has made it his life’s work to debunk the supernatural. After years of cons and fakes, he can’t wait to reveal the Grange’s ghostly activity is just badly leveled floorboards and a drafty old house. The Grange has more than a few surprises for him, including its prickly, reclusive owner. Tristan Pryce is much less insane and much more attractive than Wolf wants to admit and when his Hellsinger team unwittingly release a ghostly serial killer on the Grange, Wolf is torn between his skepticism and protecting the man he’d been sent to discredit.
Whoooooooo! This was a frighteningly fantastic read! Spectral, sexy fun with some real shivers thrown in to up the creep factor! I shivered, sighed, gasped and giggled all the way through and some of those shivers were brought on by some delectable love scenes between gorgeous sceptic paranormal investigator Wolf Kincaid and the beautiful blonde clairvoyant owner of the haunted Hoxne Grange, Tristan Pryce. The two of them really generated some sexual tension that if it could have been converted into psychic energy, would have any ghost hunters EMF reader jumping off the scale! Add likeable quirky supporting characters...some in the land of the living, some not... and you get exciting, spooky goings on that felt fresh, fearsome, fun and freaky, leaving me (and quite a few of its 'inhabitants') "dying" for more. And good news...more is definitely on the cards. Wolf and Tristan will definitely be back and so will Hoxne Grange and it's ghostly guest's. I loved every fantasmagorical minute. Rhys Ford rocks it!
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About Rhys Ford
Rhys Ford was born and raised in Hawai’i then wandered off to see the world. After chewing through a pile of books, a lot of odd food, and a stray boyfriend or two, Rhys eventually landed in San Diego, which is a very nice place but seriously needs more rain.
Rhys admits to sharing the house with three cats, a black Pomeranian puffball, a bonsai wolfhound, and a ginger cairn terrorist.
Rhys is also enslaved to the upkeep a 1979 Pontiac Firebird, a Toshiba laptop, and a red Hamilton Beach coffee maker.
But mostly to the coffee maker.
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