Title ~ Speak No Evil
Author ~ Alexa Snow
Publisher ~ Loose Id
Published ~ 27th January 2015
Genre ~ Paranormal, Fantasy, M/M Romance
Jamie Kincade's world is turned upside down when Sebastian, a young man who doesn't speak and who shares the ability to see ghosts that Jamie's had since childhood, enters his life. Jamie finds Sebastian fascinating on multiple levels, and is determined to help him learn to speak again. He can barely keep his thoughts--or hands--off Sebastian, who wants him and makes no attempt to hide it.
The age difference between them--Sebastian is almost 15 years Jamie's junior--is a problem for Jamie, but Jamie's reluctance isn't the only thing keeping them from focusing on the potential they might have as a couple; the collection of ghosts Jamie has been living with in relative harmony for more than a decade has no intention of leaving Sebastian alone now that he's here. Their desperate attempts to get Sebastian's attention are a distraction Jamie would be grateful for if they didn't upset Sebastian so much. Jamie is torn between wanting to send Sebastian away for his own good and wanting to drag him off to bed, and with Sebastian tempting him both deliberately and subconsciously, it can't be long before Jamie's self-control snaps..
Jamie lives alone in his rustic old house for a very good reason. He see's ghosts and for the longest time he thought he was going mad. When he spots Sebastian running to his shed in the back garden to escape a heavy rain, Jamie did consider that it might be another ghost sighting. But something tugged at him to go and check on the young man, and that is how Sebastian came into Jamie's life.
Sebastian has his own secrets - he not only see's ghosts, he hears them too and they can hear him. So he doesn't talk - ever. He just stopped, but that did make for some interesting attempts at communicating between the two men.
This was a clever story with a slow burning romance. Oh the attraction was there from the start but Jamie was older than Sebastian and his seeing ghosts wasn't the only secret that Sebastian was carrying with him. But when the ghosts start ganging up on the pair, especially one very evil presence, the two men realize they have to rely on each other to work through it.
I did get annoyed that Jamie kept going on and on and on about how much older he was than Sebastian and I was pleased when Sebastian got sick of it too.
Why do you want to talk me out of wanting you? Do you not want me?
"Of course I want you," Jamie says, his voice shaking. "I may not be the brightest man on the planet, but I'm smart enough to see how incredible you are."
I have already mentioned the word clever to describe this story but Alexa has done an awesome job of making you really feel for the characters. I started reading the book and couldn't put it down, although if you ask me now what was so special about it, I couldn't put my finger on just one thing. Was it the connection the two men shared? Was it that the two men were so different and yet they fit together so well (Once they got their act together). It's hard to say but at over 280 pages I still read this book in one sitting.
You don't have to believe in ghosts to enjoy this story and they are a crucial part of this book. Sebastian's parents come through in a unique and inconvenient way. I wasn't so sure what to make of Jamie's relationship with his sister. But I reminded myself that this story is set in England and the reserve the two was more common there. Get the book, I seriously recommend it, but make sure you have got at least a full afternoon or evening free to read it.