Monday, June 12, 2017

Release Day Review: P.S. I Spook You by S.E. Harmon

ps i spook youTitle ~ P.S. I Spook You

Author ~ S.E. Harmon

Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press

Published ~  12th June 2017

Genre ~ Paranormal M/M Romance, Mystery/Suspense





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.


Freya’s Review

An FBI agent pestered by ghosts is what we have here. Rain Christiansen is in the Behavioural Analysis Unit, but after he delivered a message of “I’m at peace,” from a daughter to her parents who believed she was missing and not dead, he wasn’t the popular guy in the bullpen. Instead of being fired, his boss sends him to work on a cold case in his old hometown in Miami. Unfortunately, it is also where his ex, Danny, still lives.

There is so much to like about this book. Rain has a flower-power quirky family who add a light-hearted distractive element. Kevin, one of Danny’s team also has some adorable qualities, like pinching Rain’s Kit Kats. And, I mustn’t forget Ethan – the ghost who pops up anywhere Rain is, and often brings along some guests. But, the stars are Rain and Danny (with Ethan almost in a scene-stealing role). Some of Rain’s colleagues and ex-lovers called him cold and reserved. Internally he is anything but, especially as he has ghosts telling him he’s a bridge and they need his help. Danny is the man Rain left behind to work in DC, but he’s always remained Rain’s rock and calming influence. He is the detective leading the cold case investigation Rain is assigned to.

Told in the first person from Rain’s POV, the story follows the investigation into a missing girl who disappeared years previously. I found it nice to get to know one character intimately; his internal musings, thoughts, and actions. I also loved his dry, sometimes sarcastic, sense of humour mixed in with film references.

As well as following the investigation, the story also delves into why Danny and Rain parted. The sexual tension, as well as the heat rating, is scorching. But, it’s the secrets they kept from each other, that made them separate, and are stopping them get back together. Those developments were mmm..mmm – nicely done.

I found P.S. I Spook you a delight to read with an excellent balance of investigation, personal events, sex, drama, and there’s some angst in there too. There is more investigation than action, but when it happens, it’s good. And it continues through to the final pages with particular scenes I’d hoped for coming to fruition. As and when needed, the ghosts make themselves adorably vocal. I felt suitably satisfied by the end that I’d read something meaty and good. It’ll be one of those that I’m sure I’ll read more than once.

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