Give Up the Ghost by Jenn Burke
Series: Not Dead Yet #2
Release Date: June 3, 2019
Subgenre: MM Paranormal Romance
The bigger they are, the harder they maul.
Immortal not-ghost Wes Cooper and his vampire partner, Hudson Rojas, have it all—rewarding private investigation work, great friends and, most important, a love that’s endured. But ever since Wes sent a demon screaming back to the beyond, his abilities have grown overpowering and overwhelming. He’s hiding the fact that he’s losing control the best he can, but it’s hard to keep anything a secret for long when your partner’s a former cop…and especially when your partner’s a former cop who wants to move in together.
When all hell literally breaks loose in Toronto and superstrength ghosts are unleashed on Wes and his friends, he and Hudson are thrown into a case unlike any they’ve seen before. To save the city, Wes needs to harness his new power…and find some answers. But when he gets them, the solution to fix it all could mean losing everything.
🌟🌟🌟🌟 4.5 stars
🔥🔥🔥🔥 Heat Level: 4
I love Wes and Hudson and their off on another unfortunate adventure. Dealing with the repercussions from book 1, there are secrets, lies and so hard truths that need to be addressed. I love Wes but unfortunately, he did some things in this book I didn’t agree with but his journey back to finding himself and his new ‘power’ was great. Hudson’s as surly as always and he too has another secret that opens the doors to the past and the possibilities of a new friendship.
I think in this book Evan is my favorite character. He’s passionate, gentle, loyal and at moments sad but he has an innate sweetness about him that just makes you want to hug him!! He goes through some hard times in this book but Jenn does it with such love, respect, and honor.
This book is a thrilling adventure with many ups and downs with a horror-inducing creation that was straight out of my nightmares and so well articulated! My only other comment was that this ‘horror’ wasn’t exactly resolved (which I found the ending a little disappointing) but still can’t wait to see what Jenn does with book 3 (coming September – which is TOO far away)!!!
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Everything was lit up.
Not only tiny fairy Christmas lights left over from the holiday season, but sculptures made of light. Against one wall, lasers traced a figure of a woman, making it seem as though she were dancing with strips of ribbon flowing around her form. A little farther down was the form of a dog, with lights twinkling to give the illusion of fur blowing in the wind—even though the dog was simply a wire sculpture without any covering. Above our heads, butterflies flitted by in a seemingly random path. Everywhere I looked, there was something new and creative that someone had dreamed up, and it took my breath away.
When I pointed out a new amazing thing, Hudson smiled that wide, brilliant smile I adored. He spent more time looking at me than at the lights, and I didn’t protest when he tugged me into a dark corner after we’d been walking for about thirty minutes. The kiss he gave me was soft, full of love and tenderness, and I soaked it up like dry ground in a drought.
“How did you know?” I whispered when the kiss was done and I had tucked my head into his chest.
I felt the rumble of his chuckle more than heard it. “Because my Wes likes pretty things.”
I shook my head, but I couldn’t help smiling. He was right. Quiet time was good, but nothing recharged me like surrounding myself with beauty and life.
The moment changed subtly. I could feel tension in Hudson’s muscles that wasn’t there a moment before and I drew back so I could look up at him. His golden-brown eyes regarded me with a weight I hadn’t expected, and his fingers trailed down the side of my face, skimming along the curve of my cheekbone to my jaw.
“What?” I whispered.
“We’re good together, right?”
I pushed up on my tiptoes to kiss him, trying to ease the worry in his face. “We’re amazing together.”
“And we can—we can talk about…stuff. Even weird stuff.”
My smile dimmed. Had Hudson figured out that it wasn’t PTSD I didn’t want to talk about, but something more magical? “Yeah,” I said cautiously.
“Good.” A heavy breath escaped him. “Because there’s something—” Hudson’s phone chimed in his pocket. He pressed his lips together in a firm, white line, before deflating. “Goddamn it.”
Jenn Burke has loved out-of-this-world romance since she first read about heroes and heroines kicking butt and falling in love as a preteen. Now that she’s an author, she couldn’t be happier to bring adventure, romance, and sexy times to her readers.
Jenn is the author of a number of paranormal and science fiction romance titles, including the critically acclaimed Chaos Station science fiction romance series (authored with Kelly Jensen) from Carina Press.
She’s been called a pocket-sized and puntastic Canadian on social media, and she’ll happily own that label. Jenn lives just outside of Ottawa, Ontario, with her husband and two kids, plus two dogs named after video game characters…because her geekiness knows no bounds.
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