*I received a free ecopy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*
I thought this was overall a solidly good and enjoyable urban fantasy.
First off, the characters were all likeable and people you just want to root for.
Second, I enjoyed the humor. Duncan made a great protagonist/POV character because of his snarky/sarcastic thoughts and remarks.
The plot was also well done—it flowed, it made sense, and the detective stuff and paranormal aspects made it fun. There were even a few action-filled fight scenes here and there to keep things exciting.
The writing was easy to read and flowed well too.
Last but not least, I liked the relationship issues between Duncan and Robbie. Duncan is human, but Robbie is a ghost (he died ten years ago while they were dating), so that brings a unique set of relationship problems, namely that they can’t have sex or hardly touch each other at all. And after ten years, much to Robbie’s unhappiness, Duncan isn’t sure he can deal with that anymore and is considering dating again.
Unfortunately I did feel the book lacked some oomph, and the relationship issues didn’t pack the emotional punch I was expecting (and wanting) them to. But I’m someone who likes to drown in emotion in books. So if you don’t like heart-wrenching but still enjoy a touch of emotion, it will probably be perfect for you. And even us emotional masochists enjoy something a tad lighter and more fun from time to time ;-) I think I just had incorrect expectations from all the reviews I read stating how emotional and bittersweet and heart-wrenching it would be (not that I’m saying anyone’s opinion was wrong, just that maybe we’re accustomed to different types of books and have different perceptions).
So as I said, even though this wasn’t exactly what I was expecting, I thought it was really enjoyable as a quick, light urban fantasy read with likeable characters and snarky humor!
M/M urban fantasy fans who want some quick, light reading with likeable characters, snarky humor, and paranormal fun.