*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.
More Books in the Series:
Book Review: Pale as a Ghost (Duncan Andrews Thrillers Book 1) by Stephen Osborne
Book Review: Animal Instinct (Duncan Andrews Thrillers Book 2) by Stephen Osborne
Book Review: The Scarlet Tide (Duncan Andrews Thrillers Book 3) by Stephen Osborne
Book Review: Dead End (Duncan Andrews Thrillers Book 4) by Stephen Osborne
Book Review: Under a Blood-Red Moon (Duncan Andrews Thrillers Book 5) by Stephen Osborne
Private detective Duncan Andrews’s best friend Gina is a witch. His dog is a zombie. And his dead boyfriend, Robbie, is a ghost. So it’s hardly any wonder that he uses his connection to the supernatural to help him solve cases. Good thing, too, because Duncan has his hands full. Janice Sanderson, the richest woman in Indianapolis, wants him to find her stripper daughter, Brenda, and another client is having some trouble with a specter haunting her family home. On top of that, Duncan has decided to add dating into the mix, though after Robbie’s death, he’s not sure he’s ready.
When Duncan meets Nick while tracking down a lead on Brenda’s boyfriend, he shelves his doubts and agrees to a date. Robbie doesn’t make it easy on him, showing up to spoil his chances, but that is the least of Duncan’s worries—because one of his clients’ husbands is missing and there’s a serial killer on the loose—one Duncan fears isn’t human.
Book Author: Stephen Osborne
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Series: Duncan Andrews Thrillers
Genre: Fantasy, LGBTQIA, Mystery, Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
My Book Rating: 3.5
Series/Standalone: Part of a Series
Setting Location: Indiana, USA