Reviewed by Sarina
TITLE: Ghost of a Chance
SERIES: Requiem Inc #1, Dreamspun Beyond #12
AUTHOR: Kris T. Bethke
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 216 pages
RELEASE DATE: January 16, 2018
Only love makes life worth living—over and over again.
Ghostwalker Blake Jones dies every day. It’s his job and how he helps trapped souls cross over. But to return to life, he needs an anchor. His new partner, Derek Scott, is a surprise. Not only is he male, but his appearance belies a caring and gentle heart. Despite attraction and a strengthening relationship, they know they shouldn’t take things further.
But there’s a big difference between knowing and doing.
Their growing love presents a problem, though not the one they expect. Blake and Derek have to decide if they should take their relationship to the most permanent level—an unbreakable metaphysical bond. Doing so offers both risk and unimaginable reward. Can Blake let go of his fears and put his complete trust in Derek in order to have the happily ever after he’s always craved?
I’ve not read anything from this author before but I’m really glad I decided to give this one a try! While completely unexpected, Ghost of a Chance ended up being pretty much everything I look for in a good comfort read all wrapped up in a pretty little paranormal package (say that three times fast! :D) with a pair of smoking hot men I certainly wouldn’t mind reading about again! Blake has been a Ghostwalker for over a decade and is less than pleased to find he’s going to be saddled with a new partner when the woman he’s worked with for years suddenly decides to retire. Even worse, he’s been matched with a man when he’s made it perfectly clear to everyone that he’ll only work with women. Jumping into the deep end of things within just a few minutes of meeting his supposed match doesn’t even work the way Blake has planned and instead of running the other way, his new partner digs in and prepares to settle in for the long haul.
Derek Scott has been taking care of people his entire life and there’s something about Blake that practically screams for attention and coddling. Its obvious the other man has trust issues but Derek is positive that with a little time and care, he can insert himself behind the multitude of walls his new partner has thrown up and give him the care and attention he so obviously needs and deserves. Their rocky start aside, the two men get along like a house on fire and working as a team becomes as easy and natural as breathing. Now, if only they could manage to ignore the attraction simmering between them, everything would be perfect.
This story was just really good; I fell into it super easily and was fully immersed within minutes. The paranormal elements were present and a major part of the book without being overwhelming or taking away from what was going on between the main characters. This was, by and large, a character driven story and I thoroughly enjoyed the interactions between Blake and Derek. Despite their attempts to maintain a professional relationship, both men were still helplessly drawn to one another and I found the extra touches between them as well as the evolving way they each showed the other how much they cared an enjoyable buildup before the official change from friends to lovers. Add in a great premise and interesting world building and I was completely hooked by this one.
This was a great story and the first book to officially be put on my best of list for this year. If you enjoy paranormal stories or books that are more character driven I’d highly recommend you give this one a look!