Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Release Day Review ~ Somebody to Die For (Requiem Inc.: Book 3) by Kris T. Bethke

Release Day Review ~ Somebody to Die For (Requiem Inc.: Book 3) by Kris T. Bethke

Title: Somebody to Die For
Series: Requiem Inc.: Book 3

Author: Kris T. Bethke
Release Date: September 4, 2018
Category: Paranormal: Ghosts, Dreamspun Beyond
Pages: 212

Dying is easy. New love is terrifying.
Avery Wagner quit ghostwalking when he lost his beloved anchor to cancer. Now teaching others who have the ability, he’s beginning to live again—but he’s not looking for another lover, not now, maybe not ever.
But then he meets Jameson… younger, talented, dedicated, almost perfect, even though his mouth sometimes opens ahead of his brain. And Jameson wants Avery desperately, though he’ll settle for friendship if he can’t have more.
When an emergency demands they work together in the field, Avery discovers just how perfect Jameson is. But he had a perfect love once before, and he’s scared to even consider that he might have a chance at another. Can he trust Jameson with his newly healing heart?

4 Stars!

We met Avery in the first book, Ghost of a Chance, when Blake and Derek unexpectedly form an anchor bond and need help understanding it. Most of the characters of the first two books are in this one and play some significant roles at times, as such, I think readers would benefit from the first books for the world building and character backgrounds. Plus, I enjoyed the first two books.

Avery lost his beloved bonded anchor and husband, Luke, to cancer 4 years ago and is just beginning to heal. He still finds it extremely hard to talk about Luke and his loss. He has agreed to teach new ghostwalkers at his friend Michael's branch since he can no longer handle ghostwalking without Luke. In his first set of new recruits is Jameson, who manages to get them off on the wrong foot. Jameson is a new anchor, who has a bad habit of saying things before he thinks them through. Jameson's apology and earnestness helps heal the hurt he caused Avery and soon they form a tentative friendship.

Jameson is a talented and dedicated anchor. While he doesn't have the anchor gene, his determination, earnestness, and hard work are making him into a great anchor. He feels drawn to Avery in a way that he can't describe and when he realizes the amount of loss that Avery has gone through, he decides that a friendship with Avery is better than nothing. He learns valuable lessons from Avery and takes them to heart. I loved his determination and willingness to do what needed to be done. He was amazingly patient and understanding with Avery. I did worry that Jameson's lack of the anchor gene would cause him more problems with Avery, but I think their relationship bloomed because of that difference.

Avery grew in this book. While I wasn't super happy with him when he left to go back to his home after an emergency, I could understand that he needed time to reconcile what he was feeling. I loved that he listened to Michael when he needed to and that he was willing to make changes to his life and move forward. Avery and Jameson make a really good couple, and it was refreshing to see Jameson hang on and realize that Avery wouldn't be the person he loved without Avery having had those years with Luke. It was a mature moment that I wasn't sure Jameson would have at the beginning, but he proved me wrong.

I love the world that this author has created in this series. In this book, we see more of how they start training each ghostwalker/anchor pair and the pitfalls that sometimes occurs to new ghostwalkers. The world building has been really cool, and I look forward to each and every new book in the series.

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by Dreamspinner Press for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement. ***

4 stars

Somebody to Die For is the third book in the camp Requiem Inc. series by Kris T. Bethke. In this book, we meet Avery and Jameson. Avery is an experienced ghostwalker who lost his bond mate and anchor to cancer and Jameson is a newbie anchor who does not have the gene. Their relationship does not start out on the right foot but Jameson is just what Avery needs to re-enter the career he was made for.

In the beginning, Avery is still drowning in grief. His grief is pretty persistent throughout the book but he learns to deal with it a little bit better after meeting Jameson. Jameson is a partnerless newbie who seems to fall for Avery at first sight. As the book goes on, they seem to like each other more which comes to a head when they fall into bed together and Avery knows he likes him so much that he decides to ghostwalk again despite making the decision to never do it again.

Honestly, I really liked the book. I love the whole idea for the series. It is such an interesting and unique storyline in a world of many similar ones. It is rare to find books like these. The one thing I was not super fond of was, despite the fact Jameson did not have the gene, all he talks about is taking care of Avery. I understand that is his job but it kind of became pretty repetitive. I really liked the book though.

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by Dreamspinner Press for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement. ***

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