Reviewed by Heather C
Title: Dead Man & the Restless Spirits
Author: Lou Harper
Series: Dead Man #1
Heroes: Denton & Bran
Genre: M/M Paranormal Romance, Mystery
Length: 38,740 words
Publisher: Harper Books
Release Date: June 23, 2013
Available at: Smashwords, Amazon, All Romance eBooks & Barnes and Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Dying sucks hairy monkey balls, even when you’re not the stiff.
Denton Mills has a secret: he can see dead people. Or rather, how they died. It’s quite a drag in a city like Chicago, teeming with the echoes of the no-longer living. Rather than whine about it, Denton has learned to live with his troublesome talent. His adaptability comes in handy when he meets his enigmatic new neighbor.
Bran Maurell catches Denton’s eye right away, but unfortunately Mr. Tall, Dark, and Mysterious is as standoffish as he is alluring. However, after an unexpected introduction from Bran’s cat brings the two men together, Denton discovers they have a mutual interest in the spirit world. Herbalist by day, Bran moonlights as a witch, performing house cleansings for a fee.
From Bran, Denton learns that his knack for interacting with the dead qualifies him as a necromancer. It makes good business sense for them to team up and rid Chicago of its pesky spirits one grateful client at a time. Amongst ghostly adventures the attraction between the men is impossible to ignore. They seem like perfect partners—unless Bran’s not-so-little secret comes between them.
Warning: men loving men, ghosts with attitudes, and a portly feline with hidden talents.
Note: Denton also plays a small but important role in Spirit Sanguine.
Omg this was so much fun! And also my first experience with Lou Harper’s writing, but I’m still not sure how I’ve never heard of the Dead Man series before. Please, let there be more to come!
Set in Chicago and told as a series of three “episodes”, Dead Man & the Restless Spirits tells the story of Denton, a web page designer who can “see dead people”. He has recently been hooked up with a new apartment with the help off his BFF, Joy. Joy has also warned Denton all about the broody, snooty and mysterious next door neighbor…THE neighbor who has a habit of tending to his balcony plants in nothing but a bathrobe. Turns out, Bran (that’s mystery man’s name), is a witch (plus a bit of something else), and even has a fat black cat companion named Murmur. Bran figures out that Denton is a necromancer and tricks Denton into helping him out with one of his cases. And that’s how Denton and Bran begin…
Like I said earlier, this was a lot of fun: a perfect balance of humor and smexiness and mystery…and surprisingly a bit of tenderness as the romance progresses. Each little episode has a standalone mystery, from enraged ghosts to insane possessions to ghosts that can’t let go. But the romance continues to develop with each story. I just adore Denton and Bran together. I was pleasantly surprised with how satisfied I was with the conclusions, but even more happy because there was still another story to be read. Please, please, please let there be more of Denton and Bran stories to come. I’ve already read the freebie Dead Man & the Lustful Spirit and I still want MORE! Want to know more about Denton and Bran and what they will get themselves involved in next.
Totally recommended! I plan to read Spirit Sanguine as soon as possible; want to read Gabe’s story and would love to see more of Denton.
Overall Impression: I Really Liked It!
*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*