Reviewed by Heather C
Title: Dead Man and the Army of Frogs
Author: Lou Harper
Series: Dead Man #2
Heroes: Denton Mills/Bran Maurell
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 44,000 words
Publisher: Lou Harper
Release Date: August 5, 2014
Available at: Amazon, Smashwords and All Romance eBooks
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Blurb: All Denton wanted was a few minions. He got frogs instead.
Web developer by day and necromancer by night, Denton Mills is used to seeing things nobody else can. When he starts hallucinating frogs, he simply assumes they have something to do with his boyfriend Bran’s obsession.
Bran Maurell is a witch, who in a youthful outburst, accidentally turned his then-lover, Peter, into a croaker. Bran has been trying ever since to reverse the spell. A fresh amphibian encounter only spurs him to double his efforts.
As if Peter’s ghost coming between them weren’t enough, Denton and Bran are forced to deal with several errant spirits stalking the citizens of Chicago. Between a French chef who refuses to admit he’s dead, and malevolent creatures bent on causing mayhem, jealousy may be the least of Denton’s problems.
Finally!!! Another Dead Man book!!! Denton and Bran are one of my favorite couples and I couldn’t wait to read this.
Dead Man and the Army of Frogs picks up a few days after Dead Man and the Lustful Spirit; and since this continues on with some of the unresolved mysteries, it cannot be read as a standalone in my opinion.
The Mystery: This is told in the same style as the other Dead Man books and the Sanguine series where the book is broken up into several little stories with standalone smaller mysteries with an overarching larger mystery. There’s creepy, malicious “spirits” and a funny one too. The whole bit about Joy and her cooking kept cracking me up.
The Romance: Like I already said, Denton and Bran are one of my favorite couples. They have been together for about six months and are still fairly insecure with their relationship. I like to see the changes Denton is making in Bran…how Denton pushes him just past his comfort zone in social situations, and Denton’s whole kilt plan was adorable. Then there is the jealousy: over Bran’s ex-lover Peter and Denton’s friend Gabe from Sanguine…all perceived from lack of communication of course. So tensions get high, but Denton and Bran are so great together they don’t let it stay between them for long.
The Frogs: Ha! Yes, there are frogs in this book! I really loved how that big plot idea was introduced in the first book of the series, and then carried on in small detail throughout the first few stories of this book and on to its big conclusion at the end. I did feel that the big finale was a bit anticlimactic and over too fast. It kind of felt just like any other scene in the book; so that was a bit of a let down for me. All the pieces were there, I just didn’t feel the intensity of it.
Another fun addition to this series. Hope there will be more Denton and Bran soon!
Overall Impression: I Really Liked It!
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*