Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Duck Duck Ghost
Author: Rhys Ford
Series: Hellsinger #2
Heroes: Wolf Kincaid/Tristan Pryce
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Length: 240 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: September 8, 2014
Available at: Dreamspinner Press, Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Paranormal investigator Wolf Kincaid knows what his foot tastes like.
Mostly because he stuck it firmly in his mouth when his lover, Tristan Pryce, accidentally drugged him with a batch of psychotropic baklava. Needing to patch things up between them, Wolf drags Tristan to San Luis Obispo, hoping Tristan’s medium ability can help evict a troublesome spirit haunting an old farmhouse.
With Wolf’s sister handling Hoxne Grange’s spectral visitors, Tristan finds himself in the unique position of being able to leave home for the first time in forever, but Wolf’s roughshod treatment is the least of his worries. Tristan’s ad-hoc portal for passing spirits seems to be getting fewer and fewer guests, and despite his concern he’s broken his home, Tristan agrees to help Wolf’s cousin, Sey, kick her poltergeist to the proverbial curb.
San Luis Obispo brings its own bushel of troubles. Tristan’s ghost whispering skill is challenged not only by a terrorizing haunting but also by Wolf’s skeptical older cousin, Cin. Bookended by a pair of aggressive Kincaids, Tristan soon finds himself in a spectral battle that threatens not only his sanity but also his relationship with Wolf, the first man he’s ever loved.
OMG, Rhys! How can you do this to me?! Gah! That ENDING! You seriously kill me!
Okay, before I go on, I want to warn you that this book ends in a cliffhanger. Not a HUGE cliffhanger, in fact, everything in this story is concluded. No, this cliffhanger is like a teaser for the next book, popping up only at the end and leaves off with a shocking revelation that’s making me JONES for the next book RIGHT NOW!
Now, in case you’re wondering, this book is the continuation of Tristan and Wolf’s story. At the start, Wolf is off gallivanting in Florida while Tristan is back at Hoxne Grange. They’ve had a little fight and Wolf ran off BUT he knows he was an idiot and goes crawling back to Tristan to beg forgiveness. At the same time, Wolf knows that Tristan needs to get away from the Grange because there’s something wrong there and there’s a sneaking suspicion that Tristan may be the cause of the problem (or at least part of it). Thankfully, Tristan feels sort of the same way and agrees to go to Wolf’s cousin’s house to see why his cousin is hearing weird noises. Unfortunately, it’s much more than a simple haunting but instead a pissed off, killer ghost that is hellbent on killing Tristan… and anyone else. With the help of Wolf’s family, can Wolf and Tristan get rid of the ghost that’s causing so much trouble or will the ghost get the best of them?
Well, now, this book was a WILD RIDE! Holy cow, I’m still a little shocked at what went on but I will say, when I read a Rhys Ford book, I know I’m going to get a TON of suspense and action and this book was no different. Right from the start we’re thrust into a scene that had my blood pumping and then as the story progressed, each ghostly scene became even more intense and suspenseful. I just loved the way I was so engrossed in the ghost and how she evolved but also in Wolf’s family and Wolf and Tristan patching up their fledgling relationship.
As characters, I still adore Tristan and Wolf. Tristan is a little less stubborn in this one but he’s also, surprisingly, the most experienced when it comes to ghosts. I just loved that he was strong and determined to do what needed to be done to stop the ghost from actually killing someone. Wolf… well, he’s Wolf LOL. He’s stubborn, possessive and VERY demanding and dominating in this one. Granted, that could be because he’s finally accepted the fact that he loves Tristan and that love mixed with his determination to keep Tristan safe means he doesn’t want Tristan in any harm. The two together are sweet, hot and just adorable.
On top of that, this one (naturally) had a whole host of great secondary characters. Sey and Cin, Wolf’s cousins, were complete opposites but you gotta love that Kincaid/Hellsinger charm! Sey is fiery and vibrant while Cin was more grumpy and growly. Total opposites but I loved seeing all the Hellsingers together and their bickering and bantering. Plus, there was Wolf’s crazy aunt Gildy. Omg, that woman was a HOOT! I kept cracking up over her shenanigans and her attempts at getting people to think she was this helpless old woman when really she was as strong and sharp as ever and somehow got her hands on shotguns way more times than she should have LOL. There were just SOOO many laughs in this book, it kept me entertained for hours!
My only little niggle is that more than a few times, a chapter or scene would end on a question to someone else and then switch to another scene so I was always wondering how was this person going to respond or what did this person discover, etc. Most of the time my questions about the abrupt scene ending were answered by having them told to someone else but that still didn’t stop me from actually wanting to experience the answer right in that scene and have it shown instead of told.
Overall, this was a fabulous read filled with suspense, humor and some creepy ass dolls! I loved the characters, the plot and the flow of the story. It has a great mix of action, romance and comedy. The ending has me cursing out the author but damn, I can’t wait to read the next one and finding out just WHAT that revelation means! If you like Ms. Ford’s writing and you’ve enjoyed the first book, Fish & Ghosts, then definitely give this one a go because you won’t be disappointed!
Overall Impression: I loved it!
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*