Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: A Bittersweet Haunting
Authors: T.A. Chase and Jackie Nacht
Series: The Mark of the Jersey Devil #1
Heroes: Mack & Braden
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Length: 110 Pages
Publisher: MLR Press
Release Date: October 17, 2014
Available at: MLR Press and Amazon
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Blurb: In a moment of youthful curiosity, these six men were marked forevermore.
Jersey Paranormal Investigation was created when Braden and his five friends were marked by the Jersey Devil during their childhood. Now, they all have special gifts when it comes to the supernatural. Years later, Braden finds himself on his next job only to come face to face with the beautiful victim, Mack. Not all is it seems and Braden and his team will have to figure out why Mack is being targeted and to keep from falling for the man in the process.
Strange things happen at Mack’s work but up until now, Mack’s been able to come up with excuses for why things happen or ignore it entirely. But when a shelf falls down near him while he’s working, his boss finally decides to call someone to deal with the strange occurrences. When Braden and his friends show up, Mack’s still skeptic that there’s ghosts around but when the ghost turns more and more violent, Mack’s forced to accept believing in them. Braden knows there’s an entity around the restaurant where Mack works but when it’s obvious the being has attached itself to Mack, Braden’s protectiveness for the man comes forth. With the adventure of banishing the ghost, can these two still manage to act on the connection and attraction that’s so obvious between them?
Oh, this was such a cute, slightly scary story! I just loved that Mack was such a skeptic in the beginning but then quickly changed his mind on what to believe. The fact that he kept getting scratched up and seeing weird things definitely helped in changing his way of thinking. As a character, Mack is mostly scared throughout the book. His way of life has completely changed because of the ghost and that’s freaked him out. Braden, however, is a total contrast. He’s dealt with ghosts for years and dealing with another is no big deal. The only difference with this one is that he’s attracted to Mack and that attraction forms into something much more emotional. As a pair, I loved them together because Braden was able to comfort Mack when he most needed it. Plus, add in Braden’s friends and fellow JPI guys and you have a few funny and sweet moments thrown in that I totally adored.
I really enjoyed this book but I did feel like the ending was very rushed, especially when it came to the resolution with the malevolent ghost. I expected a bit more focus on that but it felt like it was over before it began. Plus, I would have liked a little more of Mack and Braden after things settled. Beyond that, there were a few unanswered questions like why did the ghost turn so malicious recently when it seemed like Mack had been working there for a while? Why did it take so long to start being violent?
Overall, this was still a fast-paced, engaging story. I really liked the premise of the book and the fact that six friends are connected by the Mark of the Jersey Devil. It was definitely an interesting connection but I also liked that Mack seemed to be accepted by all of them. I loved Mack and Braden together, even if I wished there was a bit more of them shown at the end! Still, I can’t wait to see where this series goes next and who’ll get their next HEA!
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*