Book Reviews

Ghost of a Chance (Requiem Inc. 1) by Kris T. Bethke at JMS Books

Genre Gay / Paranormal / Ghosts/Spirits/Hauntings / Interracial / Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 05-August-2019

Book Blurb

Ghostwalker Blake Jones dies every day. It’s his job and how he helps trapped souls cross over. But to return to life, he needs an anchor. His new partner, Derek Scott, is a surprise. Not only is he male, but his appearance belies a caring and gentle heart underneath. Despite attraction and a strengthening relationship, they know they shouldn’t take things further.

But there’s a big difference between knowing and doing.

Their growing love presents a problem, though not the one they expect. Blake and Derek have to decide if they should take their relationship to the most permanent level -- an unbreakable metaphysical bond. Doing so offers both risk and unimaginable reward. Can Blake let go of his fears and put his complete trust in Derek in order to have the happily ever after he’s always craved?

First edition published by Dreamspinner Press, January 2018.

Book Review

“For so many different connections our separate paths might have made… Somehow we find each other through all that masquerade...I don't believe in forever or love as a mystical state... But I believe there's a ghost of a chance, we can find someone to love and make it last...” - Rush (Ghost of a Chance)

Blake Jones, of 'Ghost of a Chance' by Kris T. Bethke, is a special person. Blake belongs to Requiem, an international organization of people with extraordinary talents who selflessly endure physical pain almost daily to save the soul of disembodied spirits who don't seem to be able to cross into the light on their own. When Derek Scott is assigned to Blake's team as his anchor, his connection with the real world, Blake is terrified. His biggest fear and greatest hope is to be connected on a soul level with his true love. From the beginning, Derek, with his special gene for caring, seems to be someone who can fulfill his dream, but it may make working together difficult if their relationship doesn't work.

When Blake finds out that his new partner is a man, he is not happy because when Blake comes back from his 'walks' he is usually an emotional and physical mess. That is not so bad when his anchors are women, but the idea of another man seeing him in this state is unacceptable. Blake is convinced that Derek will not be able to take it and will run away, just like the other men in his life have done when Blake told them about what he is and can do. Although their first experience is traumatic, it's also reaffirming, because Blake sees that Derek is the kindest, most caring person he's ever known. Instinctively, Derek knows what care Blake needs and doesn't hesitate to initiate. With the kind of connection they quickly achieve, there's little or no chance that they can fight off their mutual attraction and remain as coworkers instead of becoming lovers.

Problems begin to emerge, not just because they are lovers as well as partners, when Blake and Derek become so close that they can barely manage to be away from each other for any length of time. The biggest issue of all comes up when Blake's connection becomes so strong that all he wants to do is get back to Derek. The anchor, instead of keeping him safe, puts him in peril when Blake comes back quicker than usual, almost causing a disaster. Michael King, their boss, becomes concerned and has a talk with them about the dangers of being soul bonded. Either they have to learn to manage their situation or Blake will keep having issues during his walks and won't be able to do his job of saving souls by leading them into the light. Downhearted, the men go home to consider their situation and what, if anything, can be done about it; the idea of not being a Ghostwalker may be more than Blake can bear and the guilt Derek may feel to be the cause of Blake's retirement is even worse. Most likely, it would be the end of their professions as well as their relationship.

Kris has written an exciting, original story with strong, well defined characters; her worldbuilding is extraordinary. I was drawn in, believing that there really was an organization full of people willing to die to be with people who needed help crossing over. Kris made it seem perfectly logical to me. I never considered what might happen on the other side and how they could be expertly handled by members of the organization. They seem to have thought of every scenario ahead of time not just on the other side but on this side as well. Although it may appear to be just another “ghost story”, it's nowhere near any of the other ones I have read. I was intrigued and a bit mortified at the lengths the Ghostwalkers take to achieve their goals, but the idea of someone being that selfless was almost overwhelming. Thank you, Kris, for the unique, amazing, sexy, and tantalizing tale. It's a great start for a new series; I can hardly wait for book two.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 54687 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 03-August-2019
Price $4.99 ebook
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