Book Reviews

Lost Souls Found (Requiem Inc. 2) by Kris T. Bethke at JMS Books

Genre Gay / Paranormal / Ghosts/Spirits/Hauntings / Psychic Powers / Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 15-October-2019

Book Blurb

Ghostwalker Sam Jones has been half in love with Michael King since he started working at Requiem Inc. But Michael is his boss and a Guardian, to boot. Sam thinks they could make it work anyway, but Michael uses his position and his age to keep Sam at arm's length.

When Sam continues to volunteer for the most dangerous cases, Michael has to intervene. He tells himself he's just doing his job, but he's always seen Sam as more than another operative, and he can't bear the thought of not taking his chance.

The connection between them has been strong from the beginning, and Michael's telepathy adds unexpected depth and an edge to their new romance, but working together while they try to build their relationship might be the hardest part of their job if they don't make some sacrifices.

 

 

First edition published by Dreamspinner Press, April 2018.

 

Book Review

“You're never truly lost if someone cares enough to come find you. Lost is waiting to be found.” ~ Barbara Claypole White (Echoes of Family)

In his position of Guardian at Requiem Inc. it's Michael White's, of 'Lost Souls Found' by Kris T. Bethke, job to defend all of his operatives, but he feels particularly protective of Sam Jones. Although his age and status keep Michael from declaring his devotion to Sam, his heart won't let him forget that he's special and it is clouding his judgement. There's a difference between the normal concern Michael feels for all of his employees and the possessiveness Michael feels for Sam. Sam loves his job, but how much longer can Sam hold on to hope?

Sam has been in love with Michael for years; he strongly suspects Michael feels the same way, but he has all but given up on Michael being able to return the feelings that Sam, and practically everyone else, knows Michael has for Sam. Sam knows that Michael treats him differently; he gives him special consideration. Matters become even more strained when Michael limits the type and number of missions Sam can go. Sam is furious! He knows something has to change because he can't go on any longer the way they are. After a particularly dangerous ghost walk, Michael calls Sam to his office meaning to reprimand him, but he is overcome with emotion and takes Sam in his arms and kisses him. Sam is overjoyed thinking that Michael has finally come to his senses. Instead, Michael backs away and repeats the same rhetoric he's been serving Sam for years; that this can't happen again because he's his boss, the Guardian, who has to take care of everyone, therefore, he can't have a special relationship with any one person, not even Sam.

Normally, when upset, Sam would either go to his brother Kevin's house or to his anchor, Dom, for comfort and counsel, but he's so angry, he can't even do that. Sam wallows in self-pity, wondering what to do; he's at the end of his rope. Sam can't continue to work for someone he loves who, it seems, will not put his scruples aside in order to reciprocate. Finally, Sam gets it together enough to call Dom and let him know what happened. Sam tells Dom that he needs to leave, to transfer to another facility and start over and asks Dom and his husband to come with him. Sam never thought he would ever reach the point where he could leave Michael and move on, but when the pain in his heart hurts more than the sword slicing though his chest, he knows he must.

I'm happy that Sam and Michael got their story, but it wasn't how I expected it to be. There is so much angst, so much dancing around each other, that when Michael finally got it together, it felt anticlimactic. Also, to make it work between them, it seemed like Sam was the one making all the changes. For the most part, Michael got to keep things the way they were. This is not a standalone book. It can be read as one, but much of the background information was in the first book and without that knowledge, at best, you will be confused. If you like ghosts, unrequited love, paranormal activities, and happy endings, you may enjoy this book. Thanks, Kris, I look forward to book three.

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 53532 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 12-October-2019
Price $4.99 ebook
Buy Link https://www.jms-books.com/kris-t-bethke-c-224_240/lost-souls-found-p-2969.html