ARC Review: Catch a Ghost by S.E. Jakes

ARC Review: Catch a Ghost by S.E. Jakes
Catch a Ghost

Genres: M/M Romance, Romantic Suspense
Published by Riptide
Released on August 9, 2013
Pages: 300
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley

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You know a book is hecka good when not even a tenth of the way through you’re checking the release date on the next book and groaning because it’s not out yesterday.  This book knocked my socks off from page one when the irascibly endearing Prophet Drews makes his appearance and then the epic ‘gasoline to flame’ meeting of two Titans when he finds himself paired up with Tom Boudreaux for the next mission.  The shadow world of covert ops is dark and gritty, but makes for a suitable backdrop for the story of these two guys.

The mission takes a dip into Proph’s past and touches a few of Tom’s ghosts too.  Both men are pushed hard by the circumstances and by each other.  Tension is high and danger is always present.  The only thing scarier is that they get past the hard walls they built around themselves over the years and start to know and trust each other.  The danger comes to a head and Prophet is left to make a huge no win decision dredging up all the demons from the past that he struggles to contain.  Tom has to make a hard choice in the end too.

While the mystery that the mission presents them is intriguing and deliciously twisty like I enjoy and the characters were so well written, it was the relationship between Prophet and Tom that took over this book for me, pulled me in and had me so eager to see it progress.  And this is saying something because getting to know these guys through the alternating points of view just never got old.  This relationship is not easy or simple, but it is loaded with passion.  It was painful and it was exquisite all at the same time.  And in the end…let’s just say that book two cannot come soon enough.  So many things are left unresolved, but this isn’t a problem because I am thrilled that this is an ongoing series.

This was one of the best series openers that I’ve ever read and I can recommend it to those who enjoy grittier plots, multi-faceted difficult characters in a spicy m/m romantic suspense.

My thanks to Net Galley and Riptide Publishing for the opportunity to read this book for review purposes.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.


    1. I asked to review it when I found out that it was like Abigail Roux and Madeline Urban’s Cut and Run series. Similar, but good in its own right. Love m/m detective/spy team stories.

  1. Ah love when that happens and you start scoping out the next book so quick. lol I still haven’t gotten into m/m but plan on trying it at some point. So many of my friends love it. Glad this one really worked for ya!

    1. Sophia is our expert m/m reviewer! I have tried a few and I must be reading the wrong authors. So glad she picks the best books to review!

      1. LOL! Yeah, you probably got a hold of some of the women authors who don’t know how to get into a man’s head to get it just right. There are five of those for every one decent one. I just try to hunt down ones with general story plots that interest me and cross my fingers they get the romance right. ;D

    2. I slid into it gently when I was given a series that would be classified as sweet historical romance. I didn’t even realize what I was reading until I was already vested in the story and characters. I loved it and then sought out more broadening my taste gradually so that I don’t really see a romance as m/f or m/m so much anymore. Some writers can pull off a genuine feel of what a relationship with two men or two women is really like, but others don’t quite hit it right.