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Genres: M/M Romance, Paranormal Romance, Romantic Suspense
Published by Tantor Audio
Released on January 19, 2021
Length: 6 hrs and 22 mins
Simon and Vic have been together for a while and now are both considering putting a ring on it, but naturally, that’s when life explodes on them with Simon’s ex and mother being as pesky as the cursed ghosts Simon must attend while Vic is caught up with someone out to destroy his life just as the Slitter trial is on the docket. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, right? I love this pair and was excited to get right back into their Myrtle Beach Grand Strand world.
Loose Ends is the third of the Badlands series of tightly connected paranormal romantic suspense.
As the tourist traffic heats up on Myrtle Beach’s Grand Strand, Simon and Vic have enjoyed some relative quiet of work and enjoying a deepening relationship with someone special to come home to. Simon gets a call from one of his psychic friends that there is trouble at an abandoned amusement park outside of town- ghosts are more than restless and someone is about to get hurt if Simon can’t intervene. This event while opening a cold case seems the catalyst for a growing series of troubles for the couple. A hit and run, hacked social media, ex and mom trouble for Simon, and a growing threat to them both that forces Vic, his work partner and captain to dig deep into his past to find out who is attempting to destroy his life and escalating the danger with each passing day. Meanwhile, Vic has bought the ring and is suddenly vulnerable because his heart is on the line for this man he loves more than anything and he can only hope Simon wants it all with Vic, too.
I am unsure if this is the last in the series. It sure felt like it as the romance is coming to the deepest commitment point and the two men have confronted their pasts and issues and stuck it out together into a relationship that others can only envy. But, there is the villain in the shadows looking to destroy all that and has an ax to grind from the past. Things were desperate and dire and I required tissues to get through it all just like a final book should be like.
I enjoyed Vic asking advice from his detective partner and close friend about proposing and being ready. It was cute and he was so befuddled when he’s usually confident in front of others. I also enjoyed the bit of family reunion that comes in this one. Okay, not the family reunion on Simon’s side. He got one, too, but it was sour and sad and made me so glad that this wonderful guy is loved and appreciated by Vic’s family and friends since his own parents and old friend only want to use him and demand from him. Not, that he doesn’t have his own amazing circle of friends from his work assistant to his BFF and his witch consultants. I wanted his Bruja and Rootworker pals to hex his ex something awful.
It is always fascinating the way Simon works with the ghosts to help them lay to rest their issues so seeing him in action several times working out their troubles and then in the end how his ghost abilities were what saved the day was fabulous.
Kale Williams has been great as Simon, Vic, and the whole cast. He is flexible through the changing pace of the story and brings out the emotions so well. There was a bit of a sound editing issue that I don’t remember being present in the earlier stories that didn’t clean up a whistle he had to some sounds, but it wasn’t drastic just noticeable.
All in all, this series has grown on me so that if this is the end, I’m saddened because I love this pair. I did skip a couple novellas so at least I have those and the other series by the author, but I do adore Simon and Vic. Those who love spicy m/m paranormal romantic suspense should click this one on and settle in for some good stuff.
My thanks to Tantor Audio who provided a copy of this book to listen to in exchange for an honest review.
Romance BINGO #9 LGBT
About the Book
Cold cases, old enemies, ex-lovers, and vengeful spirits are making life dangerous for psychic medium Simon Kincaide and his boyfriend, homicide detective Vic D’Amato.
The ghosts of Myrtle Beach are restless, trapped by love, secrets, scandals, and spells, keeping Simon busy protecting the living from the unhappy dead. Someone from Vic’s past is out to destroy him and everyone he holds dear, and the high-profile trial of the first case Simon and Vic worked together puts them in the spotlight – and put a target on their backs. As a deadly trap closes around them, can Simon and Vic tie up the loose ends to stop the threat, or will they become the newest ghosts of the Grand Strand?
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