Review: Loose Ends by Morgan Brice

Posted January 26, 2021 by Sophia Rose in Audio Delight, Reviews / 26 Comments

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I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Loose Ends by Morgan Brice
Loose Ends
Narrated by Kale Williams

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Series: Badlands #3
Genres: M/M Romance, Paranormal Romance, Romantic Suspense
Published by Tantor Audio
Released on January 19, 2021
Length: 6 hrs and 22 mins
Format: Audiobook
Source: Publisher
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The Delight

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.

Review

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.

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About the Book
Loose Ends by Morgan BriceLOOSE ENDS BY MORGAN BRICE

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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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.

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Maureen @ Maureen's Books

Sounds like a good one. I haven’t read anything by this author before.

Sophia Rose
4 months ago

I spotted the series just last year and was excited to try it with the blend of genres. Now, I want to go back for the other series.

Mary Kirkland
4 months ago

That sounds so good. I like the ghost bits in there too. I could see myself liking this one.

Sophia Rose
4 months ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

I thought the same thing. I love that Simon is a psychic who can contact and see ghosts as well as having witch friends. Vic’s great as a cop and dealing with all the woo-woo stuff. 🙂

Lover of Romance
4 months ago

I don’t see M/M suspense romance very often so I definitely need to give this series a try. I am very intrigued after reading your review of this one. And I find the “ghosts” element to be so fascinating.

Sophia Rose
4 months ago

This series brings some of my favorite genres together in one with the paranormal, murder mysteries, and romance. Yes, definitely try the series, Renee. 🙂

Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books

I love the sound of this one. I have not read too many romance series that follow just one couple but I have loved the ones I have read.

Sophia Rose
4 months ago

Yes, it was great because their relationship had the pages to really grow from the first one. By this point, it was so fun to have them together.

Melliane
4 months ago

I don’t read a lot of M/M novels but it’s great that the series continues to be good

Sophia Rose
4 months ago
Reply to  Melliane

It got stronger with each book. I have the sneaking suspicion that this was the last one, though. 🙂

Jen
Jen
4 months ago

Great review! I’ve been seeing this series in different places. Glad it worked for you. I love when a romance builds and builds over the course of a series.

Sophia Rose
4 months ago
Reply to  Jen

Yes, having three books and several novellas to stretch out the development made all the difference especially since they didn’t like each other at first. 🙂

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer

This series sounds good from the relationship to their world. I like the paranormal element. Great review Sophia!

Sophia Rose
4 months ago

It sure hit the spot for me, Kimberly. I loved mixing romance, paranormal, and suspense. Great combo!

Carole Rae
4 months ago

Good find!

Sophia Rose
4 months ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

Lucky strike!!!

Debbie Haupt
Debbie Haupt
4 months ago

Glad you enjoyed it Sophia Rose

Sophia Rose
4 months ago
Reply to  Debbie Haupt

Thanks! I think the series might be over, but it was a good one. 🙂

Nadene
4 months ago

Sounds Good. It is always sad when a series you adore comes to an end.

Sophia Rose
4 months ago
Reply to  Nadene

Yes, there were some good suspense and romance stories in this series even the novellas. I still have a couple of those so at least there is that. 🙂

Mallory
4 months ago

I hadn’t heard of this one yet! It seems so unique!

Sophia Rose
4 months ago
Reply to  Mallory

Glad to put it on your radar, Mallory! 🙂

Rachel
4 months ago

It is sad when a beloved series ends. Happy to hear you liked how everything turned out, though.

Sophia Rose
4 months ago
Reply to  Rachel

For sure. I do have two novellas I can go back for and her other series sounds good, but it won’t be the same if it’s over. 🙂 But, yes, it was a fab ending and had all the best parts of a final book.

Iza
Iza
4 months ago

It looks like a lovely series, it’s sad that it’s coming to an end ! But I’m afraid that what attracted me most in there… was the picture you used as a thumbnail for your post : that guy reading on his bed with a glass in his hand ! Oh boy, I want to enlarge it and keep it as a wallpaper – my boyfriend can criticize all he likes, lol !

Sophia Rose
4 months ago
Reply to  Iza

It was sad to bid farewell. LOL, I confess that my eyes kept slipping back to that picture a time or two or twenty. 🙂