This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Genres: M/M Romance, Paranormal Romance, Romantic Suspense
Published by Tantor Audio
Released on March 29, 2019
After enjoying the introduction of Simon the psychic and Vic the homicide detective during a serial killer’s rampage in Myrtle Beach, I was eager to go home for the holidays to Pittsburgh where Simon got to meet Vic’s boisterous Italian family.
Lucky Town is #1.5 in the series and a novella that follows up on the first story so it doesn’t make the best of standalones though, in a pinch, it could be done.
Simon and Vic are opposites and their families are as well. Simon may be worried that Vic’s family won’t like him because he’s either a guy or psychic, but it is still a better bet than his mom’s cold and calculating holiday parties where she has invited his ex, no less.
Vic’s not exactly sanguine about heading home either. He wants to be with his family and has no doubt of their acceptance and love, but having to leave the force the way he did and getting the brush off from his ex leave a bitter taste. He comes from a family of people who serve and protect in many aspects of law enforcement so he has no doubt that his past will come up especially with Simon being a true psychic and a curiosity to them all.
This was a shorter piece and I enjoy how it solidified in my mind the relationship that began in Badlands. Simon and Vic have had a few months for the dust to clear on that old case and settle into their new relationship when not strained by a murder investigation and powerful psychic killer. They’re setting up house in Simon’s place and looking forward to their first holiday season together. It’s fraught with its own issues as exes and families are involved. I adored Vic’s big boisterous family and how they made it so easy for Simon to feel welcome and to reassure Vic that they have his back.
Though this was a shorter piece, there was still room to tuck a dark and dangerous murder investigation around Thanksgiving and Christmas season for the guys. I found it a bit too pat that the case began in Pittsburgh and led to a finale in Myrtle Beach, but that didn’t stop me from being right there in the moment when Simon and Vic go back to back with Simon’s magic friends to stop a supernatural fiend from killing hapless victims.
It was a fun play on an old, darker holiday legend and did the job of revealing a little more of what Simon can do and Vic must accept as the series progresses.
Kale Williams continues as the narrator and I thoroughly enjoyed his portrayal of both guys and the extended cast. He does well with both genders, age, and tosses in some regional accents for good measure. I hope he continues to be the voice of the series.
So, this novella was a fun one and I liked it even better than book one, surprisingly. It left me enthused to progress on to book two. I can recommend this series to those who enjoy spicy m/m romance paired with exciting and moderately darker paranormal suspense.
My thanks to Tantor Audio for the opportunity to listen to this book in exchange for an honest review.
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