I love the Temper Sanguine series and I love the Dead Man series. Lou Harper just has the right amount of wit, sarcasm and detail in her stories to guarantee a good read, personally speaking.
Author: Lou Harper
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Artist: Lou Harper
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
All Denton wanted was a few minions. He got frogs instead.
Web developer by day and necromancer by night, Denton Mills is used to seeing things nobody else can. When he starts hallucinating frogs, he simply assumes they have something to do with his boyfriend Bran’s obsession.
Bran Maurell is a witch, who in a youthful outburst, accidentally turned his then-lover, Peter, into a croaker. Bran has been trying ever since to reverse the spell. A fresh amphibian encounter only spurs him to double his efforts.
As if Peter’s ghost coming between them weren’t enough, Denton and Bran are forced to deal with several errant spirits stalking the citizens of Chicago. Between a French chef who refuses to admit he’s dead, and malevolent creatures bent on causing mayhem, jealousy may be the least of Denton’s problems.
Lou Harper again uses her fairly unique structure of complete stories as pseudo chapters within the main story. What you end up with is a series of short novellas within an all encompassing bigger story. I hope that explains it because it works really well. The first time I met this structure I was a little confused, but it actually adds interest and depth to the main story without the need for endless exposition.
This is a series but I have been reading them in slightly the wrong order with no loss of enjoyment, so I think they are happily standalone titles as well. The MCs are Bran a witch who is also half demon. I find Bran one of those stoical characters that you can imagine flooring everyone in a room when he actually smiles. The other protagonist is the adorable Denton, the eponymous, Dead Man. He is a necromancer but one learning of his powers as he goes along. This is where Bran helps him. The main message in this lovely book is about communication between couples, friends and enemies and how things can go very wrong when communication breaks down.
As always Lou Harper introduces us to some imaginative and well fleshed out secondary characters. Especially worthy of note in this episode are Joy, The Old Crone and the frogs! There are even a few crossover passages between Denton and Gabe from Temper Sanguine etc.
Dead Man and the Army of Frogs is a very happy, quirky read with some hot kilt action. I highly recommend this.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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