Author: Bailey Bradford
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Cover Artist: Unknown
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 09/08/2015
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: M/M Romance, Paranormal
Book three in the Southern Spirits Series
The body might be reluctant, but there’s more than one spirit willing to step in and keep two stubborn men from walking away from each other forever…
Deputy Matt Nixon has had a rough time of it lately. He’s put up with the spirit of his boss’s dead lover, been stabbed, and had his fledgling interest in another man cruelly flung back in his face. His only close friend is an elderly woman who gets her kicks from calling in false prowler reports then greeting the responding deputies with a lewd proposition and little clothes.
When he finds her dead, Matt grieves for the old woman so many people snickered at—and he fumes at the idea of her snooty nephew from New York who never bothered to visit her. Matt is going to give Carlin Douglas a piece of his mind if he does show up.
Carlin Douglas hates the small town of McKinton, Texas. The only other time he’d been there was years ago when Zeke Mathers was almost killed in a gay bashing. Now Carlin has obligations that keep him tied to New York, but he doesn’t mind.
Until he clashes with Deputy Matt Nixon, a man who seems determined to hate him. But McKinton is a different place, and there’s always a spirit or two lingering, just waiting for an opportunity…Or meddle.
Reader Advisory: This book is best read in sequence as part of a series but can be read as a stand alone title.
Book 3 in the Southern Spirits series sees us catching up with the guys a few months after Matt and Laine were injured and everything seems to be calming down in the small town of McKinton.
Although the town may have returned to normal Matt Nixon is still struggling. Plagued with memories and nightmares of his stabbing, confused over his feelings and subsequent brush off from Rich he has found an unlikely confident in old Mrs Hawkins who is still crying wolf where the prowlers are concerned but instead of coming on to Matt when he answers her calls she bakes him cookies and lends him her ear. When answering one such call he finds her dead Matt is left devastated.
Carlin Douglas is the only living relative of Mrs Hawkins and has been noticeably absent for the last decade. When he comes to McKinton to deal with her estate he is greeted by the sharp tongue of Deputy Nixon who is angry for the treatment he perceives his old friend has received. First impressions are often unfair and Matt has no idea of Carlin’s personal circumstances and it isn’t too long before he finds himself apologising.
This book had a darker feel to it than its predecessors as it dealt with Matt’s grief and Carlin’s sad and difficult circumstances but it was still a lot of fun. Carlin has never wanted a relationship and is shocked by the depth of his feelings for Matt when they have spent so little time together. There is no easy answer to them building a future together and I was glad the author didn’t rush the ending and make it too easy, it felt real even though it was painful to live through. I was also really pleased to see Connor still has a role and he was as naughty as ever – hopefully he will be sticking around for a long time!
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