Ascension by Bailey Bradford ~ Book Review by Caroline

26223926Title: Ascension

Author: Bailey Bradford

Publisher: Loose Id

Cover Artist: Unknown

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 09/22/2015

Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)

Genre: M/M Romance, Paranormal

Blurb:

Conner Sutherland never thought he’d meet the love of his life in the Afterlife…

Conner Sutherland has been alone for a long time. He can’t remember the last time he even felt the desire to be touched by another man. Sometime before his death, when he’d still been Laine’s lover. But Laine had found Severo years ago, and if any two people were meant for each other it was Laine and Sev. Where that leaves Conner, he doesn’t know, other than feeling lost and out of sorts.

He doesn’t want to think about the way he feels when he sees Ro—Rogelio, Sev’s nephew. Conner’s seen Ro grow from pretty boy into a handsome man, but wanting him is foolish and useless. Ro’s got a life to live, and even if he does things that hurt Conner, that’s not Ro’s fault. He doesn’t know he entranced Conner long ago.

Ro has only ever wanted one man for keeps. It’s a pointless want, though, because Conner Sutherland is dead and too busy pranking Laine and Sev to notice Ro anyway.

But life, and death, have a way of surprising you, as Ro and Conner find out.

My View:

Connor has played a pivotal role in this series and when he finally gets his own story it’s not without his fair share of heartache.

Connor has been a ghost for many years popping in and out of people’s lives with his tricks and funny sense of humour. Over the years he has developed an odd relationship with Laine who was once his lover and Sev. He has helped them out, teased them mercilessly and brought humour to their lives. In this book we see a far more reflective Connor and also a ghost that is not always as happy as he appears.

He has gotten past his grisly death for the most part but the memories are still there and still hurt. He is lonely a lot of the time, he aches for someone to call his own and it upsets him to watch Laine and Sev grow older. He steers clears of Sev’s nephew Ro after he figures he may have developed a crush on the young man. I was surprised after looking forward to this story that it made me more than a little sad.

Ro moved to McKinton with his family over a decade earlier. His mother is ill and with his siblings gone he has stayed home to help out his father. Ro was another sad character. He never really spread his wings and experienced life and there were many reasons for that. His mother’s illness played a big part but so did his borderline obsession with Laine’s murdered lover. He was never going to find the love of his life when he had put Connor on such a high pedestal – no one could compete.

Obviously something has to change for these two men to ever stand a chance. Things do change which brings yet more grief to the small town and they do get their chance. It felt almost a little too easy with the way things worked out but it was worth it in the end for Connor to find love. It’s not often in a book that the characters age very much and it left me off kilter to see Laine and Sev getting old – I wasn’t ready for that.

Links

Ascension on Goodreads
Loose Id
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
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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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