When the Dead Speak by Bailey Bradford ~ Book Review by Caroline

26209802Title: When the Dead Speak

Author: Bailey Bradford

Publisher: Pride Publishing

Cover Artist: Unknown

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 08/31/2015

Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)

Genre: M/M Romance, Paranormal

Blurb:

When the Dead Speak by Bailey Bradford
Book two in the Southern Spirits series

The only way to stay alive is to listen when the dead speak…

Sheriff Laine Stenley thinks he might just be losing his mind. Ever since he’d encountered the spirit of his friend’s deceased mother, strange things have been happening. His sheriff’s tin star keeps popping off, his Stetson tends to fly off his head at the most inconvenient times—and then there are the subtle caresses that remind him of a lover’s touch… Something Laine has been without for years—since the violent murder of his partner—and figures to be without well into the future if he wants to retain his position as the sheriff in the small town of McKinton, Texas. Laine doesn’t want to risk his career or his heart ever again, but he may not have a choice, not if he wants to stay alive.

A man who listens to spirits, Severo has come to McKinton to deliver a message of danger. One look at the sexy sheriff and Severo finds himself in a different sort of danger. He’s not ready to find a man who can claim him heart, soul, and body, but ready or not, the attraction that simmers between them is undeniable—and irresistible.

Together, they will race against time, because something evil is coming to McKinton. Severo and Laine must learn to trust each other—and themselves— and listen when the dead speak.

My View:

When we met Sheriff Laine Stenley in book 1 it was obvious there was more to come for him and I’m really glad that book 2 gave us his story.

Laine is a man stuck in the past unable to move past the horror and grief of events in Houston. Being in the closet and unable to grieve he ran from his demons and took a job in the small town of McKinton. Meeting Zeke and learning of the abuse he had suffered for being a gay man further prevented him from being honest with others and again he keeps his private life just that…private. Meeting Zeke’s mother, who happens to be a ghost, seems to have opened something in him that makes him receptive to sensing other ghosts and he is being driven mad as they seem to be around every corner. What he takes at first for playful yet annoying antics are actually warnings.

When Severo arrives in town the only explanation he can give for being there is that he felt driven to come. He can also feel and speak to the spirts and he currently has one telling him that someone in the town is in serious danger. There is a spark between Severo and Laine as soon as they meet but both men fight against it for all they are worth.

The author did a really good job tying up the past with the present and as in book 1 there wasn’t a huge amount of angst but rather a slow burning realisation between Severo and Laine played out whilst someone is trying to kill them. I loved watching Laine go from grumpy to smitten and realising what’s important in life and that he shouldn’t just assume that people won’t understand him.

The ghost was once again a pivotal character in the story and where Zeke’s mama was a calming influence giving out gentle nudges this one was impish and a lot of fun. By the end of the book he felt like one of the family. It’s Matt’s story next but I really hope we get to see more of Rich at some stage too.

Links

When the Dead Speak on Goodreads
Pride Publishing
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
All Romance eBooks

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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