Author: Lex Chase and Bru Baker
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 02/08/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Contemporary, Humor/Comedy, M/M Romance, Paranormal
Everyone wishes they were dead when wandering the purgatory of a home furnishings store, but these guys actually are.
Benji Goss is the quintessential good guy. When his boyfriend dumps him and moves out, Benji obligingly keeps the cat—even though he’s allergic—because his ex’s new place doesn’t accept pets. He’s always joked the cat would be the death of him, but not in a way he expects when a feline mishap crushes him under a DEL TORO bookcase.
Snarky loner Patrick Bryant is in such a rut he barely remembers the life he used to lead. The last thing he recalls is being decapitated by a DEL TORO bookcase in a freak accident. As a spiritual CASA resident, he haunts the aisles of affordable Italian furniture, assisting fellow spirits in moving on to their final destinations.
When Benji appears in the CASA café, Patrick considers the naïve spirit just the man to cure his boredom. Benji’s relentless optimism chips away at Patrick’s sarcasm, making him question if there’s something beyond what he can see. But the heart is like CASA furniture—there’s always some assembly required.
After reading the blurb, I HAD to pick this one up and give it a try. It promised originality, humor, and romance. What more could a girl ask for?
I am happy to say it delivered so much more than I was expecting. The concept was indeed a very original take on the afterlife. The setting was odd but fit the story so well. The characters had depth while also being humorous and unique. I really enjoyed they way the story flowed so well from the initial snarky tone to one of heart and emotion. I was worried for a while that I wouldn’t like this story because Patrick appeared so one dimensional and annoying. But at about the 45% mark, things started to “fit into place” (yes pun intended) and the story made sense and blossomed.
I do have to admit I was never fully convinced of the “love” between Benji and Patrick. I saw the friendship and the mutual need to move on, but the love felt a bit forced and sometimes out of place. I personally think this story would have worked just as well without the sex because it seemed as if the sex was being used to show the concept of love instead of relying on the story itself to demonstrate why these men were connected.
However, I still recommend this story because it was so unique. It was a great blend of depth and humor and with a bit more romantic development, this story could have been a show stopper. I think I will revisit these guys again in the future.
and P.S. I LOVED the play on real life stores and that Wallville was hell!
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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