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Author: SE Jakes
Publisher: Riptide Books
Publication Status: Available
Genre: action / thriller, contemporary, mystery / suspense, MM romance
Themes: GLBT, Multiple partners, explicit violence, Underground fighting, PTSD, POW, Abduction
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars
From the Publisher:
Everyone knows that Prophet—former Navy SEAL, former CIA spook, full-time pain in the ass—works alone and thinks only about the trouble he can cause. But his boss, Phil Butler of Extreme Escapes, LTD., has just assigned Proph not only a new partner but also a case haunted by ghosts from Proph’s past. Suddenly, he’s got to confront them both head on.
Tom Boudreaux—failed FBI agent, failed sheriff, full time believer in bad luck—is wondering why the head of a private contracting firm has hunted him down to offer him a job. Still he’s determined to succeed this time, despite being partnered with Prophet, EE, LTD’s most successful, lethal, and annoying operative, and even though the case is also resurrecting his own painful past.
Together, Prophet and Tom must find a way to take down killers in the dangerous world of underground cage matches, while fighting their own dangerous attraction. And when they find themselves caught in the crossfire, these two loners are forced to trust each other and work together to escape their ghosts . . . or pay the price.
Okay, so my initial reaction to Catch a Ghost by SE Jakes was.. What the Fuck??? Yes that is exactly what I said to myself when I finished it. When I first finished the book, I would have given it about 2-3 stars. I was alternately confused and intrigued in equal measure throughout. After “sleeping on it” for a night I have changed my mind. This is a solid 4* maybe even 4.5* book. I can’t quite nudge it up that last .5-1* because there were parts that dragged a bit for me. Why the change? Well, that is easy… I want to go back and read everything Jakes has ever written!
Catch a Ghost is the first book in what promises to be a 4 book series foocusing on the relationship between the enigmatic and volatile Prophet and the less enigmatic but equally volatile Tommy. But it set in a world that Jakes created first in her novella Free Falling, which I enjoyed reading earlier this year, and revisited in the 5th book of her Men of Honor series. This world will also be continued further in Jakes series Dirty Deeds.
Both Prophet and Tommy are deeply scared, both physically and mentally, but somehow they come together… even though neither of them seem to want it. The mystery is intriguing (yes, I know I have used that word already, but really that is the one that comes to mind when I think about this book). I also love that everything is not tied up into a nice neat little bow at the end. Part of my initial reluctance with this book is some similarities to another series of stories I love. These similarities kept pulling me from the story in front of me, however, by the end I was able to put all those misgivings aside and just enjoy the ride.
I would like to thank Riptide Books and NetGalley for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
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