Last year.. err 2 years ago (in 2012.. whatever) for Christmas I was gifted a little book by the name of A Reason to Believe by an author I had never heard of Diana Copland (legally people, you know you can gift eBooks via Amazon, sheesh). It had a gorgeous cover, but it was about a ghost and I “did not do paranormal”. One day I was told “just read it”, and I did… and I loved it. In fact, that wasn’t the last time I read/listened to A Reason to Believe. Around Christmas this past year (yes, I mean 2013 this time) I needed a “pick me up” so I decided it was time for a re-read… or, in this case, a re-listen.
Author: Diana Copland
Narrator: Jack LeFleur
Publisher: Carina Press
Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
From the Publisher
Detective Matthew Bennett doesn’t believe in ghosts. So when the spirit of a murdered child leads him to her body, he’s shaken to the core–and taken off the case. Unable to explain his vision, or to let go of the investigation, Matthew turns to renowned medium Kiernan Fitzpatrick. Though he has doubts about Kiernan’s claims to communicate with the dead, Matt is nevertheless drawn to the handsome psychic, who awakens feelings he thought were long-buried.
Haunted by the lingering spirit of the little girl, Kiernan is compelled to aid in the search for her killer. The chance to get closer to the enigmatic Matt is an unexpected bonus. Although Kiernan’s been betrayed by people who turned out to be more interested in his fame than in himself, with Matt he’s willing to risk his heart. As the two men grow closer, Kiernan helps Matt rediscover that life offers no guarantees–but love offers a reason to believe…
Police detective Matt Bennett has had a bit of a rough time, to put it mildly. He lost his partner (in every sense of the word) to a senseless act of violence and then was outed to his homophobic peers in the sweetest way imaginable… Only to be relegated to desk work and the cases no one else wanted… Then to top everything off he sees a ghost… of a dead girl… on Christmas eve… His well-meaning and meddling sister-in-law decides that Matt needs to visit Keirnan Fitzpatrick, a well known psychic medium. Sparks fly and mystery solving ensues. The mystery, of course, is central to the story. There is nothing more sad than a murdered child; except maybe, if the only person who believes in the father’s innocence has been pulled off the case. As the days go by, Keirnan and Matt take the investigation, and each other, into their own hands.
You can’t miss the powerful electricity between Matt and Keirnan. They are don’t seem like they should fit, a skeptic and a mystic, but man they have some heat. I love Keirnan, he is quirky and fun and I just want to take him home, but I wouldn’t take him away from Matt. Poor Matt is so broken, he almost doesn’t realize a good thing when he has it. I also like the secondary characters in this one. I don’t know how many times I have wanted the “female best friend” to be removed from the story, but both Sheila and Aidan add to the story. Tying it all together is Copland’s beautiful prose.
As I alluded to earlier, I have both read and listened to ARtB. I know many people are anti-audiobooks, and I know that some books fall flat in the audio format. But at by the same token, some books come alive. I was enjoying the eBook version just fine, but I like the freedom Audiobooks offer, so I picked it up on audio. Jack LeFleur gives life to Matt and Kiernan that my feeble imagination just didn’t. Copland’s haunting scenes because classic film noire in my head as LeFleur describes them. And lets not discount the fact that his voice is absolutely perfect for the sexy scenes. That being said, regardless of the format you choose, I recommend A Reason to Believe (really… I have recommended it to a lot of friends).
Now if only we could see a little more a Matt and Kiernan, I would be a happy girl.
Don’t forget to check out my interview with the lovely Ms. Copland.
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