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The bigger they are, the harder they maul.  

Immortal not-ghost Wes Cooper and his vampire partner, Hudson Rojas, have it all - rewarding private investigation work, great friends, and, most important, a love that's endured. But ever since Wes sent a demon screaming back to the beyond, his abilities have grown overpowering and overwhelming. He's hiding the fact that he's losing control the best he can, but it's hard to keep anything a secret for long when your partner's a former cop...and especially when your partner's a former cop who wants to move in together.  

When all hell literally breaks loose in Toronto and super-strength ghosts are unleashed on Wes and his friends, he and Hudson are thrown into a case unlike any they've seen before. To save the city, Wes needs to harness his new power...and find some answers. But when he gets them, the solution to fix it all could mean losing everything.  

Contains mature themes.

©2019 Jennifer R. L. Burke (P)2019 Tantor

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#FromTheBeyond

Just as great as the first one....... With ghost, imps, and he'll hounds running amok around the city, our favorite Not Ghost and Vampire combo struggle to figure out why all these rips between the real world and their other are opening.

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Lovely!

Really enjoying this series and all their adventures. I hope it keeps going! From ghost to godling to vampires: it's got a little of everything.

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Wes is not as nice as his friends seem to think.

One of the things I like about the series so far is the growing community, but what I don’t like is that when stressed, Wes thinks entirely and only about Hudson or missing Hudson, seemingly forgetting his bff, his sort-of-son, etc. He’s all Hudson, all the time, which diminishes my ability to believe in how much he loves his found family. At one point, he tells Evan to keep a secret for him, from Hudson & everyone. That’s bad enough. But the way he did it was telling Evan that We’s love is conditional, the exact thing he promised it wasn’t in book one. His tendency to make everything his “fault” is something that centers his experience at the heart of other people’s problems. Wes spends this entire book being whiny and selfish and vengeful in turn, yet people seem to think he’s wonderful. I almost DNF’d at the end of chapter 9. Lexi’s injury drives his vengeance rather than being about her, and he never fully makes amends for scaring Evan’s boyfriend. He starts to unravel this toxic behavior towards the end, but most of the pain in this book would have been avoided by Wes working *with* his found family rather than trying to keep them at arm’s length. There would still have been plenty to do for plot but they could have been doing it together, which as a reader, I always find more satisfying than characters going it alone for selfish reasons like wanting to be seen as nicer than they are. My quibble from the first book is bloomed into “well, that’s certainly a choice”. Wes is a part-time ghost who lives mostly as a human, but has been around since the Great Depression. He’s been a gay man the whole time, and the 1980s is one of the cycles of his life when he had friends. Yet the AIDS epidemic isn’t mentioned, ever. He would have seen *hundreds* of acquaintances die. But whenever his unhappiness about seeing people die comes up, he only ever refers to his first love Michael, and Michael’s sister’s family. A gay man who went clubbing for *most of the 80’s* would think about how many gay men had died. Acceptance of same sex marriage came DIRECTLY as a result of AIDS activism. Without the epidemic and groups like Act Up, it’s unlikely gay marriage would exist now. The author could elide thinking too much about the trauma by skating by it in his thoughts with a “still can’t think too much about it” so the cheerier tone of the book doesn’t wallow. But to entirely skip over the impact of HIV & AIDS on gay men who were at their primes in the height of crisis is less plausible than vampires or hellhounds. It’s too glaringly ignored for it not to be a choice and it’s a bad choice for having chosen to use these characters. Steam: med. There’s on page M/M details a few times but rarely dwells there long. The vampire biting seemed more intense. Narration: Likely the reason I didn’t quit. I happen to enjoy the narrator’s twink voice, which is the POV voice. It’s bubbly. There were a few sections of static in the copy I downloaded, though, hence the 4 stars.

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Another great adventure

Twists and turns and all kinds of craziness, I do have to say I really wanted to throttle Wes for keeping such a big secret from his family, but like any good family they worked it out and In the end it was his family that saved him because they believe in him.

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Unwanted Gifts...

So, I get that Wes didn't ask for the "gift" that he received but I just wanted to slap some sense into the immortal-not ghost for "neglecting" telling all of the people around him. I just wanted to smack the silly out of him. Not telling his best friend. That said, I loved how the author's presentation of this story went at a steady pace and allowed for the exploration of all characters. I was hooked in the first book and this one just tightens the grip on my imagination. Looking forward to where we go next in the series...

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enjoyed it as much as the first

Would I listen to it again: yes Did the story keep me engaged: absolutely Was I invested in the characters: definitely What did I like about the story? was fun, entertaining and well paced and both the main and supporting characters are well written and likeable. I like that Wes' sexuality (or lack of) isn't an issue for Hudson and he accepts Wes the way he is, and that Evan's depression hasn't just been ignored. Was there anything that didn't work for me? nope - loved every second of it. Overall comment: The PI Business is growing, Wes, Hudson and their friends battle an ever increasing number of not so friendly paranormal creatures that keep slipping through from the beyond, there is a mystery to solve,, Wes' magic continues to grow, we meet "people" from both Hudson and Wes' pasts and Hudson and Wes continue to "suck" at communication. There is so much going on in this one that is all intricately tied together at the end ... nothing worth while is ever easy 😁 Narrator comment: Greg Boudreaux can do no wrong in my book. I'm so happy he''s narrating this series, his skill and performance as a voice actor bring these characters to life and do justice to a story that shines.

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  • 04-05-20

Great series

Really enjoyable well written story with likeable characters. Narrated by one of the best in the field.

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  • 04-15-20

Outstanding

Even better than the first book. Characters are well developed, relationships are three dimensional, storyline is solid (okay maybe a 9/10 for storyline). Overall great!