Book Blurb :
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…
No one likes to be wakened at 1am, especially on Christmas Eve. However when Matt Bennett gets a call from his chief and hears the dark details of the call, his mood only gets gloomier. A little girl has gone missing from her parents’ home. After questioning the parents, Matt hears a giggle and goes searching around for its owner. He’s directed into the basement, but the team has already looked everywhere—right? Another giggle and he spins around and sees her—only something isn’t right; she’s too pale and her eyes are wide but focused, and the child is pointing to a refrigerator buried behind a stack of boxes … oh god!
After seeing the ghost of the little girl and then finding her, it’s no wonder Matt is a bit shell shocked. His concerned boss calls in the department shrink to see him and orders Matt to take a forced administrative leave until further notice. Memories of his ex-partner/lover come to the surface; it’s only been a year and a half since his murder, but Matt never took time off to heal from the loss. Could his mind be telling him he needs a break … or does seeing the ghost of the little girl mean something else? It’s not exactly a brilliant start to Christmas morning.
When his sister-in-law shows up the next day and practically drags him to see a “paranormal convention” he reluctantly agrees. Kiernan Fitzpatrick certainly isn’t what Matt was expecting … for one, he’s young and for another, he’s very attractive. But still, Kiernan must be a fraud … right? Yet when he convinces Matt of his genuine ability by giving him information on Abby, the little girl who was just murdered, Matt just might start to believe Kiernan really can speak to the dead.
While on administrative leave (or rather his supposed forced vacation), Matt keeps getting visited by Abby, who is determined that he help her solve her own murder. This brings him to contact Kiernan. He takes him over to the Reynold’s place with the hope that Karen and Marc, Abby’s parents, will see him. Karen has faith in Matt as she believes he is the only officer to actually feels something and care enough to bring her daughter’s killer to justice.
Kiernan has a chance to find out what happened to Abby, but she’s too scary to talk about it with him … though she’s willing to show him. Knowing of the dangers involved—even if Matt doesn’t—Kiernan agrees; it’s as if Abby has taken over Kiernan completely and he’s reliving the actual events. However, they are proving to be too much for the man, leaving Matt to beg Abby to release her hold over Kiernan.
The visit to the Reynolds has put Matt in a hard place. His boss has hated him ever since he discovered two of his best officers were having an affair behind his back. The union only came to light at Brad’s funeral when Brad’s mother, in the nicest way possible, accidentally outted Matt. So now while in his Bosses office Matt realizes that his Boss Branson has found his reason to fire Matt – he’s only been waiting for a moment to fire Matt for the last 15 months since Brad was murdered and now he’s claiming that Matt went to see the Reynolds even though he was taken off the case. Little does Matt know is that Kiernan, picking up on Matt’s distress who calls Karen, hoping to find a way to help stop Matt from losing his job! They show up with Commissioner Patrick Mitchell – a close friend to the Reynolds, who is very disheartened to hear that Branson has removed Matt from this case. So in a round about way Matt’s job is saved because of Kiernan!
While at Abby’s funeral, memories of Brad’s funeral and moments in the past rise to the surface, leaving Matt struggling to hold it together. Abby also pays a visit, sitting close to her mother—that is, until she senses her murderer! They convene after the funeral to the Reynolds’ home. Searching Abby’s room again, trying to contact her spirit, they hear a noise outside her door … but rushing to chase after the guy Matt loses him.
Things seem to spiral out of control after that. While stopping at the hotel for Kiernan to pick up a change of clothes, they barely get out the truck when shots are fired—at them! Then Kiernan receives a threatening letter stating the shooter won’t miss next time! This causes the sparks to go flying out of control between Matt and Kiernan; it’s been building between them even while they have been kind of ignoring it. These turns of events, however, bring them together in a clash of frenzy that is steaming hot!
They are running out of time: the DA is dead set on Abby’s father being the murderer. Matt and Kiernan are positive he is not, and Abby’s own assessment is also swaying them to believe it can’t be Marc Reynolds. But how can they find who did it and prove the DA is wrong? And why do all the clues keep coming back to both the DA Garret Preston and Commissioner Patrick Mitchell? They are close friends to the Reynolds, so why or what could lead them to do something so horrific. so unbelievable as to murdering a innocent little girl?
This was a very well written mystery/suspense story. I loved every minute of it and simply couldn’t put it down! When everything is finally revealed you are shocked, as you didn’t see it coming! And Abby, poor sweet innocent little Abby … your heart goes out to her and the suffering she went through, the hatred directed towards her was unspeakable! The way she clung to Matt knowing he would move heaven and earth to end her suffering and bring her the peace she deserves was simply beautiful to witness. Matt would make a wonderful father!
The slow building sexual tension between Kiernan and Matt was torturously hot! Kiernan is so playful and humorous, believing that everything has its reason for happening. Kiernan is very understanding and patient when it comes to Matt. He knows Matt is struggling with letting go of Brad and what he once had with him. Matt needs to allow himself to open up to the possibility of what he could have with Kiernan. The battering that happens between Matt and Kiernan kept me smiling and laughing throughout the whole story!
I give 5 couples. Absolutely loved it! I would highly recommend this to anyone who loves mystery, suspense with a paranormal ghost twist.
Pubisher : Carina Press
Source : Net Galley
Released :October 22nd 2012
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