Review: Ghost of a Chance (Requiem Inc. #1) by Kris T. Bethke

Only love makes life worth living—over and over again.

Ghostwalker Blake Jones dies every day. It’s his job and how he helps trapped souls cross over. But to return to life, he needs an anchor. His new partner, Derek Scott, is a surprise. Not only is he male, but his appearance belies a caring and gentle heart. Despite attraction and a strengthening relationship, they know they shouldn’t take things further.

But there’s a big difference between knowing and doing.

Their growing love presents a problem, though not the one they expect. Blake and Derek have to decide if they should take their relationship to the most permanent level—an unbreakable metaphysical bond. Doing so offers both risk and unimaginable reward. Can Blake let go of his fears and put his complete trust in Derek in order to have the happily ever after he’s always craved?

For me, this was a really interesting paranormal story and quite the win!

Here, Bethke has created a present day alternative where there’s a national (and I presume international) organization that employs people of various abilities solely for the purpose of helping others pass safely and painlessly into the afterlife.

Blake is a ghostwalker, and he dies willingly every time to help a spirit find their way home. To help make his job doable and tolerable, he needs an anchor who cares for him during the entire process, making sure he heals and recovers to basically die another day. Enter Derek. He’s brand spanking new, but what he lacks in experience, he’s chock full of enthusiasm and initiative. This job is the sort of thing Derek’s been wanting to do his whole life and he’s ready to get his hands dirty.

So basically, this is all about Blake and Derek’s relationship, which starts out quite rough as Blake doesn’t like the idea of a man seeing him so vulnerable. It doesn’t help that he’s insanely attracted to Derek. However, Blake quickly realizes that Derek is very very good at his job and unlike any anchor he’s been with before. Not surprisingly, their work dynamic quickly evolves into something more. So. Much. More. Be reassured that there is some very nice smexy, and though there is some hurt comfort, overall there’s not much relationship angst except the usual denial of feelings and whether or not they should cross the professional line.

What this excels at is the storytelling. Admittedly, I’m not a huge fan of ghost stories so my exposure is limited, and thus I’m not sure if this is a common trope that is often written about. Again, I found this both interesting and intriguing on top of the sweet romance.

A great start to a series, and I’m looking forward to the other supporting characters getting their happy ending! This was a definite Bethke win! My attention is caught!

Thank you to the author/publisher for a copy in exchange for an honest review.

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