Bethany reviews ‘PS I Spook You’ by S.E. Harmon. Published by Dreamspinner Press on June 17th, 2017, 256 pgs.
Why I read this book: We decided to do a Halloween theme week and I had bought this book about two months ago, so I figured now was the perfect time to read it.
SSA Rain Christiansen used to be the agency’s golden boy. It just takes one moment of weakness, one slight, tiny, itty-bitty paranormal sighting, and all of a sudden he’s the agency’s embarrassment. His boss gives him one last chance to redeem himself—go down to Brickell Bay, play nice with the local police, and leave the ghost sightings behind. Rain is determined to do exactly that, even if it kills him.
Cold-case detective Daniel McKenna’s latest investigation is going nowhere fast. Five years earlier, high school student Amy Greene went missing after leaving her part-time job and was never seen again. Daniel is glad to finally have the FBI help that his department requested, even if it does come in the form of his ex.
It doesn’t help that Rain is pretty sure he’s falling in love with Danny all over again—if he ever stopped. Add to that the frustration of seeing ghosts at every turn while he works a case that’s stalled in its tracks, and Rain is starting to wonder if second chances and happy endings are just for fairy tales.
Like I said I had bought this book while we were preparing for a hurricane. Cause we had the food, and the water, all I needed were a few good books to keep me occupied while Harvey made his presence known, and boy did he. But I ended up not getting to this one, so I thought this week was the perfect time to read it. I wasn’t so sure I was going to like it, for a few reasons. First the blurb kinda scared me a tad, no not because of the ghosts, cause I LOVE those types of book. I guess it was the unresolved issues I feared these two men were still dealing with. I’ll get into that a bit more later. And I guess the second reason I kept putting it off was the cover. I know, I know don’t judge a book by the cover, but this one just didn’t scream GHOST story to me. But one of my family members here at RGR told me she read this and LOVED it, and that was enough recommendation to finally pick it up.
Ok so my first reason for putting it off, the unresolved issues between these two main characters worried me. I wasn’t really in the mood for heavy angst and drama between the two men. Well all I can say is that there are unresolved issues between these two, but the angst is minimal and I wasn’t left with an unspeakable need to yell at them to ‘get your shit together’ like I have with some. Oh yes they have things that need to be fixed between them in order to be in a place where they can finally love one another. Rain needs to stop putting unnecessary space between them, whether it is miles or not trusting Danny with things he sees. And Danny needed accept the things that Rain is afraid to tell him, yes it takes some time but he had to learn to trust Rain, despite how unlikely those things seem.
This book kind of reminds me of Diana Copland’s ‘A Reason to Believe’, a book I HIGHLY recommend. Not so much the plot line of it, because goodness knows that Rain doesn’t want to be able to see these ghost. It’s more of the feeling of how descriptive both authors are in their storytelling about MC’s that see spirits. Both have made me feel like I was watching a movie rather than reading a book. This one kept me on the edge of my seat for more chapters than I care to admit. It was like watching a series and when you get to the end of a chapter it leaves you wanting, no needing, more. Lucky for me I didn’t have to wait a week for the next episode, all I had to do was turn the page. Many times during this book did I put off much needed housework, but it was so worth it in the end.
I loved watching them work together, not work like as a couple, but they actually work together at the police station. Even though Rain was on loan from the FBI, they were work partners before Rain left. So you can see how easily they feed off each other when it comes to a case. It was like they knew who needed to be the bad cop and who needed to be the good cop, they were so in sync with each other it left me wondering why they ever split. So when it is revealed why Rain high tailed it to the FBI, I could finally see how much each of them were holding back from one another. I think the separation was much needed in order for them to see what they were missing and FINALLY work through their issues and get everything on the table. The only thing I wish I had a tad more of was their beginning, how did they become a couple. I know it isn’t relevant to this one, but I just wanted more of their how.
I really enjoyed this one, the plot, the ghosts (yes more that one), the relationship not just between these two men, but the secondary characters as well. This is my first book by S.E. Harmon, but I can guarantee it will not be the last. I really hope we get to see more of Rain and Danny, because they quickly have become one of my favorite couples. Want something a little paranormal without being “scary spooky”? Then get this book, I promise it’s one you won’t want to put down.
S.E. Harmon has had a lifelong love affair with writing. It’s been both wonderful and rocky (they’ve divorced several times), but they always manage to come back together. She’s a native Floridian with a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters in Fine Arts, and used to spend her time writing educational grants. She now splits her days between voraciously reading romance novels and squirreling away someplace to write them. Her current beta reader is a nosy American Eskimo who begrudgingly accepts payment in the form of dog biscuits.