Erryn reviews ‘Lucky Town (Badlands Book 1.5)’ by Morgan Brice. This book was released by Darkwind Press on October 29, 2018 and is 116 pgs long. The audiobook version of this story was narrated by Kale Williams and released on March 29, 2019. The audiobook is 3 hrs and 9 mins long. A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Why I read this book: I really enjoyed the first book in the series and so leapt at the chance to listen to the second.
Psychic medium Simon Kincaide and his boyfriend, Myrtle Beach homicide Detective Vic D’Amato, find that the only thing more frightening than murder might be navigating their first holiday season as a couple.
A trip back to Pittsburgh to spend Thanksgiving with Vic’s large, exuberant family means dodging old frenemies and a bitter ex-boyfriend. A cold case comes back to haunt Vic when a murdered woman’s ghost begs Simon for justice. Then a new murder back in Myrtle Beach looks suspiciously familiar, and the dead man’s ghost isn’t playing nice.
When Simon gets a vision of the next victim before the crime occurs, he realizes that all the murders are supernaturally linked. Catching the murderer will take his psychic sleuthing skills along with Vic’s street smarts to avert a tragedy.
Can they do right by ghosts past, present, and yet to come without ending up in the crosshairs of a killer for Christmas?
When I listened to Badlands, the first book in this series by Morgan Brice, I fell a little in love with Simon Kincaide and eventually warmed up to Vic D’Amato. By the time we got to the climax of the book, I was fully involved. This book takes place just a few months later and I was thrilled to see the relationship between the two men had solidified to the point they’re moving in together. They even travel back to Philly so Simon can meet the D’Amato clan. It was sweet to see how welcoming they were.
Also, Vic’s boss at the police force has even come to (somewhat) believe in Simon’s gifts and so the man might now be brought in on supernatural cases – cases where there is no logical explanation for the crime. This book centers around one of those scenarios. It begins with the premise of what would you do to get everything you’ve ever wanted? Mostly to do with money because that is so fundamental to living in our society. If you’re destitute, what would you do? As victims emerge, it’s up to Vic and Simon to solve the case before more bodies pile up.
I have to say I love the relationship between the two men. Their chemistry is great as is their trust in each other. Those bonds are strong and as Simon uses his psychic skills to lure a predator, Vic is there to back him up.
This is a novella and therefore on the shorter side, but no worries – there’s plenty to sink your teeth into. Kale Williams narrates the book brilliantly, as always. He’s a solid narrator who always puts in a great performance. I enjoyed this book and was glad I listened.
9/10 Pots of Gold (90% Recommended) – Compares to 4.5/5 Stars
Morgan Brice is the romance pen name of bestselling author Gail Z. Martin. Morgan writes urban fantasy male/male paranormal romance, with plenty of action, adventure and supernatural thrills to go with the happily ever after. Gail writes epic fantasy and urban fantasy, and together with co-author hubby Larry N. Martin, steampunk and comedic horror, all of which have less romance, more explosions. Characters from her Gail books make frequent appearances in secondary roles in her Morgan books, and vice versa.
On the rare occasions Morgan isn’t writing, she’s either reading, cooking, or spoiling two very pampered dogs.
Other books include Witchbane, Burn, Dark Rivers, and Badlands. Watch for more in these series, plus new series coming soon!