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P.S. I Spook You

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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 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.

©2017 S.E. Harmon (P)2018 Tantor

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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Annika
  • 13/11/2018

Loved, loved, loved! Please just give me more!

I fell in love with this book when I read it last year when it was first released. Ever since I've been hoping it would be released into audio so I could experience the magic once more. So to say that I was ecstatic when I saw that Tantor was going to release it, is putting it a bit mildly.

Dealing with ghosts isn't easy - something that SSA Rain Christiansen is well aware of - seeing as one particular ghost caused him to almost lose his job when trying to help him find closure. In a last attempt to save his career he's sent to Brickell Bay to assist in a cold case investigation into the disappearance of a high school student. The detective he's helping? Well that's none other than his ex; Daniel McKenna. An ex that he's not sure he ever stopped loving. But there's a lot of history and secrets that might just be enough to keep them from finding their way back to each other,

This time around I need to separate the story from the narration in order to make sense of it. So let's start with the story - I absolutely loved it, and everything about it. It drew me in from the start. I loved the feel to the book, the atmosphere Harmon created with her words. It felt real and genuine. And yes I do know that talking with ghost might not be construed as reality – well at least not mine, but this book still felt real to me. I believed in it. For me that's a sign of a great book.

Right from the start you could feel the chemistry between Rain and Danny. The struggles each of them were going through, the hurt and the longing. But underneath it all you could also feel the love they still felt and the hope that maybe this time tings would be different. That is, if the case they're working on doesn't drive them apart even more.

As for the narration.... Sadly I think I expected more from the audio version. The narration felt a bit lacklustre and uninspiring. Sure, Noah did try to insert some feeling to his narration, but it fell short most of the time. So if you're looking for a basic reading of the book, you'll most definitely enjoy it, but if you like me, are looking for something more, that added flavour and feeling you are bound to be a bit disappointed.

I remember that when I finished reading this book last year, I was practically salivating for it to turn into a series, I still do want - no need - more books with Rain and Danny. But I'll also say that if judging it solely by the audiobook I wouldn't have been as impressed, as I just didn't connect to it the way that I did when reading. So if or when more books are published, I think I’ll stick to the written word instead of the spoken one.

A copy of this book was generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review for Love Bytes.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • ELSA
  • 27/10/2018

OMG so wonderful

The characters are realistic and the narrater makes the whole story - great storyline - made me stay awake all night- couldn't stop

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Shin Mon Thway
  • 02/04/2019

Because you taste like home

Guys, it’s official. S.E. Harmon has finally converted me because I now officially love contemporary and second-chance romances. 😂👏 Again, they aren’t my usual cuppa but seems like Miss Harmon is my new catnip because I seem to fall in love with every single book she wrote. 😉 I looooooooved this delicious paranormal/mystery second-chance novel. ❤️ I mean a snarky federal agent who sees and speaks to ghosts, one very hunky, dominant and grumpy detective and a cold case murder mystery to solve?!?!?! OMG! Sign me up and take all my money!!! 😍😱🙋‍♀️


Rain is in hot water, once the golden boy of FBI, now Rain is on the verge of losing his job because people think he’s cuckoo. I mean .. an FBI agent who’s a ghost whisperer? 😁 Not a good mark for Rain. So now his only chance of redemption is going to Brickell Bay which happened to be his home town to help the local PD solve cold cases that have been lying around for years and years. So after a long and uncomfortable flight, Rain is gobsmacked when he found out the policed officer who picked him up at the airport is none other than his ex-boyfriend Danny whom he’s still very much in love. 😏When Danny offered Rain to stay at his home during the investigation, our snarky agent was quite worried for his *ahem ahem* virtue. 😂👏 I mean .... in all fairness, they have had sex literally on every possible surface of Danny’s house when they were together. 😁 But Rain is only going to think about food and coffee when he sees that kitchen counter where he was frequently bended over and pounded by his then boyfriend Danny McHunk. 😉 Nope, Rain has too much on his plate. Between Talking, annoying ghosts, hippie weed-smoking parents and a vegan sibling and a very interesting and completely clueless cold case, Rain is definitely not going to think about Danny and their scorching chemistry. 🔥 Now only if his cock would listen. 😂👏


OMG! I looooooooooooooooved Rain’s snark and inner monologues in this book. 😁😍 They are PURE gold! 👍 I mean I know S.E. Harmon writes my kind of snark but how comes they seem to get better and better with each and every book. 😊 Seriously guys, the dialogues in this book are just insanely hilarious and snarky. 🤣 I loved every minute listening this book. 💜 And talk about the narration of Noah Michael Levine! Damn, that was a fine-arse narration, no, it wasn’t even a narration, it was a stellar play! 👏 During some sex scenes, I could even hear the hitch of Noah’s breath and it really was like I was witnessing Rain and Danny right in front me. So good! 🥰 And I loved the slow and built-up UST and romance between Rain and Danny. Both men are stubborn and with wounds from their past relationship. And they are afraid to admit that they still love each other because they are afraid to get hurt again. But damn, the chemistry? It was sizzzzzzzling! 🔥 I also loved the paranormal/mystery aspect of the story. Until Rain revealed of his suspect, I didn’t have an idea who was the murderer. The confrontation scene was pretty scary and chilling but I loved it. And yes, baby!!!!! Give me some reunion sex!!!! ✋✋✋ Damn! Damn! Dammmmmmmmmn! 🔥 Mmmmmm hmm, those were onehelluva smexy scenes! 🔥🔥🔥 Mama likey! 😋 Although there wasn’t an epilogue, I loved how everything ended. It was a full on HEA with very hopeful and positive future. 😌 And you know what, let me spill some beans. I heard we are getting a sequel so hip hip hurrayyyyyyyy!!!!! 😁👏 I’m getting more snark and love!!! 😜 I AM addicted now! I’ll be jumping up and down waiting anxiously for the sequel of this book because baby, I know that’s going to be worth the wait! 😉💜




Favorite excerpts from the story:

“Don’t you fall in lust, I warned my dick. Don’t you fall in love, it warned me right back.”

"I kissed him without reservation. Kissed him like it was the first time. Kissed him like I'd never left."

"His mouth moved over mine aggressively, almost angrily, and that was fine by me. More than fine. If he tried to do flowers-and-roses romance right then, I would’ve seriously kicked his ass. As it was, I was pretty sure my lips were going to be swollen, the way he was abusing them. He sucked my bottom lip into his mouth and tugged on it with his teeth, wordlessly asking me to open more, and I did with no hesitation. He rewarded me by possessively plunging his tongue into my mouth."

“I’m pretty sure the last time you saw a vagina, you were coming out of one.” I snorted. “Yeah, well, not all of us needed to experiment in college to figure it out, Irish.”

“I wasn't even counting the hand job I convinced Danny to give me in the shower last night. Blow jobs tonight. Or my name isn’t Rainstorm Christiansen.”

"You taste soft and sleepy and sweet."
I could do a little better than that. "You taste like home."





5 Because you taste like home stars
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Story - 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Narration - 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Performance - 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Overall - 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Nica Flor
  • 08/02/2019

Funny spooky romance

I really enjoyed this book. The characters are certainly likable, Rain is witty, a little bit ridiculous, funny and snappy and his hunk of a man, Danny "Irish" is equal to his snark, but has a center of calm that compliments Rain's personality really well. There are quite a lot of funny moments during the book, and though it is a paranormal story, the scary factor is low, but the murder mystery is a very important part of the plot, as well as the romance. There's also a good, enjoyable amount of sexiness, for those of us who appreciate that. The narrator did justice to the story, always making Rain sound hilarious, keeping true to the humor of the book, and setting the physical scenes on fire. I liked it so much, I wish there was a sequel.

  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Cupcake
  • 31/01/2019

not really that spooky

I'm not wild about ghosts and the paranormal but I truly enjoyed this author's Rules of Possession series and I remember how much everyone cooed over this one when it came out so I went for it when it came out in audiobook and I'm glad I did. S.E. Harmon's voice resonates with me in its slanginess and occasional kookiness. I know I'm going to snortle at least once every time I read one of her books.

This one started off a bit slow but soon caught its stride and we synced up when I discovered that Rain is kind of a grump. I do love me a grump. I'd probably be a bit grumpy myself if ghosts started popping up all around me asking me to do their bidding which in turn makes all the living people around him think he's certifiable.

Fresh off some forced leave he's sent to work on a cold case in his hometown where his ex is a member of the local PD. I'm not sure Rain even realizes that he's ready to fully "come home" until he gets back to Brickell Bay. Danny and all his family make for a potent cocktail of enticement, but bridges need to be mended and amends made before Danny's going to give him the keys to the kingdom again. And I liked that.

The story is told through Rain. I actually would've liked Danny's perspective in a few instances but overall I liked Rain and his grumpiness. He's insightful and I enjoyed discovering right alongside him just how much he misses home and all that that entails.

The sex and chemistry between them is out of this world. I had to rewind a couple parts. For science. I may have to rewind the whole book in the future for purely quality control purposes, of course.

This case is compelling as well and kept me on my toes with twists and turns and the odd ghost popping up now and then to "lend a hand". Perhaps this will turn into a series since the ending kind of seemed to leave it open to that possibility. I, for one, would be happy to go on some more adventures with Rain, Danny and the ghost gang.

Noah Michael Levine is new to me and did a good job with the voices. He has decent range, though all his female voices sounded alike to me, but he did well differentiating the male characters and hit the sweet grumperton spot for Rain, so I will definitely listen to him again.

Recommend to paranormal and second chance romance fans.

A copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Jovan
  • 14/01/2019

Good fun, just ignore the inconsistencies

3.75

As a special agent in the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit in D.C., Rain Christiansen has made a life for himself as different from his hippie upbringing and his family’s belief in auras and life energy as he can with his sterile, ordered life working for “the man.” So when he begins seeing ghosts, it’s the height of irony and definitely does not fit his plans, nor the cold, hard logic he lives by. Unfortunately, there was one ghost he couldn’t ignore and his failed attempt to give her parents closure almost costs him his job and lands him loaned out to help with cold cases. When Rain chooses the case of a missing girl named Amy, he’s forced to work with his ex, Daniel “Danny” McKenna. Between the ghost of their four-year relationship, the ghost of Ethan (a pierced, sullen teen who acts as Rain’s spirit guide), and the ghost of old feelings, resentments, and buried truth surrounding Amy’s disappearance, Rain has his hands full coming to terms with who he is, what he wants, and where his future lies.

"P.S. I Spook You" is an amusing, second-chance romance with complex MCs, characters, and motivations. As the book centers on Rain’s journey and emotional growth, it is told from his POV so the reader gets an unfiltered view of his character from beginning to end. Rain is closed-off, impatient, sarcastic, a bit judgmental and selfish, and at times hard to like. However, since he’s been convinced for the past few years that he’s going crazy and trying to medicate himself out of seeing ghosts, it’s hard not to feel sympathy for him even as readers may roll their eyes at his contradictory behavior—from lamenting not taking his pills so he wouldn’t see ghosts, then consciously doing the same thing the next day, to within minutes of meeting Danny telling him that he wants to keep things professional and giving the impression he’s moved on, yet feeling hurt and slighted when Danny does the same.

Although the reader doesn’t get Danny’s POV, the story fleshes out his character via Rain’s growing awareness of his own shortcomings and conversations between Rain and Danny that glaringly illustrate the complexity of people and relationships, particularly how they can be together for years, even love one another, and still not be a couple. Though Rain and Danny were together for four years, neither man exhibited much trust in the other and shared very little of their personal selves. Rain sums up their relationship best when he says:

“Both of us so determined to go at life alone that neither of us could unbend enough to let the other in. Both so determined our relationship would fail that we were afraid to let it begin.”

Though the mystery is interesting, at its core, "P.S. I Spook You" is focused on the romantic aspect of the story, sometimes to the detriment of the case; there are enough inconsistencies with the timeline and aspects of the investigation that I was pulled out of the story. The paranormal aspect gets more attention and is pretty cool, with the differences between ghosts and how they present themselves an engaging puzzle. However, as this seems to be a standalone, this variability, lack of explanation, and inconsistencies with how long and if/how Rain sees ghosts and is affected by them turns the paranormal element into little more than a vehicle to get Rain to open up and learn about himself that changes to fit the emotion or character development the author wants to convey.

Overall, Noah Michael Levine does a good job with the narration. Although he is a new-to-me narrator, it is clear he is an experienced voice actor, as his character voices and performances are mostly very good. . . with the exception of Rain. As the book is told from Rain’s POV, his is the narration voice as well, and for me, they weren’t always a good fit. There is nothing wrong with Levine’s voice, but for me, it just didn’t always fit well with Rain’s character, especially at the beginning. Rain is sarcastic and uses jokes as shield and sometimes Levine’s delivery was a bit stiff and detracted from the impact of the words, although to be fair, this is less the case as the book goes on. However, there are times when it is hard to tell when Levine is narrating text, conveying Rain’s inner thoughts, or speaking dialogue.

The disconnect between how well Levine can perform the other voices and make them sound natural, but loses the distinctness between Rain’s voice and text, was distracting (and made some of the sex scenes kinda funny). Additionally, at times, I felt his pacing was a bit slow and too deliberate, but since I review audio books at their initial speed and am a picky listener, it’s probably not as noticeable at higher speeds. All in all, if you’re looking for an enjoyable audio book with good narration, complex but relatively low angst relationship development, a bit of suspense, and hot sex with a flawed, impatient medium who is rude to ghosts and knowingly makes bad choices then "P.S. I Spook You" will provide a fun listen.

A Joyfully Jay review

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Denise
  • 02/01/2019

Awesome

This book was right up my alley, I love paranormal-Not shifter stuff but people with forms of psychic abilities. This was well written, sexy, hot. The only thing I didn't understand was the strange animosity between them when they separated cordially. But it did not affect how I felt about the book.

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • DJ Brown
  • 13/12/2018

Wow. I was blown away

I really loved this story. It grabbed me and kept me enthralled for the entire book. I think that this is one of my favourite audio books that I have had the privilege of listening to. Noah Michael Levine is perfect, so talented. I will definitely be listening to it again soon.

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Cat
  • 01/12/2018

A unique story about ghost whisperer

Rain is a profiler but once he starts seeing ghosts he becomes the departments embarrassment. they give him one last chance to redeem himself sending him back to Brickwell to work Cold cases. Seeing his old partner and lover again brings back lots of feelings, but Daniel is still feeling the hurt. He does offer Rain a place to stay so he doesn't have to stay with his sister.
I loved the multiple story lines here. We have the romance, the mysteries and the fact he can see ghosts. I love persistent Ethan, a ghost that wants his family to know he is at rest so they can stop looking for him and the angrier Amy wanting revenge. there is a big twist and I didn't see who the murderer was.
I am hoping this might become a series as it was very intriguing and left it open so it possibly could.
I listened to the audio book and found it very interesting and the narration kept me engrossed in the story and characters.

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ReadsForDays
  • 28/11/2018

Paranormal, thrilling, romantic

What I liked?

The characters, living and non, are very well developed. I routed for both Rain Christiansen and Danny McKenna and wanted to see both of them happy and with each other. Despite their flaws, they were realistic human beings that you could see yourself within. I also enjoyed the paranormal aspect of the story in that Rain can see and hear those no longer living. I thought that was pretty cool as well.

What I didn’t like?

Nothing. I liked everything about this listen.

Overall…
It was a great story with all the action and adventure that any mystery or paranormal story lover would enjoy. Definitely “lit”

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • iris
  • 28/02/2019

About reluctant ghost whisperers & second chances

When his boss thinks FBI profiler Rain has lost it, he is sent back to his Florida hometown on a cold case investigation to get him out of the way. Rain shall find evidence about a young woman that disappeared five years ago, solving the case would be a bonus. But at home not only his hippy parents and outgoing twin sister are waiting. There is also his former colleague/ex-lover Daniel at the local police department, whom he pissed off by leaving in the first place. Not enough already on Rain's plate, the ghosts following him are persistant and won't go away no matter how hard he tries to ignore them.

I love the well balanced mixture of ghost/mystery, solid police work /crime solving and the roller coaster of a tender and steeming hot romance between Rain and Danny. S.E.Harnon has this rare gift of making me snort, grin, outright laugh, chuckle and then be anxiously worried for the MCs in danger. The story is told from Rain's POV, so we have a first row seat with his sharp thoughts, ghost encounters and his second chance with Danny. I must admit I still have not decided if I like Rain or not. On one hand his dry sense of humor, his passion and his snide remarks tick my boxes. But on the other hand I couldn't understand his reluctancy to accept his special abilities. And I had really been vexed with Rain for behaving like a total jerk to ghost Ethan at their final encounter.

Noah Michael Levine has done a stunning job with narrating this mulitlayered story filled with lots of witty dialoges and detailed observations. His interpretation of Rain is simply perfect! While listening I wasn´t always sure if that had been just Rain´s thoughts or if he had said them out loud. Exactly how he appeared to his fellow men in the story, weird and with a mouth that sometimes worked faster than his brain censor. Mr. Levine´s voice talent is fluent and affactionate, making it a pleasure to follow him through this 8 ½ hour long special adventure.