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P.S. I Spook You

Série : Spectral Files Series, Volume 1
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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."





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Story - 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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  • 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.

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  • April 🎧 Reads
  • 01/05/2020

Complex

I love S.E. Harmon’s Blueprint series. So I was hoping to really love this one too. I may have attempted to read this book thrice before I finally finished it.

The premise is nice. Not unique, but it’s something I could get behind. An FBI agent trying to get his ish together after being placed on medical leave because he breached protocol and extended a message from a dead victim to her parents, only said victim was still assumed missing. So FBI is trying to iron the wrinkles and sent said agent to a special assignment requested by local police force. This time though, to said agent’s hometown where said agent left his boyfriend (with unfinished business).

It could have been so good. I was thrilled. What killed it for me was Rain was SO hard to like. He appears to be so whiny and so “woe is me, I just wanna be normal & everything has to fit how want things to be just so”. It got to be so annoying! He’s got some funny wisecracks and his sarcasm is exquisite, I’ll give him that.

Danny, oh this dude. I get him. I really do. But I felt bad for Rain too when Danny just flat out refuses to give Rain the benefit of the doubt. He came through in the end, but damn these two like to make things difficult for themselves.

The mystery aspect of the story was really good. The lists of suspects, the procedure. It was engaging. I got a kick knowing who the culprit is, it was the right guess I made!

There’s apparently a second book in this series, I’ll give that a read.

The narrator, Noah, he was okay. He felt flat a few times. And his range of character voices isn’t as distinctive as I’m used to with other books I’ve listened to.

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  • happy reader
  • 17/01/2020

Awesome

This book was unexpectedly amazing! Great mystery, I laughed out loud several times, really witty writing. Sweet love story and hot sex.:)

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  • DJR
  • 13/09/2019

Too many details skimmed over

It was extremely detailed (which I like) until it wasn't. All of a sudden, the reader was somewhere in the story and the only explanation was - this ghost gave me the information last night. I guess I was disappointed that the reader wasn't part of that ghostly encounter. And this happened several times.

But worse was the narration. I'm sorry, Too many times I couldn't tell what was "thoughts", dialogue or narration. I had to rewind and relisten to understand that this was all going on in the MC's head. Now it might have been how it was written as well as the narration but I wasn't a fan at all. And I love the psychic genre! So that made it even more disappointing.

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  • Cassi
  • 05/09/2019

OMG I LOVED IT

Super cute super sweet nice and emotional and great storyline. I Loved everything about it!

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  • A T
  • 31/07/2019

It's a favorite of mine for a reason

P.S. I Spook You was one of my favorite reads of 2017 and introduced me to an author that is now an auto buy for me. As eager as I was to revisit this story and couple, I debated listening to the audiobook version once it released because I feared the narrator might not quite match up to how I envisioned Rain’s voice. I didn’t want to risk a favorite of mine not measuring up, but I shouldn’t have worried.

This story has so much to love- a unique storyline that will keep you reading/listening cover to cover, fantastic and fun characters, great banter, and a sweet second chance at happily ever after for Rain and Daniel. That said, I’ll admit that the narrator did not embody the Rain in my head. Although he played the buttoned up G-man role well, Mr. Levine lacked the playful, snarky side to his voice I associated with Rain and missed the mark with his delivery of the witty, sometimes acerbic humor I so love from this character. Would this have niggled at me had I not read the book before? Probably not. Mr. Levine did deliver a good performance with measured pacing and clear diction, making it easy to differentiate between unspoken and spoken thoughts as well as between characters and, in the end, none of this magic of this fantastic story was lost for me. I still loved and devoured it, ignoring my to-do list and other reads in favor of returning to Brickell Bay with Rain, Daniel, and the ghosts. Honestly, if you like romantic or paranormal suspense, whether you read or listen to P.S. I Spook You, I can’t imagine a person walking away disappointed.

*Reviewed for Alpha Book Club*

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  • Becky
  • 22/05/2019

Enjoyable

After my second time listening to this book I have to say that I find myself wishing to hear more. It bits all the things I like, a little mystery, some romance, a bit of paranormal, and police partnerships/team dynamics. The growth of the MC was well done and the story a good, solid listen. Now I wish for future mysteries, team fun and couple time. It may not be in the cards or maybe the author has plans, I don’t know, but I do appreciate when an author can make me feel connected enough to come back and read more than once.

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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.