Wednesday, March 2, 2011

All of the Voices

Title: All of the Voices
Author: Bailey Bradford
Publisher: Total E-Bound
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ISBN: 978-0-85715-463-7
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary Paranormal
Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

Life’s been rough for Deputy Matt Nixon the last few months. He’s recovered from being stabbed while on duty, his almost lover fled leaving him alone and unhappy and to top it off, he has a ghost…the dead lover of his boss. His only real friend is a lonely, elderly woman who calls in false police reports and who meets all the responding officers, except for him, dressed in a nightie.

When Mary dies of a heart attack, Matt is devastated. Then he’s angry at the lawyer nephew, Carlin Douglas, who never bothered to visit, and he’s determined to give the man a piece of his mind when he finally comes to McKinton for the funeral. What Matt doesn’t know is that Carlin loved his aunt but that family obligations kept him away.

The two men clash on sight, but with an attraction simmering in the background, Matt and Carlin don’t stand a chance of staying mad, especially with the lingering spirits of McKinton pushing them into each others arms.

All of the Voices is book three in the Southern Spirits series and it takes up a few months after the last release left off, and due to the continuing nature of the storyline, I recommend the books be read in order. I love the premise—that in this little town the spirits of some of the dearly departed linger, helping loved ones that have been left behind move forward with their lives.

The story starts off quickly and a bit unusually with the death of Matt’s friend, Mary, and Ms. Bradford does a very nice job expressing his devastation at her unexpected passing. The depth of Matt’s emotions - his irritation, loneliness and anger in the days immediately after - is realistically integrated into the story. Then Mary’s nephew, Carlin, arrives and initially the two men don’t get along well at all (big understatement). Here she quickly changes directions, turning their mutual irritation into believable attraction, desire and passion.

It was great seeing more of the characters from the two previous releases, men that have become friends with Matt, as well as a few little ghostly glimpses of Mary and Connor. Overall there’s a lot of emotional upheaval, vastly differing cities and lifestyles and family responsibilities that Matt and Carlin have to deal with. Any of these could have destroyed their growing relationship, but with a little understanding, reality and creativity, Ms. Bradford pushes, prods and pulls them ever forward into the happily-ever-after they want and deserve.

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