Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Ascension


Title: Ascension
Author: Bailey Bradford
Publisher: Total-E-Bound Publishing
Publisher URL: www.total-e-bound.com
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-78184-285-0
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary Paranormal Series
Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

Conner Sutherland hasn’t been in love for years—since before he died when he was still Laine’s lover. He’s alone and feeling sad—looking into the lives of those he cares about. Laine found Sev years ago and Connor wants him to be happy, but he wants the same thing for himself and doesn’t think he’ll ever have it. Connor’s problem is that he’s watched Sev’s nephew Ro – Rogelio -  grow into a man he’s attracted to and knows he can’t do anything about it. After all Connor’s dead and Ro’s very much alive with his whole life ahead of him.

Ro’s knows Connor through his long friendship with Laine and Sev. What Connor doesn’t realize is that Ro and is just as attracted to him, even knowing that he’s dead. Neither understand that sometimes fate intervenes when you least expect it, bringing you the thing you desire most—the person you love.

Ascension is the latest release in Bailey Bradford’s Southern Spirits series. While there’s quite a time lag between this book and the last, the characters are recurring so the books should be read in order.

What to say? I’ve waited a long time for our prank-loving ghost Connor to get a story of his own, but I still had a hard time with it. It’s not that I didn’t like most of it. It’s just that it’s so sad. Not just in the way that made it possible for Ro and Connor to be together but the pain and anguish felt by Sev and Laine. But that’s not even all. It seems that on nearly every page something emotionally unsettling is happening to one of the many characters. Aside from Ro and Connor finding happiness together, it certainly didn’t make for a very uplifting and happy book. Truthfully—it’s pretty gloomy.

The premise is original, the story is well written and I appreciated getting to see so much of Sev and Laine, but really, less depressing would’ve been nice.  Getting a ghost and a living/breathing person together is difficult, and Ms. Bradford used all her creative talent for it to work—and it does. So, if you enjoy a premise that’s a little on the unusual side, give this ghost/human story and their happily-ever-after a try.

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