Monday, November 11, 2013

The Scarlet Tide

Author: Stephen Osborne
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-62798-229-0
Genre: {M/M} Paranormal Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

The only things that change in the life of paranormal investigator, Duncan Andrews, are his cases. His boyfriend’s still a ghost, his best friend’s a witch and he’s still attracted to, but he denies himself the affections of, his friend Nick, a guy who actually has a pulse.

When a man comes to him deeply concerned over the wellbeing of his boyfriend, Duncan has a reason to be distracted from his own messed up life. The case leads him to Indianapolis and the underground rock bank, The Scarlet Tide, and the discovery that the members are all vampires. Duncan needs to destroy the entire group but it’s a dangerous situation that could get him killed. Can Robbie, Gina and Nick give him the help he needs to survive his confrontation or will it get him killed, so he can finally be with his ghostly boyfriend?

The Scarlet Tide is the newest release in Stephen Osborne’s Duncan Andrews Thriller series. Because of the close association of all the recurring characters, the books should be read in order.

I enjoyed this book but still find it difficult to write the review. Not because of problems with the writing but with the direction the personal storyline is going (you’ll see when you read it). I like Duncan and the development of his personality. He’s changed since the first book—gotten more skeptical with life. After all, having a ghost for a boyfriend isn’t easy when they can’t really touch. I don’t know what the author has planned for Robbie but I can’t image the series being the same if he ‘passes into the light’ at some point. Yet, Duncan needs a physical companion—so I feel conflicted—but maybe that’s what the author intended. I admit I’m a little tired of Duncan complaining about his lack of a sex life. What does he expect? His boyfriend doesn’t have a body? 

The investigation part of the story flows well, is interesting and gives the plot plenty of action and danger. Secondary characters are integrated throughout; the vampires are nicely villainous and die well. I’m glad to see that Nick plays a more prominent role and hope to see more of him in the next book. Maybe Mr. Osborne can come up with a way the three guys can be happy together…that would make me happy.

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