Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Duck Duck Ghost

Author: Rhys Ford
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-63216-219-9
Genre: {M/M} Paranormal Series
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

Wolf Kincaid’s a great paranormal investigator. He isn’t good at relationships, which is apparent when he accuses his new boyfriend, Tristan, of drugging him with psychotropic baklava. A few days later he realizes he’s an idiot, afraid of commitment, and needs to beg for forgiveness. Needing to spend time together, Wolf convinces Tristan to accompany him to San Luis Obispo where his sister’s farmhouse is haunted.

Tristan’s medium skills are in trouble when he and the farmhouse are terrorized by the powerful spirit of a long dead child, determined to kill them all. The danger is real and he and Wolf don’t know how to deal with the situation threatening them. The only option—call Wolf’s cousin, Cin for help. Between the Hellsingers of the Kincaid family and Tristan, can they win the spectral battle and while doing it, mend their wounded relationship?

I’ve been waiting for the second book to the Hellsinger series and Duck Duck Ghost is a great follow up.  It starts just days after Fish and Ghosts left off, so you really need to read it first to understand Wolf and Tristan’s relationship and the strange world they live in.

Tristan and Wolf are great together, so I’m happy Ms. Ford continues to focus on them instead of shifting to another couple. I enjoyed getting to know more about them and yes, Wolf groveling a bit for his hurtful actions, did my heart good. After all he was a jerk but Ms. Ford did a good job redeeming him and made me chuckle doing it. You just can’t stay mad at this guy and neither could Tristan.

Now back to their romantic road trip—NOT! While taking Tristan to a haunted house seems like a good idea, it turns into a fight against a powerful ghost. It turns creepy with the addition of hundreds of porcelain doll heads. Ms. Ford does a wonderful job of describing these scenes and if the vision of doll body parts crawling across the floors trying to attack…well you get the idea. Very well done—and gave me the shivers. As you can tell there’s a lot going on at the farmhouse because of the ghost, so be ready for lots of action and danger. You also get acquainted with several of Wolf’s family, and I expect to see more of them in upcoming releases.

So overall—Duck Duck Ghost is well written, has vivid descriptions, a creepy location and lots of danger and action. It’s also fun, entertaining and has a smooth, fast pace. I love Tristan and Wolf, and new characters Cin and Sey, round out the cast. Ms. Ford did an inventive job in creating the ghost and the history of what happened to make it so murderously angry. I know that this one was just released, but I’m looking forward to the next one.

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