Title: Give Up the Ghost

Author: Jenn Burke

Series: Not Dead Yet #2

Publisher: Carina Press

Release date: June 3, 2019 (ebook only)

Genre: m/m paranormal mystery romance

Length: approx. 79,000 words

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The bigger they are, the harder they maul.

Immortal not-ghost Wes Cooper and his vampire partner, Hudson Rojas, have it all—rewarding private investigation work, great friends and, most important, a love that’s endured. But ever since Wes sent a demon screaming back to the beyond, his abilities have grown overpowering and overwhelming. He’s hiding the fact that he’s losing control the best he can, but it’s hard to keep anything a secret for long when your partner’s a former cop…and especially when your partner’s a former cop who wants to move in together.

When all hell literally breaks loose in Toronto and superstrength ghosts are unleashed on Wes and his friends, he and Hudson are thrown into a case unlike any they’ve seen before. To save the city, Wes needs to harness his new power…and find some answers. But when he gets them, the solution to fix it all could mean losing everything.

My review:

5 stars

I adore this series so much and Wes and Hudson have definitely cemented themselves as one of my favourite couples.

Give Up the Ghost picks up several months after the end of Not Dead Yet. Wes and Hudson and their friends have started a private investigation firm, Hudson is running mysterious errands, and Wes is keeping a huge secret about something that happened to him at the end of the previous book.

There are two things that I especially love about this series. (Okay, three if you count Wes and Hudson, who I absolutely adore together.) First is how inherently flawed Jenn Burke has made our main POV character, Wes, and yet she's managed to also make him truly likeable. It's because he can acknowledge his own flaws that makes him so appealing. Second is the wonderful cast of secondary characters, Evan being my particular favourite, and I loved the new, unexpected additions we saw in this novel.

Give Up the Ghost takes place during the heart of a Toronto winter and we've got all sorts of creepy paranormal creatures popping up all over the city as Wes and Hudson and their friends try to figure out what's going on. Jenn Burke seamlessly weaves character development with plot in this fun—and sometimes creepy—sequel that's full of heart! I couldn't put it down and can't wait for the next instalment.


Everything was lit up.

Not only tiny fairy Christmas lights left over from the holiday season, but sculptures made of light. Against one wall, lasers traced a figure of a woman, making it seem as though she were dancing with strips of ribbon flowing around her form. A little farther down was the form of a dog, with lights twinkling to give the illusion of fur blowing in the wind—even though the dog was simply a wire sculpture without any covering. Above our heads, butterflies flitted by in a seemingly random path. Everywhere I looked, there was something new and creative that someone had dreamed up, and it took my breath away.

When I pointed out a new amazing thing, Hudson smiled that wide, brilliant smile I adored. He spent more time looking at me than at the lights, and I didn’t protest when he tugged me into a dark corner after we’d been walking for about thirty minutes. The kiss he gave me was soft, full of love and tenderness, and I soaked it up like dry ground in a drought.

“How did you know?” I whispered when the kiss was done and I had tucked my head into his chest.

I felt the rumble of his chuckle more than heard it. “Because my Wes likes pretty things.”

I shook my head, but I couldn’t help smiling. He was right. Quiet time was good, but nothing recharged me like surrounding myself with beauty and life.

The moment changed subtly. I could feel tension in Hudson’s muscles that wasn’t there a moment before and I drew back so I could look up at him. His golden-brown eyes regarded me with a weight I hadn’t expected, and his fingers trailed down the side of my face, skimming along the curve of my cheekbone to my jaw.

“What?” I whispered.

“We’re good together, right?”

I pushed up on my tiptoes to kiss him, trying to ease the worry in his face. “We’re amazing together.”

“And we can—we can talk about…stuff. Even weird stuff.”

My smile dimmed. Had Hudson figured out that it wasn’t PTSD I didn’t want to talk about, but something more magical? “Yeah,” I said cautiously.

“Good.” A heavy breath escaped him. “Because there’s something—” Hudson’s phone chimed in his pocket. He pressed his lips together in a firm, white line, before deflating. “Goddamn it.”

About the author:

Jenn Burke has loved out-of-this-world romance since she first read about heroes and heroines kicking butt and falling in love as a preteen. Now that she’s an author, she couldn’t be happier to bring adventure, romance, and sexy times to her readers

Jenn is the author of a number of paranormal and science fiction romance titles, including the critically acclaimed Chaos Station science fiction romance series (authored with Kelly Jensen) from Carina Press.

She’s been called a pocket-sized and puntastic Canadian on social media, and she’ll happily own that label. Jenn lives just outside of Ottawa, Ontario, with her husband and two kids, plus two dogs named after video game characters…because her geekiness knows no bounds.

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