Give Up the Ghost by Jenn Burke
Release Date : June 3rd 2019
Publisher: Carina Press
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.
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This book is approximately 79,000 words
[I received a digital arc for an honest review]
Give Up the Ghost is the second book in Jenn Burke’s Not Dead Yet series. I recommend reading the first book in the series before this one. In this book the characters are dealing with results of the events that take place in the first book.
In this installment, Wes is hiding the change in his powers from defeating the demon in the previous book. His powers are spiraling out of control and it’s affecting the people and world around him. His secret causes a riff between him and Hudson, and it pushes away the friends he considers family. When the word he knows is threatened by a whole range of supernatural beings, from imps to hell hounds, he has to learn to embrace his power and do what needs to be done to save those he loves.
“It felt like my world was spiraling out of my control, and I didn’t know what to do to fix it.“
I struggled in the beginning of the book. The characters I loved were all out of sorts and the secrecy between them made me anxious and uncomfortable. I understand that was the point but it doesn’t mean I had to like it. I seriously wanted to bang Wes and Hudson’s head together and knocked some sense into them. Dishonesty ruined their relationship the first time around so why continue it when they had been given a second chance. As you might have guessed things turned around for me once all the secrets were out in the open. Wes’ sarcasm was refreshing when the story line got heavy. And just as in the first book, when Wes and Hudson connect physically and emotional it was caring and passionate.
“I want to be good, and generally, I think I am. But sometimes… maybe not so much.“
The story line was interesting and original. I didn’t see things turning out the way they did and that’s always a plus for me. I like a story that keeps me guessing and wondering what will happen next. Give Up the Ghost was a great continuation of Wes’ story and I’m looking forward to more adventures to come. If you enjoy a good entertaining paranormal mystery with a side of romance then I highly recommend Jenn Burke’s Not Dead Yet series.