I’m always excited to find another m/m romantic suspense series and the blurb for Catch a Ghost sounded like something that would keep and hold my attention. I love it when two strong but damaged men come together and find what they need to make them whole in each other. While I’m aware of SE Jakes other series, Men of Honor, I haven’t had the chance to read it yet so this was my first introduction to her style of storytelling.
Prophet works for Extreme Escapes. He’s former Navy Seal, former CIA, used being successful by doing things his way and working alone, but now his boss at EE wants him to take on a new partner. Tom Boudreaux is former FBI, former small town sheriff and has a problem keeping his partners alive. Maybe he can make this match work, that is if Prophet will listen to him and his sixth sense.
As the story opens Tom receives a classified video of an angry, seemingly crazy young man being tortured and questioned about his role in a murder. When several weeks later that same man becomes Tom’s new partner he is seriously concerned. But this is his chance at a new start and as it turns out each man has their own reasons for at least trying to make this partnership work. Before they know it they are sent on the road to look into the beating death of a young man who is well-known to Prophet and has a strong connection to his past. As they delve deep into the world of underground cage fighting they end up getting more than they bargained for and now these two men, who are just getting to know each other both at work and on a more intimate level, must fast forward into the type of trust that neither are ready for yet.
This being the first book in a new series it took me awhile to find my footing and become comfortable with Tommy and Prophet. Both have quite the complicated backstory and it comes into play in a major way as the plot unfolds slowly. What starts out as an investigation into a murder turns quickly into something a lot more dangerous and with quite a few twists and turns. Both Tommy and Prophet are truly messed up and haunted by pasts that are slowly coming back to interfere with their present lives and the new relationship they’ve formed. Prophet by a choice and a promise he made long ago and Tom by the death of his previous partners. While the sex was ridiculously hot, I’m still not sure I believe their actual attachment to each other. They begin their relationship as reluctant allies and even as they develop into more there is still this frustrating distance that remains between them even to the end. Prophet seems to still be okay with playing the field and I was bothered a bit by his flirting and comfort with the spook who lives in his building. To be completely honest I wish he hadn’t played such a huge part in the last couple of chapters. I guess I’m just wired to want my main characters in any romance I read to only have eyes for each other when they finally meet and start a sexual relationship.
Tom was the stronger of the two men for me. Once they jump into bed he spends the rest of the book trying to get into Prophet’s head and gain his trust. Prophet remains an enigma till the end, letting Tom in sexually, but always acting like it’s just a short-term thing that will last while it lasts. While this bred a no small amount of frustration for me while I was reading, it did leave me full of anticipation and with plenty of questions for what will happen in the next installment. With these men’s backgrounds the overall story arc is sure to be action packed and exciting. This is definitely not a read for anyone not willing to invest the time into carrying on with the series. It is perfect for those readers wanting something a little darker, with a little more danger and who are willing to wait and watch these heroes battle their way to each other. Final Grade- C+
“Way I figure it, if I’m forced to have a partner, might as well have one with benefits. If you’re annoying me, fucking you will be more satisfying than punching you.” Prophet grinned, then added slyly, “And I could always punch you afterwards.”