Title: Dead in L.A.
Author: Lou Harper
My Rating: B+
Genre: Paranormal Romance (m/m)
Main Characters: Jon and Andy
Release Date: December 2012
Publisher: Harper Books
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Sexual Intensity: spicy
Trouble comes in deceptive packages
Still recovering from an accident that left him emotionally and physically battered, Jon's goal is to lead a simple life, free of complications and attachments. His new roommate—a happy-go-lucky bookworm—seems to fit into his plans fine at first. He doesn't find out till later that Leander's also a psychic, specializing in finding lost pets. Jon's a skeptic when it comes to the supernatural, so he's convinced Leander's a nut job.
Jon's beliefs are challenged when Leander has to track down a missing teenager and he ropes Jon into assisting him. Soon the two of them are knee-deep in a decades-old murder case. The hills and valleys of the City of Angels hold many buried secrets, and Leander has a knack for finding them.
Jon's hopes for a trouble-free life go out the window as he's drawn deeper into Leander's psychic sleuthing. Digging into the past poses many dangers, but the biggest risk Jon faces is putting his bruised heart on the line.
Warning: Men loving men, skeletons, and an unlucky Chihuahua.
You know, I just really like Lou Harper's writing style. This is the second book that I've read of her's and her writing just allows you to settle back and completely escape into her world. Once I start reading one of her books, there isn't anything about the way that she presents her story that pulls me out of the book. That's a really rare and amazing skill.
For this book we met Jon and Andy (or Lea/Leander...depending on where you're at in the story). Jon is looking for a roommate and Andy is who answers his ad. Andy fits Jon's needs perfectly. He's quiet, a bit nerdy and most definitely an introvert who won't encroach into Jon's very emotionally detached world...at least that's what Jon thinks. See, Jon was in an awful car accident which killed his wife and left him hurt. Jon's always been gay, but he and his wife had been best friends since the age of six. Their love went way beyond sex (which they didn't have)...they were soulmates....true best friends and companions. Since her death, Jon has determined that he never can withstand another blow like that so is determined to keep himself separate from everyone.
But Andy worms his way in. Andy's an unassuming guy who just also happens to be a psychic. He can sense what's happened when someone dies from the area surrounding where the death took place or from the body. He's very matter-of-fact about his skills although they take a terrible toll on him mentally and physically. He also has an extreme cooking channel fetish although he doesn't eat much besides Ramen. He's simply a lovable, goofy guy that you can't help fall in love with because he's such a sweetheart. This is unfortunate for Jon, because he starts to care about what happens to Andy too.
This was just such a nice read for a bit of escapism. There isn't anything about the story that has you on the edge of your seat, but it is so enjoyable that you don't want to put it down (at least that was the case for me). The book is divided into two over-arching stories centered around two different main deaths, which keep it really interesting because there is a touch of mystery to that part of the story. But in the center of it all is Jon and Andy....but mainly Jon as he learns to embrace life again. Because of the accident he's back in college at 28 trying to get an art degree after years in the construction business, so he's really re-learning everything about his life. I liked that upheaval for him and how it helps to put him in a different place. I also really enjoyed the way that the author brought his art into the story. It was all just really entertaining. A good read!
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.