Monday, October 22, 2012

A Reason To Believe by Diana Copland

Title: A Reason To Believe
Author: Diana Copland
My RatingA-

Genre: Romantic Suspense (m/m)
Series: -
Main Characters: Matt and Kiernan
Release Date: October 2012
ISBN: ebook
Publisher: Carina Press
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Detective Matthew Bennett doesn't believe in ghosts. So when the spirit of a murdered child leads him to her body, he's shaken to the core--and taken off the case. Unable to explain his vision, or to let go of the investigation, Matthew turns to renowned medium Kiernan Fitzpatrick. Though he has doubts about Kiernan's claims to communicate with the dead, Matt is nevertheless drawn to the handsome psychic, who awakens feelings he thought were long-buried.

Haunted by the lingering spirit of the little girl, Kiernan is compelled to aid in the search for her killer. The chance to get closer to the enigmatic Matt is an unexpected bonus. Although Kiernan's been betrayed by people who turned out to be more interested in his fame than in himself, with Matt he's willing to risk his heart. As the two men grow closer, Kiernan helps Matt rediscover that life offers no guarantees--but love offers a reason to believe...

81,000 words

My Review:
Straight out, I found this book to be much more suspense than romance, although there absolutely is a romantic story line...the suspense is really where the focus in the book remains. And it works because the suspense story line is just as good as the romantic story line.

Matt has never believed in ghosts until a six year old little girl leads him to her body on Christmas Eve. He's shocked and, as a result, doesn't hide the fact of how he found her. That's all his Captain needs to put him on administrative leave. His Captain has been out to get him ever since he found out that Matt was gay eighteen months ago, when his partner both in life and on the job was killed.

But there are forces, both natural and unnatural, that won't let Matt leave this case alone. One of those happens to be Kiernan, who pulls him aside to give him a message from the 6 yo little girl. From there on, life gets crazy for both these guys as they begin to follow the clues to this little girl's killer. 

I really enjoyed reading this book. It's a great romantic suspense. I never did figure out all the twists and turns until they were revealed. There was the perfect level of danger and mystery. Add to that....I really loved these characters. You can't help but love Matt and feel for his loss. He and his partner were together for 3 years. It's been 18 months since he died and Matt is still grieving. He hasn't ever even considered dating someone else, so is as shocked as anyone when he feels a pull to Kiernan. And Kiernan....LOVED him! He is such a fun character who has such an incredible zest for life and having fun. He sees dead people...everywhere...and that could weigh heavily on a person, but he doesn't let it. He honestly is just a fun guy (he wears these awesome sarcastic t-shirts and I would love to have some of them) and was such a perfect match for the more serious Matt. I liked them together...and they make a fabulous investigative team. (I'd like to see more books with them doing just that!)

I also have to say that I loved the setting. The book takes place in the week between Christmas and New Years. It snows the entire time and just the imagery of that and fireplace-lit nights was beautiful. I like settings that require more cuddling. ;o)

BTW, I totally think the author should have this t-shirt made... "I've got to be good for something besides sensational sex."

I received a complementary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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