4-star,  M/M,  Paranormal,  Suspense

Not Dead Yet (Not Dead Yet #1) by Jenn Burke

This story has so much going for it. A living ghost. Witches. Supernatural beings. A murder mystery. And the most delicious thing of all, the ex lovers who are forced together by some shitty circumstances and who may or may not reignite their old spark.

So of course I devoured this book.

Synopsis: Wes is a Retrieval Specialist (read thief) who uses his special ability to turn ghost as a means to excel at his job. When he witnesses a murder during a break-in, he reaches out to his ex-boyfriend, Detective Hudson Rojas. Hudson is still hot AF, but any thoughts Wes might have had about maybe rekindling the old flame is quickly shut down with Hudson being a total a-hole. But when they work together to find the murderer, Hudson’s façade begins to crumble. He’s trying to keep Wes at a distance to protect a secret. A secret that changes everything.

This read is told exclusively from Wes’ point of view. So when Hudson shows up being a straight-out douchebag, it’s easy to dislike him with a passion. Which I did. But then, as more was revealed and the story progressed, he slowly turned into an all right guy. Until I liked him as much as I liked Wes. And I adore those kinds of books! The ones where the author manages to completely turn me around and change my entire outlook. Kudos to Burke for that!

And the twist! The twist is probably one of the best I’ve ever read, because it took me completely unawares. It was amazing!

The murder mystery in itself wasn’t what kept me interested in the story though. In my eyes, it was merely a reason for Wes and Hudson to work together. Instead, it was the paranormal aspect of it all that I found intriguing, and Wes’ witchy best friend. So, the universe really.

However, I kept comparing Wes and Hudson to other crime fighting couples. Rain and Danny from The Spectral Files, Cooper and Park from Big Bad Wolf, Adrien and Jake from The Adrien English Mysteries, Jason and Sam from The Art of Murder. And it pains me to say that I found Wes and Hudson lacking. They just didn’t intrigue me. Not as individuals and not as a couple. Sure, I liked them, and I liked them together, but I wasn’t dying to know more about them. So in comparison, their personas felt a bit shallow and bland.

And that’s the reason I won’t give this book 5 stars. That Wes and Hudson just didn’t reach the level of awesomeness that I’ve come to crave from a gay detective duo. But it’s still a great read and a fascinating new paranormal universe. Highly recommend. 4.5 stars!

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I'm a Swedish book nerd reading mostly steamy English romance novels. And since there is so much good stuff out there, and so much shitty stuff too. I just want to give credit where it's due (and diss the rest).