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Jane Davitt & Alexa Snow

To celebrate 10 years of Laying a Ghost: books 1-3 in a single, collected edition. Laying a Ghost When John McIntyre sees Nick Kelley step off the island ferry, he's instantly attracted, and fairly certain that he knows what N...
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To celebrate 10 years of Laying a Ghost: books 1-3 in a single, collected edition.

Laying a Ghost
When John McIntyre sees Nick Kelley step off the island ferry, he's instantly attracted, and fairly certain that he knows what Nick is keeping secret, because he's been doing it himself for years. When he discovers Nick's real secret he's drawn into a world he never knew existed, one haunted by grief and guilt and ghosts. In the shadowed world of the spirits, Nick's power is all that the ghosts have to help them. But Nick is still mourning the death of his lover in an accident he believes he caused, and John's determined to keep their relationship secret.

It's going to take a lot more than attraction and really good sex to solve their problems but will they be lucky? Or will one week be all they have before they're left alone again?

Giving Up the Ghost
Most of the people in Florida are soaking up the sun. Nick and John are dealing with a plane crash, a gold-digger, a reporter with an eye on more than a good story, and some startling revelations about Nick's family.

And that's before the ghosts from the crash get angry with Nick, the one person who can hear them.

They’re struggling with their relationship when the trip begins -- sex works, sex works well; it’s the other stuff that’s a problem. Getting away seemed like a good way to work things out. But this is one getaway that might leave John and Nick wishing they'd stayed at home.

Or it might be just what they needed to find out that home is where the heart is.

Waking the Dead
When your lover can speak to ghosts and his half-brother can read minds, you get used to life being a step away from normal. But when angry ghosts take over the bodies of the living, seeking revenge for their centuries-old murders, even John and Nick have trouble coping.

Teenaged angst, pushy tourists, and the dead walking... If they want the peaceful summer they'd planned, they're going to have to fight for it.

Side by side.

Excerpt
The words spun out in the wind, blowing away down the length of the shore in tiny wisps that John fancied, just for a moment, he could see. “Then I'll stay with you.” John was relieved that it was so simple. “Stay until you get it sorted out. This ghost -- it'll be local, will it? Not one you brought with you?”

“He must be.” Nick got up gingerly, as if afraid of jarring his wrist. As John stood up as well, Nick added, “It's not just him. It won't be. He's the first, which might mean he's stronger; or maybe just that he's more observant.”

“They -- they sort of hunt you then?” John was horrified by the thought of it. He didn't wonder about Nick's restlessness any more, or the endlessly searching look in his eyes. “Track you down? What for? What do they want you to do, in the name of God? They're dead!”

“I know!” Nick snapped, with a spark that reminded John that the man wasn't beaten down, not entirely, despite the fact that he was holding his hurt arm awkwardly at his side like a broken wing. “Believe me, I know!” He licked his lips in what looked like a nervous habit. “But they don't; not always. It depends on how long they've been dead. At first it's like they don't know what happened, but they usually figure it out eventually.”

“Eventually? So it's just a matter of enduring it until they ... fade away? Nothing you can do to just make them leave you be?” John began to move over to his boat, with Nick falling into step beside him. “I'll need to move it up to anchor it.” He nodded at the rock he used as a mooring point when he left the boat here instead of at the jetty in town. “Then we'll get you home.”

Nick stood there silently as John pulled his boat up and secured it; guaranteed the one time he failed to do so properly the tide would be high and carry the boat out to sea. When he'd finished and straightened up, Nick was watching him.

“You don't have to do this. Any of it. It wouldn't make you a bad person if it was all too weird to deal with. I'd understand.”

“Would you?” John started to walk up the beach, the fine sand dragging at his feet. “Aye, well, I'll remember that, although I can't say I agree with you. But you're forgetting that I felt that damn ghost myself, although I don't suppose it was anything like what you went through, and I want it gone.” He turned his head. “This ghost -- can you describe it? Draw it? Hell, can you take its picture? Because if it's from here -- if it's from the graveyard -- then the odds are it's someone I know, or someone I'm related to.” He shook his head. “God, I hope it's not my grandfather or he'll be trying to drag me off to hell for my wicked ways, so he will, the miserable old bugger.”

There was what sounded like a bit of a smile in Nick's voice. “Your wicked ways?” he repeated, as if the idea amused him. “No, I don't think so. It feels younger. And old -- um, like it's been around a long time. Hundreds of years, maybe. That happens. I don't usually get a lot of detail, though, not about what they look like. This one's a man, I can tell that much. Not a lot more, though.”

“Probably still related,” John said glumly. “Hell, you and I are, did you not know that? And trust me, Granddad wouldn't approve of the way I'd turned out at all.” Just thinking about the man's reaction to having a grandson who was gay made John shudder, even though Charles McClure had been dead a good fifteen years.

“We're related?” Nick stopped briefly.

John turned to him, feeling a flicker of amusement -- and hope -- at Nick's reaction. “Aye. Let me see now ...” He pursed his lips in thought and then nodded. “Your grandmother's cousin was my great uncle. I'm thinking that makes us cousins. About seven times removed, mind you.” He cleared his throat, fighting back a smile because Nick had looked so damn thunderstruck. “Is that a problem for some reason, then?”

“The fact that we're cousins -- very distant cousins, extremely distant cousins -- is probably less a problem than the fact that I --” Nick cut himself off and shook his head. “Sorry. It's too soon.”

John felt a twinge of shame at teasing him, but the idea that there was any barrier at all to him and Nick getting closer was worrying. “If there's anything about me -- about what I am -- that's making you wish we'd not met, I'd be grateful if you'd tell me now.” He was tired of the evasions and hints. “And for all that it's been no more than a day since I first set eyes on you, it's been one hell of a day.” The wind whipped the sharp, thin blades of dune grass across his damp jeans and he shivered, feeling suddenly weary and cold. “You know more about me than all but a handful of people on this island. And I've seen what you are. What you do. We don't have to be friends, we don't have to fuck, but we're not strangers. Not now.”

“I don't know why I came here, if it wasn't to meet you,” Nick searched John's eyes, and took a step in his direction. “Don't get me wrong -- I don't think I believe in fate, or some bigger meaning. Well, okay, I believe that there's more to life than we're born and we die, but I really would be crazy if I didn't, considering ...” John felt his lips twitch in a tentative smile. “But if we're going to be friends ... and I think we are ... I don't want to be the kind of friend that makes your life harder instead of easier. So, from where I'm standing, the problem ...” And Nick stepped closer still, although not, John noted, so close that anyone watching might have suspected anything, “The problem is that I'm wondering what you might look like without your clothes on. And I don't know how long I'll be happy just wondering. And none of it's a problem for me unless it's a problem for you, and I'm thinking it might be.”

“God.” John's body reacted to Nick's words with an immediacy that left him breathless. Nick seemed able to get a response from him with just his words that other men would have needed to have been naked, hands and mouth busy, to achieve. “You --” He shook his head, caught between arousal and the caution that, after all these years, was ingrained. He wished, quite desperately, that they'd met anywhere but here. He couldn't imagine Nick as a casual pickup in a pub, drifting out of his life a bare few hours after they'd met No. That wouldn't be enough for John when it came to Nick -- but at least off this island they'd have a chance at something. “Don't think that.” The wind took his words as he spoke them. “That I don't want you, because I do. Have done since I saw you. I just -- I've never -- not here. Not on the island.”

He moved closer, because he couldn't help it, could he? He couldn't keep away from him, couldn't keep his hands off him. Nick's face was warm against the curve of John's hand but he didn't move, holding himself still, waiting. “And it was never easy, but I managed. Now --” John brought his other hand up, pushing a lock of dark hair back off Nick's forehead and feeling everything shift with that single, gentle touch, doubts and fears falling away. They'd return; he wasn't so lost in this sudden yearning as to think that they wouldn't, but for now he was free of them. “Now I just -- I can't do it. God, Nick --”

He could see Nick swallow and glance down uncertainly. “Not here. Not yet. I can't; I need you to see, first. What it's really like with me, because if you don't believe that it's real, if there's even some little part of you that thinks I'm just crazy or deluded or making it all up, then I can't.”

Copyright © Jane Davitt & Alexa Snow

Reviews

Customer Reviews

Love this series, great characters and really fun ghost stories! Review by Trio
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"Laying a Ghost"
That was fantastic! I know I'm going to fly right through the next three books, these characters are totally addictive. I love a good ghost story and this one has a great blend of paranormal, fun and witty regional characters, and incredibly hot sex. Even these two fall head over heels for each other in like 24 hours it is done really well. The way they're drawn to each other just works with the plot perfectly and the authors totally pull it off.
"Giving Up the Ghost"
I'm enjoying this series so much! Love the characters and the way their relationship progressed in this one was fascinating (I was screaming, "no John, NOOOO don't do it!!!) but did he listen to me? >:/ they never do. Don't worry, no spoiler tag needed there.

It was fun to see John out of his natural habitat in Florida, those guys on the beach and taking their little swim together, so cute! But it would have been hilarious to see them get speedos - seriously, lots of really funny moments in this one. (In case you can't tell, John's my favorite.)
"Waking the Dead"
Such a fantastic series. The ghost part was pretty intense this time... same wonderful chemistry between John and Nick (and a spectacularly hot love scene in the middle of the book).
(Posted on 4/13/2017)
5 Hearts from MM Good Book Reviews Review by MM Good Book Reviews
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5 Hearts Reviewed by Lisa

This book is a combination of three different stories involving Nick and John. It tells of their meeting and how they fell in love. It also talks about the gift of seeing spirits and helping them go on their way.

You will also get to see Josh and find out a bit about him.

I wasn’t sure about it at first, but my attention was caught. It has a serious tone to it but there is some humor to it that makes it a better read for me.

6520256Laying a Ghost ♥♥♥♥♥5 Hearts

When John McIntyre sees Nick Kelley step off the island ferry, he’s instantly attracted, and fairly certain that he knows what Nick is keeping secret, because he’s been doing it himself for years. When he discovers Nick’s real secret he’s drawn into a world he never knew existed, one haunted by grief and guilt and ghosts. In the shadowed world of the spirits, Nick’s power is all that the ghosts have to help them. But Nick is still mourning the death of his lover in an accident he believes he caused, and John’s determined to keep their relationship secret.

It’s going to take a lot more than attraction and really good sex to solve their problems but will they be lucky? Or will one week be all they have before they’re left alone again?

John has always hidden what he truly was from his family. They lived in a small town that was not as progressive as they should be. Only his best friends new that he was gay. So things changed when Nick shows up.

Nick came to Scotland after his family passed. His uncle, who he had never met, left his mother the home in Scotland. After his partner’s death, he had to get away. You see he has one big secret, he sees ghosts.

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started reading this. The title is a bit strange so I was a bit leery of taking it on. However once I started I couldn’t put the story down. It was fascinating and a bit freaky. Poor Nick not only sees them but hears them, so he must help them to go forward. This story was fun to read and I can’t wait to get started on the next book. However I must say that I would love to smack the shit out of his mother.

6520312Giving Up the Ghost ♥♥♥♥♥5 Hearts

Most of the people in Florida are soaking up the sun. Nick and John are dealing with a plane crash, a gold-digger, a reporter with an eye on more than a good story, and some startling revelations about Nick’s family.

And that’s before the ghosts from the crash get angry with Nick, the one person who can hear them.

They’re struggling with their relationship when the trip begins — sex works, sex works well; it’s the other stuff that’s a problem. Getting away seemed like a good way to work things out. But this is one getaway that might leave John and Nick wishing they’d stayed at home.

Or it might be just what they needed to find out that home is where the heart is.

I do have to say that the titles are just bizarre but the stories are pretty cool. In this one John feels Nick is bored, but the truth is something else is going on. Nick has been having dreams and can’t figure them out. That is until he gets a phone call about a father he hadn’t seen in many years.

They end up in Florida dealing with his father’s crazy ass girlfriend, who is nothing more than a gold digging hussy. Also a reporter who recognizes him and many ghost. Then he finds out that he has a little brother. It would seem his little brother has a gift of his own, but it isn’t seeing ghosts.

This one was just as much fun as the first one, although these two really need to work on their communication. I almost gave up on John in the beginning but he redeemed himself really fast. I had a lot of fun with this and can’t wait to get started on the next story.

6520355Walking the Dead ♥♥♥♥♥5 Hearts

When your lover can speak to ghosts and his half-brother can read minds, you get used to life being a step away from normal. But when angry ghosts take over the bodies of the living, seeking revenge for their centuries-old murders, even John and Nick have trouble coping.

Teenaged angst, pushy tourists, and the dead walking… If they want the peaceful summer they’d planned, they’re going to have to fight for it.

Side by side.

Nick’s brother Josh is now nineteen and coming for a visit. John’s niece is having difficulties with her mother and invites Josh to a camp fire down by the ocean. Ghost stories are told. There are rumors of two men being killed in the caves. So they decide to see what the cave looks like. But two teenagers inadvertently free their spirits. The men were angry at being killed. They say they were innocent but plan revenge.

Even John and Nick are having trouble trying to help these two men find peace. On the flip side the guys are doing amazing together and their love is stronger than ever. Dealing with mean spirits and two teenagers is just about as fun as the day is young.

I loved this story and can’t wait to see what else this amazing author has out. I think if I had Nick and Josh’s gifts I would go nuts. Although Josh’s does sound a bit more fun.

Overall

This was one amazing book. I wasn’t sure if I would like it because of the ghost but it was told with such a flare that I enjoyed the whole thing. It has a lot of different feelings going on that my attention definitely didn’t waiver a bit from this book. I even gave up dinner to finish it, it was that entertaining.

I would definitely recommend this book.
(Posted on 8/14/2016)

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