Paranormal investigator Wolf Kincaid knows what his foot tastes like.
Mostly because he stuck it firmly in his mouth when his lover, Tristan Pryce, accidentally drugged him with a batch of psychotropic baklava. Needing to patch things up between them, Wolf drags Tristan to San Luis Obispo, hoping Tristan's medium ability can help evict a troublesome spirit haunting an old farmhouse.
With Wolf's sister handling Hoxne Grange's spectral visitors, Tristan finds himself in the unique position of being able to leave home for the first time in forever, but Wolf's roughshod treatment is the least of his worries. Tristan's ad-hoc portal for passing spirits seems to be getting fewer and fewer guests, and despite his concern he's broken his home, Tristan agrees to help Wolf's cousin, Sey, kick her poltergeist to the proverbial curb.
San Luis Obispo brings its own bushel of troubles. Tristan's ghost whispering skill is challenged not only by a terrorizing haunting but also by Wolf's skeptical older cousin, Cin. Bookended by a pair of aggressive Kincaids, Tristan soon finds himself in a spectral battle that threatens not only his sanity but also his relationship with Wolf, the first man he's ever loved.
©2014 Rhys Ford (P)2014 Dreamspinner Press
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"Scary, but Sexy!"
Scary, Sexy and Funny!
Fish and Ghosts, the first book in the series. Same dry, whitty remarks and unapologetic characters.
Oh hell yes! He has the baritone to his voice that drips off the earbuds like honey.
Yes and I tried hard, listening at work, in the car and while I was doing laundry.
Not long after Wolf Kincaid convinced his then client, Tristan Pryce a medium and ghost whisperer, that he truly loved him and wanted to be with him, he stepped in it good by accusing Tristan of drugging him. While Tristan is a talented medium, he is a bit naive and sometimes hears only the words he wants to hear during a conversation. Having been haunted and considered insane by most of his family for the majority of his life, Tristan understandably has trust issues. Once Wolf clears his head and shows up on Tristan's door step, apologetic and begging for forgiveness, he thinks Tristan will welcome him with open arms, not quite. Tristan thought evicting the poltergeist from Hoxne Grange would set everything back to business as usual, but there is a lingering affect that is messing with Tristan's abilities. And Wolf thinks a trip to his cousin Sey's supposed haunted home will help Tristan regain a hold of his abilities. But where there is trouble, these two will find it.
The pained spirit of a little girl seems to be trapped in Sey's home after she received a shipment of porcelain dolls to log and date. A spirit that realizes straight away exactly what Tristan is. When push comes to shove and the spry young spirit becomes too much for Wolf, Tristan, his whimsical cousin Sey and bat shit crazy Aunt Gildie to handle, Wolf calls in his overbearing cousin Cin. At the same time a university exchange student shows up to assist Sey with logging the dolls, and unwittingly becomes a vessel for the now very angry spirit. What ensues is a comedy of errors as this motley crew tries to exorcise a very angry ten year old hell bent on destroying them, the house and anything or anyone else that gets in her way. Including a slobbering camel and a couple of clueless cows.
Rhys Fords signature dry wit, sarcastic characters and insane one liners is on full display in this comedic horror story. It really reminded me a lot of that movie Annabelle with the haunted dolls and the angry spirit of the little girl. The story is richly detailed and very graphic when describing the transformation of this little girls spirit as she initially shows up seemingly trying to get Tristan's attention, and quickly goes into full on evil mode with black eyes and splitting lips. I was completely engrossed in the story from the story from the start with Wolf's obvious flub up and visit from his mom who seems to be forever stuck in woodstock mode, but when Ford started detailing what was happening with Tristan I was equal parts horrified and so intrigued I couldn't stop listening. I even listened to this book in the car while I drove, which I never do, the story was that compelling for me.
Narrated by Tristan James who has this baritone voice that just drips off each word like honey. James voice and Fords words are the perfect marriage of sexy innuendos and sultry stated syllables that just bring the story, the characters and the world that Ford created to life. I especially liked crazy Aunt Gildie, she really stole the show for me with her shot gun full of rock salt and her midnight waltz downstairs to the liquor cabinet, only to be foiled by the pissed off spirit of a little girl hell bent on showing them all who is boss. And Ford set the stage beautifully for a naughty little union between one overbearing Hellsinger, Cin, and one prim and proper university student who is recovering nicely from his injuries and is quite good at staring, unabashedly at Cin's shirtless chest. That will be one fun ride, if Cin doesn't break him while spinning him on his...
Definitely a must listen story. Fans of Fords books, James narration and a good murder mystery with a healthy dose of sweaty man sex rejoice, I just found you your next great read!
"Another Surprisingly enjoyable RF series"
Yes. I enjoyed the characters enough to want to revisit them. I love the idea of a ghost hotel, and though much of this book didn't take place in that locale - it was fun to see how the events of the first book have rippled through the characters lives and homes.
I did not expect to enjoy this series nearly as much as I did. I really love Rhys Ford's writing style, and have enjoyed the other two series by her that are featured on Audible. Each series manages to have unique and well rounded characters who are not simply cookie cutter protagonists.
I want more Cin! I was a bit annoyed with the beginning of the story and where we pick up with the characters, but quickly got over it. It was amusing to watch the honey gag play out throughout the story.
I think my favorite bit though was probably watching Tristan come into his own a bit.
There are a handful of narrators who tend to read the MM genre books - some of them better than others. Tristan James is one that I never mind listening to. He does a really good job of creating distinct characters and lending enough inflection to keep the story interesting without having the narration become a distraction.
Aunt Gildy - crazy like a fox? Who doesn't love an eccentric crazy old lady thrown in for comic relief? She was almost as creepy as the dolls.
I really hope we get some answers and payoff with Tristan's development as this series continues.
"Irritating minor characters"
I didn't enjoy this second book as much as the first. I found the aunt intensely annoying rather than funny. The first book was intriguing; this one had too many irritating characters --the Canadian student and addled aunt.
mystery and romance all in one. I really hope for more in the series. it didn't hurt that James has the sexist voice ever.
"Things get a little out of hand"
A demon our hero thinks he could cast away from a barn makes this story scary when it turns out evicting the evil monster isn't so easy. It was good but only good.
"Decent story, excellent narration"
You know how a really good narrator can make or break an average story? that was very true in this case. The story was enjoyable but not outstanding, but the narration was excellent. The narrator really brought this story to life. This was a real performance.
"Even better than the first."
So many voices, each their own. A fantastic story to start with made even better by the reading.
"Tristan James and Rhys Ford are a great duo!"
Wolf starts off with a bang and a new assistant in the swamps of Florida and instead of a ghost almost loses a limb to an alligator! We find out he as totally effed up things with Tristan and ran out on the guy after a bad episode of hallucinogenic honey consumption.
Tristan meanwhile is not happy because a) Wolf is acting like an ass and b) the ghosts seem to have left the Grange.
A little time passes, Wolf comes to his senses and returns to Tristan. The two call a truce because Wolf’s cousin Sey is in need of some ghost experts and they realize they aren’t quite through with each other.
Sey operates a toy repair service and it seems as though one of the toys has come with its own poltergeist. Tristan and Wolf, then later cousin Cin, must rid Sey’s ranch of the ghost of a horrifying little girl before the entire place (literally) goes up in flames.
Ok. Rhys, I admit it. I was pissed at first. How could you cause trouble between Tristan and Wolf when they had just found each other?!
(Whining over) They quickly get back together and manage to work through some pretty important emotional stuff. In fact Tristan ends up really coming up to bat for Wolf against Cin, who holds Wolf in contempt for “abandoning” the Hellsinger family traditions. That was pretty awesome. Their make-up sex is also super amazing, so I pretty much forgave Rhys for everything and she continues to be my hero.
Besides the love story, (which, as previously mentioned, rocks!) the ghost story in this book was way scarier than in the first. Maybe it’s the scary kid ghost, (I kept getting flashes of Chuckie, IT, and Poltergeist) but those porcelain doll heads are plain creepy all on their own. Now imagine them haunted. Yeah. Creepy as hell. Thanks for the nightmares Rhys!
I loved Ray and Petal, though. They reminded me of Beetlejuice’s football team ghosts. Nice, funny, kinda clueless. They were great assets to the story.
I thought Cin was a douche-bag, but he was kinda supposed to be, and I’m hoping we’ll see more of him, more evolved, hopefully in love with someone…
It was nice to meet Ophelia Sunday and to learn more about Wolf’s history and I really liked where the couple ended the story even though it looks like Rhys is going to put them in hot water… again!
I just love this ghost series by Rhys Ford and am excited to see where their adventure takes us, even though it might just give me more nightmares!
Tristan James, one of my all time favorite narrators, does another great job with this. His Wolf Kincaid voice is growly and delightful and Tris is just a shade light to give him a more delicate air. I love the family and Mara and all the secondary characters.
"Another winner from Rhys Ford"
A great sequel to Fish and Ghosts, made even better by Tristan James' narration. A winning combination. Loved meeting more of Wolf's family.
"A good second installment"
A second instalment in the series. The story picks up where the first left off. We're still in the haunted hotel, the two love birds are still tip toeing around each other and mommy dearest poisons then with tricked out baklava.
"Chills and thrills!"
The usual high quality writing and excellent narration.
With a writer as skilled as Rhys, it would be impossible to select just one memorable moment because there are so many!
I've listened to several and without doubt he is a brilliant narrator, and once again delivers the goods.
It made me smile and also brought a lump to my throat.
Yet again another top class story!
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