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Book Title: Badlands
Author: Morgan Brice
Publisher: Darkwind Press
Narrator: Kale Williams
Release Date: March 12, 2019
Genre/s: Urban Fantasy, MM paranormal romance
Trope/s: Second chance, wary acquaintances to lovers, detective/mystery, supernatural creatures
Themes: Learning to trust, regaining faith in your own abilities
Heat Rating: 4 flames
Length: 8 hours 20 minutes
A psychic medium and a skeptical cop solve supernatural murders in Myrtle Beach
Medium and clairvoyant Simon Kincaide owns a Myrtle Beach boardwalk shop where he runs ghost tours, holds séances, and offers private psychic readings, making a fresh start after his abilities cost him his lover and his job as a folklore professor. Jaded cop Vic D’Amato saw something supernatural he couldn’t explain during a shootout several years ago in Pittsburgh and relocated to Myrtle Beach to leave the past behind, still skeptical about the paranormal. But when the search for a serial killer hits a dead end, Vic battles his skepticism to ask Simon for help. As the body count rises, Simon’s involvement makes him a target, and a suspect. But Simon can’t say no, even if it costs him his life and heart.
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Witchbane was my introduction to Morgan Brice and while I loved it, I felt it had this Supernatural (the TV show) feel to it. Badlands, while still keeping with the paranormal theme, had a more adult vibe. Both Vic and Simon are older and they have real jobs and friends and houses and I loved it.
Simon was definitely my favorite, he was just so resourceful and nice. I felt bad for him that he thought his gift made him less deserving of Vic’s love. I liked Vic, and I understood his motivations, but there were a few instances in which I wanted to strangle him. What I can’t deny is that these guys were electric together, and they seemed to complement each other quite well (when Vic wasn’t being difficult, that is. 😉 )
The case was well thought out and developed. I had no clue who the bad guy was or what his motivations were until Ms. Brice was ready to let the readers know and the final showdown was very action-packed. I’m very glad this is the start of the series because I definitely wasn’t ready to let Simon and Vic go.
Kale Williams did a great job with the narration, his voice is very pleasant and he imprints the necessary emotion to the different scenes and while I felt that Simon and Vic’s voices were too similar in certain scenes, they were still distinguishable for the most part.
About the Author
Morgan Brice is the romance pen name of bestselling author Gail Z. Martin. Morgan writes urban fantasy male/male paranormal romance, with plenty of action, adventure and supernatural thrills to go with the happily ever after. Gail writes epic fantasy and urban fantasy, and together with co-author hubby Larry N. Martin, steampunk and comedic horror, all of which have less romance, more explosions. Characters from her Gail books make frequent appearances in secondary roles in her Morgan books, and vice versa.
On the rare occasions Morgan isn’t writing, she’s either reading, cooking, or spoiling two very pampered dogs.
Other books include Witchbane, Burn, Dark Rivers, and Badlands. Watch for more in these series, plus new series coming soon!
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