New Release Review ~ Sort of Dead by Rob Rosen

Book Title: Sort of Dead

Author: Rob Rosen

Publisher: JMS Books

Cover Artist: Written Ink Designs

Release Date: October 31, 2020

Genre/s: Contemporary M/M Romance, Paranormal M/M Romance,

M/M Romantic Comedy, M/M Mystery

Trope/s: Ghost story

Themes: Redemption, unfinished business

Heat Rating: 3 flames

Length: 65 200 words/ 182 pages

It is a standalone story.



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Because sometimes it takes dying to have the time of your life.



Nord wakes up to find himself sort of dead. Well, that is to say, he’s dead, alright—murdered, in fact—but not in heaven, at least not yet. In this limbo-like state, he meets Max and learns that everyone there is waiting for the final poof, hopefully to a better place. Only, with unfinished business back in the real world, like bringing his murderer to justice, Nord’s poof is nowhere in sight. And so, he and Max set out to find the killer and make things right again. Of course, that’s easier said than done when you’re nothing more than a couple of randy spirits.

With the help of Voltan, a diminutive mystic with a predilection for turbans, and Clark, a nerdy computer geek eager to shed his loner past, plus a ghost accountant, Bruce, Bruce’s drag queen brother, Eve O’Destruction, and Nord’s kick-ass mom, the newly enamored pair set out to hunt for the murderer, and are quick to discover how much they’d taken for granted when they were alive.

In this hysterically funny and often poignant mystery about fate and love and family, it ultimately takes dying for our heroes to have the times of their lives.

4 Stars!
I love Rob Rosen, his stories always make me laugh and pretty much brighten my mood.
Knowing what happens to us after we pass away is one of those questions most, if not all of us, wish we had definitive answers to. Unfortunately, until we actually do die we won’t know if there is a giant staircase to the pearly gates or a turnstile we pass through on the way to our next life or perhaps an endless sea of nothingness. But I very much appreciated this idea that Rob created of this all-encompassing peace. No specific religious ideas or the stereotypes we see so often when the soul is waiting to “cross over”.
The story not only focuses on how our MC Nord wound up “Sort of Dead”, which is a fun mystery/suspense but also on not one but two romances. Nord and Max as well as Clark and Voltan/Lewis. All four men are funny and endearing in their own ways, making it difficult not to love all of them. The way they all interact truly reminds me of a fun, maybe slightly cheesy movie. Which I’m a sucker for.
If there is anything that I didn’t care for though, it’s probably the fact that some of the humor may border on repetitive and slightly immature. The amount of talk about the various characters’ manhood became overwhelming quite quickly and kind of hammered home this idea that men tend to think with their dicks above all else. I grew tired of it and found myself skimming through some of it only to come back to the solving of the mystery of who killed Nord and why.
Overall, I really enjoyed Sort of Dead by Rob Rosen. I’d definitely recommend to fans of Rob and to those who enjoy a comedic mystery story.
***Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by the author/publisher for my reading pleasure in hopes of an unbiased opinion, a review was not a requirement.***


About the Author

Rob Rosen is the a author of the award-winning novels Sparkle: The Queerest Book You’ll Ever Love, Divas Las Vegas, Hot Lava, Southern Fried, Queerwolf, Vamp, Queens of the Apocalypse, Creature Comfort, Fate, Midlife Crisis, Fierce, And God Belched, Mary, Queen of Scotch, Ted of the d’Urbervilles, and Sort of Dead, and editor of the anthologies Lust in Time, Men of the Manor, Best Gay Erotica 2015, and Best Gay Erotica of the Year, Volumes 1, 2, 3 and 4.



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