GUEST REVIEW from Mistik
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What can I say – I LOVED THIS BOOK!
Rock stars – check
Paranormal – check
Tugging on the heart-strings – check
Sharp, laugh-out-loud-funny dialogue – check
Addison is waking up from an operation when she realises she can hear a voice in her head.
She was alone. Completely alone.
“Hello?” she whispered.
Jesus. It’s about damn time you acknowledge me. I mean, what the fuck? Are you deaf or what?
“Oh my God. Oh my God. Oh my God.” She held her head, certain she was hearing the voice in her own mind now.
No freaking way!
Ah, yeah… I don’t think God had anything to do with this, but what do I know. She could practically hear the mental shrug. Maybe he did.
And then she remembers the weird dream she had, the one where she was floating somewhere in the darkness and another person was there… a guy…
His voice still carried the smugness of ‘I told you so’ since she’d received confirmation of her death and resuscitation. And then he’d rubbed her face in it as she came around to one indisputable realization: she had some guy’s soul stuck inside her.
Of course, as a lapsed Catholic, she decides to ask a priest for help.
Oh this ought to be good.
She imagined him kicked back in her head with a bag of popcorn, waiting for the show to begin. As the panel between her and the priest slid open, she panicked. What was the protocol? Was she even allowed to be in there?
She does the only thing she can. Tries to cope with having a strange guy take up residence in her head. She nicknames him the Afterlife Leech and tries, with some success, to block his thoughts and emotions. That is, until he nags her into Googling him.
“Who the hell are you, Rhys?”
Got a lot of hits, did you? The pride in his voice was clear. I’m a bit famous.
“Don’t bother with the feigned humility. It doesn’t suit you,” Addison stated dryly. “So, you are…”
A rock star.
Rhys Alexander played rhythm guitar for the massive rock band Black Codex, alongside his brother, Xavier. And now that he’s trapped somewhere in the afterlife, he wants to contact his brother, to say his goodbyes. Addison is convinced it’s a bad idea, that Xavier will write her off as another demented fan but she gives in to his nagging and sends an email. When Xavier phones, she has no idea how to respond.
Rhys started to yell, to really holler in her mind. His string of obscenities was so loud she only managed to catch a word her and there, and through it all, she felt his desperation and fear.
“He recognized your voice,” she blurted out, wanting to stop the onslaught in her head.
Her ears pulsed in the sudden silence, but then she heard Xavier’s response, his voice dark and controlled.
“Who, exactly, recognized my voice?”
Xavier insists on meeting her, to determine if she’s a fake, or just another “crazy-assed-bitch.” And that’s when it gets even stranger.
It felt like someone had fisted her shirt and was pulling her near. And that pull was coming from Xavier’s general direction.
Wait. Something was wrong. She felt… empty.
Panic flooded her as her eyes flew open and locked on Xavier. He stared at her with a horrified expression on his face, his mouth moving soundlessly. Then his gaze darted from side-to-side as his hands gripped his head.
Her breath caught as the realization slammed into her. “Rhys,” she whispered, reaching out to Xavier as if he held an element of her soul she couldn’t breathe without.
Of course, sometime during the weeks they spent ‘together’, she started to fall for him.
Mmmm. He sounded lazy, relaxed. And for whatever reason, she pictured his big, strong body all kicked back into a mass of fluffy pillows… with his shirt off, a hint of stubble across his jaw, dark hair tousled, and a deep sensuality shadowing his eyes as he flipped the top button of his jeans open…
But how can a normal girl have any kind of relationship with a dead guy? You’ll have to take my word how fabulous this book is, and read it for yourself < smug smile >
I was captivated from the first page and I couldn’t put it down. I just wish it had been longer. Thankfully, Jolyn Palliata intends more in the Twists of Fate series – the sooner the better for me 🙂
A very definite 5 out of 5.