Vic and Simon race to stop the murders against an unholy deadline, but as they battle rising tides and risen ghosts, can they save the intended victims without getting trapped themselves?
A big storm is brewing, there’s a killer on the loose, and the ghosts of Myrtle Beach are restless. Psychic medium Simon Kincaide and his sexy cop boyfriend, homicide detective Vic D’Amato have their hands full helping the Grand Strand brace for rough surf, driving rain, and high winds as a winter storm roars toward shore.
Everyone’s on edge, and rumors are rampant about sightings of Blackcoat Benny, a ghostly omen of danger, and worse, the Gallows Nine, the spirits of nine infamous criminals hanged back in the 1700s, a harbinger of disaster. Rough tides wash the wreck of an old pirate ship into shallow waters, high winds threaten to damage an old mansion with a dark past, and the citizens of the beach town hunker down to ride out the storm.
As the skies grow dark and the sea turns wild, several men from prominent local families end up dead under suspicious circumstances. Simon’s premonition confirms Vic’s gut feeling—the killing is just getting started. As Simon tries to reach out to the spirits of the murdered men to help the investigation, he’s attacked by malicious ghosts that don’t want anyone getting in the way of their long-overdue vengeance.
With the storm hammering the coast, and new victims piling up, Simon is certain that the sins and secrets of the past are coming due, and that the murders have a supernatural link. Vic and Simon race to stop the murders against an unholy deadline, but as they battle rising tides and risen ghosts, can they save the intended victims without getting trapped themselves?
The Rising is the second novel in the Badlands series. It is a MM romance intended for readers 18 years of age and older. The story contains mentions of suicide (not the main characters).
AUDIOBOOK REVIEW TOUR
Book Title: The Rising (Badlands #2)
Author: Morgan Brice
Publisher: Darkwind Press
Narrator: Kale Williams
Release Date: June 18, 2019
Genre: Urban Fantasy, MM paranormal romance
Trope/s: Second chance, new established relationship, monster hunting, hurt/comfort
Themes: Learning to trust, growing into a relationship, partnership
Heat Rating: 4 flames
Length: 6 hours and 48 minutes
It can be read on its own, but it is part of the Badlands series
This series has really captured my interest and kept me intrigued. The supernatural “woowoo” that Simon has he lets people know about, he isn’t in the closet, so to speak, about it. And although Vic in most of book 1 was skeptical, and in book 2 was essentially in awe of Simon’s gift, he has come to appreciate all that the gift has, and brings to the investigations they have worked on together.
We got to see a bit more of Vic’s POV in this book, and I liked that his protective side was as much in his head, as it was in what he did to try to save Simon from things he couldn’t control.
Getting to “meet” Simon’s kin was surprising but worked so well into the plot, that it didn’t feel contrived. It was allowed to flow with the story and didn’t overtake it all.
And once again, I was not able to figure out the who-dun-it, for sure. That’s the best part of reading a book like this for me.
I have only listened to Kale Williams on this series, and he has done a masterful job of separating characters by voice, inflections, accents, and even the feel of their presence. I’ve really enjoyed his narration.
Story: 4 pieces of eye candy
Narration: 4 pieces of eye candy
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.
Other books include Witchbane, Burn, Dark Rivers, and Badlands, Lucky Town, and The Rising, plus Treasure Trail. Watch for more in these series, plus new series coming soon!
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