by Morgan Brice,
Kale Williams (Narrator)
Listening Length: 6 hours and 48 minutes.
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.
⚔Supernatural Swashbuckling Action⚔
Title: The Rising
Series: The Badlands Series, Book #2
Author: Morgan Brice
Narrator: Kale Williams
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Format: Unabridged Audiobook
Release Date: 6/18/2019
Genre/ Trope/ Themes(s): MM Paranormal Romance; Contemporary; Hauntings; Mediums; Rootwork; Witchcraft; Seances; Generational Curses
Listening Length: 6hrs 48min
SteaMMy Swordplay: 3 out of 5⚔
Audible AVG: 4.7🌟
MMy Thoughts and Review:
It took me a couple of days to think about this one, before writing anything down. First, I want it said, this has been my favorite in the series so far. And if you are just going by numbers, two doesn’t seem like a lot. However, Brice is always writing and adding a story here and there. Vic and Simon are very busy boys. So, if you want to be in the KNOW, join Brice’s newsletter (I promise, you will not be spammed by her), and find where she hides all her lil nuggets.
My Granny, and one of the wisest people to ever live was a firm believer in a great many things. I wish I had listened more and soaked up more of her wisdom. **sigh…Hindsight and all that. One of the things she believed in was generational curses, and the woman could spot them from a mile away. Some people would ask for her help and some people balked. It’s like anything I guess, you can only help those who ask.
In the case of The Rising, thankfully someone did ask. Unfortunately for others, it came too late.
Winter storms aren’t heard of off the East Coast in the Atlantic, they just aren’t as prevalent as storms during Hurricane season. When they happen, they can be quite explosive.
As Myrtle beach prepares for one such storm, Vic and his partner become inundated with what seems to be suicide victims, while family members of the victims declare otherwise.
In the meantime Simon is asked to do a walk through of an old home that goes back to the time of the Revolutionary War. The home is being given a face lift by a development company, but the construction crew working the site keep coming across strange things, some feel quite sinister to them. The foreman calls on Simon knowing if anyone can help, he’s the guy to do it.
Between Simon’s visions, dreams, what he experiences at the house renovation, one of the suicide scenes, and after talking to someone about a shipwreck recently found (thought to have belonged to pirates from centuries ago), everything is gearing up for the “Perfect Winter Storm.”
This was ghostly swashbuckling paranormal action from beginning to end! I freaking loved it! There is no lag, no fluff, no filler, just good old supernatural goodness, oh and some HAWT HAWT sMMexy times between my favorite MB couple, Vic and Simon. Those two guys just keep getting more and more awesome too.
I love Vic and Simon and don’t find them boring or tiresome, because they worked through their junk in book #1, and while they know they love each other and are an established couple they also haven’t jumped into the marriage bed either. They are just enjoying things, and know that’s where they will end up, eventually.
They worry fiercely for each other every day they are apart, and do what they can to protect one another, but they don’t nag, or try to keep each other from doing what they feel called to do. I love that so much.
As I stated earlier, this has been my favorite so far. Loose Ends, the next installment in the Badlands Series, has some big shoes to fill.
If you can listen, the audio books narrated by Kale Williams are exceptional!💖
The Story: 5🌟
The Narration: 5🌟
Sharonica Stars: 5✨