Book Title: Loose Ends (Badlands Book 4)
Author: Morgan Brice
Cover Artist: Natania Barron
Release Date: December 30, 2019
Genre/s: Urban Fantasy, MM paranormal romance
Trope/s: Spooky supernatural suspense, hurt/comfort, dark magic.
Themes: Trust, loyalty, commitment, partnership
Heat Rating: 4 flames
It is part of a series but can be read as a standalone and features an evolving, established romantic relationship with all the feels.
Intended for readers 18 years of age and older.
Length: 62 000 words/ 220 pages
Cold cases, old enemies, ex-lovers, and vengeful spirits are making life dangerous for psychic medium Simon Kincaide and his boyfriend, homicide detective Vic D’Amato.
The ghosts of Myrtle Beach are restless, trapped by love, secrets, scandals, and spells, keeping Simon busy protecting the living from the unhappy dead. Someone from Vic’s past is out to destroy him and everyone he holds dear, and the high-profile trial of the first case Simon and Vic worked together puts them in the spotlight—and put a target on their backs. As a deadly trap closes around them, can Simon and Vic tie up the loose ends to stop the threat, or will they become the newest ghosts of the Grand Strand?
As a deadly trap closes around them, can Simon and Vic tie up the loose ends to stop the threat, or will they become the newest ghosts of the Grand Strand?
Loose Ends is an urban fantasy MM paranormal romance with spooky supernatural suspense, hot sex, hurt/comfort, feisty friends, found family, ghosts galore, and dark magic. It is part of a series but can be read as a standalone and features an evolving, established romantic relationship with all the feels. Intended for readers 18 years of age and older.
MMy Thoughts and Review:
What a wild ride. Usually the guys start their adventures off slowly but this one took off like a daredevil being shot out of a cannon.
From the barrage of ghosts at an abandoned amusement park to Simon and a new member of his “skeleton crew” finding a body, Loose Ends is one chilling turn after another…
To add to the chaos someone is stalking Vic. As a homicide detective of many years, that makes for quite a list. Now, Simon’s ex has come knocking, and his mother is hounding him to “come home” and leave Vic.
And the hits just keep coming, each one more dangerous than the last.
Loose Ends, was more drama/ paranormal action than the action/ paranormal drama of the previous books and I think it was necessary, as this book shares a pivotal plot point in the overall series.
I absolutely love Vic and Simon and their dedication to each other. There is none of the angsty/ drama stuff that makes me crazy in so many books today. Just a grown up commitment and determination to make their relationship work, their passion and desire for each other, and just the overall love you can sense in each page, no matter the scene. **sigh…
Well, my journey through Morgan Brice’s Badlands has come to an end…for now at least. I dare say, this is not the end of Vic and Simon by any means, so I am sure I will make road trips back to Myrtle Beach to visit from time to time to see what the guys are up to. When I do, I hope you will come along with me and enjoy the ghoulish adventure. 😱
I gave Morgan a fairly vague prompt regarding Hindsight and The Badlands…here’s what she had to say:
Hindsight 2020: Badlands
By Morgan Brice
Is there anything I’d do differently in the original Badlands book, now that we’re four books down the road?
Not that I could have known when I wrote the first book.
Loose Ends is the newest in the Badlands series. The series stars Simon Kincaide, a sexy psychic medium, and his boyfriend, hot homicide detective Vic D’Amato, as they chase down supernatural killers in Myrtle Beach.
Simon and Vic also play a big role in Inheritance, which is one of the books in my Deadly Curiosities series (written under my Gail Z. Martin name). And they show up in cameo roles in Treasure Trail (Simon went to grad school with Erik Mitchell, one of the main characters in that series), he’s the cousin of the main character in the Deadly Curiosities series, and he’s a source of information on legend and lore for the characters in my Witchbane series (written as Morgan Brice), Sons of Darkness (written as Gail Z. Martin) and Spells Salt and Steel (co-written with Larry N. Martin).
All of my urban fantasy series, written either as Morgan or Gail, overlap and crossover. So the characters know each other and have ongoing friendships, call each other for advice, and sometimes show up in person in each other’s books. That’s a lot of fun for me as an author, because when we see characters interact with other characters, out of their usual setting, we get a new insight into who they are. It also provides opportunities for them to learn and grow.
There are things I’ve learned about my characters because of the crossovers that I didn’t know when I wrote the original books. I always learn about my characters as a series goes forward, and even when I have a sense of where future books will go, I don’t really know what is going to happen until they’re written. So there are always things I’d love to have foreshadowed way back in the beginning, but I didn’t know they were going to happen until a later book. If you write all the books before releasing them, you can go back and add that kind of thing, but not if the books have come out one at a time!
Now, I’m not sure about you, but I will definitely be looking into Morgan’s other books, as well as those written under the name Gail Z. Martin.
Thanks so much, Morgan, for taking the time to write a post for my Blog. 💖
“I’ve been poking around on the Buccaneer story since the place shut down,” Josh said. “My team’s visited probably a dozen times. Plus, I knew people who worked on the construction and dismantling, and who ran the rides when it was open.” He leaned forward, dropping his voice. “They won’t talk on the record, or to the police, but I’ve heard all their stories. And the rumors that got out? They’re just a fraction of how fucked up that place was.”
Simon sat back in his chair, settling his lanky body and long legs as best he could. He warmed his hands on the hot paper cup and tucked a strand of long chestnut hair behind one ear. “Tell me.”
“One of my sources was a crane operator when they were installing the Riptide Roll steel coaster,” Josh confided. “He saw one of the workmen fall from the top of the first hill when they were assembling the ride. Says the guy died on impact. The company paid to hush it up. Same thing happened when another worker was crushed to death. A load of steel pipe shifted, and he ended up underneath it.”
“That’s not all of it. The place was only open for barely two seasons, but the ride operators had stories that would curl your hair. Riders got whiplash, one girl lost a couple of fingers, and a kid died from head injuries when his ride car came loose and crashed. Not to mention the operator who got electrocuted when he had to run his ride in the rain.”
“If the owners had to cover all that up, no wonder they went bankrupt,” Simon said, shaking his head. “I can’t believe they didn’t get shut down.”
“Their rides continued to pass inspections from the state office—or maybe someone got paid off. Still, they closed suddenly before the end of their last season,” Josh said. “Whistleblowers went to the media. The situation was going to be ugly. But then it turned out to be even worse.”
Simon remembered the end of the story. Investors clamored for their money back when the park abruptly shut down, only to find out that the accounts were empty, the books had been cooked, and the profits were never real. Before it could turn into a media circus and authorities asked for serious jail time, Ellington killed himself, and Stevens skipped town.
“Any clue about who’s haunting the place?”.
Josh chewed on his lip and looked at Simon. “I was hoping you’d come over with us this afternoon and help me figure that out. I’m doing my best to learn, but my skills aren’t as powerful as yours, and I don’t know how to really use them. I can sense when spirits are nearby, and I see them better than the average person, but having a conversation is beyond what I can do.”
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.
Series include Witchbane, Badlands, and Treasure Trail. Watch for more in these series, plus new series coming soon!
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