Rating: 4.75 stars out of 5
In the two months since Dr. Sabine Brusilov and his ghostly lover Bart discovered the curious brass circlet while investigating a haunting in an apartment building, Sabine focused on recovering from his accident. Now, his health restored, his mind returns to the mystery of the circlet. Even a commission to appear on a television show can’t distract him from its allure.
After nearly two centuries of resistance, it takes an exorcism for Bart to come to terms with being a ghost…and learning that everything in the other realm isn’t quite the way he had figured. As he grows more comfortable in the spirit plane, his abilities on the earthly plane evolve. Even though he feels the circlet’s evil, he can’t help but connect his growing strength with it.
Life and death are two sides of the same coin, but the circlet blurs lines for both man and ghost.
In Dead Blind (Jack of Spades #2), Lee Brazil takes his plot and gives it a dark, maze-like quality that adds another level of trepidation and suspense to a tale already overflowing with it. For me, this story is where I start to connect with Sabine whose personality and cavalier treatment of Bart sort of pushed me away in the first installment.
With an evil circlet in his possession, Sabine’s control over his emotions, thoughts and actions become compromised. And it’s his struggle to remain himself that really draws the reader onto his side and let’s us empathize with this complicated man. Bart too is growing in substance…literally. While the reasons he is becoming stronger are still somewhat nebulous, the fact that Bart abilities have grown now allow him to have avenues for his thoughts and emotions not possible before. He can travel and move things, for good or bad. But it’s his growing concern for Sabine that pulls us into their relationship and gives us a better feel for their couple dynamics which is undergoing drastic changes even as they are.
But back to that evil circlet. Lee Brazil does a fabulous job of bringing that object’s menace to life on the page. Through the vivid imagery of Brazil’s descriptions, t he circlet emanates such malevolence, that the dreams and actions it’s pulling out of Sabine will bring chills as you read. Yes, this story is getting marvelously darker, more convoluted and scary. And I couldn’t be happier.
If you love your romance stories with a touch of horror, if you listen for those things that go bump in the night, than this installment has just the right amount of shivers to make you downright gleeful. But be warned, none of these are stand alone stories. They must be read in the order they were written and often contain cliffhangers just as serialized stories should.
But don’t take my word for it. Pick them all up and get started today. Each is a truly delicious morsel of romance and fear, addicting and downright delectable. Happy Reading.
Cover art by Laura Harner. I like the overall design but am still missing a supernatural element. It just seems too light and fluffy for the content.
Kindle Edition, 54 pages
Published April 14th 2015 by Lime Time Press
About Pulp Friction 2015
Lee Brazil ~ Havan Fellows ~ Parker Williams ~ Laura Harner
The Pulp Friction 2015 Altered States Collection.
One supernatural finale.
Spend a year with the creatures that go bump in the night…fighting for their rights to exist and protecting the innocents of The Big Easy. A diverse group of friends trying to find their place in a world they never had to “fit” into before.
Although each series can stand alone, we believe reading the books in the order they are released will increase your enjoyment.
Drawing Dead (Jack of Spades: 1) by Lee Brazil
Blind Stud (King of Hearts: 1) by Havan Fellows
The Devil’s Bedpost (Four of Clubs: 1) by Parker Williams
Diamonds and Dust (Ace of Diamonds: 1) by Laura Harner
Dead Blind (Jack of Spades: 2) by Lee Brazil