Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Giving Up the Ghost (13 Shades of Red #1) by S.A. Price

Rhys Bellamy is the front man for the wildly successful 13 Shades of Red, a band hailing from New Orleans that is just a bit more then they appear. He’s sexy, caustic and on a path of self destruction that has everything to do with the fact that he can speak to the dead. A man hounded by the death of his fiancĂ©e, Rhys is a lothario of the highest caliber. His life, his band, and his agony celebrates his lost love, Phaedra, and it has made him a very popular man with the ladies, even if they will never mean anything to him. Too bad Phaedra has never and will never contact him. 

When the band’s first US tour meets with some unforeseen management issues, Saffron Richards is brought in to take care of it. A veteran of the business, Saffron knows all about Rhys and his reputation and doesn’t want to become another notch on his belt. Too bad fate has it in for the both of them, and gives them an attraction neither can deny.

But life on the road with an up and coming band has its problems, from bosses to groupies to just plain old flat tires. And Phaedra, who has been watching from the mists and reveling in the misery of her lost lover doesn’t want to see him happy. Being together is harder than it sounds, especially when Phaedra crosses the veils on All Hallows Eve to reignite the love that Saffron has set to ash in Rhys. And Phaedra is not giving him up without a fight. Not because she loves him, but because she doesn’t ever want him to forget.

My review:
Giving Up the Ghost is a multilayered rock star romance with a touch of paranormal. Rhys Bellamy is our hero a rock star whose heart was shattered by the loss of his true love. The bands hits are songs he has written bemoaning his loss. He would have been okay if her ghost had hung around to talk to him as he can see ghosts but in all the time since she has been gone not once has she gotten in touch. Saffron Richards is the new tour manager for the band and Rhys is smitten from the first time he lays eyes on her. He has a new chance at happiness and damned if his old girlfriends ghost doesn’t show up to ruin his new start. This is a fun look backstage at a rather unique rock band and staff.  I am really glad I read it and am going to get the next book ASAP.

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