Ghost Of Himself (Haunted Souls, Book 1) by Pandora Pine
When a reclusive psychic shows up looking for Jude Byrne in his adopted hometown of Salem, Massachusetts, the private investigator’s walls go up instantly. Psychic or not, this mysterious man knows secrets about Jude’s past that are better left buried in the New Mexico desert. Stranger still is the personality change that comes over the flirty P.I. after he meets the newcomer.
Psychic Copeland Forbes is a man on the edge. The once popular and well-respected medium has lived in seclusion since an attack by a former student has shaken his confidence in his abilities. Sickened by an ailment no doctor can diagnose, he travels from his home in Louisiana to seek out the one man he believes he can help him, if the rumors are true.
Faced with an enemy possessing powers greater than either man has ever faced alone, will Jude and Copeland decide to work together to defeat this dark magick? Or will both men continue on as they are now, ghosts of themselves?
🌟🌟🌟🌟 4 stars
🔥🔥 Heat Level: 2 sort of insta-love/super slow burn (emotions first, then “sex”)
I love the world and characters Pandora’s created!!
The world Pandora has created is extensive, challenging, often dangerous and wonderful. Everything you could imagine seems to be possible here and I love that she’s expanding on the supernatural elements with witches, witchcraft and Native American culture and healings.
I loved Jude in the other books and was so excited for his story. I love Pandora’s writing and the Cold Case Series is one of my all time favourites. But I have to be honest and say I wanted more from Jude and Cope’s story.
From my reading I felt there was a bit of an insta-love connection for Cope towards Jude but Jude has his walls up. Jude can still feel the connection but is more wary of it. This insta-love was good but conflicting at times with a lot of simmering heat that doesn’t really progress much of the time. Jude and Cope are drawn to each other quickly and Jude becomes wonderfully protective towards Cope which is great to ‘see’ and provides for much of Pandora’s wonderful humour!! As these two face the challenges coming at them more of Jude’s past is revealed and his walls finally start to come down. When Bertha is reincarnated there was not a dry eye in the book (or out of it) I was balling! This was such a wonderful part of the book, it truly touched my heart and will stay with me forever.
I love that Pandora included all the characters from the whole Cold Case Psychic world in this story and I loved ‘seeing’ the continued bromance/brotherhood evolve between Jude and Roman.
This story is very much a start to Jude and Copeland’s journey and sort of ends with them together but not. Pandora has done a wonderful set up for many more Jude and Cope stories and I look forward to seeing where they go and what is next for them.
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