Title: Graveyard Shift (Not Dead Yet #3)
Author: Jenn Burke
Publisher: Carina Press – HARLEQUIN
Publication Date: October 8, 2019
Genre: LGBTQ, MM Romance
Length: 74,000 Words / 259 Pages
Rating: 4 Stars
Shifting Into High Fear
Ghost/god Wes Cooper and his not-life partner, vampire Hudson Rojas, have settled into cohabitation in an upscale part of Toronto. So what if their hoity-toity new neighbors haven’t exactly rolled out the welcome mat for the paranormal pair? Their PI business is booming, and when a suspect they’ve been tailing winds up in the morgue, it’s alongside a rash of other shifters in apparent drug-related fatalities.
Now Wes and Hudson must connect the dots between the shifter deaths and an uptick in brutal vampire attacks across the city. Throw in a surprise visit from Hudson’s niece—who may or may not be on the run from European paranormal police (who may or may not exist)—and guardianship of a teen shifter who might be the key to solving the whole mystery (if only she could recover her memory), and Wes and Hudson have never been busier…or happier.
But when a nightmare from Hudson’s past comes back to haunt him, their weird, little found family is pushed to the brink. Mucking this up would mean Hudson and Wes missing their second chance at happily-forever-afterlife…
♦ Personal Thought ♦
Gah!! I should’ve been prepared with that title that something’s gonna hurt. Clearly, after two previous books I thought everything (everyone!) is secure – sure, Wes and Hud battled all kinds of beings they and their merry band got injured and bloodied eh, who wouldn’t – but eh, it’s fine. I couldn’t be more wrong!!
The author pull no punches in this third installment of her “Not Dead Yet” series. GRAVEYARD SHIFT amped up the ante of the peril facing Wes and his motley crew by way of (sordid) past came a-calling. What started out as seemingly uncomplicated cases turned for worse and worser until everything culminated in major standoff that ultimately changed the course. With weighty price.
I liked “Not Dead Yet” series since the first book was released. Wes’s snarky attitude, the witty and quick retort he exchanged with his band thrilled me no end. The ups and downs of his relationship with Hudson that kept developing with each book was the highlight of this series. GRAVEYARD SHIFT is the best and the worst of the series all at the same time. To say Burke brought these dear characters – and readers along with it – through the grinder was brilliantly sick. It’s raw and intense, an emotional journey through hell and back in the true sense of the word. Oh the heart stopping and twisted pain this reader endured, the box of tissues spent.. all owing to this book.
My only wish is for Wes to finally truly master his power and not easily caught off guard ever again. And for the following (happier) escapades (for them) to roll on.
Copy of this book is kindly given by the author/publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.