Title: Lost Souls Found
Series: Dreamspun Beyond 18 / Requiem Inc. 02
Author: Kris Bethke
Length: Novel (212 pages)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (17th April 2018)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: 💖💖💖💖💖 5 Hearts
Blurb: Dying is all in a day’s work. Love is more dangerous.
Ghostwalker Sam Jones has been half in love with Michael King since he started working at Requiem Inc. But Michael is his boss and a Guardian, to boot. Sam thinks they could make it work anyway, but Michael uses his position and his age to keep Sam at arm’s length.
When Sam continues to volunteer for the most dangerous cases, Michael has to intervene. He tells himself he’s just doing his job, but he’s always seen Sam as more than another operative, and he can’t bear the thought of not taking his chance. The connection between them has been strong from the beginning, and Michael’s telepathy adds unexpected depth and an edge to their new romance, but working together while they try to build their relationship might be the hardest part of their job if they don’t make some sacrifices.
Review: Lost Souls Found is the second book in Kris Bethke’s Requiem Inc. series. After reading the first book in the series, not knowing what to expect and totally satisfied and amazed with what I had got I was really looking forward to more in this series. However, after getting a glimpse into the characters, Sam Jones and his boss Michael King in the first book, which was the romance of Sam’s big brother, I was desperate to get to this one.
The concept of the series is different to what I’ve read in the past. There is a special group of people that work for a company called Requiem Inc. It’s not an ordinary company in that the people are charged solely to ensure that spirits are at peace and do not become malicious entities. There are people, Ghostwalkers, with a special gene which means they can die and come back to life, their body heals with some Wolverine type accelerated healing and as a result they can live up to a couple centuries. Then there are another group of people which have a gene which makes them, essentially, the perfect care giver, called anchors. Each ghostwalker needs to be paired with an anchor so that they can go through the trauma of being killed, helping dead spirits who are usually traumatized, coming back to life, living and doing it all over again.
As I said earlier, I was really excited to read this story because I felt that as secondary characters both Sam and Michael had a lot to say. They had been wonderful compliments to the story, one as the little brother and the other as the boss. Together I knew they were going to be wonderful and I was not disappointed. Sam Jones is a ghostwalker, when it was discovered that his older brother had the ability to be a ghostwalker, he got tested and found out he too could be a ghostwalker. The brothers lost their parents but they still had each other as they became valued members of the largest Requiem team in the country.
Sam has always had a crush on his boss, Michael King. However, Michael forces himself not to give in to any desire that he felt for the younger ghostwalker. He’s a natural anchor, but being the boss for their branch of Requiem, means that Michael oversees killing ghostwalkers before pulling them out of the spirit plane and back to life. He’s also a telepath. Really, all in all, Michael is a complicated man and uses his job to keep Sam away from him romantically because he’s too scared. The usual type of story.
Sam doesn’t want to let go of his feelings for Michael. It’s hard not to feel sorry for the younger man when he starts to take more dangerous missions, with spirit that require more of his attention and potentially dangerous, leaving his body dead for almost too long, because there are dangers associated ghostwalking.
I really loved this story. It is one of those classic unrequited love stories, filled with danger and spirits. It’s a wonderful balance between romance and angst, because lets face, Michael has a lot of baggage to get through. I really enjoyed this novel and I can’t wait to get to the next one!