13 Jul '13

A Vicky Review – Giving Up the Ghost by S.A. Price (4 Stars)

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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 fiancée, 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.

 

Warning: this is considered a New Adult genre release. Reader discretion is advised.

FTC Disclaimer – This review was requested by the author. I was not paid for it but the author is a friend of the site. This did not influence my review in anyway.
This was so not what I expected from a NA at all – to be honest it’s not a genre that I know much about and to my knowledge this is the first time that I have read anything within it and I was honestly quite surprised. I think I expected something quite similar to YA, just a bit more mature, but I now know that is definitely not the case!
This book was passion filled and tortured. I really liked the fact that even though a lot of the characters had different abilities it wasn’t the main focus as it sometimes can be – it almost took a backseat to the music side of things and it made it seem more true to the story – they may have abilities but music is their life.
Saffron had an interesting attitude and I could see myself getting on well with her. Although I did find her very laid back attitude to everything unusual but not having been exposed to that world it’s not something I could truly understand.
My god was Rhys tortured – he has existed in a guilt fuelled, grief haze for so long but he was starting to put his life back together and what better way than to focus on the challenge that Saffron posed. He wanted someone that he could just relax and be himself with and he wasn’t worried about having to work to get it. It seemed like he was looking for someone that was a match for him, not just physically but also mentally- he was looking for his equal and Saffron was it. I appreciated that the harsh side of the life on the road wasn’t glossed over but was laid out in full view.

There is a lot of pain running through most of the band, even in the ones that put on a brave face, so I think this is definitely a series I will continue to follow on future and I can’t wait for Wynter’s story


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