“Love finds a way—even if man’s best friend has to reach across the veil to make it happen.
Semi-retired, Rafael’s life is in a rut after losing his beloved dog, Marlowe. He fills his time with hobbies, but that isn’t enough to give him purpose. The longer Raf hides from the world, the less he able he is to step out of his comfort zone in pursuit of his heart’s desire.
A recently divorced father, Noah, is ready for a new relationship. He’s had his eye on his silver fox of a next-door neighbor through months of casual flirtation. If only Raf would give him an opening, he’s sure there is chemistry between them.
Halloween evening affords Noah the perfect opportunity to get past Raf’s guard. But it might take Marlowe’s help for Raf to let go of his insecurities and give love a chance.
Paranormal MM mature romance with an age gap.”
Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. I am also a huge sucker for a dog. Give me a dog and I immediately like everything more. I was hesitate to go into a story where there was a dead dog. Dead dogs are really difficult to me. I am a regular on Does the Dog Die.
This story did not feature an openly trans person, so I was a little let down. I was loving all the other books that had trans guys as a main character. Silver writes amazing trans guys. Apparently Silver also writes really amazing dogs. I loved the dog. The dog was so full of life, if you pardon the pun.
I cared more about the dog than I did the relationship. The relationship was too insta-love for me. Going from small conversations to “is my kid a deal breaker?” in just a few pages is a bit much for me. I know they knew each other for over a year, but there wasn’t even a mutual understanding of sexuality until moments before the first kiss. It felt rushed to me. The relationship just didn’t make any sense to me. I didn’t get why they were into each other outside of maybe looks, since that was mentioned a few times. There was no real building of that romantic tension.
I did tear up at the ending. The dog’s way of saying goodbye just got to me. I don’t care how much it hurt, I would welcome my dog’s ghost for as long as she wanted to stay. She could have all my life force. So I can understand the guy being ok with his dog getting peace, but also I can’t at all.
So if I ignore the romance and go right for the dog, then I enjoyed this story. I just wish the romance was a bit more fleshed out.
4 out of 5 stars. I would recommend this book.
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