Tuesday, March 9, 2010

SILVER BELLS by Hunter Raines

Publisher Loose ID
Date published December 2009
ISBN 978-1-60737-488-6
GBLT Paranormal
Obtained via: Publisher
Reviewed by Dawn

Jud promised Derek he would be with him forever except he never expected that he would lose the one man he loved since childhood to a violent death. Now ten years has passed and since that fateful night, Jud has seen ghosts and his gift-or curse-has been his constant companion. Except on Christmas Day, when Derek comes to him for one night of passion and pain. Now the anniversary of Derek’s death comes again and Jud finds himself at a crossroads…to end the decade of loneliness, he has to give into the seduction of a stranger and betray the one man he thought he would love forever.

is one of those stories that stay with you after the last page is read. Full of heartbreak, desires and pain, this author captures the readers’ imagination with some amazing multi-dimensional characters and a mystery that will keep you glued to the pages to see what would happen next. The sex scenes enhance the story instead of taking over and it made the story much richer, in my opinion. I laughed, cried and felt Jud’s pain as he finally dealt with the pain of losing the one man he loved and the promise of a new love even as guilt weighed on his heart for falling for someone other than Derek. Hunter Raines keeps getting better with each story. I love this author’s work and frankly, SILVER BELLS had me from the first page until the very end.

Meet Jud Hess, a man who loved Derek since they were kids. Finally together, they never imagined the life they thought they would have end before their very eyes. With a broad stroke of this author’s pen, Jud and Derek come alive in the pages and take the reader on an incredible journey of forgiveness and rebirth. It had laughter, tears and passion amid the pages of SILVER BELLS and I was enthralled. Jud is a man you want in the beginning to comfort and sooth when his life went to pieces. Then years later, find a way to ease the wounded heart you see in his eyes even as he tries to use his “gift” and help people. The way this author showed the reader this man’s heart and soul was breathtaking. You felt the way Jud felt when he finally found himself longing for another, even as guilt lay heavy on his shoulders. Hunter Raines keeps the momentum going with the introduction of a sexy stranger that had me panting and rooting for both of them to finally find their heart’s desires. Some wonderful secondary characters kept the story flowing smoothly and I had to giggle at some of the ghosts that were Jud’s constant companions. They lightened the mood at times and were an added bonus.

is at times a sweet, romantic story that will touch all your emotions while reading it. You can’t help but fall in love yourself with Jud and root for him to find his own second chance in life. If you enjoy a sexy tale of love, romance and new beginnings, then grab SILVER BELLS. Just make sure to keep plenty of ice on hand as it does get a bit warm within the pages. I look forward to more wonderful stories in the future from this author and hope to revisit Jud’s life again soon.


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