Badlands Book 4
Badlands Book 4
Cover Artist: Natania Barron
Release Date: December 30, 2019
Genre/s: Urban Fantasy, MM paranormal romance
Trope/s: Spooky supernatural suspense, hurt/comfort, dark magic.
Themes: Trust, loyalty, commitment, partnership
Heat Rating: 4 flames
Part of a series but can be read as a standalone and
features an evolving, established romantic relationship with all the feels.
Intended for readers 18 years of age and older.
Length: 62 000 words/ 220 pages
As a deadly trap closes around them, can Simon and Vic tie up the loose ends to stop the threat, or will they become the newest ghosts of the Grand Strand?
Cold cases, old enemies, ex-lovers, and vengeful spirits are making life dangerous for psychic medium Simon Kincaide and his boyfriend, homicide detective Vic D’Amato.
The ghosts of Myrtle Beach are restless, trapped by love, secrets, scandals, and spells, keeping Simon busy protecting the living from the unhappy dead. Someone from Vic’s past is out to destroy him and everyone he holds dear, and the high-profile trial of the first case Simon and Vic worked together puts them in the spotlight—and put a target on their backs. As a deadly trap closes around them, can Simon and Vic tie up the loose ends to stop the threat, or will they become the newest ghosts of the Grand Strand?
Loose Ends is an urban fantasy MM paranormal romance with spooky supernatural suspense, hot sex, hurt/comfort, feisty friends, found family, ghosts galore, and dark magic. It is part of a series but can be read as a standalone and features an evolving, established romantic relationship with all the feels.
Intended for readers 18 years of age and older.
“I’ve been poking around on the Buccaneer story since the place shut down,” Josh said. “My team’s visited probably a dozen times. Plus, I knew people who worked on the construction and dismantling, and who ran the rides when it was open.” He leaned forward, dropping his voice. “They won’t talk on the record, or to the police, but I’ve heard all their stories. And the rumors that got out? They’re just a fraction of how fucked up that place was.”
Simon sat back in his chair, settling his lanky body and long legs as best he could. He warmed his hands on the hot paper cup and tucked a strand of long chestnut hair behind one ear. “Tell me.”
“One of my sources was a crane operator when they were installing the Riptide Roll steel coaster,” Josh confided. “He saw one of the workmen fall from the top of the first hill when they were assembling the ride. Says the guy died on impact. The company paid to hush it up. Same thing happened when another worker was crushed to death. A load of steel pipe shifted, and he ended up underneath it.”
“That’s not all of it. The place was only open for barely two seasons, but the ride operators had stories that would curl your hair. Riders got whiplash, one girl lost a couple of fingers, and a kid died from head injuries when his ride car came loose and crashed. Not to mention the operator who got electrocuted when he had to run his ride in the rain.”
“If the owners had to cover all that up, no wonder they went bankrupt,” Simon said, shaking his head. “I can’t believe they didn’t get shut down.”
“Their rides continued to pass inspections from the state office—or maybe someone got paid off. Still, they closed suddenly before the end of their last season,” Josh said. “Whistleblowers went to the media. The situation was going to be ugly. But then it turned out to be even worse.”
Simon remembered the end of the story. Investors clamored for their money back when the park abruptly shut down, only to find out that the accounts were empty, the books had been cooked, and the profits were never real. Before it could turn into a media circus and authorities asked for serious jail time, Ellington killed himself, and Stevens skipped town.
“Any clue about who’s haunting the place?”
Josh chewed on his lip and looked at Simon. “I was hoping you’d come over with us this afternoon and help me figure that out. I’m doing my best to learn, but my skills aren’t as powerful as yours, and I don’t know how to really use them. I can sense when spirits are nearby, and I see them better than the average person, but having a conversation is beyond what I can do.”
About the Author
Morgan Brice is the romance pen name of bestselling author Gail Z. Martin. Morgan writes urban fantasy male/male paranormal romance, with plenty of action, adventure and supernatural thrills to go with the happily ever after. Gail writes epic fantasy and urban fantasy, and together with co-author hubby Larry N. Martin, steampunk and comedic horror, all of which have less romance, more explosions. Characters from her Gail books make frequent appearances in secondary roles in her Morgan books, and vice versa.
On the rare occasions Morgan isn’t writing, she’s either reading, cooking, or spoiling two very pampered dogs.
Series include Witchbane, Badlands, and Treasure Trail. Watch for more in these series, plus new series coming soon!
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4.5 out of 5 stars
Loose Ends by Morgan Brice continues to detail the adventures of Simon Kincaide, who is getting more comfortable in using his psychic powers, and his boyfriend, Detective Vic D’Amato, who has become a believer and ardent supporter of Simon. There are restless spirits centering around a cursed amusement park, Vic is also having a string of negative experiences, and each has to deal with an unwelcome visitor from his past. Tensions and danger mount and the question arises…will there be two (or more) new ghosts haunting Myrtle Beach?
I have always been fascinated by the idea of having psychic powers, and I enjoy reading about the men who populate this series and the connecting ones written under the Gail Z. Martin name. The details are rich enough that I almost feel like I have visited the city and gotten its ambience, and the affection and loyalty that the main characters share make me wish I could know them in real life. Now, I have always been uncomfortable with the idea of ghosts and interacting with them, so I could never display the panache that Simon has, but I am enthralled by his adventures.
The title was very apropos, since there are several loose ends that are dealt with, and the combination of danger, passion, romance, and family connections make this one of my favorites of the series. I have had the fortune to have read many of the books of the series but I think it would be possible to read this story as a stand-alone without being too lost. I love the connection between these two men and I look forward to reading about more of their adventures.
A copy of this title was provided for review