The Supers, by Sean Michael
Series: Dreamspun Beyond
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: October 15, 2017
Hunting ghosts and finding more than they bargained for.
Blaine Franks is a member of the paranormal research group the Supernatural Explorers. When the group loses their techie to a cross-country move, newly graduated Flynn Huntington gets the job. Flynn fits in with the guys right off the bat, but when it comes to him and Blaine, it’s more than just getting along.
Things heat up between Blaine and Flynn as they explore their first haunted building, an abandoned hospital, together. Their relationship isn’t all that progresses, though, and soon it seems that an odd bite on Blaine’s neck has become much more.
Hitchhiking ghosts, a tragic love story forgotten by time, and the mystery of room 204 round out a romance where the things that go bump in the night are real.
I feel like this book should be rated based on two different criteria: the romance and the ghost story.
If you’re reading this book for the romance between our two ghost hunters, you’re going to be disappointed. The relationship between Blaine and Flynn is all sorts of awkward, complete with cheesetastic dialogue and an insta-attraction that feels completely unconvincing.
Flynn held out his hand and gave him a friendly smile. “Nice to meet you. So you’re the leader of this motley crew?”
“Me? I’m not the leader. I’m just the flashlight guy.”
“Like I said, he who leads.” Flynn winked, and when he reached out and shook Blaine’s hand, a flash of something sparked between them. Flynn must have felt it too. His eyes widened, his mouth opening on a soft gasp.
There are lots of “winks” and “gasps”, “little explosions” and “invisible sparks” between these two, along with conversations that try too hard to be funny but really aren’t. It’s all just a little too much. Had there been no paranormal aspect to this story, I might have bailed on this book by the midway point.
Thank goodness for the ghosts!
It’s at the magical midway point when the story starts to improve (not the romance – that part still sucks) as our ghost hunters start to get in a little over their heads. While everyone in the group contributes their own special skills, it’s Blaine’s ability to sense and speak with spirits that gives him an edge. While checking out an old, abandoned hospital, which was the site of a mass shooting, it becomes clear that some patients have never left. Suddenly, Blaine is acting a little odd, calling Flynn by the wrong name and doing everything in his power to avoid Room 204. Unfortunately, the long-dead residents of Room 204 will not be denied.
“I just… There’s something wrong.” Blaine shook his head, then stood and started cleaning up the dishes, shoulders hunched.
Flynn got up and went over to his lover. “So talk to me. Tell me what’s wrong. I can’t help if you won’t talk to me.”
I just think we should let it go. Leave them alone.”
Shit. “I’m not sure it’s going to leave us alone.”
Jason stood, frowned. “Did you two hear that?”
Most PNR novels don’t scare me, and this one was no exception, but as the story of Room 204 progressed and Blaine’s behavior began to be affected, I found myself getting caught up in the events and eager to see how it all ended. It almost made the cheesy romance between Blaine and Flynn worthwhile. Almost.
If you can get past very twee relationship stuff and read this just for the paranormal aspect, I think this is a pretty enjoyable book. It’s not uber creepy – except for the bite on Flynn’s neck *shudders* – but if you have a fairly low threshold for scary stories, it may have you looking over your shoulder at least once.
Often referred to as “Space Cowboy” and “Gangsta of Love” while still striving for the moniker of “Maurice,” Sean Michael spends his days surfing, smutting, organizing his immense gourd collection and fantasizing about one day retiring on a small secluded island peopled entirely by horseshoe crabs. While collecting vast amounts of vintage gay pulp novels and mood rings, Sean whiles away the hours between dropping the f-bomb and persuing the kama sutra by channeling the long lost spirit of John Wayne and singing along with the soundtrack to “Chicago.”
A long-time writer of complicated haiku, currently Sean is attempting to learn the advanced arts of plate spinning and soap carving sex toys.
Barring any of that? He’ll stick with writing his stories, thanks, and rubbing pretty bodies together to see if they spark.
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