Ghost of Christmas Past

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Ghost of Christmas Past
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Publisher
Liquid Silver Books
Release Date
December 2010
ISBN
9781595787897
Series
Book 1 of PsiCorps
Genre
Erotic Romance, LGBTQ, Ménage or more, Romantic Science Fiction/Futuristic

SUMMARY
Molten Silver title

Four years after being gunned down by the city's most infamous crime boss, Empath and PsiCorps Agent Torrin St. James wakes from a coma to find that he's seemingly lost everything. Entered into the WitSecPsi program, as part of his cover Torrin is believed dead by the members of his psychic Triad, Resonance Partner Riley Valin and Psi Anchor Sky Roarke--his fiancé. Faced with nothing but the cold comfort of justice in testifying against the crime boss, Torrin convinces his Handler Quintus to help him barter his cooperation for a chance to break protocol and see Sky and Riley before the trial.

Two days before Christmas, in a secure safe house hours outside the city, PsiCorps makes arrangements for Torrin to see the two people he loves the most. It's everything Torrin's wanted from the moment he opened his eyes, but when the time finally comes he's left to face a multitude of truths and a symphony of sorrows. After four years the loves of his life have moved on, his Handler Quintus has been keeping secrets, and there's a high-level leak in the agency he's given his life to. The entire world has turned upside down and Torrin doesn't know if he has the right to fix it, but he's about to find out. Isolated in a safe house, under the worst storm of the season and no way to turn back, he'll learn if their feelings for each other are still passion incarnate or if he's just a ghost from Christmas past.

Contains: Psychic sensation play, same-gender making out, differing-gender making out, M/M/M/F foursome, polyamorous HEA

Book Review by Rho (reviewer)
Dec 28, 2010   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
170 people found the following review helpful
A unique story, well-developed plot, interesting characters and undeniable chemistry come together to make GHOST OF CHRISTMAS PAST an enjoyable read.

Torrin, a psychic federal agent, wakes up from a coma to find that 4 years of his life has gone by, and it seems the world has gone on without him. Once a part of a psychic triad that also was a loving menage, his two partners, Sky and Riley, have moved on together. His handler, another psychic, Quintus has been there for Torrin in more ways than he can imagine, and he has more than a few secrets he's holding on to.

Now that Torrin is awake he has to go into witness protection in order to testify against the bad guys that put him in the coma, but he wants the chance to see those he loves one more time. They meet at a safe house right before Christmas, but no one is sure if they can move on after 4 lost years. A snowstorm leaves all of them struck together, and secrets, desires, and emotions come forth. Ultimately, they may find that four can become one.

This novella has a very interesting concept--psychic federal agents, all with unique abilities, such as telekinesis, empathy, psychometrics. They work for a group called PsiCorps, and this is the first book of a series with the same name. There is a good amount of suspense in the plot as the main characters try to figure out who is after Torrin. The relationship aspect of the story was interesting as well. There is M/M interaction, as well as M/F, and M/M/F/M too--I will note here that there was no actual M/M intercourse though. The chemistry between them explodes right off the pages.

The world is a bit different in this book as polyamory and bisexuality are very commonplace, so it was nothing for the four main characters to be with each other in all configurations. Speaking of the world in the story, it had a bit of a futuristic flair to it although the world wasn't so different that I thought that it was set hundreds of years forward. If a story could be contemporary and futuristic at the same time, I would say GHOST OF CHRISTMAS PAST fits the bill.

My only complaint was that some of the dialogue was a bit over my head. There was a lot of technical speak without enough explanation, in my opinion. There were several times where I had to read a sentence over again a few times just to get the gist of what the author was trying to say. It disrupted the flow of an otherwise well-paced story.

One interesting thing about the book was that even though there were all types of interactions throughout, there weren't many sex scenes in the book--really only one, but there were plenty of "love" scenes. The feelings that the main characters had for each other were so evident. It was hard to read at some points because I really hurt for them and what they went through. However, there was a wonderful HEA that made all the struggle worth it in the end. There was a bit of a hanging story line at the end, so I'm looking forward to reading more of the series to see how it develops.
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