When the Dead Speak by Bailey Bradford 1


The only way to stay alive is to listen when the dead speak…
Sheriff Laine Stenley thinks he might just be losing his mind. Ever since he’d encountered the spirit of his friend’s deceased mother, strange things have been happening. His sheriff’s tin star keeps popping off, his Stetson tends to fly off his head at the most inconvenient times—and then there are the subtle caresses that remind him of a
lover’s touch… Something Laine has been without for years—since the violent murder of his partner—and figures to be without well into the future if he wants to retain his position as the sheriff in the small town of McKinton, Texas. Laine doesn’t want to risk his career or his heart ever again, but he may not have a choice, not if he wants to stay alive.
A man who listens to spirits, Severo has come to McKinton to deliver a message of danger. One look at the sexy sheriff and Severo finds himself in a different sort of danger. He’s not ready to find a man who can claim him heart, soul, and body, but ready or not, the attraction that simmers between them is undeniable—and irresistible.
Together, they will race against time, because something evil is coming to McKinton. Severo and Laine must learn to trust each other—and themselves— and listen when the dead speak.
Reader Advisory: This book is best read in sequence as part of a series but can be read as a stand alone.
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While I am a fan of paranormal type books, I don’t usually enjoy books about ghosts.  It might be because I do completely believe that they exist and I worry that by reading about them, it might make other ghosts mad.  Crazy I know, but that’s just how strange I am.  But anyway, back to the review!
I have read other books by Ms. Bradford and I have quite enjoyed them.  I was shocked at how much I did end up enjoying this story.  I thought that the twists and turns that were in the story were done very well.  The ghost part of the story was done extremely well in my opinion.  It wasn’t as in your face as I feared, but it was more a constant in the background that would pop forward every now and then.
I felt like the characters were really well written for the story as well.  I was a bit confused as to what was going on when the story first started, but as I progressed further along, I was able to figure  everything out.  That is one the of the things that I do enjoy about Ms. Bradford’s books, they may start out a little slow, but they quickly pick up speed and end up being an enjoyable read.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I can’t wait to read the other books in the series to see what else
Ms. Bradford has in store for us.
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