Series: 13 Shades of Red #1
Published by Sisters Price Publishing Narrator: Gregory Salinas
Length: 6 hours 17 minutes
on February 19, 2013
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Source: Personally Purchased via Audible.com
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Rhys Bellamy is the front man for the wildly successful 13 Shades of Red, a band hailing from New Orleans that is just a bit more then they appear. He’s sexy, caustic and on a path of self destruction that has everything to do with the fact that he can speak to the dead. A man hounded by the death of his fiancée, Rhys is a lothario of the highest caliber. His life, his band, and his agony celebrates his lost love, Phaedra, and it has made him a very popular man with the ladies, even if they will never mean anything to him. Too bad Phaedra has never and will never contact him.
When the band’s first US tour meets with some unforeseen management issues, Saffron Richards is brought in to take care of it. A veteran of the business, Saffron knows all about Rhys and his reputation and doesn’t want to become another notch on his belt. Too bad fate has it in for the both of them, and gives them an attraction neither can deny.
But life on the road with an up and coming band has its problems, from bosses to groupies to just plain old flat tires. And Phaedra, who has been watching from the mists and reveling in the misery of her lost lover doesn’t want to see him happy. Being together is harder than it sounds, especially when Phaedra crosses the veils on All Hallows Eve to reignite the love that Saffron has set to ash in Rhys. And Phaedra is not giving him up without a fight. Not because she loves him, but because she doesn’t ever want him to forget.
Warning: this is considered a New Adult genre release. Reader discretion is advised.
Giving Up the Ghost is the first book in the 13 Shades of Red series by S.A. Price. Giving Up the Ghost is a behind the scenes look at a band’s life with an intriguing mixture of supernatural elements.
Giving Up the Ghost is a story I didn’t know much about when I started it. Going in blind was a perfect way to start and I quickly became fascinated with the entire cast of characters. Each character held a unique feeling to them and as the story went on I became even more intrigued by the psychology of the story. What happens when the one you were so in love with dies and your grief shades the truth of who they truly were. Rhys Bellamy had obtained his obsession and then lost her again. Consumed by grief for years he finally begins to resurface, only to realize maybe his reality was only a shade of what it was. This aspect is what pushed this story to the 4 mark for me. The beginning held a few things that I didn’t quite understand especially regarding Saffron. Although, I loved her character I thought a few of her actions in the beginning didn’t really fit her overall personality. However, as a whole Saffron and Rhys’ story is truly unique and entertaining!
The paranormal aspects were not overwhelming and just added enough to the story to enhance the depth of not only betrayal, but of true friendships.
I rate Giving Up the Ghost 4 out of 5 Bullets!
Narrated by Gregory Salinas his deep voice certainly added something to the overall story. However, his Cajun accent needed some serious coaching. I will admit that it is a hard accent to achieve, but I felt it was just completely wrong or nonexistent. The speed Salinas narrates was smooth and set a good pace. If I could ignore the accent issue I would say Salinas easily earned a A- but factoring in the major fault in an important aspect of these characters it ends up being an easy C-.
I personally purchased this title. All opinions are my own and are not influenced in any way.
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