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No Surrender by Morgan Brice
Narrator: Kale Williams
Series: Badlands #4
Published by Tantor Audio on March 21, 2023
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Length: 6 hours, 15 minutes
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Psychic medium Simon Kincaide and sexy homicide detective Vic D'Amato met hunting a supernatural serial killer. Since then, Simon has become a police consultant on cases involving the paranormal, and Vic has gotten over his doubts about Simon's abilities being real. Along the way, they fell in love and got engaged. But it seems like the danger never ends.
Now, the first case Simon and Vic worked together comes back to haunt them as the killer goes to court and all hell breaks loose. The killer has a crazy fan setting curses on key players in the upcoming trial. Ghosts from an old cold case suggest that someone got away with murder. And a supernatural creature attracted to fear and death is using the Grand Strand as its feeding ground. Simon and Vic feel like they’re waging a war on all fronts, but with the stakes so high, there can be No Surrender!
No Surrender is a fast-paced thrill ride MM paranormal romance packed with supernatural suspense, haunted tourist attractions, monsters, visions, hot sex, hurt/comfort, loyal friends, wedding planning, found family, ghosts galore, dark magic, and an evolving, established romantic relationship with all the feels.
It all began with a serial killer on the loose in Myrtle Beach. I was captivated from that first book and never been disappointed by the Badlands series ever since. A blend of opposites attract romantic suspense and paranormal that left me as intrigued by the characters and their relationship as much as the supernatural murder mysteries they solve. Kale Williams is the sensational voice of the series who takes the helm once again bringing Morgan Brice’s Vic and Simon to vivid life.
No Surrender is part of an ongoing story in many ways, so should be read in order after the earlier entries in the series.
Simon, a strong psychic medium, and Vic, a seasoned police detective, are in the middle of wedding plans, facing a trial that is very personal to them both, and now, it seems, The Slitter, has a fan out there doing copycat killing. Simon and Vic along with their familiar detecting and paranormal helpers are put right back in the maelstrom once again.
I enjoyed this thrillerish new installment and I was relieved that though Simon and Vic have their struggles balancing careers, feelings, and external issues, this last period before they tie the knot isn’t them drama-ing up things. Simon has found someone who accepts him completely including his ability with ghosts and wants to live openly in a loving, committed relationship. Vic has found a relationship partner who cares deeply and won’t stab him in the back just like he’s on a police force with a boss and partner who are on his side, too. They hold to each other and stand together. It takes both of them operating as a team and trusting each other’s gifts. And, have to put it out there, that they are as sizzling hot as ever together.
Things ratchet up on the suspense as they are pursued almost as much as they track the ruthless killer and are some cold cases related. The paranormal side is strong and gives that thriller vibe in a great setting of the Myrtle Beach environs. They get help from their regular crew which now includes Simon’s ghostly ancestor. It felt like a series finale though I have no idea if there will be more (please let there be more).
All in all, my impatient wait was well rewarded with this latest in the series. This is for those who enjoy spicy m/m romance, gritty suspense, and darker magic and ghostly manifestations.
Kale Williams masterfully vocalizes both Simon and Vic in alternating chapters along with the broader cast of characters so well. I think if I read the books I’d still hear his voice work for everyone. As to the story, he makes a satisfying story even more fabulous and catches the pacing and tone that had me listening intently and not wanting to set it aside.
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Awesome review, Sophia! It’s awesome to hear about these relationships full of acceptance and it being crucial to the well-being of these characters. I’m glad you had a blast with this one! 😀
Thanks, Lashaan! I love that aspect of these paired with the great action and paranormal side. 🙂
You said it, Carole!
Sounds like an exciting mystery! I like that it’s a mix of romance, thriller, mystery and paranormal! Wonderful review, Sophia!
I’ve enjoyed these since the first one for exactly the blend of genres and great characters. Thanks, Rachel!