Review: "Give Up the Ghost" by Kelly Moran (Phantoms #2)

Note: This ARC was provided by Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

Being part of the Phantoms team for the past five years has given investigator and emphatic Kerry Baker a sense of family and purpose, something she never felt with her own kin. She's experienced a lot of paranormal sightings in the past but when she sees her doppelgänger staring at her from across the street of her apartment, she's shaken to her very core. She calls the one person she's always leaned on--her best friend and Phantoms historian and lead researcher Paul Leake. He makes her feel safe and secure, but the continuing appearances by her doppelgänger and learning what they may symbolize now has her on edge.

From the day they first met, Paul Leake has had feelings for his best friend Kerry Baker, but he's kept those feelings under wraps, believing someone as beautiful as Kerry could never be interested in someone like him. Their friendship also means too much to both of them, but his constant worry for Kerry after the doppelgänger sightings pushes his emotions to surface and one kiss changes everything for both of them. Now, Kerry is beginning to see him in a different light, but with a clause in both their contracts forbidding them from having romantic entanglements within the Phantoms team, they're at a loss at what to do next.

Give Up the Ghost is book two in the Kelly Moran-penned Phantoms series and is a paranormal romance about two members of the paranormal investigating team from the television show of the same title. Kerry Baker and Paul Leake have been best friends for almost as long as they've known one another. They know each other's secrets, but the one secret that Kerry doesn't know about Paul is that he's in love with her and has been for years. When he confesses his feelings for her, Kerry can't help but wonder if he's like every other guy she's encountered, wanting to be with her only because of something other than friendship. On top of the changes their relationship is undergoing, Kerry is faced with the presence of her doppelgänger and learning it's considered a harbinger of death forces her to deal with her own mortality.

The existence of doppelgängers is something that's been debated for countless years and my own knowledge of them comes from my curiosity when I read about them in a book when I was much younger. It's use in this story put a creative and original spin to the usual yarn because the explanation given is that the doppelgänger isn't a warning that harm or death may come to the person themselves but possibly to the ones that mean the most to them. This puts the whole Phantoms team at risk and brings heightened thrills to the overall story. Of course, the closest one to Kerry is Paul and the additional worry regarding the status of their relationship puts an additional layer of anxiety. Give Up the Ghost was such an enjoyable read and Phantoms has become one of my favorite series for 2015. Book two gets five stars! ♥

Release Date: 26 May 2015

Date Read: 21 May 2015

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