For the Love of Jake by Luxie Ryder

For the Love of Jake by Luxie Ryder
Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand, Inc.
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short (118 pgs)
Other: M/F, M/F/M, Voyeurism
Rating: 3 Cherries
Review by Lilac

Hallie’s only lover is the spirit of her very sexy but very dead husband Jake. When a gorgeous blonde cowboy called Aiden arrives as one of ten guests for the singles week at her ranch, she fights her attraction to him. But Jake encourages it, desperate to indulge a fantasy he never fulfilled while alive.

As the week unfolds, Hallie tries to ignore Aiden’s advances until he comes to her room, determined to satisfy his lust for her. The unseen Jake ups the stakes by arousing his wife in a way only she is aware of. Unsure what to do, Hallie keeps silent, allowing Aiden to think they are alone.

The sex is breathtaking for all but she feels guilty and confesses to Aiden, who takes the news badly, leaving Hallie to rethink her life. She is falling in love with Aiden and finds that Jake isn’t quite as happy about sharing her anymore.

Then Aiden returns, pretending he can cope with the idea of sharing Hallie and the two men reach an uneasy truce in order to make love to her again — but she soon realizes that Aiden has every intention of claiming her, right under Jake’s nose.

A widow haunted by the ghost of her deceased husband attempts to move on in this erotic and interesting story.

Hallie is a widow running a dude ranch, and is still haunted by her husband Jake…literally. Jake refuses to move on and the two share a strong connection and intimate relationship despite his incorporeal state. But when a new guest named Aiden attracts Hallie’s attention and pursues her, they begin to learn that three’s a crowd. Unsure of what to do, Hallie pushes Aiden away despite her attraction and Jake’s insistence that she pursue a sexual relationship with Aiden. As Hallie gives into the passion she feels for Aiden, she soon realizes must learn to let go and move on or risk losing a new chance at love.

This was definitely an interesting story with intriguing characters. Hallie appears to be an independent and strong woman who can’t seem to let go of her love for Jake even when faced with a new love. Jake, meanwhile, seems a bit reluctant to give Hallie up and is even a bit jealous even though he encourages her to pursue Aiden for sex. Jake still manages to be intimate with Hallie in scenes that put me off a little…especially when he joins Hallie and Aiden in sex. While interesting and definitely unique, I found the whole sex with a ghost part a little odd and unsettling.

As for Aiden I wish we would have gotten his point of view in the story, but we don’t as the story is told from Hallie’s POV. It would have been nice to know exactly what he thought about Jake and Hallie’s relationship once it is revealed. It’s got to be a bit unsettling to know that your lover’s deceased husband is watching and even joining in as you make love.

But despite this, I still found myself enjoying this unique and different story. The characters were fascinating as was the whole concept of the plot and it was interesting watching Hallie come to terms with her feelings as the story progresses.

If you are looking for something a bit different and quick to read, you might like this one.

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