Believe by Mia Fox
Contains mature scenes
Believe by Mia Fox follows Ella and Nate, a cute couple perfect for each other. Together, they’ve survived Nate’s deployments and are looking forward to starting their lives together when an accident rips them apart. Ella is left to grieve and move on with her life, but when she keeps feeling Nate’s presence, is she going crazy from grief? And why does Nate fade whenever Ethan, her psychologist, shows up?
This romantic novella is told in alternating perspectives, going back and forth between Nate and Ella. I really enjoy the love these two have for each other. It’s sweet and clearly a strong relationship. I connected with these two characters almost immediately. Since we know Nate is going to die, the first few chapters of the book I was on the edge of my seat, wondering when and how it’s going to happen. Let me tell you, the author knows how to build tension and break hearts. I’m not a crier, but even I teared up. Unfortunately, Nate’s death is the high point. After that, things get weird.
Ella doesn’t handle Nate’s loss well. She’s grieving, injured, and does something risky that gets her sent to a psychiatrist, who happens to be a man she ran into previously. There’s a lot of inappropriate feelings and her psychiatrist, Ethan, is eerily similar to Nate which made me initially not like Ethan. Live Nate is a really solid guy. I really like him. Dead Nate seems to carry those same characteristics, but I’m wondering if that will change or not but this book never gets into that. Because of the genre, I’m tending to think he won’t go all poltergeist, but it would add a nice level of tension in the next book.
I suppose what’s coming next is a minor spoiler, but it bothered me so much that I’m going to break my rule and put this in here. Ella and (dead) Nate, once she figures out she can feel him, engage in ghostly sexual activities. And when she’s with Ethan, he reminds her of Nate. She decides Nate has been reincarnated as Ethan due to the massive similarities. Poor Ella (and the author) is completely wrong. Reincarnation doesn’t happen overnight, nor do you reincarnate into a full grown body. So what does that make Ella and Nate’s nightly encounters and Nate intruding on her and Ethan’s alone time? Possession. As soon as I figured that out, I had to skip the sexual encounters because I wanted to yell at Ella. Rule number one of paranormal encounters: do not keep encouraging them. Call the Winchesters, call a priest, say some Our Fathers, but do not keep inviting them to you! It never ends well.
Which brings me to big issue number two: I don’t know how these encounters end because this book is unfinished. Stops right in the middle of the action and completely cuts off. This is a novella and a fairly short one at that. I don’t understand why the author broke it into two parts to begin with, when it should have been one cohesive work. This is disappointing because she wrote everything so well (even the ghostly parts I didn’t like). I walk away from a fairly well-written book feeling cheated and a little upset. I hate cliffhangers.
My Rating: 2.6/5
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