Audiobook Review: ‘Heroes For Ghosts’ By Jackie North

Written on 09/04/2021
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Title: Heroes for Ghosts
Series: Love Across Time #1
Author: Jackie North
Narrator: Greg Boudreaux
Published: June 13, 2018
Audio: November 18, 2020
Publisher: Self-Published/Blue Rain Press
Cover Artist: Jay Aheer/Simply Defined Art
Genre: Contemporary Romance; Historical Fiction; Erotic Romance; New Adult; Paranormal Romance
Length: 246 Pages/6 Hours and 38 Minutes
Tags: Gay; M/M; Angst; First Time; Hurt/Comfort; Paranormal: Ghost; Second Chance; Time Travel; Virgin; War; Wounded Warrior; HEA; Audiobook

 

Soul mates across time. A sacrifice that could keep them apart forever.

In present day, near the village of Ornes, France, Devon works on his master’s thesis in history as he fantasizes about meeting a WWI American Doughboy.

In 1917, during the Battle of Ornes, Stanley is a young soldier facing the horrors of the battlefield.

Mourning the death of his friends from enemy fire, Stanley volunteers to bring the message for retreat so he can save everyone else in his battalion. While on his mission, mustard gas surrounds Stanley, and though he thinks he is dying, he finds himself in a peaceful green meadow where he literally trips over Devon.

Devon doesn’t believe Stanley is who he says he is, a soldier from WWI. But a powerful attraction grows between them, and if Stanley is truly a visitor from the past, then he is Devon’s dream come true. The problem is, Stanley’s soul wants to finish his mission, and time keeps yanking him back to relive his fateful last morning over and over, even as his heart and body long to stay with Devon.

Will Stanley have to choose between Devon and saving his battalion? Will time betray their love, leaving each alone?

A male/male time-travel romance, complete with hurt/comfort, French coffee, warm blankets, fireplace kisses, the angst of separation, and true love across time.

 

REVIEW:

Love across time becomes a reality in Heroes for Ghosts by Jackie North. Heroes for Ghosts is an exquisitely written hurt-comfort time travel romance with second and even third chances. It depicts where the universe steps in to solidify a picture-perfect match between a WWI doughboy, Stanley Sullivan, and present-day history major, Devon Foster. The retelling of their story, as narrated by Greg Boudreaux, is masterfully done, enhancing the love which time crafted. 

Stanley lives in an era when his sexuality is illegal, yet he craves the connection with another man. Serving his country in 1917 during the Battle of Ornes, he succumbs to mustard gas in a brave attempt to save his fellow soldiers. When he someway trips over Devon in the very same field, some 100 years later, he is confused and heartsick that he failed his fellow comrades. 

In a small cottage near the battlefield where the events of 1917 took place, Devon is completing his history major thesis studying the effects the weather had on the Battle of Ornes, where all 201 soldiers of the 44th Battalion perished. Lost to his thoughts, lying in the wet grass as the chilly rain falls upon him, Devon suddenly finds himself face to face with… well, it appears to be a WWI doughboy.

Time travel may seem impossible, but ‘Heroes for Ghosts’ challenges your thought process with a profound feeling that something cosmic held Stanley in limbo until the timing was right to introduce him to Devon. And… the narration by Greg Boudreaux is flawless and spellbinding.

Kindhearted Devon, takes the confused, possibly role playing or suffering from some sort of mental health issue, Stanley, to the little cottage to get him warm and fed. As time passes and they begin to understand each other, it becomes clear that some sort of paranormal phenomenon has brought them together. Yet, Stanley’s work is unfinished and he is repeatedly pulled back to 1917 to complete his mission. 

Time travel may seem impossible, but Heroes for Ghosts challenges your thought process with a profound feeling that something cosmic held Stanley in limbo until the timing was right to introduce him to Devon. Each time Stanley returns from the past, their connection grows. Devon learns actual facts from the past, piquing his already intense interest. And Stanley is introduced to current technology and the exquisite pleasure and rightness of a bond between two men. 

I wondered about the impact of altering history, but let it go. My mind settled this by theorizing that, while war is by no means inconsequential, this particular battle was insignificant to the outcome of the overall war, leaving no impact in its wake. Besides, Stanley and Devon get their happily-ever-after and a few lives were not lost in vain. 

Overall, Heroes for Ghosts, the first in the Love Across Time seriesis an astonishing tale that riveted me from the start. The history is well researched and presented. The characters are strong both individually and together, their pain and personal experiences laid bare for us to empathize. The vivid imagery is spectacular, from the horrors of war, to the peaceful green fields that now occupy the same space. And… the narration by Greg Boudreaux is flawless and spellbinding.

An audiobook of Heroes for Ghosts was purchased by Jay of Kimmers’ Erotic Book Banter so that we might offer our fair and honest opinion on behalf of our readers.