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A Reason To Believe

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  3,091 ratings  ·  505 reviews
Detective Matthew Bennett doesn't believe in ghosts. So when the spirit of a murdered child leads him to her body, he's shaken to the core—and taken off the case. Unable to explain his vision, or to let go of the investigation, Matthew turns to renowned medium Kiernan Fitzpatrick. Though he has doubts about Kiernan's claims to communicate with the dead, Matt is nevertheles ...more
ebook, 217 pages
Published October 22nd 2012 by Carina Press
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Sometimes, a book comes at the right mood and the right moment ... then it becomes the PERFECT book. This is what A Reason to Believe meant for me. The right book at the right time.

I tried to be nitpicky, picking up my pet peeves too. Let's see ... no "baby" as terms of endearment (thank God!). No prolonged indecisiveness. No overflowing sex scenes that don't help the plot to move along. No solo shower jerk-off (yay!). No sex in the middle of stake out or being chased by murderer. No too-hard a
Jun 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
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"Kiernan,this is a world-class ass." He leaned forward and took a nip from the right cheek.

"Glad you like it," Kiernan replied, his voice slightly muffled by the bedding. "But you'll forgive me if I'd rather you fucked it than waxed poetic about it."


Hello Readers.

Well... I could have started this review in many different ways.

I could have started it by telling you how amazing this book is.Or how much I love it.

Or that it has so many el
Bubbles  Hunty Honest & Direct Opinions
Oct 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m
Only 1.99 for preorder at amazon. And it's 81,000 words

Plus Love the cover


Is there emotion? Yes
Is there a plot? Yes
Is there humor? Yes
Well characters developed? Yes
Intriguing myste Yes
Is it easy/smooth to read? Yes
Well edited? Yes
Enjoyable? Yes

We NEVER got Kiernan's pov! Why not? I loved him and kept wanting his pov... I liked Matt a lot. He had a great voice but I wanted to be able to see Kiernan's voice too, and know what he was thinking.

The mystery an
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
DNF at 27%. No rating from me.

I was totally incapable of reading any further than this. As a mother with a child around the same age as the murdered little girl in this story, reading about her death in detail was too much for me to handle. I can't stand stories where young children get killed, especially if it isn't a brief mention but the whole premise of the story. Reading about each step of her murder, from her crying and saying it hurt to her being tortured was pushing my every limit.

Mar 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m, favorites
**4.5 Believable Stars**
"I never believed there was anything after death."

A Reason To Believe takes you on a creepy, extremely sad and unforgettable journey, between a police officer and a renowned medium. A story that will draw you in, keep your heart racing and simply...blow your mind away...all with the help of a ghost.

Detective Matthew Bennett and Kiernan Fitzpatrick work on solving the case of a murdered child, Abigail Reynolds...who finds comfort in visiting Matt and Kier, to help find h
"Reread" July 2020: Audiobook = ***4.5 Stars***


This book yanked me out of a massive book hangover! 4.5*

When I have finished an absolute great book or a series that floored me, the next book I pick up is normally a tough act to follow. But, whew… Not this book.

Losing someone you love is never easy. Losing a child through homicide is a very traumatic experience, both for the immediate family and in this case for the cop who finds the child’s body. Um, maybe I shou
Written October 19, 2014

4 Stars - to a good crime thriller with some nice romance parts

A M/M romance with some spirit-beings elements, in all other ways a crime CR story. I choosed the easy way again: I picked up the audiobook. ~ I also remembered that my Aussie friend Mona wrote a beautiful (4.5 stars) review about this one.

And, was it a good one?
Yes, it really was! I liked this thrilling story from start.

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Oct 23, 2012 rated it liked it

3.5 stars

This book was moving right along at a 4-star pace. I was really enjoying it. I originally rolled my eyes at the thought of this celebrity medium who made money off of talking to the dead. It was all a bit "John Edward" for me to handle. BUT, Diana Copland did something really smart: she made Kiernan absolutely adorable and lovable...and sweet. He's the kind of guy I'd want as a best friend. So cute! (and his goofy t-shirts...reminded me of Ty from Cut & Run)

Matt was a bit of a tragic ch
Taintedskyee (Books Books&More Books)
Scared of ghost,avoiding this book in fear then don't cause you are missing out on something really good.This a good suspense thriller with a sweet child ghost and believe me nothing scary about that angel.Its more like reading a book on angel than ghost.
Can anyone be scared of a six year kid?

On top of that you get two hot heroes.

A Wonderful suspense.

Little humor.

Yeah,with funny T-shirt ,colorful personality and dialogue like this..
“Jesus,” Kiernan said as he stepped from the Bronco and a gus
Sep 25, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommended to Deeze by: Susan65
As a romance this book never worked for me. I just never felt a spark between Matt and Kiernan. I liked them both, Kiernan was sweet and Matt was a typical rugged cop, I just never felt any real interest in them as a couple.

As a murder Mystery this worked great for me. Poor little Abby was the star of this book. The author managed to write her and her death perfectly. My stomach literally churned when I read what happened to her. The excitement built nicely for me and even guessing who it was st
Oct 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Simply Amazing!!!

I knew after the first chapter it was a winner and I was so excited to read it.

I loved it, from start to finish, inside and out. It moved at a steady pace, kept me vested, and not once did I find myself skimming…not once. A great story line-check, a believable plot- check, a decent mystery - check, funny moments – check, a slow building romance – check, add in a couple teary-eyed, sad scenes, but nothing too overwhelming - check. Both the primary and secondary characters are we
Story 4 stars
Narration 4.5 stars

Surprisingly enjoyable, despite some sad moments due to the mystery revolving around the death of a six-year-old girl and the tail-end of Matt’s grief over the loss of his boyfriend and partner more than a year before the beginning of the story.

I really liked the writing, I loved both Matt and Kiernan as individual characters and the way they fell in love, it felt natural and nothing like insta-love, which was no small feat for a romance developed over the course
Ula'ndi Hart
Overall book rating: 4
Audio Book: Jack LeFleur 4
Book Cover: 4

Tell me something...who’s idea was it to NOT give us Kiernan’s POV in this one as well? Cause that would have been AWESOME!

When the dust settled all that really matters to me is that I really really like Kiernan.


Detective Matthew Bennett also pushed the right buttons for me. I liked him as well. His closed off get the point thing / stoic cop worked for me. I felt so sorry for him, but he never really gave met the impression t
Oct 01, 2012 rated it really liked it

Matthew Bennett is a police detective who has been forced because of workplace discrimination to ride a desk for the past year and a half. He's called to the scene of a missing child and experiences a paranormal event which leads to the discovery of the child's body. Rather than hide what happens he speaks about it to his boss and is forced into taking an administrative leave.

Kiernan Fitzpatrick is a medium having a gathering at a nearby university and Matt's sister-in-law takes him there in
❧A Bookish Berkeley Girl❧
Dec 07, 2012 rated it really liked it

OMG, one of these guys see's dead people!



Gosh, this book has so much good stuff in it, like sprinkles of reminder's of a good movie and some of my most favorite books~

♥Six Sense ~ Movie Plot  w/ with Bruce Willis
♥JR Wards, Viscous ~ "Sister Mine"
♥Abigail Roux, Ty & Zane~ The Infamous Ty Tee's
♥Jordan Costillo Price PsyCop Plot


The plot was typical but, it was solid
Oct 02, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

I really enjoy this author's writing, and this book was no exception. However, the murder mystery completely overshadowed the romance in this one, which isn't my preference, leading to my 3.5 star rating.

Trigger warning: there is a vivid, detailed account of the murder of a 6-year-old girl in this one, so if that is likely to make you run in the other direction, you may want to skip this one. I can dissociate/compartmentalize like a pro, so I read it completely detached. Recognizing th
Heather C
Loved this little paranormal mystery!

5 stars all the way for me. All the sad stuff ripped my heart out, but I loved all the characters, the mystery, and the slow build to the romance. Please tell me there will be a sequel for Matt and Kiernan!!
Cole Riann
Review posted at The Armchair Reader.

Diana Copland is a new author for me. At the time of reading this a couple of weeks ago, I hadn't read anything by her. After reading this, I decided to read her earlier Christmas ballet themed book, Grand Jete, and even though I liked it, I can see that she's improving as an author. A Reason to Believe was much better in my opinion. Maybe it is because the addition of another plotline (the mystery) give the story staying power. As often happens with mystery,

I'm always on the lookout for a good audio, they make my commute bearable, and this one by Jack LeFleur was an excellent surprise. Diana Copland is a 'new to me' author but I'll be sure to check out more from her in the nearby future.

Matthew Bennett's world imploded fifteen months ago when his partner, best friend, and lover was killed. Since then he's been stuck, closed off, and to make matters worse his idiot captain has him on desk duty. Because of the 'gay' thing. Ugh! That makes h
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-books-read
Well I didn't see that coming...

So yesterday I decided I wanted to listen to an audio book just for me and not for any other reason than I wanted to listen to it and this was what I picked and really all I can say is..."Damn, sometimes I make the best choices."

I've had this one on my radar for ages and I have to admit I've put it off for a while now mostly because the murder victim in this one is a young child and I admit it, not a fan. I have child of my own and yes, he's now an adult in h
Kaje Harper
Oct 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
The mystery and paranormal aspects of this story are brought together in a very satisfying story. Kiernan was a wonderful character, and exactly right to bring Matt out of mourning for his dead partner. The contrast between the MCs gave their relationship a nice dynamic. (And who wouldn't love Kiernan's T-shirts.) A couple of small plot/fact issues kept this from being a five-star book for me, but they are more pet-peeves of mine than large-scale issues. Fans of mystery and paranormal stories wi ...more
Sep 29, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: m-m, cops-pi-s, paranormal
The main niggles...

How was I supposed to take him?
As a do-gooder? Taking money from grieving people and showing off their grief in public...what a nice guy. I would say a seedy character at best.

The ghost story.
I`ve read childrens books that were better thought-out.
I mean, where were the ghosts? Kiernan is a medium but after the `show` the only ghost who appeared was Abby.
(What a timing...she didn`t appear during sex-scenes - God forbid! - but just when she was needed to give hints at
JustJen "Miss Conduct"
Oct 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook, mm, paranormal
A fabulous mystery well worth the money. The paranormal/ghost aspect was very well done. There was a time or two when I thought it might get cheesy, but then it worked itself out and the plot moved on. This story has a little bit of everything in it. I chuckled, felt sad, was intrigued by the mystery and absolutely loved the slow relationship buildup. Even though it happened over a few days, there was no feeling of it being rushed or insta love. The story focuses on who dunnit for the most part ...more
~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
This one unnerved me, and not in a good way. I didn't mind the supernatural aspect, but I didn't find a romance developing in conjunction with the murder of a 6-year-old to be particularly appealing.

While I liked Matt and could appreciate the grief he felt following the loss of his partner, I wanted and missed Kieran's POV; this might be the first M/M romance I read that offered the POV of only one of the MCs.

The mystery here (who killed Abby) was ridiculous heaped with a side of melodrama. Th
Shirley Frances
4.5 stars

This is my first book from author Diana Copland and I am determined to look for other books from her. This book had it all - amazing characters, great dialog, sizzling chemistry, a little angst and a bit of mystery thrown into the mix.
"Life is a wonderful thing, but it can be shorter than you think. Don't waste a second of it."

Matt is a detective who lost his lover a year and half ago and finds that he's going through the motions. Living but not having a life. He finds himself inves
Linda ~ they got the mustard out! ~
Still just as good as the first time I read it way back when I was first getting into M/M. I always worry that those "older" reads won't live up to my initial impressions of them, but this one does. It's even been long enough that even though I remembered the gist of mystery (the motive mostly) I didn't remember the whodunit, so it was fun to try to figure it out all over again.

Kiernan is fun and full of energy, and he's such a great balance to Matt, who is more even-tempered and still grieving
Sep 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes you just have to go back and re-read a book that started your love of a genre... <3

Even better the third time fourth time around ;) The review still stands. I still love it every time I read it - and yes, this is the one that started my venture into the M/M genre, as you can tell by the following review...

Okay, I have to admit that this was a first for me and I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. It wasn’t that I was avoiding the M/M genre. I just never found one that peaked my inter
Fani *loves angst*
4.5 stars

Matt is a gay cop whose ex-partner and lover was killed about 18 months ago. While on a case to discover a missing six year old girl, he sees her ghost who actually shows him where her dead body is. Doing the mistake of telling the truth to his homophobic boss, he finds himself in an administrative leave for still suffering after his partner's death. When the ghost makes a second manifestation, Matt's sister in law, takes him to see a professional, Kiernan Fitzpatrick, a young man who c
5 stars audio

Story: 3 stars
5 stars for the mystery part. It was very interesting and kept me guessing.
2 stars for the barely there romance/relationship development. Usually I complain about too many sex scenes. Now I am complaining there wasn't enough.
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Diana Copland began writing in the seventh grade, when she shamelessly combined elements of Jane Eyre and Dark Shadows to produce an overwrought gothic tale that earned her an A- in creative writing, thanks entirely to the generosity of her teacher. She wrote for pure enjoyment for the next three decades before discovering LiveJournal and a wonderful group of supportive fanfiction writers, who aft ...more

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“Jesus,” Kiernan said as he stepped from the Bronco and a gust of frigid wind lifted his hair. “I think my testicles just climbed up into my abdominal cavity in fear.”
Matt chuckled. “Lovely visual.” He cautiously joined him on the icy sidewalk. “They’ll come back out of hiding as soon as you warm up.”
“So you say. The poor things aren’t used to this kind of weather. It’s traumatizing. I’m going to expect you to check later to make sure they’re still where they belong.”
“I can certainly make an inspection of the general area. I’m a detective. It’s all about gathering evidence.”
“You take my breath. Did you know that?"
Matt bit his lip and shook his head.
Kiernan leaned back enough to look into his eyes. "You're beautiful man, Matthew Bennett," he said, his voice soft but intense as he stroked him more firmly. "And someone should tell you that, everyday for the rest of your life.”
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