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Everyone wishes they were dead when wandering the purgatory of a home furnishings store, but these guys actually are.

Benji Goss is the quintessential good guy. When his boyfriend dumps him and moves out, Benji obligingly keeps the cat—even though he’s allergic—because his ex’s new place doesn’t accept pets. He’s always joked the cat would be the death of him, but not in a
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ebook, 210 pages
Published February 8th 2016 by Dreamspinner Press
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~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
Feb 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommended to ~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~ by: Kristan
Some Assembly Required is unlike any M/M romance I've read.

For one, both MCs are dead, ghosts if you will but with a corporal sense of themselves. They can eat and cry. They can move objects and change clothes at will. They can touch and smell.

They hang out in CASA (the fictional version of IKEA), a sort of purgatory for lost souls. The concepts of heaven and hell are vaguely sketched but heavily based on Christian philosophy.

Souls get stuck in CASA because they need to find closure before
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Kristan
4/5 stars

No good deed goes unpunished.

At least, that's the case for Benji, who was crushed under a bookcase while trying to help out his neighbor. Now he's wandering the aisles of CASA; where all good spirits go when they meet their unfortunate end at the hands CASA furniture. He'll either accomplish what he needs to, in order to move on, or he'll help save the lives of others from CASA doom. In the meantime, he has Patrick to keep him occupied.

Patrick has been a ghostly guide at CASA for so
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Charlie Cochet
What a gem of a story! Lex Chase and Bru Baker make a winning combination in my book. This story was just what I needed to get me out of my funk. It was fun, creative, and had me teary-eyed on more than one occasion. I absolutely fell for Benji and Patrick, and by the end I didn’t want to let them go.

Benji was sweet and adorable, his patience with Patrick touching. Patrick was wonderfully sarcastic and aloof. There was plenty of emotion in this story too, and my heart broke for them several
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Lisa The Novel Approach
Feb 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It’s not often I read stories involving ghosts. I enjoy it when I do, most of the time, but usually the ghosts are part of some sort of paranormal investigation. This book, however, breaks those rules, and I must say it was not only entertaining but unique.

Both Benji and Patrick are ghosts. Having been killed by CASA brand furniture, they reside in the purgatory that is CASA, helping other ghosts—or Impressions—prevent similar accidents from killing more people before they are able to pass on.
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Serena Yates
Feb 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2016, gay
‘Some Assembly Required’ is a unique book with its concept of purgatory as a home furnishings store and a humorous approach to the people (or are they ghosts?) who inhabit it that made me laugh out loud more than once. There are probably as many concepts about what the afterlife is like as there are people who believe in it, but this specific one is so modern and relatable that it had me in stitches. And as for a ghost story - most of which are either scary, creepy, or sad - this one is “none of ...more
Kira
Jan 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m
I was given an ARC copy of this book for an honest review.

This book is an unholy marriage of What Dreams May Come & Reaper (one of my favorite tv shows)! It's clever, sarcastic, funny, heartfelt, slow burn romance.

What if the afterlife is a series of big-box stores, and the employees are your guides? Can you find your soulmate while shopping for low price furniture?

Benji's an earnest kindergarten teacher who lands in his favorite store after he's crushed to death by his bookcase.

Patrick's a
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Tess
Mar 03, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: paranormal
3.5 stars

Very unique story but I don't think I was in the proper frame of mind for it! Too many distractions and stresses in RL made it too hard to focus. As a result, I didn't completely understand everything that was going on and I didn't have as much of a connection with the romance as I'd like. I guess what I'm saying is it was probably just me.
Morgan  Skye
Jan 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: good-reads, 2016
Poor Benji isn’t having a good day or … life… or death. He’s been dumped by his long term boyfriend and is now being bugged by his mother to move on and then… well… then he dies.

Benji ends up in a place called CASA (remarkably like Ikea) where he meets Patrick. Patrick is a “full time employee” of CASA and his reluctant and question-avoiding Guide.

Patrick – with the help of Karin and Agnes- eventually gives Benji the information he needs to know while living in CASA and together they help lost “
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Juli
Feb 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was given an ARC copy of this book for an honest review.

I'm a fan of both of these authors and together this book was a home run. Both Benji and Patrick were characters I wanted to get to know and root for them to find love in the afterlife.

The premise of a furniture store which I assume is modeled after IKEA is the gateway or purgatory after you die was highly original and enjoyable. The leads try to hold onto their humanity through eating, wearing new clothes and interacting with the living
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Alison
Nov 01, 2017 rated it liked it
I loved the idea of this story: an IKEA-lookalike as purgatory where a group of ghosts help souls to move on. I found the execution to be a little lacking and the story itself never clicked for me, but I found the first half to be quite clever and pretty amusing. It's definitely strange to start a story knowing the main character is about to die. This was a fun, fairly easy story, but it felt a bit long to me and the second half a dragged a bit. I never warmed to Patrick and found him to be a ...more
Janeylou
Aug 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 0000-sh-recs
4.25 stars
Elaine White
Book – Some Assembly Required
Author – Lex Chase & Bru Baker
Star rating -
No. of Pages - 210

Movie Potential - (something similar to Warm Bodies)
Ease of reading – very easy to read and follow
Would I read it again – Definitely!

** I WAS GIVEN THIS BOOK, BY THE AUTHOR, IN RETURN FOR AN HONEST REVIEW **
Reviews for Divine Magazine


Confession: I don't have many notes for this book. Normally, I mark highlights on my Kindle as I'm reading, to note down my thoughts, complaints or praises. I generally
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ItsAboutTheBook
Feb 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: whit
Review can be read at It's About The Book

It’s not everyday I read about a ghost love story set in a store something like IKEA. Or I think it’s meant to be IKEA-like?! Yes, the MCs are deceased and in purgatory. In this book IKEA is CASA and it’s a purgatory for all the dead people whose lives were ended too soon thanks to mishaps with random items purchased in the store. For whatever reason they pop in the store to save some poor unsuspecting living customer from repeating their demise. Our
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Joyfully Jay
Feb 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jay
A Joyfully Jay review.

4.5 stars


So this story is just plain a lot of fun you guys. In case it isn’t clear, CASA is a takeoff on the assemble-it-yourself Scandinavian furniture store, IKEA. The set up here is so clever, with CASA as this way station for spirits before they move on (yes, Wallville is the place you don’t want to end up, but if you are lucky, you may move on to Scope, with their red bullseye logo). There are so many clever details here in the way CASA is portrayed, and if you ever
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Elisa Rolle
Oct 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
2016 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Some Assembly Required
1) The premise of a furniture store which I assume is modeled after IKEA is the gateway or purgatory after you die was highly original and enjoyable. The leads try to hold onto their humanity through eating, wearing new clothes and interacting with the living when needed. In fact there were times when I forgot the two were dead, they even have jobs which is something I hope isn't true after I die. Both men had issues lingering from
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Kenzie Cade
Jan 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Ghosts in CASA (read: IKEA) falling in love. This concept is awesome. I'll be honest, ghost stories are not my thing, but this one from two of my favorite authors was a no brainer. I adored Patrick and Benji. The tension and heat between them is fantastic, not to mention the tension. The story, a progression of relationship, romance, and future, captivated me from beginning to end.

Benji's transition from living to killed by a CASA bookshelf and all of the happenings between held my interest.
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Kara
Jan 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m
I have to say to start of this review that I 100% loved the authors premise of this story! Being a huge paranormal fan and both MC's in this story both being Ghosts..

I really loved both of the characters in this story! Benji and Patrick both having been killed by Casa furniture now must reside there in their afterlife. Benji was such a sweet character while Patrick was sarcastic, but he does eventually grow on you. I really just loved both of these characters together and thought this story was
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Leaf of Absence
This had such a great quirky premise, sadly it didn't quite live up to expectations - and the version of heaven that's presented is pretty much my idea of hell. Heaven for good little capitalists. Elitist middle class capitalists.

Also, really, the lowest common denominator Walmart digs? Not creative or original or funny.
GottaLoveMM
May 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars
Gotta Love this idea

This is such a unique idea.
It is well written and I really enjoyed the story and characters.

Blurb:
Everyone wishes they were dead when wandering the purgatory of a home furnishings store, but these guys actually are.
Jennifer Lavoie
Read for The Novel Approach.

It’s not often I read stories involving ghosts. I enjoy it when I do, most of the time, but usually the ghosts are part of some sort of paranormal investigation. This book, however, breaks those rules, and I must say it was not only entertaining but unique.

Both Benji and Patrick are ghosts. Having been killed by CASA brand furniture, they reside in the purgatory that is CASA, helping other ghosts—or Impressions—prevent similar accidents from killing more people
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UnusualChild{beppy}
Synopsis:
Benji has been dumped by his boyfriend, and doesn't really feel like getting out there again. Instead, he focuses on the cat that he inherited but is allergic to, and CASA, a furniture store. Now that his ex isn't around to want a certain standard of furniture, Benji furnishes his apartment with furniture from his favourite store. When he agrees to look after a dog for some neighbours, he locks himself out, and takes the dog back to his apartment. Unfortunately, the dog and cat don't
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Bianca
Feb 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Carrie
A bit confusing as to how the whole system worked. I don't read much fantasy for that reason, just because it works in the authors' mind and other readers' doesn't mean it'll work in mine. However, this was clever and hilarious and the banter was perfect.

I loved the store names: CASA (IKEA), Wallville (Walmart), Scope (Target), and Queequeg Coffee (Starbucks).

ETA: Seriously suspend your disbelief, I found it very hard to believe CASA was still in business, with how many years and how many
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Beacullen
Sep 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m
This book is really different, its about two spirits that meet in the afterlife, where they're stuck at CASA. An IKEA type store. When Benji first arrives he has so many questions, and Patrick never tells him anything with a straight answer. But eventually he figures out a lot on his own. Like the fact that Patrick has been hurt in the past and is afraid to trust his heart, even though it hasn't actually beat for years. The supernatural twist in this story was very fun. There were parts that ...more
M'rella
4.5 stars.

Very fun read. Rounding down to four only because two people in tight quarters is not exactly my comfort zone. Does it make me a closeted claustrophobic? *scratches head* lol

Good book, tho. Very good :)
Florebunda
Feb 08, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: ghost
Always anchor your Billy bookcase to the wall!
Interesting take on purgatory being at CASA. Anyone who's been to IKEA will find the setting very familiar. Very slow burn romance.
Michael
3.5 Stars rounded up.

I assume CASA is based on Ikea and Wallville is Walmart but what the hell is SCOPE?
Frankie
Oct 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is really different - in a good way.
I really enjoyed it.
Andrea
I made it to 36% and called it a DNF. Not funny, not entertaining, and I didn't care what happened to any of the characters.
Meggie
Mar 04, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, paranormal
Wow, this is a really weird written romance in ghost world. I don't really know what to think about this story. Sure its unique, but everything else is simply to weird for my taste.
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Lex Chase once heard Stephen King say in a commercial, “We’re all going to die, I’m just trying to make it a little more interesting.” Now, she’s on a mission to make the world a hell of a lot more interesting.

Weaving tales of cinematic, sweeping adventure—and depending on how she feels that day—Lex sprinkles in high-speed chases, shower scenes, and more explosions than a Hollywood blockbuster.
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