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(Executioners #1)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  693 ratings  ·  71 reviews
(This is a previously-published edition of ASIN B073WH7WFJ.)

Gideon Jane earned the name Ghost for his reclusive nature when he joined a group of guys in Powers, Georgia in a band called Executioners. It had been his way of settling into small town life after living in New York for the past twenty years. He loved the band and his small organic farm. What he didn’t love was
Kindle Edition, 157 pages
Published July 18th 2017 by Hostile Whispers Press, LLC
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I've been patiently waiting for Harper's book. I knew her story would be heartbreaking and it was. The abuse she endured from others as well as her own self was so sad. She definitely deserves a HEA.

In steps Gideon, "Ghost". He was absolutely perfect in every way. And so damn swoon worthy.
“At this moment, I don’t want anything from you, just this. Conversation, your presence, your smile and rare laughs. One day I’ll want a date, in the outside world, holding your hand and not see this…
Jul 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: trans-romance
Very nice start to JM Dabney's new Executioners series. This borrows people from Twirled Ink and Brawlers to add flavour to Ghost and Harper's tale, but at the same time manages to create a new world based on these characters that seems to seamlessly fit in to this utterly wonderful world!

Note: whilst this can certainly be read as a standalone, you'll enjoy it much, much more if you read Twirled Ink, then Brawlers first!
Jenny Wood
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sighh, I've been waiting for Harper.
Boy, did I know she was gonna break my heart. She really did.
Stuck in an abusive, secret relationship, I could 100% understand how sad she was all the time. Being cast out as a teenager who didn't feel who she was in her own body, then judged for it... I couldn't even imagine. Over the years, she was branded the freak, and she was used to being used or ignored, or worst....abused. I just wanted to hug her.

Ghost, or Gideon, as Harper liked to call him, was s
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: july-2017-dr
To say I have been waiting for this book would be an understatement. Waiting implies patience... I had none. I know the title is Ghost but it's really more Harper's story. We met Harper in the Brawler series. We knew a lot about her there.

Who is Harper? Without giving away the plot. She is a trans woman. Her whole life she longed for peace within herself. She accepts the wrongs that are done to her by others. She needs to be rescued not only from an abusive relationship but from herself. Enter G
Prior to starting this, I had no idea this is a spin off series and also no idea that this is just a 157 pages novella. Thus, I felt that is not right for me to complaint of the lack of background story for both Harper and Gideon. I didn't read Brawlers series before, so I find the cameos of all the previous couples a bit overwhelming. There seems to be a lot of them together with a bunch of kids and I lost count of the people involved.

Harper is a trans woman who grew up in the same town that s
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Until today, Psycho was my favorite from Dabney's books...
But now Ghost and Harper take the lead.
I can't say enough how amazing and great this book is.
I fell in love by Harper in the previous book and she was so deserving of happiness!!!
Now I'll just wait impatiently for Joker's story!!!
thank you J.M. DABNEY for one more amazing read! loved it
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Amazing story, heartbroken in some parts and beautiful in others.
This book is a really rough read which is why I didn't read it for long time despite liking Harper, the heroine, a great deal in the other books.

There is brutality of all kinds and a good deal of it is on page and even the pieces that are flash back are awful and leave that helpless kind of ache that so much ugly exists.

There is good revenge here and a really sweet and gentle love story.

But the more over the top elements could be replace with more careful writing.

Love this couple though.
Aug 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbtq
This is the first in the Executioners series and it features familiar faces from the Brawlers and Twirled World Ink series’. They’re hard, tough, full of brawn and attitude and you could be forgiven for being a little bit leery of them but once you’re ensconced in that world and they claim you, you’ll have no-one better at your back. We know that even the toughest ones have a heart and will do anything for the family they’ve found in their close-knit group... In this story, we have Harper, a sma ...more
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Such a tender story told with striking sensitivity. The MCs are each so believable. I like the individual characters separately but I adore them together. As usual, Dabney creates surrounding characters that I can't wait to learn more about in future books. Also the exact right amount of info from past books/characters is included. Some series and/or spinoff books tend to rely too much for my taste on established characters from earlier stories. Definitely check the topic warning on this one. It ...more
Stacey Goldsborough
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Nailed it !!

Another great read by this author and will be another great series. Im excited for the next book. The author has deffinelty put work and research into capturing the feelings correctly in this book and the struggles with acceptence the main character must have totally belivible and heart warming when they get there HEA
Tanisha Richards
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Worth the wait.

I loved everything about this book from beginning to end Harper and Gideon it was amazing. They make the perfect couple. thank you for this wonderful read!
Dec 17, 2017 rated it did not like it
I have not read any of JM Dabney's other books and that lessened my enjoyment of THIS book because it continuously mentioned characters that I am unfamiliar with. Furthermore, I did not really like the author's writing style and do not think I will read anymore of her books. However, when browsing through this book's Goodread page, it is full of five star reviews, so probably it is me, not the book. ...more
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
I am currently readng the story but - stupid question but i will still ask- what is the book label as a "MM Romance"? From what i understand, Harper was born as a man but is a woman, (view spoiler) but she considers herself being a woman so i don't undersdand why the book is put in the category MM romance + transgender instead of MF romance + transgender?

Edit: i finished the book. It was ok but
Wow, So fucking beautiful!
Now we can talk about a good book from J.M, this was seriously a completely different side of her we get to see. Well Done!
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ok. So you guys know I have stupid moments. And if you don’t, I’m letting you know, I do. Often. When I made a comment about Ghost and his story, I was talking about this being a m/f book. And it is. To a point. Stupid ass me forgot about Harper and she’s a trans. M to F. The only thing that makes her not completely female, is that she has something between her legs. So I wasn’t even thinking of it in any other way. She’s a girl. Period. So as I said, this is the first m/f of all the series and ...more
Caroline Brand

This is the third series by JM Dabney that all kind of link back to each other with a group of fierce, loyal and often crazy men that I have grown to love. If you have read the books from the previous series then I expect like me you have been waiting for Harper’s story. This was always going to be a toughie as it was obvious that Harper had had such a tough time growing up but Ghost lays it all bare and you realise just how much she has suffered at both the hands of other
Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finally Harper got her HEA!

Harper, living openly as a transwoman in a small town where everyone knew her before the dresses and hormones. Surviving the bullies and taunts and punishing herself for trying to be herself, it was heartbreaking. Billy is the previous sheriff's nephew and she suffers almost daily from his physical abuse, she longs for a Prince Charming. Gideon/Ghost had left a lucrative events company in New York to move to a small quiet farm to get over a bad breakup, he is private m
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ready-steady-ray
Simply wonderful storytelling!

The most fleshed out main characters, Gideon (or Ghost) and Harper, a transexual, identified as she throughout, who has suffered terribly with body dysmorphia. Harper is depressed and hurts herself, first by cutting, attempted suicide, then allowing sexual and physical abuse by a homophobic creep, a man named Bill.

Gideon has not had the best of luck in the love department. He is a quiet, somewhat unassuming man.

He falls for Harper, but oh the baby steps! Sweetness
My first book by this author. Perhaps not the smartest move to start with this series but it is what it is. I like parts of the book but it was never as good as I hoped based on all the 4 and 5 stars reviews. I bought the whole series so I have three more books to warm up to this author.

For me this is a two star read because throughout the whole book I was wondering.
Wondering why Gideon and Harper never met before. They’ve the same group of friends. I get that Gideon is a loner and a sort of h
Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
5+ stars

What an amazing start to this new series from this amazing author.

I loved this book. I already knew that Harper's story was gonna break my heart but I still was gutted when reading what she had been through. This book is amazingly written. The sensitive subject matter if written with such care and understanding that it is easy to feel the same emotions as the characters as if you as going through the exact same turmoil.

I wish I was able to give this more than five stars because it real
lucy duncan
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Heartbreak and love

Ghost sees Harper for who she is , Harper thinks no one can love her . With Ghost she feel's safe and special . Harper has a villain of man who has been causing both physical and mental harm to her for years . With the help of Ghost and their friends she will survive .
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

Aww so happy, loved Harper and Ghost getting their happy ending 💖

Can't wait for Jokers book.
Definitely not my favorite out of the books in the world of Twirled Ink/Brawlers/Executioners.
I liked that Harper finally got her story and that she got a nice HEA.
I must say much of the story leans on previous books and I would recommend readers who are not familiar with the previous series to start with Berzerker to get a feel for the characters or at least to read the books about the Brawlers first since those characters and events are present in this story.
2nd Read August 2020
Same thoughts as the first time around.

1st Read 8-17-2017
For me, Ghost didn't really fit "Ghost". I don't know. He didn't seem like he should have that name.
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-challenge
Loved it!!!

Heard about this author on a book release party and thought the book sounded really good. I couldn't wait to read it and I inhaled it in one sitting. Great book!
Nov 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m
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Sara MacRae
Sep 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Ghost starts off by introducing us to Harper, a character whose raw pain, grit, and vulnerability is on display through the mental and physical scars she bears, inflicted at the hands of hatred, prejudice, and self-loathing. It makes it easy to feel protective of Harper and want her to find healthy happiness, understanding, and love. It’s almost palpably painful to read her story, but then to be faced with her empathy, especially towards Joker and his tormented life’s story, is uplifting and hum ...more
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Ghost by J.M. Dabney
4.5 Stars – review by Dawn Honeycutt

Gideon Jane a/k/a Ghost moved to Powers, GA after a breakup with his cheating boyfriend. He set up a small farm and other than playing in the band, Executioners, he kept mostly to himself. But Ghost was ready to find someone to share his life with.

Harper Sage grew up in Powers, GA. She was bullied, taunted and hurt physically, mentally, emotionally, basically in every way for being transgender, but she didn’t hide who she was. She has a sma
Joyfully Jay
Sep 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: michelle
A Joyfully Jay review.

3.25 stars

This book is billed as a standalone, but is a spin off from Dabney’s earlier Brawlers series where Harper was introduced. The book is dedicated to all of the readers that wanted to know more about Harper’s story, so clearly she made an impression in the earlier books. The relationship between Harper and Gideon does work on its own, but for Harper herself, as well as the network of secondary characters that the book includes, I was at a frustrated disadvantage as
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