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Not Dead Yet

(Not Dead Yet #1)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  1,803 ratings  ·  408 reviews
Dying isn’t what it used to be.

Wes Cooper was dead. Then he wasn’t—though he’s not exactly alive, either. As an immortal not-ghost, he can transition between this world and the otherplane, which makes him the perfect thief for hire. For seventy years he’s made a “living” returning items to their rightful owners, seeing his fair share of the bizarre in the process. But
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Published February 4th 2019 by Carina Press
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
Though not my usual type of read, Not Dead Yet was a very, very solid paranormal mystery romance, and I had a hard time putting it down.

I'm not a mystery lover, but if well-written mysteries mixed with a ton of paranormal goodies are your thing, you're going to be in love with this one.

The romance is a second-chance romance, something that is hit-or-miss for me, but I really enjoyed it here. I have a thing for gruff MCs, so the grumpy Rojas worked for me. I understood him as a character, and I
5 ++++ stars for Greg

3.5 for the story

First! That cover needs to go!


This was a surprise. The story is a paranormal mm romance set in Canada.

The writing is solid and flows well. I didn't care that much about the mystery but that didn't keep me from enjoying the story.

The story is told from the POV of Wes Cooper a not so dead ghost/human. He has the ability to travel through the ghost world and the human world. He is hilarious, i had so much fun listening to the audiobook, never a dull moment.
Lyn❤Loves❤Listening #AUDIOBOOKADDICT
Audio...Let's get real. It's Greg Boudreaux, and there's only one setting when it comes to his performance...High 5 Stars! 😍😍

Story....4.25 Simone told me so Stars 😍😍

A new series for me to fall in love with. Lots of action, great laugh out loud humor, likeable, diverse cast of characters, great chemistry between the MCs, and supernatural/paranormal cases. My kind of book!
Jul 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
*4,5 stars*

A fabulous alternative universe.
An excellent second chance romance.
A captivating mystery.

This one is a total winner. New to me author Jenn Burke really scores with fantastic, original world building, an all engrossing plot and two intriguing MCs.

Wes …

is an immortal ghost and then again he is not. (Not telling how this works, but it does!).
One thing’s for sure though – he really fell hard for Hudson when they were boyfriends over 30 years ago. And he still loves him. Even if he is try
Ok, I guess it's time for me to stop fooling myself. I keep telling myself that these kind of books ain't for me. That I won't like them, yet I keep on reading them. Yet I keep on loving them.

And man, did I love this book. It was quirky and interesting. Hilarious and sweet. I really liked Wes and Hudson. Sure, there were times (a LOT of times) where I wanted to smack some sense into Hudson. He was so very stubborn. Way too stubborn for my liking.
The mystery had a great build, and it took time
Dec 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
I can’t recall the last time a book surprised me as much as this one did. Even more I can’t believe how much fun it was to be surprised.

I had the barest of ideas going in. I’m the worst at reading and retaining what a blurb tells me, well, if I read the blurb at all. I knew this was some sort of ghost story. So,to me, ghost stories are one thing, romances with ghosts are totally another. They always seem to make me feel just so sad. I mean, even when they aren’t supposed to feel that way there
Kaje Harper
I'm a sucker for imaginative paranormal mysteries, and appealing gay main characters; Jenn Burke delivers both. With the added bonus of one MC apparently being demisexual.

Wes Cooper died young, 70 years ago, when his first love with another man ended in disaster. That man had a sister who was a witch, and her attempt to bring Wes back to life worked, mostly. He's living, breathing, flesh and blood, but with a part of him still linked to the otherplane where the dead first go and ghosts linger. A
"Not Dead Yet" is totally not in my wheelhouse, what with all the ghosts, evil spirits and creatures of the night, but I completely adore this book and only after pondering just how to review it do I realize how darn complex it is and what a wonderful job Burke does in creating this world and its characters.

Wes Cooper is a resurrected ghost who is immortal and exists partially in the Otherplane which allows him to transport almost anywhere, which is a skill he uses to steal - oops "recover" - i
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: paranormal
The idea was interesting, but execution wasn't quite there. DNF at 47 changing status to 'read' I pushed on.

Unfortunately I couldn't connect, slogged through with no wish to resume after putting down.

He might look early twenties but Wes lived through the Depression. He's experienced tough living, lived decades, yet he comes across a fickle club boy avoiding responsibility, which just didn't read as believable to me.
Then Hudson re-appearing after 33yrs, there should be more changes and his whole
Linda ~ they got the mustard out! ~
I wouldn't say everything was going honky-dory until 31%. This did start out pretty rough, the world-building wasn't all that fantastic, the writing was average and the MCs had zero chemistry and I didn't really care about either one of them. I enjoy second-chance romances, but I need to care about why they parted and care about why they should get back together, and that wasn't happening here. But the case they were working on was interesting and the setup for that was going well and getting in ...more
Rachel Emily
Wow! What an excellent supernatural, mystery, slow burn and second-chance romance novel, I absolutely loved this one.

Wes isn't exactly alive or dead - a spell gone wrong has his trapped in his non-aging body, with abilities to slip between our world and another mystical one. It's helped him with his job - "retreivement specialist" (read - thief), although it was point of contention with his then-boyfriend of over thirty years ago, Hudson Rojas. But when weird things start happening, Wes reaches
Valerie ❈M/M Romance Junkie❈
This book. Gah! Right book? Right day? Do I care? NO. I loved this. I loved this so hard that I had to STOP LISTENING TO GREG because he wasn't narrating fast enough to keep up with my need for more. Did you see that? I stopped listening to F'N GREG!!!! I will go back and listen all the through because again... GREG.

So yeah. I loved this book. I can't wait to get to the next book.
Not Dead Yet took me by surprise at every turn.

I loved this. Loved.

The story is told through Wes's perspective in first person narration. This is so brilliantly done because it's the very reason the twists and turns take you by surprise. I loved that his perspective is biased.

Wes Cooper is a ghost but not. He's a magical mystery, able to exist in the physical and other-plane. He's over a 100 years old and look's like a Twink/college student and hasn't changed one bit; physically or otherwise
I admit that I haven't had good experience with this author so far -- but with this book, I'm ready to change my mind. Because Not Dead Yet is a SOLID paranormal mystery romance. Not only that, the romance is a second-chance trope. All of them are exactly the kind of story I'm looking for. And boy, did the story deliver!!

First of all, the paranormal element... I LOVED the unique "twist" of ghost that Jenn Burke offers in this book. Wes Cooper died in 1933 but then he was resurrected with a spell
I've given this an A- at AAR, so that's 4.5 stars rounded up.

For some reason, I’ve been gravitating towards paranormal romances lately, most often ones featuring characters involved in law enforcement, which was the immediate appeal of Jenn Burke’s Not Dead Yet.  It’s the first in a new series in which one of the protagonists is, as the title suggests, Not Dead.  Although he’s Not Alive either, which is certainly a unique twist and not something I’ve come across before.  Not Dead Yet is a hugely
Annie ~ Queer Books Unbound
Today I am here to rave about Jenn Burke’s Not Dead Yet! That book had been on my radar for a while – I eagerly awaited every #1linewed on twitter and gobbled up any bit of information she dropped on the writing process of the series, hoping she’d post another snippet of it. So of course I immediately requested it on NetGalley when I saw it was up on it. I was lucky that I didn’t have to wait long to be approved for it and – not kidding – I dropped everything to immediately start reading. I had ...more
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My nail art for this book

You know that person who reads all the spoilers, skips to the end of the book, wants to know who won the game before the watch the recording? That is me! Suspense is not my friend. I like to know what I am in for.
That being said, I did not skip to the end of this book. It never even occurred to me. I just read and read and read until I got to the satisfying end.
Hudson is Mr. Grumpypants. I had tears in my eyes by the end of chapter 2 because he played his role so well.
Mar 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
A very enjoyable different take on the ghost/second chance love story. I am super picky when it comes to reading paranormal and this one did it for me. Just the right mix. The second chance love was done very well, for me just the way I enjoy, full backstory and progression before things move along with the twists and turns of the story.
Feb 21, 2020 rated it liked it
I should never write a review for a book when I already (mostly) read the sequel. Now I can’t help but letting my feelings of the second book color my thoughts about the first book.

When I first finished this I actually quite liked it. It did take me til around 50% to finally get into it, but I ended up liking it nonetheless.

But I was hesitant to say something about the romance, because these guys are not that solid yet. So I hoped book 2 would really solidify the relationship for me. But alas, t
May 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was my first introduction to Jenn Burke's work, and I really enjoyed her diverse characters, sassy humor, new outlook on paranormals and well thought out mystery. I genuinely liked both MCs and the side characters. It was slow burn mild steam second chance romance.

Wes is a very unusual man. His story and abilities are extraordinary and he wants for nothing, and yet he feels lonely. When unplanned circumstances make him reconnect with one man that ever made him feel alive, his life turns up
Feb 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lovely Paranormal Fluff!!

Nothing heavy here for you, my pretties! Enjoy a light police procedural involving a 100 year old twink who’s a not-ghost, some witches, and some other magical beings—I won’t spoil the surprise for you!

I found Wes, our inmortal not-ghost charming but very immature. Our other MC, Hudson is his sexy silver fox of an ex. Talk about second chances here!

It’s light on the sex—just one scene really—but it’s not missed. It’s also light on the paranormal world building, but I’ll
Story - 3 ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Audio by Greg Boudreaux- 5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Eli Easton
I ate up this first book in a new paranormal mystery series by Jenn Burke. We have a sort-of-ghost, witches, and other paranormal creatures threaded through an intriguing noir-style mystery and second chance love story. The writing is excellent and sucked me right into the story. I loved both of the male leads. I am anxiously awaiting book two!
Not Dead Yet is an amazing paranormal romance between Wes (he's like a ghost, but not really) and his ex-boyfriend, Detective Hudson Rojas. First of all, Wes condition is unique and refreshing to read. I've never read before someone in his condition. He's like an immortal being and partly ghost with some pretty awesome capabilities.

The story begin with Wes doing his usual thievery and witnessed a murder. He reluctantly got in touch with his ex-boyfriend, Detective Hudson. Of course, their reuni
Roberta Blablanski
This is a new to me author and., holy hell, what an amazing story. There isn't one thing I didn't like about it. I was riveted from page one.

This is a paranormal mystery with MM romance thrown into the mix for some spice. It's a tender second chance romance that builds gradually and feels so damn genuine. Add to that the ace rep, and I think I've found a new favorite.

"I couldn't imagine needing to have sex so badly that you'd seek out a random hookup--let alone have a backup reserved."

The myster
A fast-paced read with an interesting premise and world-building. I knocked off a few stars because I found the romance somewhat problematic, with one of the characters running hot and cold for pretty much the entirety of the book. As a result, when things are at a climax at the end, I found myself not really invested in the outcome, even when the stakes were technically high. My emotional payout as a reader felt shortchanged. I also found the ending to be a bit rushed and slapdash. That being s ...more
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paranormal, mystery
4.5 stars

One damn fine story! Well done, Ms. Burke.

Skillful world building, beautifully drawn characters, a realistic/sometimes-rocky reunion after a painful breakup, a great secondary cast, and an exciting, twisty paranormal mystery. I can hardly wait for the second book!
Joyfully Jay
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jay
A Joyfully Jay review.

4.75 stars

Those of you who read my reviews regularly know I am a sucker for creative world building in my paranormal stories. I am always looking for that little something extra that provides a new and interesting approach, and I have to say that Jenn Burke really delivers with Not Dead Yet. The whole premise is just so engaging; I loved the idea of Wes as a not quite ghost and it leads to so many clever story angles, as well as some really interesting relationship and cha
I've given this an A+ for narration and an A- for content at AudioGals.

I know some audio listeners who prefer not to listen to books they’ve already read in print, but I’m the opposite – if I enjoy reading something, I’m always up for experiencing it again, and as I don’t have much time for re-reading, audio is the perfect way for me to return to a favourite story. Of course, sometimes I don’t do that because there are some narrators I dislike listening to, but when a favourite book gets paired
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Jenn Burke has loved out-of-this-world romance since she first read about heroes and heroines kicking butt and falling in love as a preteen. Now that she’s an author, she couldn’t be happier to bring adventure, romance, and sexy times to her readers.

Jenn is the author of The Gryphon King’s Consort from Dreamspinner Press and the co-author of the critically acclaimed Chaos Station science fiction r

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