Hello fellow book lovers! I’ll be sharing my review for the second book in The Mortician’s Daughter series by C.C. Hunter. Two Feet Under exceeded all my expectations and I honestly cannot recommend this book/series enough. I laughed, I cried, I swooned, I felt all these heartbreaking and wonderful FEELS. I really hope you get to meet Riley and Hayden and Kelsey and everyone else in this thrilling YA paranormal romance series.
Published: December 15, 2018
Publisher: EverAfter Romance
Genre(s): Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Suspense
Format: Kindle Edition, 215 pages
The second exciting novel in a brand-new series from New York Times bestselling author C. C. Hunter!
Riley has accepted that her special gift is to help dead people with their unfinished business. But she never thought she’d be tasked with helping the spirit of a convicted criminal who died in prison. He may lead her on the scariest mission yet, but helping him could mean saving the life of a child. The convict’s daughter needs a liver transplant and the one person who could still be a match is his brother . . . who also happens to be a gang leader.
Hayden’s not happy that Riley’s discovered who he is and is seeing him sick and unconscious in his hospital bed. This feels like as good a time as ever to cross over and put all of them out of their misery . . . but Riley is in danger. She’s visiting some of the most dangerous spots and confronting some of the creepiest lowlifes in town. For her, he’ll need to regain his strength and fight to keep her safe.
But dealing with other people’s problems still can’t keep Riley from her own. Her dad’s drinking has gotten worse. And she’ll soon learn it’s because he’s been keeping a huge, horrible secret that will change everything she believes about her family and her mother’s death.
I’m crying by the time I reach my car. Crawling in the driver’s seat, I shiver, start the engine, and turn up the car’s heater. It spurts out cold air. “Damn!” I thump my palm against the steering wheel, feeling angry, feeling helpless, feeling way too much rage. And just like that, I know it’s not just my emotion.
I see ice crystals form on the inside of my windshield. Then from the corner of my eye, I see someone sitting in my passenger seat. He’s wearing orange. Prison garb.
Crap. What’s he doing here? How did he find me at the hospital?
I want to turn to him, scream for him to get lost, but if I do, he’ll know I can see him and then he’ll never leave me alone.
So I pretend I’m not cold. I pretend I’m not afraid. I pretend I’m not dying inside for Hayden.
Blinking, staring out the windshield, I pretend tears aren’t freezing to my cheeks.
Shifting the car in reverse, I pull out of the hospital parking lot. My hands tremble, so I grip the steering wheel tighter.
“I need you to help me!” the ex-con yells.
I manage not to flinch, at least not on the outside. Go away. Go away. Go away.
“Look at me, damn it! Look at me!”
I keep my gaze locked on the road. He slams a fist on my dashboard. If he wasn’t dead that’d hurt like hell.
“It isn’t fair,” he yells. “Listen to me!”
No, it isn’t fair. But I’m remembering what Hayden looked like, so withered, so gaunt. So dead. Then I recall the desperate love in Mrs. Carter’s eyes.
I keep driving. I turn onto the major street heading to my house.
“I said listen!” He leans so close, yells so loud, his voice hurts my ears. His cold burns my skin and turns the air so arctic it stings my throat and lungs.
Just a few more miles. I can do this. I can. How long does it take to get frostbite?
He reaches over and yanks my steering wheel. What the…?
Ghost aren’t supposed to be able to move things, but this one can. As hard as I try to regain control of the wheel, I can’t. He’s yanking it back and forth. Cars dart out of my way. Horns are blaring. Luckily, I don’t think any of the cars actually crash.
I go to slam on the brakes, but dead-prisoner guy jumps the console, sits his cold butt on top of me, kicks my foot off the brakes, and slams his on the gas. I have freezing pain coursing through me, but I manage to look around him just in time to see my car race across the median and veer right into oncoming traffic.
And leading that traffic is an eighteen-wheeler.
I, Riley Smith, at only seventeen, am going to die.
Emotionally Intense, Riveting, Romantic, Thrilling, and Unforgettable!
OMG! This book left my heart bleeding on the floor and I don’t even know how I’m going to write this review without it being messy and all over the place. I’m broken-hearted, emotionally-spent, and such a damn mess. Two Feet Under exceeded all my expectations and I’m absolutely blown away!
If you read the first book, then you know that Hayden is not really dead, but in a coma fighting for his life. Riley is now dealing with the ghost of a convicted criminal and also her father’s addiction with drinking. With so much on her plate, will Riley be able to help everyone she cares about and have her happily ever after with Hayden?
Going into this sequel, I had a feeling that the story at some point would take a turn for the worst, but I was not prepared for everything that happened and that ending that broke my heart into a million pieces. It’s unbearably emotional and distressing on so many levels, but I loved every single moment. It’s even more addictive than One Foot in the Grave and I just couldn’t stop reading. Whether it was good or bad, I wanted to know… no I needed to know what would happen next. It’s darker, edgier, sadder and everything is just way MORE than the first book. More dangerous, more secrets, more lies, more ghosts, more suspense, more twists and surprises, more romance and more FEELS… I absolutely LOVED this sequel and C.C. Hunter just became my new favorite author after reading this. It’s just that GOOD.
Riley is my girl and I love that she’s so relatable. I also really love that she’s caring, kind, persistent, and so selfless. She doesn’t easily give up and she’s even willing to risk her own life to save someone else. She’s a fantastic and admirable heroine and I really hope she gets the happy ending she deserves.
Hayden… oh how I love the way he makes me smile and swoon. He’s the perfect book boyfriend – charming, protective, funny, sweet, and caring. I really hope everything works out between Riley and him cause I don’t think my heart can take it if it doesn’t.
I’ve already mentioned this in my other reviews, but I’m going to say it here again… Hunter’s stories are thrilling and absolutely enthralling. She has an amazing talent creating stories that are heartbreaking, but also breathtakingly poignant, utterly fascinating, and emotionally wonderful in so many ways. This book has some parts that were really difficult for me to read without crying my eyes out, but there are also so many moments that made me smile, laugh, and hope for the best. Hunter perfectly blends the right dose of drama, thrill, suspense, mystery, intrigue, humor, romance, and love. This is absolutely a fantastic paranormal romance thriller and I’m so in love! The writing is flawless, the plot is exciting and emotional, the characters are totally lovable and my heart ached for all of them, and the FEELS… just WOW… so, so, so AMAZING! And then there’s that shocking ending.. I didn’t see that twist coming. I didn’t like it but I did cause it gives me something to look forward to in the last book and it’s going to be really good and I know I’m rambling here, but I just really love this series.
The Mortician’s Daughter: Two Feet Under is an outstanding sequel and I cannot rave about it enough! It’s emotionally intense, riveting, romantic, thrilling, and also really heartwarming. I LOVED this book and series and cannot wait to see how it all ends in THREE HEARTBEATS AWAY, which releases TOMORROW!!! So lucky to have an early copy of it cause I just started it last night and it’s sooooo GOOD! I’m totally dreading the moment I get to the last page, but I’m also really excited. I really hope I don’t get a book hangover after cause I know it’s going to be a bittersweet ending and I don’t know if my heart is completely ready to say goodbye to everyone.
If you’re looking for an addictive paranormal series that will keep you up late into the night, look no more and start this one ASAP! Book 3 comes out tomorrow so you can binge the series right now or over the weekend.
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
C. C. Hunter is the New York Times bestselling author of over thirty-five books, including her wildly popular Shadow Falls and Shadow Falls: After Dark series. In addition to winning numerous awards and rave reviews for her novels, C.C. is also a photojournalist, motivational speaker, and writing coach. In February 2018, Wednesday Books will publish her contemporary young adult and hardcover debut, This Heart of Mine. And the first book of her new paranormal young adult series, The Mortician’s Daughter: One Foot in the Grave will release on October 31st 2017. C. C. currently resides in Texas with her husband, junkyard dog, Lady, and whatever wild creatures that meander out from woods surrounding home.
C.C. Hunter is a pseudonym. Her real name is Christie Craig and she also writes humorous romantic suspense romance novels. www.christie-craig.com
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