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 way he expects when a feline mishap crushes him under a DEL TORO bookcase.
Snarky loner Patrick Bryant is in such a rut he barely remembers the life he used to lead. The last thing he recalls is being decapitated by a DEL TORO bookcase in a freak accident. As a spiritual CASA resident, he haunts the aisles of affordable Italian furniture, assisting fellow spirits in moving on to their final destinations.
When Benji appears in the CASA café, Patrick considers the naïve spirit just the man to cure his boredom. Benji’s relentless optimism chips away at Patrick’s sarcasm, making him question if there’s something beyond what he can see. But the heart is like CASA furniture—there’s always some assembly required.
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 have about a page of highlights for every 50 or so pages of the story. Not with this one. In fact, I barely have one page and that is for one, very important, reason. This book was as close to reading perfection that you’ll ever find.
If you’ve read my reviews before, you’ll know that I write about plot and characters separately. I won’t be doing that here. There’s no need. Both were clever, sweet, charming and perfect in ways that mere words can’t describe.
I smiled through 80% of this book, spend another 10% worrying at my lip in concern for the characters and the last 10% trying so hard not to cry. I failed.
Right off the bat, I connected with Benji. Everything about him was familiar, relatable and wonderful. He had a great personality, a wonderful sense of human and his interactions with his mum, the cat and the dog were all top class entertainment.
I started off a little frustrated with the constant CAPS mentions of the furniture, but it soon made perfect sense and stopped making such an impact. I was too engrossed in the story, the plot and the characters to care about the furniture. The story is just so original, intriguing and different to anything else I’ve ever read. I’ve read quite a few “ghost” stories in the M/M genre, but this one takes the top prize for originality and creativity. The storytelling was excellent, the writing style flowed and was easy to follow, without coming across childish and the whole world created within these pages became familiar, somehow.
Patrick was such an interesting character. Feisty and sarcastic, he often offered a break from the situation they faced every day. His chemistry with Benji was clear from the start and something that dragged me in, hook, line and sinker.
Benji’s temper tantrum was so sad that I almost cried. I could relate to the hopelessness and the feeling that fear and selfless intentions had robbed him of a full life. It was gut-wrenching to read my own – deeply hidden and possibly never recognised – feelings portrayed in such clarity. But so inspiring. Benji is so different to the other characters, who are all unique in their own way, and the story of how he finds his feet in CASA is so important. CASA, with its extensive range of homicidal furniture, is his real journey, not just his relationship with Patrick, though it’s just as intriguing.
But, Good God! That Charles and Kerry moment nearly killed me. Then the ending. Ugh! Tears from here to Sunday with both instances.
Overall: Utter genius and truly beautiful! I loved every minute. Instead of wishing there was more (though I’d love the same world with new characters, keeping Agnes, Henry and Karen) I know that Patrick and Benji got the ending they deserved. This is a story about self-worth, hope, faith in the unknown and yourself, as well as taking chances. You won’t know the milk is sour until you try it. 😉
P.S The cover is beautiful and I really loved the chapter headings, which added a little sparkle of something extra, to the reading.
“The rays filtered through Benji’s dark hair, and Patrick would have made a joke about it, but Benji looked like an angel come to Earth.
Stay. Patrick wished inside his head.
Stay. Stay. Stay!”