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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 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.

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  • 出版社: Dreamspinner Press; 1版 (2016/2/8)
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5つ星のうち 5.0 2016 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Some Assembly Required 2016/10/12
投稿者 Elisa - (Amazon.com)
形式: ペーパーバック
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 past relationships, as most people do and they way they were handled in a skillful way that helped them to move forward. Both authors blended seamlessly and I couldn't tell where one ended and one began.

2) This was a nice story. The plot was different from any I have read, and it was easy to follow. Something about the ending though. It never fully cleared up an important secondary character other than to share that he was aware of what was going on with the main character Patrick all along.

3) This was an interesting book. Instead of a ghost and a live person, these are both ghosts. One doesn't know he's dead (Benji), until quite into the story. The other ghost (Patrick) is a 'guide', a person who is supposed to help newly spirits move on to their final destination. They didn't count on falling in love, though. And while Patrick insists he doesn't deserve to pass on, he tries to guide Benji to leave the store where they all gather, a sort of Purgatory, as they call it. Well written and quite entertaining.
5つ星のうち 4.0 They didn't count on falling in love, though 2017/3/27
投稿者 Zeoanne - (Amazon.com)
形式: Kindle版
This was an interesting book. Instead of a ghost and a live person, these are both ghosts. One doesn't know he's dead (Benji), until quite into the story. The other ghost (Patrick) is a 'guide', a person who is supposed to help newly spirits move on to their final destination. They didn't count on falling in love, though. And while Patrick insists he doesn't deserve to pass on, he tries to guide Benji to leave the store where they all gather, a sort of Purgatory, as they call it.
Well written and quite entertaining.
5つ星のうち 4.0 It’s not everyday I read about a ghost love story set in a store something like IKEA 2016/2/15
投稿者 It's About The Book - (Amazon.com)
形式: Kindle版
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 MCs help them out with this and then they’re able to move on to whatever comes next for them in the after life. I’ll admit it took quite a while to grasp all the specifics in the book thanks to Patrick being less than forthcoming with information. He talks in sass and riddles. There’s a bunch of details doled out throughout the book so just roll with it if you feel like you’re missing something. It all comes together eventually.

Patrick is a tough character to nail down. He’s in Purgatory kind of by choice. He’s also really good at his job of saving lives and ushering the recently deceased to the next plain. Patrick fell in love with one of his fellow spirits who moved on and broke his heart. This leaves him hardened to the possibility of love. He immediately feels hope and attraction to Benji but soon after he remembers that everyone but him, Karin and Agnus, his co-workers, eventually move on. His fear of becoming attached to Benji and feeling that heartbreak again makes him push Benji away.

Poor Benji is doing his best to accept his death. Being stuck in CASA is very confusing. He learns the way things usually work there but he’s not the usual spirit. Something is keeping him there. Time flows differently in purgatory. He can’t remember his death. Patrick is constantly messing with his head. Flirting one minute and pushing him away the next. They form a friendship but it’s obvious they both want more. Benji goes about wooing his possible new ghost boyfriend under the limitations they have. This part was pretty funny. I liked how Benji finally flips the script on Patrick giving him a dose of his own medicine. Patrick is frustrating to say the least. He’s likable but he’s obviously not showing you all of him. He deflects with jokes or innuendos meant to embarrass. He’s completely happy to avoid his own reality and focus on everyone else.

I liked this book. The title certainly fits the story. It took me a little longer than normal to get into it. Being one of the few people who have never stepped foot in an IKEA means a lot of the references to it were probably lost on me. There were only a few characters and I liked them all. I felt like I really understood how Benji was feeling in the first half of this book. He and I learned new things with every experience he had. It takes a while to understand what exactly is going on in the store beyond all that glorious weirdness these author’s have given us. The last half of this book was really good. Everything kind of comes together. You start to understand what role they’re all playing in the grand scheme and why Benji and Patrick are fated to be stuck there at the same time. Initially Patrick thinks he’s the one who is taking Benji under his wing when really it’s Benji who is saving Patrick. In the end the love story was beautiful. The journey is a little odd and frustrating but unique and well worth the read. I’d recommend this if quirky romances are something you enjoy. I certainly did.
5つ星のうち 5.0 Highly recommend this unique book to fans of humor, pop culture, ghosts and creative love stories. 2016/2/11
投稿者 Morgan A Skye - (Amazon.com)
形式: Kindle版
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 “souls” find their way to their next landing spot.

Patrick is determined not to be attracted to Benji – he knows love isn’t real – especially not in CASA – but it’s hard because Benji pushes all of his buttons.

Benji was a pushover in life and he’s determined to be different now – but he wants Patrick and he wants what’s best for both of them.

Eventually the time comes for a decision and these two lost “souls” must decide their next step.

**

This was hysterical! You have to bring your A game though – this isn’t a book to skim or breeze through. There were several passages I had to go back and forth between to get the nuance and to figure things out. There’s a lot of symbolism and metaphors and pop culture in this book and (I’ll admit) sometimes it was hard to catch them all… but those I did catch were really funny!

I loved the snarkiness of Patrick and his eventual breakthrough – so rewarding! Benji also found his own strength and determination and that was very special, too.

The world –building was both fascinating and maybe a little underexplained. I had to work to figure out what was what (nothing wrong with that) but once I had it sorted I thought it was brilliant. Having to tread lightly on copyright laws, the authors can’t say that Ikea is purgatory and Walmart is Hell and Target is Heaven… but I can! (I think?!)

Using that as an analogy and the entire Ikea catalog as a reference point, Benji and Patrick help these lost souls find their path in ways that are often ironic and sweet at the same time. (I have to admit I got overwhelmed by all the NAMES IN CAPS of the furniture… not having an extensive Ikea literacy maybe held me back here…) In any case the love story between these guys is sweet if subtle, the humor is abundant, the world-building (especially spectral sex) is creative and unique and the overall message really solid and heartwarming – Love is a leap of faith.

I highly recommend this unique book to fans of humor, pop culture, ghosts and creative love stories.

4.5 of 5 stars
5つ星のうち 4.0 Book Review by PizzyGIrl 2016/3/8
投稿者 PrismBookAlliance - (Amazon.com)
形式: Kindle版
4 out of 5 Stars
For original review, please visit the Prism Book Alliance® blog online.

After reading the blurb, I HAD to pick this one up and give it a try. It promised originality, humor, and romance. What more could a girl ask for?

I am happy to say it delivered so much more than I was expecting. The concept was indeed a very original take on the afterlife. The setting was odd but fit the story so well. The characters had depth while also being humorous and unique. I really enjoyed they way the story flowed so well from the initial snarky tone to one of heart and emotion. I was worried for a while that I wouldn’t like this story because Patrick appeared so one dimensional and annoying. But at about the 45% mark, things started to “fit into place” (yes pun intended) and the story made sense and blossomed.

I do have to admit I was never fully convinced of the “love” between Benji and Patrick. I saw the friendship and the mutual need to move on, but the love felt a bit forced and sometimes out of place. I personally think this story would have worked just as well without the sex because it seemed as if the sex was being used to show the concept of love instead of relying on the story itself to demonstrate why these men were connected.

However, I still recommend this story because it was so unique. It was a great blend of depth and humor and with a bit more romantic development, this story could have been a show stopper. I think I will revisit these guys again in the future.

and P.S. I LOVED the play on real life stores and that Wallville was hell!
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