Energized by Mary Behre #Review

Posted August 28, 2015 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 8 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Energized by Mary Behre #Review

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Series: #3 Tidewater
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Published by Berkley
Released on August 4, 2015
Pages: 320
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher

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This has been a fun series from the get-go. The blend of humor, suspense and psychic paranormal romance has been nearly addictive. With this story, I can agree with a few others and say the author hit her stride and gave me my favorite one yet. There’s something about curmudgeonly ex-Marines, teasing steely-spined heroines with a psychic crift, a dark killer, the bustle of a restaurant, and a potential family reunion all blended together to make for unputdownable reading.

Yes, this is the third book in a series and I would recommend them in order, but I suppose the reader could accidentally grab this one and do just fine.

The story opens with Marine Niall Graham hitting a bar after attending the wake of two of his buddies. He has a need to get away. Hours later, nursing the same beer and the fascinating bartender telling him that its closing time, he still is not very put together and his dark memories are hard beside him. This however is set aside when the quirky gal who served his drink distracts him and soon the hum of desire which is reciprocated leads to a night of hot, lusty sheet burning sex and a connection that he can do nothing about. He has to return to duty, but he is heartened when Hannah leaves him her phone number.

Later, he realizes that she played him or so he thought when the phone number is bogus. Niall doesn’t have time to dwell on Hannah because he’s out of the Marines, his mom’s health broke down so the family restaurant is now in his and his brother’s hands, and his brother, Ross, has made some gutsy and expensive moves to be more successful. Niall struggles as he heals from his time in the military and he works hard and by the book which rubs his brother wrong, but those woes are nothing when he thinks Hannah Halloran shows up in his restaurant to stalk him. He can’t decide whether he is happy or upset about that even when she claims that it was merely fate.

Hannah Halloran never forgot the hurting Marine who spent a night in her bed and she hoped that for that one night she was able to bring him some solace. She wished that he would have called, but understood that he had to go back to his other life. But her life has moved on too. She learns that her birth sisters have been looking for her plus she can use her gift to reconnect with her dead mother. Hannah just has to touch a metal object and she is sucked into that person’s memories through their eyes. Hannah heads to Tidewater on her dual quests and soon realizes that fate has an interesting plan when she discovers Niall and his brother own a restaurant on the very property that used to be her childhood home. She feels it is serendipity that Ross hired her that very day even if Niall’s icy rejection and suspicion really hurt. It is not long before her quest receives the addition of a grisly and demented murderer that only she can find. Hannah would love for a new chance with Niall and for a happy reunion with her sisters and she would really like to survive Tidewater’s first serial killer.

Wowsers was this one a blast from cover to cover. I loved Hannah and besides wanting to pop Niall a few times, I had a soft spot for the ol’ crankypants Marine too. It was fun reconnecting with a few familiar characters and exciting as Hannah’s gift led her closer to the killer. Niall and Hannah made a great couple even if they were at outs through much of the story. There wasn’t as much reunion as I was expecting with the sisters, but fortunately, another reviewer warned of that so I was prepared.

This one had a bit of everything and so the focus wasn’t strongly on any one thing. I liked the story as a whole, but spent a lot of it waiting for things, too. I wait for the romance to progress and I waited for the murder situation to progress. There were side stories that begged for attention, too. It all finally leaped forward in the latter half of the book.

Niall and Hannah had a strong connection throughout the story. I have to share one of their teasing exchanges:

In her bare feet, she had to tip her head way back to look at him. It made him feel too big. Her, too small.
“You plan to get undressed anytime soon? Or do you just plan to drop trou and do it with your boots on. ‘Cause hot as that sounds, I was kind of hoping for something would last a little longer than fifteen seconds.”
Niall frowned and relaxed his arms, tucking his thumbs in the pockets of his cargo pants. But her words baffled him. “I don’t think I’ve ever had sex end in only fifteen seconds.”
“You’re so literal. No, I bet you haven’t.” She laughed while twisting her pink braid between her fingers.
loc. 264 Niall and Hannah from Energized

This was the last sister to get her story, but I really hope that this doesn’t mean the end. I would so love to see Ryan and Ian get stories.

All in all, I had such a good time and read through this one quickly. Those who enjoy some humor in their stories and like a bit of psychic and steaminess to their romantic suspenses should give these a go.

My thanks to Penguin Group for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

Romance Roundabout #274 RS

Cliché Klatch #161 ‘Do it with your boots on’

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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8 responses to “Energized by Mary Behre #Review

  1. I really want to get my hands on the first book in this series soon! I keep hearing good things about it and the mix of paranormal, romance and suspense elements sounds intriguing and well done. It’s nice that all the parts of the story leaped forward after you spent some time waiting for it to happen. Great rveiew!

    • I think that you would have a good time with these. There is a great deal of humor especially in the first one b/c she sees and talks to ghosts that no one else can so they think she’s nuts.

      Yes, I was glad for things to get exciting after the build up. I was biting my nails (figuratively speaking) when I thought the killer was going to win.

  2. This series looks amazing. I love the combination of suspense and paranormal. I have book three, but I’m still waiting on one and two to arrive. I may get greedy and read it out of order.

    • I suppose you could read them out of order, but I think you’d like them better if you got them in order to meet the sisters and the others so their situations make sense.

  3. I just love psychic themed romances, and I like that this trope is being used more and I am really liking it. I have been seeing so many great reviews for this book….I so have to try this author out soon.