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Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Released on November 6, 2018
An innocent mute woman locked up for a crime she didn’t commit gets out of prison and meets a man that can only see black and white. That is, until he meets her. A dark tale, but one ultimately of hope and romance-once they can get past the evil that awaits them both.
Thomas Brown is horribly scarred due to his step-father torturing him. He works with the police because he has a special paranormal power that helps him see what happened previous to the murder and also see people’s souls. The fly in the ointment is that his job puts him in proximity with his step-father, otherwise known as the sheriff in town. Or more importantly, the monster that made his life hell when he was young. Helena Grayse is fresh out of prison after ten years when she sees Thomas across the cemetary where he is attending his mother’s funeral. They are drawn to each other and don’t know why, but she leaves quickly. Later he meets her again when he finds her camping on his land during a snowstorm. Of course, he takes her in.
This is the third installment of what I think is a trilogy about a legend from hundreds of years ago. Two other couples have been involved in this same legend and each has had their own book. The couples find each other and pretty much immediately fall into bed or wherever they happen to be. That was the one thing about each of these books that bugged me. Insta-love of course, but attributed to the story of the legend. So there is a reason. I just keep thinking, can’t they wait a couple of days? But that’s just me. In addition to the sex, they are totally swept up with each other and have to be by their other half most of the time.
So all this is going on and that’s not even mentioning what was going on at the prison the night before she got out-that was pretty horrific. Back in the small town she is from, most people know who she is and most think she killed her beloved boyfriend. The boyfriend’s mother is inconsolable that she is out and she’s determined to kill her-and she’s not even the worse villain in this story. I think I will leave it at that.
I loved both of the main characters, but my favorite would have to be Helena. She has been through so much at the hands of a horrible bad man and she, although mute, is still not completely broken. She is, in a way, still an innocent, although prison nearly killed her. Thomas is a good guy. That’s saying a lot for a man that has gone through so much himself. His power to see people’s souls enables him to know immediately if someone is a good person or not. Kind of a handy power to have, I would think. And of course, he is using it for good.
The writing was good, as it was in the previous books, and each book took me on a paranormal journey with each couple. At times they had me on the edge of my seat with the suspense involved. It was a dark read at times, so keep that in mind. Actually all three books are pretty dark. You don’t have to read them in order, but I think they would make more sense if you started at the beginning with, Race the Darkness, book one.
Recommended to adult paranormal romance readers, especially ones that aren’t bothered by a dark read. Good book!