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Published by Harper Impulse
Released on October 31, 2013
I love the idea of combining romantic suspense with the paranormal so when I saw this one I just had to read it. I’m glad I took the plunge with this new to me author and series. Enjoyable from cover to cover.
This is the second book in the series, but I had no trouble jumping in. There were references to the earlier story, but this second book was pretty self-contained as far as the main plot went. It only left me with a strong desire to go back and read the first book before continuing on with the next one.
Alexandra King is a psychic who is on a mission to find the estranged brother of her boss and attempt to get them to reconcile. The ghost of their mother won’t leave her alone until she does. Alexandra arrives in Charleston, SC prepared to go on the hunt and her first night out she encounters a playful ghost and then accepts the company of a gorgeous flirty man. It’s not until later that she discovers that her one night stand is none other than Nate’s brother, Dylan, whom she was searching for. Unfortunately, she has to set aside the first mission because due to her psychic connections to ghosts she has encountered a more pressing issue. There’s a serial killer in town with connections to something so dark that even ghosts fear it.
Dylan Collins, homicide detective, was just trying to enjoy some much needed down time away from his latest case when he encounters the spunky and pretty, Alexandra. They have a good time and he considers spending more time with her until he encounters her in his captain’s office and learns she’s volunteered to consult on his case as a psychic. He despises that set of phonies, but he has no choice. Slowly Alexandra’s successes prove to him that she might just be the real thing. In the meantime, the killer makes it clear that his sights are now set on Alexandra and Dylan will have to learn to accept all that paranormal stuff and work with Alexandra if he wishes to save her and stop the killer.
The plot was engaging and the pace good. I loved both Alexandra and Dylan as narrators. Their characters were great. They had real chemistry between them, but I enjoyed how the relationship came along much more slowly as Dylan had to work through his issues when it came to psychics and the stuff from his past. Dylan will be a favorite cop hero. I enjoyed how he was more than competent at his job, gave off a strong, commanding confidence that was tempered with his protective, sensual and fun side. Alexandra did pretty well when it came to the relationship stuff and she was a great detective partner for Dylan for the most part. She didn’t take any of his attitude and she communicated well with him even when he pushed her away or doubted her. She had a few stupid moments where she got cocky because of her abilities, but if she didn’t there wouldn’t have been that really intense build-up scene to the big stuff at the end. My favorite character was George the Ghost. He was a crack up and he played a big role in the story.
The romance was spicy and fun, but the suspense part of the story was well-worked too. I had no idea who the killer was even with the clues throughout until probably about the time the author wanted me to start having suspicions in that direction. Even then, there was still a second villain that needed everyone of the characters working together to take it out.
I really enjoyed the paranormal romantic suspense that was spicy on the romance and tension-filled on the suspense and recommend it to others who enjoy stories that put things together this way too.