Review: Special Gifts by Anne Stuart

Posted January 9, 2020 by Lorna in Reviews / 21 Comments

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

Review: Special Gifts by Anne Stuart
Special Gifts

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Genres: Romantic Suspense
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on August 28, 2019
Pages: 214
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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The Delight

Years and years ago-30 to 40 years maybe-my favorite author was Anne Stuart. I used to hunt for her books because I knew I would get a really good story and more often than not, the hero would be dark and brooding and I appreciated that. Not that I can remember much, but I think there was usually a mystery or danger involved. When I saw this book on Net Galley there was no way I was passing it up, even though I knew there was a good chance I had read it way back when as it was a re-release. And yes, it ended up being a reread with only a few parts that I still could remember. I can honestly say that the delight here was in how well the story still holds up all these years later.

Review

Elizabeth Hardy is a psychic and sometimes donates her readings to a detective from Denver. Only when completely necessary. When she sees something in a vision and mentions it to the detective it causes her whole life to be turned upside down. Detective Phil Grayson knows he has to call his friend in Washington and tell him about what is mentioned. They had both worked for a clandestine organization that should have been defunct for ten years, but obviously isn’t. His friend is on his way immediately to Denver. Of course Elizabeth knows nothing about this because her vision was about a missing and presumed dead woman. When Sam Oliver arrives at her home in a rural area outside the city, he pretty much pushes his way into Elizabeth’s life. He doesn’t believe in psychics and he thinks she is either a con artist or somehow involved in the evil organization. So it’s on. He has to prove her a fake or figure out what she is up to. Only, she’s not a fake and she has no clue about the organization.

I really liked Elizabeth a lot. She’s like a waif or something, skin and bones, with long hair, not beautiful(that was refreshing for a change)and possesses a real psychic gift. A gift that knocks her on her butt after a vision. She does not receive any compensation for her work. She’s had a tragedy in her life that she is working through. Sam Oliver is a big deal in Washington. He wears a uniform when in Washington, but honestly I can’t remember what his actual job was. He has access to a private plane so he’s kind of important. He’s single, with a big build and major fighting skills. He too, has had a tragedy in his life. He has a major chip on his shoulder and honestly I didn’t like him much at first. He did grow on me the further I got into the story.

The story was well written with a really intricate plot line. The kind you really have to pay attention to, to continue understanding what you are reading. If that makes sense. There are some villains and one particularly bad one. There’s also a really good and sensual romance-the kind with lots of chemistry and tension so thick you can cut it with a knife at times.  The book also features an exciting, suspenseful mystery, murders, kidnappings, and road chases, among other crimes. To make it even more interesting, the action changes to other locations.

I recommend this to adult romantic suspense readers-especially ones that won’t notice the lack of cell phone mentions. This is Stuart at her best.

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I’m a lifetime book addict and currently own nine Kindles, with only six still working. I do tend to wear them out! They pretty much are my favorite technology-well that and my cell phone. Okay, yes and my laptop. I spent most of my life in Kentucky, but moved to Maryland in my attempt to get closer to the the ocean a few years ago. Being retired helps. I have a B.S. degree in law enforcement with a minor in sociology, but never really worked in my major. Instead, I spent my entire adult life working in the medical field in some capacity. After retiring(early), I found my passion in reviewing books for a couple of blogs and I love it. My author favorites include, Dannika Dark, Amber Lynn Natusch, J.T. Geissinger, Colleen Hoover, Samantha Towle, K.A. Tucker, Karina Halle, Sarina Bowen, J.R. Ward, Mariana Zapata, Dianne Duvall, and I could go on and on. I read many different genre’s, but still like a romantic element in most, if not all of them.

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I love finding older books that hold up well over time. I have read one or two books by Stuart over the years and have found her writing very enjoyable. I will have to check this one out. Glad you enjoyed it, Lorna!

Lorna
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Lorna

Thanks! I really did enjoy it

Sophia Rose
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Somehow I missed her books over the year and I loved romantic suspense years back. I do have one or two of hers on the shelf, but they are historicals so I didn’t realize she did contemporary suspense, too.

Lorna
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Lorna

Yes, I’ve read some of her historicals and enjoyed them as well. She has a huge body of work out there and I know I’ve missed some along the way.

Debbie Haupt
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Debbie Haupt

Great review Lorna, I love it when a story from way back still holds up today. Thanks for sharing

Lorna
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Lorna

Thank you for stopping by! And thank you.

Mary Kirkland
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I’ve never read this author but this story does sound good. I just read in your bio that you have 6 working Kindles. I thought I was weird because I had two of them. lol Do you read on all of them?

Lorna
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Lorna

No, there’s only four still working now. I got my first Kindle the day they came out at Staples cause I didn’t even have an Amazon account back then. So a bunch of them are just dead 8 years in. I mainly use 2 of them on a regular basis. But it’s nice to know there’s a couple of spares if anything happens.

Melliane
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It’s been a while since I haven’t reada realt romantic suspense story like that

Lorna
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Lorna

I’ve really gotten into romantic suspense lately. It used to be all I really read for a long time until I found paranormal books and they kept me occupied for years. Then of course I got into contemporary romance and now I’m doing that, suspense and historical romance too.

Laurie | Bark
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I remember when Anne Stuart was a big name. It’s nice to see her releasing her stuff again.

Lorna
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Lorna

Yes, there’s one book in particular I would like to read again, maybe two, but I couldn’t tell you the names or even just barely some plot and the fact that I loved them. For all I know she has rereleased them too. Probably never know.

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer
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This is my kind of story, Lorna. I added it to my wishlist. Glad it held up to the test of time!

Lorna
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Lorna

I think you would like it and not sure but I think it’s on Net Galley still.

Sarah @ All The Book Blog Names Are Taken
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It is always a nice surprise when you can find books that you loved years ago are still the books you remember – or at least still make you feel the same way as when you first read them.

Lorna
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Lorna

Yes, and there’s other authors from way back when and I wonder if I would still enjoy them. Mary Stewart for example.

Carole Rae
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Intriguing….I am curious. Maybe.

Lorna
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Lorna

I certainly know how that is. Can’t read every book you might want to try. Wish I could though!

Lover of Romance
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oooh I just LOVE Anne Stuart she has such great talent in writing and I love the plot basis for this story. And an older style of writing in a story for suspense. Its great to read those books where we see those favored authors at their best.

Lorna
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Lorna

I love that you are an Anne Stuart fan as well. This was a good suspenseful book.

Anne - Books of My Heart
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Oh Lorna, this sounds so good. I just love stories where there are gifts of the mind. To me it is one better than magic. Have you read Kay Hooper? Her series might be a little like this. Fantastic review! I’ll have to check this out.