Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2013-08-05
- Reviewer: Staff
Bestseller McKenna (One Wrong Move) continues the sexy romantic suspense tales of the fearless McCloud brothers and friends in this terrifying tale of mind-altering drugs and coercive psychic powers. In an earlier book, techie Miles Davenport was mentally tortured into a coma; upon waking, he was left with constant sensory overload. He goes hiking and rock-climbing alone to perfect a mind shield to hide behind. When his longtime friend Lara Kirk is kidnapped and used as a guinea pig for psychic drugs, she survives in her cell by somehow slipping behind Miles’s mind shield. Finding an unexpected presence in his mind, he fears he’s become schizophrenic, not realizing the “hallucination” is the real Lara reaching out to him psychically. This is not a game played with muscles and guns; it’s mind-control hell, frightening and head-pounding. The entire McCloud crew makes cameo appearances, and to those unfamiliar with the series, the unexplained names are off-putting, but die-hard fans will love this fast-paced and exciting installment. Agent: Karen Solem, Spencerhill Associates. (Oct.)
Passion on the run
Shannon McKenna pairs gripping action with sizzling romance in Fatal Strike. Following a run-in with an evil man, former computer geek Miles Davenport possesses new physical and psychic abilities that he finds torturous—especially the one that has him dreaming of Lara Kirk in such vivid detail. Lara—held by a twisted group who’ve poisoned her in an attempt to enhance her paranormal abilities—finds comfort in this virile man of her dreams, who may or may not be real. Though Miles thought Lara was dead, new evidence sends him out to find the beautiful woman. Using his newfound mental and physical strengths, Miles rescues Lara, and they discover that their connection while awake is just as heated as the one they experienced in their dreams. With powerful enemies in pursuit, Miles and Lara must save themselves and their burgeoning love. A steamy, suspenseful story with an unexpected alpha hero who’ll melt readers’ hearts.
LUCKY IN LOVE
A man reunites with his estranged family and finds forever love in One Lucky Vampire by Lynsay Sands. On his 18th birthday, Jake Colson got the shock of his life when he learned that his family members are blood-sucking immortals. Despite his love for them, Jake can’t help but see them as monsters—and himself as one when, years later, he is involuntarily turned. Jake retreats from his relatives to come to grips with his new identity, but responds to an old friend’s request when dire accidents befall artist Nicole Phillips. Undercover as her cook/housekeeper, Jake moves into Nicole’s house to act as her bodyguard. Though attracted to the hunky guy in her kitchen, almost-divorced Nicole is wary—men have never been good to her. But Jake is driven to convince her he’s different. After confiding in Nicole about his immortality and his certainty about the passion they can share, Jake begins to rethink what makes a “monster.” When things get even more dangerous, Jake’s family rallies to the couple’s defense, offering the perfect opportunity for reconciliation. But what about the murderer, who’s watching and waiting? A paranormal pleaser.
TOP PICK IN ROMANCE
Duke of Midnight—the latest in Elizabeth Hoyt’s Georgian-era Maiden Lane series—is a sensual tale of forbidden love. Artemis Greaves is a lady’s companion, staying in the background while her cousin is courted by the powerful Maximus Batten, Duke of Wakefield. Artemis discovers another side of the autocratic man when she recognizes him as the legendary Ghost of St. Giles, who saves her from harm. After the rescue, the duke is drawn to Artemis, and suddenly he sees beneath her drab clothes to the vibrant woman beneath—vibrant enough to blackmail him! Desperate to save her twin brother—committed to Bedlam for madness and murders he claims he didn’t do—Artemis threatens to reveal the duke’s secret identity unless he sets her brother free. Fascinated by her boldness, Maximus finds himself in love with her—and she with him—though her family’s rumored mental instability precludes him from making her his wife. When they encounter mortal danger, priorities shift—but will they stay alive to savor their love? Plenty of action and intriguing mystery make this a page-turner.