Monday, December 26, 2011

Santa Brought Me a New Review!

Je t’aime Laurent may have been born blind, but that doesn't mean she can't see...auras. And a lot more. A psychic, she volunteers her services to the police, helping to solve crimes when trails run cold for the cops. The latest case she's been called in on involves a string of murders by a serial killer the press is calling The Shredder. She expects the case to be gruesome, but she doesn't expect to find the love of her life. Or a murderer who is already dead. Detective Kiel (pronounced Kyle) Stark isn't exactly what he appears to be either, something J can tell from his blazing white aura.

One of two detectives assigned to her, Kiel is attracted to the mysterious psychic who didn't react to his secret quite the way he thought she would. Instead of running in the opposite direction, screaming bloody murder, she sees him as the man he once was. He's the first “man” to call out to J's soul, and it isn't long before Kiel's captivated by her. They want a lifetime together, but getting too close comes with a price tag, one Kiel isn't sure he wants J to bear alone once he's gone. Will J be able to convince Kiel that she wants whatever time she can have with him, and will he be able to keep her safe from a killer that is no longer human?

Linda Mooney has been one of my favorite authors for some time now, and one of the reasons for that is I never know what she's going to come up with next. Although there isn't a strong romantic thread leading up to Kiel and J deciding to make what they can of a temporary relationship, Possession is a gripping, heart-pounding paranormal thriller. The fast-paced action grabbed me on page one of the prologue and then chapter one jumps a month ahead, something I wish Ms. Mooney would have noted at the beginning of the chapter because it was a little startling to find Kiel seemingly alive and well. At first, I thought the book had gone back in time.

Once I got my bearings, I had to keep reading to find out what happens, not only with the hunt for The Shredder, but with Kiel and J's love affair. Will Kiel somehow find a way to stay with J for a happy ending? Or will she lose what means the most to her, the man she's come to love with all her heart? Despite what she does for the police department, J lives a sheltered, lonely life. Before Kiel and Sam Reese, his half-brother and partner on the force, she had no one but the woman who came in daily to do her grocery shopping, banking, and cleaning. Kiel entering her life brightened her life with more than just his dazzling white aura. Frankly, I can't say anything more about Kiel without giving everything away, but just let me say, he's the great guy we all hope our daughters end up with. Even The Shredder, who's scary as hell, isn't entirely bad, and Sam is an accepting, understanding brother who isn't quite ready to let his baby brother go. I'd really like to see him get a sequel. He deserves so much more than what he was left with at the end, and I can think of several scenarios that might work to give him his own happily-ever-after.
The ending is a bit sudden, though not unexpected as this is a love story as well as a paranormal thriller. I just would have liked to have had the happiness drawn out a bit more. Otherwise, this book rocks. I definitely recommend it.

From Merrylee, TwoLips Reviews


Kaye Manro said...

Now that's a great review, Linda!

Linda Mooney said...

Thanks, Kaye!