I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Wake to Darkness by Maggie Shayne
Series: Brown and de Luca #2
Published by Harlequin MIRA on November 26, 2013
Genres: Mystery, Paranormal
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Rachel de Luca's uncanny sense of perception is the key to her success as a self-help celebrity. Even before she regained her sight, she had a gift for seeing people's most carefully hidden secrets. But the secret she shares with Detective Mason Brown is one she has promised to keep. As for Mason, he sees Rachel more clearly than she'd like to admit...
After a single night of adrenaline-fueled passion, they have agreed to keep their distance—until a string of murders brings them together again. Mason thinks that he can protect everyone he loves, including Rachel, by taking them to a winter hideaway, but danger follows them up the mountain.
As guests disappear from the snowbound resort, the race to find the murderer intensifies. Rachel knows she's a target. Will acknowledging her feelings for Mason destroy her...or save them both and stop a killer?
Rachel and Mason are back but have decided to take a break from each other as she needs time to explore life as a sighted person after having been blind for 20 years. He needs to come to terms with the devastation caused by his brother. Both thought that case was behind them but it seems as if someone is still targeting Mason’s brother’s organ recipients, specifically Rachel.
This second book in the series continues the previous storyline…somewhat. Rachel and Mason don’t understand why but know she needs protection. In the meantime, they’re still fighting their attraction to one another and losing the battle.
I enjoyed this story, maybe even more than the first book. Rachel’ snarky humor continues to be a delight in this quirky series. I also love her blind bulldog, Myrtle, who is a scene stealer. The mystery is quite the stumper. I eventually figured out the killer but not the “why.” There were a number of surprises I didn’t see coming, which is always a good thing in a mystery.
I’m really enjoying this interesting, offbeat mystery series. It’s still on the lighter side of romance but excels in story, pace, mystery and clever repartee. There’s also a novella preceding this book that sets up the next story (quite clever). It’s called Dream of Danger and is free on Amazon. If you plan to read this series, go grab it.
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