Series: Brown and de Luca

Shades of a Fatal Attraction! Deadly Obsession by Maggie Shayne

Posted December 15, 2014 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 4 Comments

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.

Shades of a Fatal Attraction! Deadly Obsession by Maggie ShayneDeadly Obsession by Maggie Shayne
Series: Brown and de Luca #4
Published by Harlequin MIRA on November 25, 2014
Genres: Mystery, Paranormal, Romantic Suspense
Pages: 400
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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five-stars

A cold-blooded killer with a burning obsession…

Rachel de Luca has a bad feeling about the new woman in Detective Mason Brown's life, the nurse taking care of him after he's injured in the line of duty. She'd like to think it's just jealousy, but intuition tells her it's something more, maybe something dangerous.

Mason knows Rachel's wary of commitment, and asking her to stay when he's in this condition would be the worst thing for their relationship. Then they receive chilling news that drives everything else from their minds.

Mason's psychotic sister-in-law has escaped from custody, putting her sons — the nephews he's raising — in the crosshairs. When his house is burned to the ground, he and Rachel are relieved that there are no bodies in the smoldering rubble, but now his nephews are missing and the clock is ticking.

As Mason and Rachel try to find the boys, she senses a new and unexpected danger stalking them. Soon, everyone close to Mason is in deadly peril — Rachel more than anyone….

It’s no secret that I love this series. This story does everything to keep my love in place!!

First of all, I find fatal attraction-ish stories appealing on so many levels, especially when they’re done well. Mason Brown hires the nurse from hell to help with his needed home care following his hero life saving rescue of two children from a burning fire. Rachel’s paranormal instincts (she calls it NFP for “not “&)#% psychic) go into overdrive the first time she meets her but Mason’s a little slow to properly react.

Things get even dicier when Marie Brown, Mason’s institutionalized sister-in-law, starts going off the rails. As guardian of his two nephews, Mason’s concerned that she’ll somehow connect with them.

I could not put this book down and fortunately, being on a 5-hour road trip, I didn’t have to! My heart was in my throat for so much of the story because everyone was at risk. Shayne doesn’t always protect her main characters (i.e., Mason’s injuries at the start of the story) so you can’t count on that to ease the suspense. The nurse was truly whacko but in a pretty delicious way if you are drawn to this type storyline. I was actually sad to reach my destination as I had about an hour more of reading to go:)

When you’re ready to start this book, make sure you’ve got plenty of time to read it in one sitting or you’ll regret it. There’s not too much mystery as we know the bad guys but there’s plenty of suspense to make up for that and it’s a nail biter. I loved everything about the story, including Rachel and Mason’s continuing-to-develop relationship and Myrtle the blind bulldog’s scene stealing. Even she has her own, private intrigue to add to the mix. This series is definitely an auto read for me.

About Maggie Shayne

Maggie Shayne is best known as the New York Times bestselling author of more than 50 novels, nearly 30 novellas, a former soap writer, (The Guiding Light, As the World Turns,) a former advice columnist (Shayne on You,) and RITA Award winner. But what’s less known about her is that she’s been a practicing Witch for almost as long as she’s been a published author.

Known within the Craft of the Wise as LadyHawk the Mythmaker, Maggie studied in the Black Forest Circle Seminary for three years, earning her 1st, 2nd, and 3rd degree elevations there. A licensed minister of Wicca, Maggie was later made a Craft Elder, and co-founded a new Wiccan tradition called RavenMyst Circle. Her coven, The Coven of the Redtail Hawk, turned out five new high priestesses, several of whom went on to form covens of their own, and making Maggie, according to the Old Ways, A Witch Queen.

While The Portal series is entirely fictional, and necessarily brimming with special effects, any portions of the stories pertaining to the actual practices and teachings of witchcraft are entirely authentic. Due to the oathbound nature of some Wiccan rites several of the spells and other rituals, particularly rituals of Initiation and elevation, have been altered, abbreviated, or are deliberately vague. These rites are revealed only to Initiated Witches who reach the appropriate levels of study in traditional Wiccan Covens.

If learning about real witchcraft is your goal, I’ll soon be releasing a nonfiction book, The Magick of the Witches, on that very topic. (Watch this site.) In the meantime, I strongly recommend books by Silver RavenWolf, Scott Cunningham, Dorothy Morrison, Gail Wood, and others, which will give you all the information you need to to decide if it’s the path for you, and to begin your own solitary practice.


Utterly Chilling! Innocent Prey by Maggie Shayne

Utterly Chilling! Innocent Prey by Maggie Shayne

Posted December 4, 2014 by Jonetta in Book Review | 8 Comments

I keep thinking this series will begin losing some of its appeal and that’s just not happening. Rachel de Luca and Mason Brown keep things fresh and interesting. In this latest story, a young woman, recently blinded as a result of a car accident, turns a street corner and just vanishes. It appears she was abducted and being a local judge’s daughter, the investigation starts down that track until it begins to tie in with the disappearances of other young women. And, it also seems to connect with the earlier abduction of Rachel’s assistant, Amy, some weeks ago (see the novella Dream of Danger). The mystery is thorny, the suspense chilling and Rachel’s offbeat humor just as wonderful as ever. I couldn’t put this one […]


Review: Wake to Darkness by Maggie Shayne

Review: Wake to Darkness by Maggie Shayne

Posted February 13, 2014 by Jonetta in Book Review | 4 Comments

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 […]


Review: Sleep With the Lights On by Maggie Shayne

Review: Sleep With the Lights On by Maggie Shayne

Posted January 16, 2014 by Jonetta in Book Review | 8 Comments

The set up Rachel Mason went blind when she was 12-years old. A chance encounter with Detective Mason Brown led to her receiving his dead brother’s corneas. What first seems like an incredible gift turns into a nightmare when Rachel begins having disturbing visions. Mason is keeping a terrible secret about his brother and has a tough choice to make as he realizes there’s a connection between the organ donation and Rachel’s visions. What works about this story Connections between recipients of organ transplants and their donors have been written about before but this one has a slightly different twist to make it a standout. On top of that, Rachel’s snarky humor and clever banter made this story a fun, though macabre read. Shifts between […]