Series: D. I. E. Squadron

Not Your Friendly Ghost! Vision of Darkness by Tonya Burrows

Posted December 30, 2014 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 6 Comments

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Not Your Friendly Ghost! Vision of Darkness by Tonya BurrowsVision of Darkness by Tonya Burrows
Series: D. I. E. Squadron #1
Published by Self Published on December 1, 2014
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Romantic Suspense
Pages: 400
Format: eARC
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three-half-stars

A beacon of light...

Undercover DEA agent Alex Brennan doesn’t believe in the paranormal, despite the exhausting nightmares that reveal things he shouldn’t know. When sleep deprivation causes him to make a horrible mistake on the job, he is driven to find answers. Dreams guide him to a lighthouse in Three Churches, Maine, where he finds an inexplicable and comforting familiarity in the arms of the lighthouse’s beautiful keeper, Pru Maddox.

A whisper of memory…

Deadly misfortune has long plagued Pru’s family, the result of a curse “The Green Lady” placed on the lighthouse. Skeptical, Alex searches for less ghostly explanations, though he can’t deny that the town has had more than its fair share of disappearances, suicides, and accidents. As their passion simmers, Alex digs deeper, and his dreams turn violent, frightening, and very real.

A vision of darkness...

To keep Pru safe, Alex must embrace his abilities and unravel the lighthouse’s mystery. Except someone—or something—wants the past to stay buried...and will do anything to keep it that way.

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Quick summary
DEA Agent Alex Brennan was undercover for a long while and then forced to take some time off after an unfortunate incident. He’s inexplicably drawn to the town of Three Churches, Maine and is confronted with some ghostly paranormal events. But, Alex doesn’t believe in these kinds of things, even when the attractive Pru Maddox tries to convince him otherwise.

What I liked
The story is fairly complex because there are multiple situations in play that are complicated separately and when considered as a whole. You know eventually there will be some connection but it’s pretty gnarly to unravel and piece together. Alex also formerly served in the Marines and members of his squadron play significant roles here. They have unique skills that are compelling and I know there’ll be future stories about them, which I’m looking forward to reading. Alex and Pru’s relationship took time to form, even though there was instant lust between them. The story’s climax was pretty exciting with a very odd turn at the end that has me hooked.

What created challenges
As mentioned, the complexity I enjoyed also created some frustrations as it took time to set up the various stages. I knew it would get there (it did) but maybe it took a smidgen too long to develop and the romance was slightly impacted as my attention was drawn away from them.

The bottom line
This is a strong start to the series and its concept is quite interesting, with some clever aspects that I’m anxious to explore. Now that the foundation is firmly in place, I expect the next stories to be a bit nimbler, though I really enjoyed where this one landed.

About Tonya Burrows

Writing has always been my one true love. I knew since I was 6 years old that I wanted to be an author, but didn’t finish my first novel until 8th grade. It was an epic sci-fi/fantasy/mystery/romance mash-up and writing The End was one of the proudest moments of my young life.

I haven’t put down my pen since.

In college, after several false starts in more practical fields of study, I followed my heart and receive a B.A. in creative writing from SUNY Oswego. Now I’m working on a M.F.A. in popular fiction at Seton Hill University.

I spend most of my time writing, tinkering with my website, or reading. I love TV and movies and probably–okay, definitely–watch too much of both. Give me a good horror movie over a chick flick any day. (And, let’s be honest, I’ll take a bad horror movie too!) And if superheroes are involved, I’m so all over that. I’m a proud geek at heart and pledge my avid TV fandom to Supernatural and Doctor Who. I’m also a big fan of The Voice. What can I say? Guilty pleasure.​​

I share my life with my fur-babies: two dogs, Ella and Otto, and a ginormous cat named Nabisco. (Yes, like the cookie company. What? I told you I like my sweets, didn’t I? No? Well, now you know. Hi, I’m Tonya and I’m a junk food junkie.)

I’m from a small town in Western New York, but I love to travel. Some might even say I suffer from a bad case of wanderlust. I say I don’t suffer at all–I enjoy every second and I have a habit of moving someplace new every few years just to shake things up. Luckily, my animals are all excellent travel buddies.