Author: Debra Doxer
Series: Book One
Published: September 25, 2013
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Author (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
My Rating: 4.5 Stars!!
They weigh you down. I’ve kept a secret all my life. It’s my mother’s secret, too. I inherited it from her along with a unique ability that only we possess. She’s gone now, another victim of addiction. If her death isn’t enough to bring me to my knees, her betrayal flays me to the bone. Because the secret my mother and I have been keeping is just one of many she’d kept. She never told me I have an older brother. And now he’s here, eager to be my guardian.
There is no one else. So I move across the country to live with this stranger, my brother. But experience has taught me that most situations are temporary and forming attachments only leads to hurt in the end. That’s why I’m determined to keep to myself in this new place, struggling to seem aloof while I’m quietly breaking apart.
Then I meet Lucas…
His magnetism is hard to resist, and most girls at school aren’t resisting. I don’t fall so easily though, especially not for guys who use their good looks as a weapon. From the start, our interactions are tense and volatile. I know it’s because I’m denying the unwelcome desire that grips me when he’s near. I think he feels it, too. He looks at me with an intensity that threatens to unhinge my resolve. Soon he’s trying to break through the walls that past hurts have built.
But I’m not what I appear to be, and it wouldn’t be fair to get involved with him. At least that’s what I tell myself. Until a terrible act of violence reveals that Lucas has a secret, too. It’s a secret that links us together and ties us to an evil history I could never have imagined.
My Thoughts and Review:
This is one of my favorite genres. The paranormal, romantic in me can't help it, I eat them up as fast as I can. There is just something to be said about a good sweet romance with a slight paranormal edge to it and great characters that I can't help but fall in love with.
I loved Raielle the moment I met her and after only the first few pages with already a murder, a hint of the paranormal and an unknown family just waiting to be discovered, knew that this was going to be my kind of story and one that I would relish.
I loved all the characters, main, secondary and even those that flitted in an out for only a moment in time.
This really did have all the elements in a story that I love.
I don't want to get to into detail because I'm afraid I will give something away but this story is chalked full of wonderful characters. Some are moody and you want to smack them while simultaneously hugging them (coughLucascough) and others you have to smile at because they are so adorable and cute (coughMylescough). I know I say this all the time but secondary characters are so important to a story. They really add something to the story that main characters alone can't accomplish.
If you are looking for a whole lot of swoon worthy romance, a good whodunit mystery and of course just the right touch of the paranormal then this really is something you need to read.
The author did an amazing job keeping my interest, having me care for her characters and constantly wondering what was going to happen next.
I had no idea going into this that there was a sequel planned and I couldn't be happier that there is, especially after the way it ended. I can tell there will be so much more planned for Raielle and her friends and family. I can only hope that we get more insight on her abilities, how they work and of course about her heritage.
*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author. I was not compensated for this review.*