Linked by Hope Welsh

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Evil is watching and time is running out. Lana Summers wants an ordinary life–and nothing to do with anything paranormal. She shuns her own paranormal abilities. When her home is broken into, Cole Thomas comes to the rescue–and he’s much more than he seems. Will they be able to stop the evil or is their joining going to be the cause of evil taking control?

 

~~Danielle’s 3 1/2 Star Thoughts~~

There is such a fine line between critiquing and reviewing and since I am an author I tend to lean more towards critiquing, so I’ll try to stick to the things a reader would want to know.

This author is fabulous with her words!  She knows how to write dialogue that makes her characters come alive and the flow of her scenes is flawless.  At times the wording can be too obvious and over stated, but that’s my only complaint with the writing because I really think she is a natural with her words.

This is more of a short story, which is a shame because the story is rushed and the relationship between Cole and Lana develops so quickly and intensely the reader doesn’t have a real emotional investment in it.  Lana is a psychic who is just discovering her powers and Cole is a shape shifter.  I like the POV of The Evil One, but this is where the wording/thinking of the character becomes very obvious and unrealistic.  I think hearing less from his POV would actually be more in this case.  The plot is interesting and has really great potential, but not fully developed because of the lack of length.  There is a lot of sex in such a short story which took away from the plot, but again, if it was longer this may not be an issue.

Technical issues would be the formatting and some spelling errors that can be properly addressed by a professional editor.  I am not one to harp on things like this unless the grammar and spelling errors are constant which they aren’t.

Since this is a quick read and the author knows how to work with words I would recommend this because it is a series and I have high hopes for the next book.  I love paranormal romance and this is right up my alley.  I am not one to waste my time on stories if they aren’t worth it, but I really like this author’s talent and am looking forward to seeing how her writing has developed.  I would rate the writing a 4, the plot a 3.5, and the story/character development a 3.  My final rating is a 3.5 because with the book as it stands I would say it’s ok, but worth it for someone looking for a good quick read.