Friday, December 13, 2013

[Archive] LITERAL ADDICTION's Review of Wake to Darkness

Maggie Shayne It was a sleepless night spent caring for a sick baby that jump-started New York Times Bestselling Author Maggie Shayne’s writing career.

A voracious reader and prolific writer from childhood, Maggie found herself without a book to read while coddling the colicky child. So instead she began spinning a tale of her own, creating a plotline that evolved in her thoughts until, a few days later, she sat down and wrote the story in longhand.

Now the author of more than forty novels, ranging from stories about Witches, vampires, psychics and ghosts, to bone chilling, edge-of-your-seat romantic suspense and beyond. The genres she has mastered include women’s fiction, category romance, romantic suspense, and paranormal fiction. Maggie has honed her lyrical prose and made a name for herself on the New York Times, USA Today,, B.Dalton, Booksense, Ingram’s, Barnes and Noble, and Waldenbooks (where she reached #1) bestseller lists.

Maggie is the winner of numerous awards, including two Romantic Times Bookclub Career Achievement Awards, the National Readers Choice Award, and the coveted RITA Award, for which she was nominated twelve times before finally winning.

She has also written for CBS daytime dramas, Guiding Light and As the World Turns. One of Maggie’s novels, Eternity, has been optioned for film.

Connect with Maggie online at her Website, on Facebook, on Twitter, and on GoodReads.

Wake to Darkness, book #2 of the BROWN & DE LUCA Novels
   by Maggie Shayne

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Stranded with a murderer...

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?

Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha - Chelle:
*eARC received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

Wake to Darkness was another truly epic and tantalizing read in the Brown and de Luca universe.

Maggie introduced a wonderful twist on the antagonist, some serious character growth and development, and plenty more of what we all want - Rachel snark, Mason goodness, and Myrtle. :)

This second installment picks up a few months after the events of Sleep With the Lights on, though this book could stand alone (although I wouldn't suggest it, you're missing some fantastic reading!).

Like book #1, there's a killer on the loose, but this time, the culprit is targeting recipients of Eric's organs, and in a twist from book #1, Rachel has dreams from the perspective victims this time, not the killer, which lends a truly heightened emotional edge to the events that unfold.

The family dynamic in this installment is a large part of the story, and it was great to get more info on both Rachel's family and Mason's and watch as they helped to bring Rachel and Mason's on again, off again relationship status to a head. Finally! And there are most certainly some sexy moments to enjoy... just sayin'.

While I did see the identity of our killer before it was ultimately revealed, it didn't detract from the big reveal at all, and Maggie most definitely shook things up with this big bad. :)

Another superb read Maggie!

Wake to Darkness

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