Thursday, June 5, 2014

[Archive] LITERAL ADDICTION's Review of Guarded

Mary Behre is the lone female in a house full of males and the undisputed queen of her domain. She even has the glittery tiara to prove it. She loves stories with humor, ghosts, mysteries and above all else, a good romance. When not writing, she enjoys reading, gluten-free baking, and hanging out at the beach with the most important men in her life, her family.

Her debut paranormal romance, Spirited (TIDEWATER Novel #1) was an award-winning manuscript before it sold to Berkley Sensation. The Tidewater Series is mix of humor, suspense, and a psychic love-connection. The first three stories are about three sisters separated years before in the foster care system. As they search for love, each other, and a way to live with their psychic abilities, they’re tossed into the middle of mysteries that only their unique gifts can help solve.

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She’s given up on finding love…

Veterinarian Shelley Morgan has always preferred animals to humans, and not simply because she can communicate with them psychically. Unlike most people she’s known, animals have never broken her heart. But after six months in her new town, some of her favorite four-legged companions begin disappearing from the local zoo. Determined to track down the animals and their thief, the telepathic vet decides to investigate, unknowingly delving into a deadly mystery…

He’s ready to make her heart go wild…

Although his bear-like physique has been an advantage in the Tidewater Police Department, Dev Jones’s size often intimidates people. Only Shelley has seen past his massive build to the intelligent man inside, but that was years ago. So when she contacts him requesting his help to solve a series of animal kidnappings, he’s eager to reconnect with her. But the thefts escalate to murder and all the evidence points to Shelley as the killer, and Dev faces a devastating choice: forsake his career or risk losing the woman he’s grown to love….

Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Vivacious Valkyrie - Marta:
*Copy gifted in exchange for an honest review

Guarded is the second novel in the Tidewater series and it's a remarkable undertaking. These books straddle numerous genres with a nod to the paranormal whilst adding both suspense and even humour! If you enjoy solving a mystery and trying to work out " whodunit " then this book will be a delight. Add some hot law enforcement, a ghost or two and ever present danger and it's a book to keep the reader eager to turn the pages.

Once upon a time there were three sisters and each one had a unique talent that could be seen as either a gift or a curse. These girls chose to call it their " crift" but nothing could save them from tragedy. The loss of their parents changed their lives and these three young girls were separated and destined to lose the only family they had left. Now grown up they still hope that one day Lady Luck will smile on them and they will find each other.

Shelley has trained hard in her life and now she's doing what she's always wanted, she's a veterinarian but her life is far from perfect. Shelley has the ability to communicate with animals but she's no modern Dr Doolittle! It's a talent that should make her work easier but something strange is going on. Animals are going missing from the local zoo and Shelley is determined to get to the bottom of the mystery and her solution is to call her old friend Dev who is now a police detective.

Dev met Shelley in college and always knew that he was attracted to her but Shelley and his friend were an item so he never made his move. Now she's asking for his help and he has no intention of passing up the chance to get reacquainted with her but something just doesn't add up. When Dev and Shelley start investigating they open up a can of worms that brings danger to Shelley's door . The possibility of black market animal trading is just the tip of the iceberg and pretty soon a deranged killer starts closing in!

This author writes such fun stories. It's filled with enough romance to please those who enjoy that aspect of a tale but has the addition of suspense and mystery. I loved trying to work out just who, what and why but thought the first half of this book was a little slow . Lots of humour and setting of the scene but it didn't pull me in quite as quickly as I'd hoped.The second half certainly makes up for it though as it's fast paced and just gathers momentum at break neck speed!

The "crift" that Shelley has of communicating with animals was very well explained and I could picture in my imagination very easily what was happening but it's a bit of a strange one ! The author never explains just why these characters have these abilities but it's fiction and not fact so I can forgive that. What I found amusing was Shelley's weakness with certain animals and thought Ms Behre gave a very plausible explanation as the story unfolded.

The highlight of the story though has to be a certain man eating ferret! Reading about Shelley's furry companion and her antics was truly hilarious. Surprisingly there is sadness here and it's emotional to read about the loss of one of the characters but the author does not dwell on that, no she presses on with the dramatic conclusion as the red herrings are finally laid to rest.

This ended up being action packed and very entertaining . There's a couple of characters introduced that I would certainly like to read more about . Steamy passion between the hero and heroine and enough twists and turns to keep my attention . I look forward to reading more from this author who constantly surprises me.


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