Tuesday, August 5, 2014

[Archive] LITERAL ADDICTION's Review of Innocent Prey

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, Amazon.com, 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.

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Innocent Prey


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To save innocent lives, they'll have to risk their own.

Self-help superstar Rachel de Luca and Detective Mason Brown have finally given in to their overwhelming attraction to each other, but neither of them is ready to let physical passion turn into full-blown romance, so they carefully maintain an emotional distance. Then a judge's daughter disappears, and Mason has a terrible sense that it's connected to the most recent case they solved together: the abduction of Rachel's assistant.

The discovery of a string of missing women—all young, all troubled—seems like a promising lead. But there's no clear connection between the missing girls and the high-profile young woman Mason is trying to find. He realizes that once again he'll have to rely on his own well-honed instincts and Rachel's uncanny capacity to see through people's lies in order to catch a predator and rescue his captives. But can they do it before Rachel becomes his next victim?

Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha - Chelle:
*Copy gifted in exchange for an honest review

Another incredible installment of the BROWN & DE LUCA series!

I utterly adore this series, and I think that this installment was my favorite yet. The arc is getting so much broader, the characters so much deeper, the story so much more thrilling and sweet. When a murder mystery thriller can make you laugh out loud, gasp, shake your head and grin with delight, you know you've found a keeper. :)

Fans of the series will be both frustrated and relieved at the romance between Rachel and Mason in Innocent Prey. As usual, they dance around the way they're feeling, but it's so obvious, and both know it, and while you want to slap them to wake up and just admit things already, it's also fun to see them fully realize things towards the end.

As usual, the murder mystery is stellar. In an attempt to find a missing blind girl, Rachel and Mason team up to find her and other missing girls and thwart what ends up being a very big, very deep, and very dark operation and cover-up. Rachel's character is finally coming to terms with how special she truly is, and there's a nice preternatural feel to things, as well. Add in Rachel's wit and snark in her Nancy Drewesque amateur sleuthing, and you get many a moment where you will laugh out loud, rail incessantly, and cheer exuberantly.

Bottom line, this is an incredible romantic suspense read with upper echelon writing, characters you will absolutely adore, dialogue you will want to quote long after the book is finished, and a story arc that will leave you wanting more immediately. Good thing book #4 isn't too far away...

Highly recommended!!

Innocent Prey

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