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I loved Gideon's story. I came to expect he would be larger than life after reading the first book in the trillogy by Linda Howard. I was not disappointed. His story with Hope was a slower unfolding than in the first of the trillogy. His needs for secrecy were greater due to his profession. However, the same underlying current of danger is there and for the same reasons. There is an enemy force driven to be the downfall of the Raintree clan. This member of the Raintree clan sees ghosts and harnesses the power of electricity via lightening. His downfall may be a new partner who is a straight arrow trying to determine if he is crooked. In this story, it is unusual as it is the female who is the most suspicious one. He is hiding something and she is certain it is a criminal history. While trying to find out, they become entangled in a murder and she slowly becomes a target herself. Bent on being rid of her AND trying to protect her the plot thickens. He is unaware initially that it is anything more than a random murder. As the plot thickens and twists come up - he is driven to find the cause. This is much better than the first and a great leading into the third of the series. I recommend you get all three and read them in order. Gideon is introduced in minor phone calls in the first and you will not be disappointed when his story is told. Single read for length and thrills!
Dec 9, 2007
Paranormal ghost-visited detective romance
RAINTREE: HAUNTED is a really cool and unusual detective romance story with ghosts and supernatural powers that provide the paranormal ambiance. The reader is immediately drawn into the characters and the search for justice. Gideon Raintree is a fun hero. He talks to ghosts, inhales lightning and sometimes glows in the dark. Talking to ghosts comes in handy since he is a policeman on the homicide beat. The trouble is that a partner might discover his paranormal powers. Hope Malory comes to Wilmington NC and is assigned to be his partner. He will do just about anything to get rid of her and work alone again including taking her to bed....but the real trouble may be all these ghosts begging him to avenge their deaths and catch the serial killer.
Secrets abound and heighten the suspense and paranormal attraction. Gideon must use his powers to track down the killer and fears his partner will expose him. Are the ghosts helping his investigation or leading him into the hands of the killer? Although he easily identifies the ghosts of homicide victims, one apparition remains mysterious. Who and where is Emma?
Both the hero and heroine are somewhat lost or wounded souls in the "normal" world and somehow, despite many chilling and humorous meanderings, find their way to a better place than the "normal" world. She is strong and dynamic. He is strong yet soulful with touches of gentleness despite the electrical power coursing through his body. A thoroughly wonderful read!
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