Reviewed by: Candace
Rating (out of 5): 4 stars
Abby Radwell is the poster child for products of dysfunctional families. The irony here is that her father is an up-and-coming celebrity expert in family dynamic with books on the subject and a possible reality TV show in the works. Abby has psychic gifts that appeared when she was a young teenager, just about the same time her father married his current wife. Due to the efforts of Abby’s stepmother and step-grandmother, she spent a great part of her teenage years in a facility for problem children.
Abby has a scant handful of people that she can trust and even more that she can’t. With the way that her last relationship ended (the man was after her possible inheritance, not aware that Abby didn’t stand a chance of getting her hands on the money), she isn’t too keen on the idea of stepping into that arena again any time soon.
Sam grew up in a loving household with parents that adored each other as well as Sam and his siblings. He also has psychic abilities, and finds himself in need of Abby’s talents. The moment he sees her, Sam realizes that this situation just got complicated. He knows she is the one for him.
The crisis facing our hero and heroine is a book. Abby reads books. No, not that way. Abby actually gets a psychic reading off of books and makes a living doing so. The book in question has connections to Sam’s father’s past and a lot of very dangerous people are after it. Sam and his father want to keep it safely hidden. Abby, too, because the beautiful psychic seems to be the only one who can unlock the book and people are dying for the secrets it holds.
There is a lot involved with this story: stones, auras, channeling of energies, bad guys, even worse guys, a psychic dog and people that you just can’t tell which side of the fence they are on. As the story progresses, Abby realizes that she needs Sam for more than safety. Keeping her safe drives Sam, and watching their relationship develop is a pretty cool thing, indeed.
Jayne Ann Krentz has created a world that will hook the paranormal romance readers and she does it with human heroes. In Sam, you’ve got a hero who can harness psychic energy and frankly, knock his opponents on their behinds without moving an inch. The story moves fast. It happens over a short period of time, but that’s all Abby and Sam need to realize that they are meant to be together. And in the meantime, they have to take down the bad guys.
If you are a fan of Nalini Singh’s Psy/Changeling series, then this is something you definitely need to check out.
Sexual content: Sex